I feel like Twitter is playing this game of “TOS Jenga” — how many services and third party sources can it yank before it jumps the shark? The latest move is to stop supporting third-party image hosts in its official apps. “But Twitter’s a business!” Fine. Then make a business decision — like, oh, I don’t know, charging for the API — and work on keeping your ecosystem as open and accessible as possible.
There’s a new zero-day exploit in Internet Explorer. None of y’all use Internet Explorer, do you? I hope not. Personally I find Firefox with NoScript is lovely.
Blinkx has announced an update of its video search engine.
There’s a new Winston Churchill online archive available, but it’s a pay service.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD — already rooted. That was quick.
More Google news: it has purchased photo app Snapseed. “Snapseed won the 2012 Best Mobile Photo App award from the Technical Image Press Association and also Apple’s iPad App of the Year. While the app is more focused on photo editing than Instagram, Snapseed also lets users share images via social networks.” I’ve never heard of it, but I’ve just barely gotten into Instagram.
The NYT has taken a bunch of images and snippets from the Democrat and Republican conventions and turned them into a storybook. It’s a bit odd.
Because it’s important when thinking about intellectual property: What changes to patent rules mean. Good afternoon, Internet…
The co-founders of Twitter have launched a new publishing platform, but it’s in early private beta and not too much to talk about yet. (Read the comments for links to more coverage.) In the meantime, Twitter-founder-backed Branch is out of private beta.
More Twitter: wondering how many of your Twitter followers are fake? Here’s a new tool to give you an estimate.
Even more Twitter, this time an Olympics overview: 16 days, over 150 million tweets.
Google has seriously expanded its patent search tool with the introduction of European patents.
The State of Wyoming is getting a new natural resource mapping tool. It is described as a “… computer-based mapping tool for viewing the locations of a wide variety of wildlife habitats, big game migration corridors, federal/state/private land status, human structures such as towns, roads, oil or gas wells; and other features… “
PC World has a short article about a new Chrome plugin that allows you to add sticky notes to GMail.
Underway: a library of all theses written in India. “Jawaharlal Nehru University and Banaras Hindu University have just begun moving on to the online platform as have Mangalore University, Panjab University, Manipur University and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. In all, of the 64 universities that have signed up, 56 have already begun sharing their research work.”
Merriam-Webster has announced the latest words to be added to its dictionary. New words include earworm, mashup, and … f-bomb?
Interesting stats: judges using Facebook and Twitter.
I suppose better late than never, but HURRY UP. From GCN: “After a two-year delay and additional millions of dollars in costs, the General Services Administration finally has a new online database that will create a one-stop shop for the public to search for information about government contractors and grantees, according to Nextgov.”
A Yahoo user has sued the company over the recent password leak.
A quick roundup of changes Google is making.
Ancestry.com has completely indexed the US Census.
What a great idea for a Webinar! Instagram for genealogists.
More Instagram: very cool service, hat tip to Crave: ThisIsNow. Watch real-time streams of Instagram photos from one of five locations around the world. Watch London — great Olympics photos.
The Kennedy Space Center, now with Street View! Nifty.
Congratulations to Curiosity for a successful landing! Larry Ferlazzo has a list of the best sites for learning about this Mars rover. Good morning, Internet…
Wow: a database of every US Bomb dropped since WWI. “The project is called THOR: Theater History of Operations Reports and allows people to use their computers to literally point and click to nearly any location on the globe and receive a near-instantaneous assessment of when and where U.S. bombs were dropped over the past century.”
I could start an entire blog to track Twitter’s uses for research. Latest example: Teaching computers to find tweets about bullying. “Sufficiently trained, the computer went to work on samples of the 250 million publicly visible messages posted on Twitter on a daily basis. It wasn’t long before the machine learning approach was identifying more than 15,000 bullying-related tweets per day.”
Google Presentations has added over 450 new fonts.
Microsoft is previewing a successor to Hotmail. Apparently Hotmail isn’t a cool e-mail address to have. On the other hand, when I see Outlook.com, I think of Outlook Express, and all the security problems it used to have, and I get all twitchy….
Archive of interviews done by Robert Penn Warren now available: “… in 1964, Warren .. traveled the country with an old reel-to-reel tape recorder and spoke with dozens of men and women involved in the Civil Rights Movement…. Now, digitized versions of all of Warren’s recordings are available through Vanderbilt University’s website.”
Watching the Olympics? Here’s some vintage footage to get you revved up.
Google has purchased e-mail app Sparrow. And all the Sparrow users I know are worried about it.
TechCrunch has an article about an online project manager called TeamGantt. Haveta look into that one…
Hat tip to the Arizona Geology blog (love that blog) for the article about ScienceDebate.org. “Science Debate is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to elevating science and engineering policy issues in the national dialogue of the United States. Science Debate does this by hosting nonpartisan science policy debates between candidates for office, educational events featuring science and technology topics for policymakers and the public, media education efforts to improve science and technology policy coverage, and other civic and community engagement activities.”
Twitter is working on a tool that will let users export their entire tweet history.
Google’s got a new calculator interface.
Something to start your day out right — have you seen the new remixed Bob Ross video? Very sweet. Check it out. Good morning, Internet…
Another local newspaper is getting digitized. This time it’s the Randolph Herald (MA).
Today’s hack: BILLABONG! In plaintext again too. What kind of giant companies store passwords in plaintext? I mean besides stupid ones….
Google Operating System has some handy hints for finding public Google Docs files.
A search engine for really old tweets. “That means tweet IDs 1 to 20,000,000, to be exact, which occurred during parts of 2006 and 2007.” I think 20 million tweets would cover about — what? 90 minutes nowadays? #TwittergotBIG
Google Translate is adding example sentences. “To try out the feature, simply type a few words in the left-hand text box of Google Translate, and then click on the example sentence icon…”
Interesting Web app for friends to help each other to find movies to watch. Sounds intriguing but I’d wreck it for you; I like Hollywood movies pre-1950 and Kung Fu movies. And the exceptions to those two extremes are usually movies like I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK. If your movie tastes are less weird than mine, check it out, and good morning, Internet…
Those 1940 US Census Community Project volunteers are indexing rock stars! “Aiming to propel volunteer contributions past the previous high of nearly 4.9 million records set April 30, the challenge motivated more than 46,000 volunteers to index 10.3 million records in a single 24-hour period that began July 1 at 6:00 p.m. (MDT) — more than twice the previous record.”
Google has added more than 20 US museums to its indoor map collection.
Twitter has updated its mobile apps.
Coming soon: a new database collecting studies of nervous system repair. “Tentatively called RegenBase – for Regeneration Database – the proposed knowledge-based system will incorporate and build on the BioAssay Ontology that Schürer, Lemmon and their team of UM programmers and computer scientists developed with a federal stimulus grant to enable chemists and biologists on the hunt for new therapeutic agents to quickly search repositories of thousands of experiments on hundreds of thousands of small-molecule compounds.”
The state of Utah Web site now has a registered notary search.
Wow, this idea has been kicked around for ages. Is it going to happen? “After years of rejecting the idea, the Pentagon is now considering the creation of a publicly accessible database of military valor awards as a way to deter military fakers.”
Google to pay FTC over $22 million? It may be a record fine but it’s still couch cushion money to GOOG.
Pay for Dropbox? You’re getting goodies. Dropbox has announced that prices are staying the same but you get double the storage. Hmm. Might have to start paying for Dropbox. Good morning, Internet…