Twitter, Google, Wyoming, More: Morning Buzz, August 15, 2012

Google Doodle for Julia ChildThe 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?

Google’s “I’m Feeling Lucky” button is is now an Easter Egg. And speaking of Google, have you seen today’s Google? Happy birthday Julia Child, and good morning Internet… (PS: Julia Child Remixed.)

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