Twitter, Google, Winston Churchill, Patents, More: Afternoon Buzz, September 18, 2012

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.

Like digital art? The Ars Electronica Archives are now online. The address in the article is incorrect; the archive is available at

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD — already rooted. That was quick.

Google has made chart editing easier in Google Drive. And speaking of Google Drive, here’s the mini-announcement.

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…

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