Google, Yahoo, EPA, Facebook, More – Tuesday Morning Buzz, September 10, 2013

Hey, who’s doing a Google Hangout today? John Kerry.

Speaking of Google, Google+ — which I am trying to get into but it’s hard to get interested when you feel like you’re sitting in an empty room — has introduced embedded posts.

More FOIA tools in development: this one’s called SARAH. “Created by Enigma co-founder (and Disrupt NY 2013 winner) Hicham Oudghiri, SARAH is a dead-simple tool that lets users submit Freedom of Information Act requests to 21 different government agencies with single click of a button.”

Opera keeps crunching it out with a new iPad browser.

Danny Sullivan has a new Q&A about the new Gmail tabs.

Yahoo has become the latest Web property to file a lawsuit over how much they’re allowed to disclose about government information requests. “We filed the suit today because we are not authorized at present to break out the number of requests, if any, that we receive for user data under specific national security statutes. The U.S. Government prohibits companies from disclosing this information.”

The EPA is busy! Yesterday it announced ChemView, which is intended to provide better access to chemical specific regulatory information. “The ChemView web tool displays key health and safety data in an online format that allows comparison of chemicals by use and by health or environmental effects. The search tool combines available TSCA information and provides streamlined access to EPA assessments, hazard characterizations, and information on safer chemical ingredients. Additionally, the new web tool allows searches by chemical name or Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number, use, hazard effect, or regulatory action. It has the flexibility to create tailored views of the information on individual chemicals or compare multiple chemicals sorted by use, hazard effect or other criteria. The new portal will also link to information on manufacturing, processing, use, and release data reported under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule, and the Toxics Release Inventory.”

Speaking of Yahoo, it has launched its own iOS video app.

Bob Rankin has a roundup of alternatives to Microsoft Office. Strangely, he does not mention Gnumeric, my fave-rave Excel replacement.

Six YouTube lessons for building better instructional videos. (I think Joyce Valenza tipped me to this one. Thanks Joyce!)

It looks like Facebook has added “Professional Skills” to user profiles. I was surprised how negative the feedback was, but I agree with ne statement – Facebook IS very hard to search.

Check out this cool Web app that turns a collection of Flickr photos into an “average” photo. This morning’s photo is an “Average” for five photos tabbed Lincoln Memorial. Good morning, Internet…

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