Correction, Street View, Elephants, Botany, More: Friday Morning Buzz, December 27, 2013

Correction to something I said recently: The Web-based RSS reader Newsblur does, in fact, support the read-it-later tool Pocket. Apologies to Newsblur, I screwed up.

The Internet Archive, sensing the imminent possibility that I would one day have free time, has released several vintage video game consoles into its archives, along with games playable in-browser. Consoles include the Atari 2600, the Magnavox Odyssey, and the Astrocade. Was E.T. as bloody horrible as history makes it out to be? Now you can find out! (Hint: it is.) After you’ve finished torturing yourself, though, you can play Donkey Kong, or Defender II, or Spy Hunter. These games don’t have sound but they’re still great. I was not able to get this to work on Chromium; I recommend Firefox (where I did get it to work, and I started playing Defender II, and you almost didn’t get a Morning Buzz.)

The most beautiful Google Street View sightings. Love the boats and the cherry blossoms.

And when you get tired of that, visit this gallery of Street View goofs. Some of these are positively psychedelic.

Lifehacker asks: which is better for hosting and displaying photos – Google or Dropbox? I’m not thrilled with either of them, actually…

Use a search engine, plant a tree.

A new MS Access database has been released that permits the recording of specific elephant ear characteristics. It’s called, appropriately enough, EARS (Elephant Attribute Recording System).

From Fast Company comes this article on six offbeat cloud services. I think Infodiva Librarian tipped me to this, so — Thanks Infodiva!

Check out this Popular Science article on the New York Botanical Garden is turning its specimens — over 7 million of them! — into an online database.

Uh oh: There are reports of Snapchat security flaws.

Could be useful: the CTIA has launched a Web site that shows data use of certain apps. Good morning, Internet….

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