B Movies, Bookmarklets, Google Books, More: Tuesday Morning Buzz, December 31, 2013

Want to watch New Year’s in Times Square? Here are some options.

The SSDI, on which many genealogists rely, is getting some access restrictions.

I don’t often link to Slate but I enjoyed this: Five Great Historical Sites of 2013.

New Year’s Eve fun: Boing Boing takes a look at some new B-movies available at the Internet Archive. Includes is The Brain that Wouldn’t Die, familiar to MSTies everywhere and featuring Jan in the Pan.

What percentage of US online adults use social networks? 73% of US online adults. More than I expected, though I think that number might drop if Facebook’s ad policies get any wackier.

Google’s Schemer product is being discontinued. (Did it ever get past invite-only?)

TechCrunch has an article about a little bookmarket tool called Searchlet. “To use Searchlet, all you need to do is install it onto your bookmarks bar. When you highlight a term and click on your Searchlet button, a sidebar slides into the left of your browser page and shows you results from four online references: Google, Wikipedia, Google News and open content dictionary Wiktionary. The sidebar is unobtrusive and fast. Its results refresh when you highlight new terms and it disappears as soon as you close it.”

The Author’s Guild has filed an appeal of the Google Books decision.

If you’re interested in scraping journal data, check out this article. Good morning, Internet, and happy new year…

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