Facebook, E-Books, Instagram, More: Friday Morning Buzz, January 3, 2014

Google Operating System looks at Google Answers with comparisons.

The New York Times is apparently unveiling a new look next week.

Facebook is being sued for allegedly scanning private messages. “According to the lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, Facebook scans the contents of private messages including links to other websites ‘to improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users.'”

Interesting: Twitter generated a map showing how New Year rang in across the world with Twitter activity.

FamilySearch keeps on adding those records. “Notable collection updates include the 799,816 images from the new U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1820–1897, collection, the 579,177 images from the new U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899–1940, collection, and the 532,591 images from the new U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists Index, 1800-1906, collection.”

TheNextWeb predicts what to expect from Google in 2014. There’s a lot in here about Android and Chrome, but a smarter search is only considered “Likely.”

More Google: would you pay $600 for Google Glass?

Woo hoo! 25 sources of free public domain books.

YouTube will be demonstrating 4K video at CES next week, along with its own royalty-free codec.

Amit Agarwal is helping start my 2014 off right with a cool article on using custom CSS to pretty up Google Custom Search on your Web site.

TechCrunch looks at Pic a Moment, which lets you enter in a time and place and see the Instagram photos taken there. “This is less about getting a sense of what a spot may be like, the way you might by browsing through a collection of check-in photos on Foursquare, for example, and more about being able to research and draw from a collection of public photos related to some event, like a music concert, sporting event, or some sort of breaking news happening.” Sadly, it’s only an app and not a Web site. Good morning, Internet…

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