afternoonbuzz

Flooding, Spying, FedExing, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, February 28, 2014

The Environment Agency (UK) is preparing to release a great deal of flood mapping data.

Tumblr has hired a Director of Media.

Github has released Atom, a text editor for coders. But it’s in really restricted closed beta right now. (As in closed beta, Mac only, Windows and Linux coming soon.)

Ewwwww. And I thought the NSA was bad. Check this out: “GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.”

Fun tools from Amit Agarwal: find YouTube videos made near you or any other arbitrary map location.

Have a 12-digit FedEx number you need to track (as opposed to the more common 15-digit numbers)? Apparenly Bing works better than Google for that.

A new version of MediaWiki has been released with some security fixes. Good afternoon, Internet…

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