Google, Wetlands, GitHub, More: Wednesday Buzz, May 7, 2014

It looks like relationship between the NSA and Google may have been somewhat cozier than first admitted. “Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the agency’s vast capability for spying on Americans’ electronic communications prompted a number of tech executives whose firms cooperated with the government to insist they had done so only when compelled by a court of law. But Al Jazeera has obtained two sets of email communications dating from a year before Snowden became a household name that suggest not all cooperation was under pressure.”

Interesting article from SteamFeed: Crowdsourcing for non-profits.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a wetlands database and mapping tool.

The EFF recently released a new tool in alpha to stop third-party tracking in Web browsers: Privacy Badger. (Presumably it doesn’t give a — well, you know the rest.) “…don’t think of Privacy Badger as an ad blocker in the vein of AdBlock Plus. Instead, the EFF add-on is built to only stop third-party tracking that happens across the web. So if an ad pops up without tracking cookies enabled, you’ll see it. Lucky for you, privacy loving user, most ads are loaded with trackers.”

The Next Web has more information on rumored Google product Google Stars.

Can you imagine using LinkedIn to find a date?

From Lifehacker: The best Google Docs features you’re probably not using.

Phil Bradley takes a quick look at social media search engine BuzzSumo.

TechCrunch: Mela for iPhone, which lets people collaborate on videos.

GitHub has open sourced its Atom text editor. “…after 10 weeks in public beta, it is making all of the editor available under the MIT open source license, including all of the packages and libraries that make allow it to support different programming languages.”

From MakeUseOf: 3 Better Ways to Store Your Files than On the Desktop. (Guilty.)

You go, HipChat: it has launched one to one video, audio, and screensharing for all paid users.

Very interesting article! How one public library created a personal digital archiving program. “After viewing a Library of Congress webinar presented during Preservation Week last year, Welborn was inspired to create a personal digital archiving program for her library customers. Undaunted by a small budget, [Jordan] Welborn got a six-week pilot program up and running in the fall of 2013 for less than $300 by using an existing library laptop, purchasing an inexpensive video capture device, picking up a VCR at Goodwill and partnering with a local historical society to purchase a scanner.”Good morning, Internet…

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