Wikia, Glass, Robocallers, More: Afternoon Buzz, July 23, 2014

Wikia has launched interactive, embeddable maps.

Google spent $5 million lobbying in the 2nd quarter (PRESS RELEASE). ” Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched its record amount for a single quarter, which was set in the first quarter of 2012. It was a 50 percent increase from $3.36 million in the second quarter of 2013. Second quarter lobbying disclosure reports were due Monday night.”

The FCC has launched its second contest to get rid of robocallers.

NY Federal judge has ruled that GMail can be accessed by prosecutors. “A New York federal judge ruled on Friday that prosecutors have a legal right to access Gmail-based emails in criminal probes that involve money laundering, a sharp turnaround from previous rulings in comparable cases and an alarm bell for privacy advocates.”

Firefox 31 is now available. (Remember when a new browser release was A Big Deal?)

IFTTT has launched a Nike+ channel.

Are you still using Windows XP? AV-Test has released is final set of AV test results for XP. And remember, even if you’re not on the Internet, keeping some kind of AV is a good idea so that a couple of bad flash drive hookups don’t turn your machine into a petri dish of nasty.

From MIT, deep look at Facebook’s new feed and how algorithms might be calculated/estimated.

From The Atlantic: Is there a place for Google Glass in hospitals?. It’s a shame that such an interesting article only has three comments, and two of them are obvious spam. Good afternoon, Internet…

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