Instagram, Bing, NOLA, Biodiversity, More: Morning Buzz, August 29th, 2014

Still getting crushed at work!

Google Authorship is now kaput. Really glad I didn’t put too much energy into this one.

Lifehacker is putting out a call for the best free online classes.

Instagram has launched a new app called Hyperlapse, and BOY does it sound cool: “Traditionally, time lapse videos depend on holding your phone or camera still while you film. Hyperlapse from Instagram features built-in stabilization technology that lets you create moving, handheld time lapses that result in a cinematic look, quality and feel—a feat that has previously only been possible with expensive equipment.”

Microsoft has re-issued a Windows security update after some initial problems. has launched a searchable online database of property transactions in the New Orleans area. “The data, so far, ranges from January 2014 to now, but transfers from the past five years will eventually be added. The sale price is always included when available.”

Bing is taking aim at Web spam.

More Bing: Bing Maps has a bunch of new imagery.

Appalachian State University has been awarded a grant for a very exciting biodiversity database project. “Professor Zack E. Murrell is leading a multi-state, $2.545 million project to create a digitized database of more than 3 million plant specimens from across the Southeast.”

Google has launched a new Google for Education blog. “We love to focus on solving problems. Sometimes practically and other times with wild, imaginative—or even highly unexpected—ideas. These ideas are born through education, when curiosity meets access to information. That’s why we have a vested interest in, and commitment to, learning in all forms. It’s also why we’re starting this Google for Education Blog: a new destination to share our work that’s happening across education, from products to programs, from the practical to the unimaginable.”

From Entrepreneur: four steps to plan a successful tweetup.

Yahoo is apparently experimenting with a new user interface. Don’t everybody hit the link at once.

Kanasas State University is creating a digital archive of agricultural writing. “The contract, worth more than $7,000, allows the team to digitize and preserve important Kansas youth-in-agriculture, agricultural education and rural life publications. Titles include Kansas 4‐H Journal, 1955-1988; Kansas Future Farmer, 1929-1979; and five additional newsletters and magazines.”

Did you know you could search for special characters in Google Drive by drawing them? Good morning, Internet…

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