Apple, Partpic, Astronomy, More: Afternoon Buzz, September 10th, 2014

(Hearing from a lot of y’all that Bloglines is down, but I can’t get any info as to why as I write this. If you’ve got the skinny send me a note.)

Want to see all the videos Apple played during its live event yesterday? Here ya go.

You should not be surprised by this: social media apps have data leaks. “Researchers from the University of New Haven have uncovered a mixed bag of security issues involving the Android apps of a number of popular social media sites including Instagram, Vine, Nimbuzz, OoVoo and Voxer, just to name a few.”

Oh wow, Partpic sounds like a great idea. “Are your thingamobs broken? Did the knob fall off of your widget? Partpic has you covered. The company, which is launching at the TC Startup Battlefield in San Francisco, was created to allow consumers to snap a picture of a replacement part and immediately receive a part number and order page in return.”

Hmm: tracking biometrics with Google Glass.

Yup, Home Depot got hacked. Krebs has the serious lowdown.

Interested in astronomy? Join the crowdsourced effort to transcribe log books! “We need to transcribe more than 100 logbooks containing about 10,000 pages of text. We seek volunteers to type in a few numbers per line of text onto web-based forms, since optical character recognition (OCR) doesn’t work on these hand-written entries. Harvard is partnering with the Smithsonian Transcription Center to recruit digital volunteers.” (Thanks to Matt S. for the heads-up!)

Cornell University is undertaking two large digitizing projects. (Glacier images and Latin American journals!)

The Israel Antiques Authority has launched an online museum. “In a statement, the IAA said the site will feature some 2,500 rare artifacts, representing ‘the most important archaeological collections in the Middle East.'” Good afternoon, Internet…

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