Podcasts, Germany, LinkedIn, More: Evening Buzz, October 1st, 2014

So apparently podcasting is in vogue again. Millions of people listen to podcasts, as do I – my morning wouldn’t be the same without news from the BBC, NHK World Radio Japan, and United Nations radio. But it really makes me wonder. From the article: “The analytics company RawVoice, which tracks 20,000 shows, said the number of unique monthly podcast listeners has tripled to 75 million from 25 million five years ago.” If that’s the case, why are podcast search and discovery tools so horrible? They’re awful! Why? Seems like a huge opportunity being missed. (And if you know a good podcast discovery tool, leave it in the comments. Be warned: I have a wish list. It’s not a difficult wish list, but no tool I know lives up to it.)

Yahoo is testing a new home page. Wouldn’t it be weird if Twitter bought Yahoo?

A German regulator is warning Google over collecting user data. “The city of Hamburg’s data protection regulator, one of Germany’s leading data protection agencies, said in a legal ruling that Google must seek Germans’ expressed permission before it uses their data to create online user profiles across its services like email, online search and its Android-based mobile products.” has an article on researching Norwegian law online.

JSTOR is launching a new online magazine. “Wanting to make JSTOR’s content a little more digestible and to engage a different kind of audience, the library today is officially launching its new online magazine, JSTOR Daily. The slick-looking home page already features some 100 blog posts and original articles, most of which draw on and link to more expansive content already on JSTOR.”

Wunderlist is integrating with Dropbox.

Mmmkay: LinkedIn is adding college finding tools for students. “Last year, LinkedIn widened the net for potential users when it started to allow high schoolers to join its social network for professionals, and today it’s launching a clutch of features that it hopes will get them to stick around a while longer: three new tools — Decision Boards, University Outcome Rankings and University Finder — focus on college-bound students who are deciding where to apply, what to study and people who might give them some useful advice on the way.”

So just how big is Google Scholar, anyway? “When it comes to searching for scientific literature, Google Scholar has become a go-to resource for a growing number of researchers. The powerful academic search engine seems to comb through every academic study in existence. But figuring out exactly how many papers are covered by Google Scholar isn’t easy, recent research shows—in part because of the company’s secretive, tightlipped nature. And some scholars warn the service may be inflating citation counts, although that may not necessarily be a bad thing.”

IFTTT has released a new set of recipes for video lovers.

Google is testing a smartphone-friendly icon in its search results. Good evening, Internet…

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  1. re: podcast search. My Earworm ‘intelligent speech’ search-engine was so under-used, I canned it about 18 months ago. I’m not sure the masses want to find new speech podcasts via search. Personally I would love a good podcast search, ideally with something like the Google ‘Advanced Reading Level’ search results filter, to weed out the fluff and faff.

    • What I really want to find: a podcast search engine that lets me search by average podcast length, with at least x episodes, which has been updated in at least the last y weeks. And that is difficult! It is so frustrating to do a podcast search, find a great show, and then discover it hasn’t been updated in two years. ARGH.

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