Google, Story Maps, Vine, More: Morning Buzz, October 29th, 2014

Use Vine? Here are 7 Tips and Tricks. I didn’t know most of these but I’m not a huge Vine user.

Do you use Tor? Might want to check for malware.

Now available: a seriously digital Susan Sontag archive. “UCLA’s Library of Special Collections has enabled your voyeurism by making public everything that was once on Susan Sontag’s Power Mac G4 and iBook. And when they say everything, they mean it: The digital archive contains all 17,198 of her emails, Word documents, and MP3s, from the 1990s to the early 2000s.”

FamilySearch has added another new round of records. “Notable collection updates include the 161,880 images from the Australia, New South Wales, Cemetery, Military, and Church Record Transcripts, 1816-1982, collection; the 195,602 images from the Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1991, collection; and the 57,359 indexed records from the Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975, collection.”

Apparently people are more afraid of Google using their personal information than the NSA. “In light of the many detailed reports based on Edward Snowden’s leaks that revealed the sophisticated technologies the NSA and other spying agencies can employ for mass surveillance purposes, a new survey from Survata seems to indicate that Internet users are more afraid of their personal data being used by Google than the NSA.” I wonder if “all of the above” was a choice….

Google is offering the first minute of international calls free via Google Hangouts. This is apparently only through the end of the year.

More Google: it is apparently developing a cancer and heart attack detector. “The idea is to identify slight changes in the person’s biochemistry that could act as an early warning system.” You get that? Google wants to index your biochemical system. One tweak to the algorithm and POW! Your liver falls out.

Tumblr is rolling out Yahoo ads.

YouTube is apparently considering ad-free paid subscriptions.

One of the Duke Libraries blogs has a great post on story maps, both on what they are and resources to make them.

The Archive of Contemporary Music and The Internet Archive are teaming up. “Powered by teams of volunteers, the two archives are partnering to digitize CDs and LPs and then use audio fingerprinting to match tracks with metadata from catalogs and other services. Using Internet Archive scanners, the ARC is digitizing its books and photographs at its New York facility. When complete, this music library will be a rich resource for historians, musicologists and the general public.”

Google Apps for Education users are getting unlimited Drive storage. Good morning, Internet…

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