Google, Skype, Facebook, More: Morning Buzz, December 16, 2014

Apparently high-level participation in comment sections can reduce trolling. I don’t know if you’ve ever done it, but community moderating/wrangling is a seriously tough job.

You can now control your Nest by voice. And yet, still no jet pack…..

Central Michigan University is digitizing its plant and fish samples into an online database. “Thanks to $7.5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Program, CMU is among a group of universities that will help put together an online database featuring more than 1.7 million specimens of plant and fish life.”

Google Cardboard has a new app collection.

More Google: You can now make custom Google Maps from within Google Drive. “As well as adding the option to access Maps directly in Drive, you can also now add more layers and points of interest. There’s also support for importing bigger spreadsheets and more info.”

More more Google: Google’s constitution archive has added Arabic documents. These are translations for the most part. “The site allows users to search for different constitutions by country or by year, and is subdivided into themes such as citizenship, foreign policy or judicial autonomy and power.”

The Skype Translator Preview has launched. So exciting! “he preview program will kick-off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English, and 40+ instant messaging languages will be available to Skype customers who have signed-up via the Skype Translator sign-up page and are using Windows 8.1 on the desktop or device.”

Google is closing Google News in Spain today. Not surprising at all. It’ll be interesting to see what fills that void.

Facebook has stopped serving search results from Bing.

Merriam-Webster has announced its 2014 Word of the Year… and it’s culture! Good morning, Internet…

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