Kenya, Twitter, Instagram, More: Morning Buzz, December 17, 2014

Google has updated its high-res 3D imagery for New York and San Francisco.

More Google: it is retiring the Google Earth API.

More more Google: Google shuts down Google News in Spain, and external traffic to Spanish news publishers drops a lot. What did anybody think was going to happen??

YouTube is testing an autoplay feature that streams suggested videos automatically. But you can turn it off.

More YouTube: apparently it is testing a GIF tool.

Nielsen has released its Twitter television rankings for 2014. And I know I’m old because I didn’t watch any of the shows it mentions. Whipper snappers! Get off my lawn! And so forth.

More Twitter: 200 librarians to follow on Twitter.

Facebook has started auto-enhancing photographs.
“We’re not ace photographers, but we all take photos. Most could use a little help with light and shadow. So rather than making you manually filter them, Facebook tells me it will now auto-enhance newly uploaded photos starting today on iOS and soon on Android. You’ll be able to adjust a slider to control just how enhanced you want the light, shadow, and clarity, or revert back to your original shot.”

Speaking of photos, Instagram is offering five new photo filters. “Inspired by the photography, art, fashion and design of the global Instagram community, we’re releasing five new filters that we believe are our best yet. You’ll see the filters at the front of your filter tray: Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua. They soften and subtly shift colors to achieve the look and feel you want for your each photo.”

Virginia Tech has created a digital archive of The Kenya Gazette. “The Kenya Gazette is the official record of all laws, ordinances, and appointments made by the colonial and independent governments of Kenya. The historic database currently covers the years from 1977 to 1989, and will eventually include all Kenya Gazettes published since the 1890s.” Good morning, Internet…

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