Instagram, New York, Google, More: Saturday Afternoon Buzz, December 20th, 2014

Google and the MPAA are having a slap fight.

Instagram is worth $35 billion? Yowza.

Google Street View, now with Christmas decorations. “Google has a new amazing perk that will make Christmas and holiday window shopping insanely better for Internet users, as the company has updated its Google Maps Business View feature to include detailed imagery of certain business locations in New York and London, decorated for Christmas.”

Yahoo will be shutting down several properties as it moves into 2015. Including Yahoo Alerts, which I haven’t used in years…

Google+ will now almost auto-enhance your videos. And when I say “almost auto-enhance” I mean it will ask first. “…whenever Google now thinks it can improve a video you upload, a banner will appear in the Google+ web app that asks you if you want to preview the potential changes. You can also opt to apply these automatic enhancements to any other video you upload to Google+ Photos (either directly or through Auto Backup) on a case-by-case basis.”

New York City’s Municipal Archives has posted an initial batch of 10,000 pages of colonial manuscripts. “The newly digitized trove contains ordinances from 1647 to 1661, when the island of Manhattan was run by the Dutch and known as New Amsterdam. It also includes handwritten and typeset English translations from the 19th century. The release marks the start of a much larger digitization project planned for next year.”

From TechCrunch: Why is Yahoo still so bad at the basics? Great question.

From Lifehacker: How to automatically back up and purge your e-mail every 30 days.

PC World (warning! PC World!) looks at a Chromebook migration tool from Intel (it only works on Chromebooks with Intel processors). “With a few clicks, users can move their contacts, files, photos, and bookmarks to a Google account, making them accessible through the web. The migration app is available for iOS, Android, and Windows, and if you don’t know what kind of processor your Chromebook is using, you can install a Chrome extension to find out.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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