Ham Radio, Sheffield, Twitter, More: Friday Buzz, December 26th, 2014

A digital archive of Sheffield (UK) images has celebrated its 60,000th image, 15 years after first being set up.

Handy: image size guidelines for Twitter (there are more image sets on Twitter than you’d think!)

A post over at Search Engine Roundtable notes that the Google News Custom RSS feeds are broken. I think that the Google Alert feeds are broken too. I keep getting the same news stories showing up in my alert feeds over and over — but the stories happened over six months ago and are not new…

FamilySearch is not slowing down for Christmas and has added a bunch of records. “Notable collection updates include the 2,514,754 images from the Italy, Bergamo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1901, collection; the 2,272,393 indexed records from U.S., Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006, collection; and the 3,449,667 images from U.S., Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973,collection.”

Microsoft Translator has been updated with new languages. “These changes include support for the Mexican version of Spanish, and the Canadian version of French, along with English as spoken in Canada, Australia and India. You will also find support for Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian languages.”

Larry Ferlazzo (who’s terrific but I suspect you already knew that) has a roundup of the best infographics, charts, and maps collections of 2014.

Did you get a Chromecast for the holiday? Engadget has a rundown on how to get the most out of it.

Are bigger Chromebooks on the way for next year? Don’t really care about bigger screen, though I’d love a better keyboard.

Facebook will have to face a message-scanning lawsuit. “Judge Hamilton denied Facebook’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed by Facebook users Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley in 2013. The suit alleges that until October 2012, when the social network says it stopped the practice, it scanned the content of private messages sent between users for links to websites, which were then used for delivering targeted advertising. The complaint alleges that this violated the federal and state privacy laws by ‘reading its users’ personal [and] private Facebook messages without their consent.'”

From Hongkiat: 20 Web sites to find free, high-quality images.

Did you know you could send tweets by ham radio?

Is Google’s new CAPTCHA system really that bot-proof?

More Google: it is apparently facing a 1 billion dollar privacy lawsuit for unlicensed songs on YouTube. “Irving Azoff, who manages the performance rights for roughly 20,000 songs from artists such as Pharrell, John Lennon and The Eagles through his company, Global Music Rights (GMR), is planning to sue YouTube for over $1 billion, claiming the online video site has not secured necessary licensing to include those songs in its upcoming subscription music service, Music Key.” Good morning, Internet…

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