Yahoo, Finland, Pinterest, More: Short Monday Buzz, December 29th, 2014

The Yahoo Directory has closed early. Sigh.

TechCrunch has an interesting article called Good Riddance to Social Search. I saw the headline and thought, “Wait a minute. Searching social sites is actually pretty cool and we do not have enough good tools for it.” Turns out Frederic Lardinois was talking more about what I would consider to be “social-ized search,” where regular search engines tried to cram into search result pages data from your and your friends’ social media activities. And he is right. That was silly, and I’m glad they’re not doing it.

Because I’m always looking for a good photo app: 23 of the best new photo and video apps launched in 2014, from TNW.

Were you having trouble getting on Twitter yesterday? You were not alone.

Pinterest is going to open its advertising platform to everybody.

Is China blocking access to GMail? “…we have received word that China has blocked access to Gmail on an IP level for a whole lot of its citizens – where theoretically speaking, it could amount up to 1.3 billion, although most likely that is not the case.”

Aalto University of Finland has joined the Flickr commons. “Aalto University was created by a merger of the Helsinki School of Economics (established 1904), Helsinki University of Technology (established 1849), and the University of Art and Design Helsinki (established 1871).” There are some lovely pictures here.

Mashable has rounded up what it considers to be the best Reddit AMAs (Ask Me Anything) of 2014. If you’re like me you find out about all the cool ones after the fact. The list here includes Tim Berners-Lee and a former Disney princess. Sadly the AMA for Rufus the Hawk and his handler did not make the list. Good morning, Internet…

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