Texas, California, Maine, More: Wednesday Morning Buzz, December 31st, 2014

Reading & Radio Resource is changing its mission and looking for a new home for its digital library. “Reading & Radio Resource started as North Texas Taping for the Blind back when reel-to-reel was high-tech and the visually impaired struggled to find audio options… The organization stopped recording new material several weeks ago. The radio broadcast, only accessible through special receivers, is now carrying canned material. [Dave] Owen is looking for another organization to take over the radio operation. And he’s looking for a new home for the group’s extensive digital library, one that will offer access to the visually impaired.”

Ars Technica is tracking all the tech Google is working on in 2015.

The state of Texas has a new tool for tracking business filings. “The business filing tracker, as a part of SOS Direct, now allows businesses to check on the status of documents received by the agency within the last 30 days.”

Speaking of states, the state of California is going to get a very powerful tool for goverment information. “This first-in-the-nation system will work by using voice and face recognition software to convert video files of state government meetings into searchable text-based documents.”

More state stuff: the state of Maine is preparing an online day care database. “DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew says day care violations, deficiencies, licensing actions, and corrective action plans will soon be online and available to parents and the public.”

The Historical Society of Washington DC is planning a digitization project. “The Historical Society’s catalog includes ‘more than 100,000 prints, negatives and slides from the 1860s to the present, documenting local street scenes, events, businesses, and people; more than 500 cataloged maps, tracing the development of the built environment; and more than 800 archives and manuscript collections, ranging from diaries and personal papers, to early 18th century land records, to the historic records of existing organizations.'”

Something I learned today: the McLean Museum and Art Gallery has a really nice online collection of World War I posters.

The Internet Archive has updated its terms of use.

Bing has listed its most popular homepages for 2014.

KrebsOnSecurity has just celebrated its fifth birthday. If you’re at all interested in security issues, especially things like credit card breaches at retailers, ATM skinners, in-depth looks at topics currently in the news, etc. Krebs is great.

Movie studios are worried that Google Fiber will cause more pirating.

More Google: GMail traffic is apparently resuming in China. Good morning, Internet…

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