Google, Twitter, Toyota, More: Afternoon Buzz, January 8, 2015

Google has lost a hunk of search share, mostly because of Yahoo making a deal with Firefox. “Google’s slice of the U.S. search market fell to 75.2 percent in December from 79.3 percent a year ago, while Yahoo jumped to 10.4 percent from 7.4 percent, according to analytics firm StatCounter. That put Google at its smallest share of the U.S. Web search market since at least 2008, when StatCounter first started tracking the numbers, and the highest share for Yahoo since 2009.”

Hongkiat looks at 8 nifty Twitter bots.

A new Web site is available for finding reconstruction-era genealogy records for African-Americans. “Researchers can use the website’s interactive map to learn which of these services were located near their area of research interest. If the records are online, the map provides a link to the records that tell the stories of newly-freed former slaves in the United States. The site also maps the locations where African Americans who served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) fought in battle.”

The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Camilo José Vergara. 400 images are already available for viewing at the LoC.

Toyota has released a huge number of patents related to hydrogen fuel cells. “Toyota will invite royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 fuel cell related patents held globally, including critical technologies developed for the new Toyota Mirai. The list includes approximately 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply.”

The FTC has closed its investigation of Yelp without taking action.

Vestfold Museums of Norway has joined the Flickr Commons. “Vestfold is a consolidated museum located in Vestfold in the south-eastern part of Norway. The museums and archival institution in about one to two hours by train or car from Oslo, the capital. The museums are diverse, ranging from Viking and medieval history, the development of the cities of Tønsberg and Larvik, industrialization in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the history of whaling to contemporary art.”

YouTube will be adding native support for 360 degree videos. Good afternoon, Internet…

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