Twitter, Moonpig, Microsoft, More: Morning Buzz, January 8, 2015

Krebs has a roundup of real-time attack trackers. “It seems nearly every day we’re reading about Internet attacks aimed at knocking sites offline and breaking into networks, but it’s often difficult to visualize this type of activity. In this post, we’ll take a look at multiple ways of tracking online attacks and attackers around the globe and in real-time.”

Nest has added 15 companies to its “Works with Nest” programs. “Among the new partners are Lutron, Insteon and Philips Hue. Each company built Nest products into its ecosystem. For example, now with the Lutron integration, homeowners can control their lights, shades and thermostat from the Lutron Caséta Wireless App, which also works with Lutron’s growing smart-home system.”

Lifehacker has started a health and fitness blog.

Apparently the Google News algorithm has over 200 factors. Remember when there were many great news search engines online? Seem to be fewer and fewer….

Greeting card web site Moonpig has had a huge security leak.

From Tuts+: How to build your own tweetstorm tool with the Twitter API.

More Twitter programming: Twitter has released some of its most-requested code on GitHub.

LinkedIn has updated its search feature.

The New York Public Library has posted a Web maps primer. “I was invited to the National Library of Colombia’s 2nd Digital Book Week as a speaker and to give a workshop on digital mapping tools. I thought it would be useful to share that workshop since it encompasses a lot of different processes and tools that make digital cartography today very accessible. It is a primer on working with various free web mapping tools so you can make your own awesome maps.”

All Reddit users are getting a couple of features previously available only to premium users. I am not good at Reddit.

Microsoft is open-sourcing WorldWide Telescope in 2015. “WorldWide Telescope began in 2007 as a research project, led from within Microsoft Research. Early partners included astronomers and educators from Caltech, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, the University of Chicago, and several NASA facilities. Thanks to these collaborations and Microsoft’s leadership, WWT has reached its goal of creating a free unified contextual visualization of the Universe with global reach that lets users explore multispectral imagery, all of which is deeply connected to scholarly publications and online research databases.”

Chronicling America has added a Puerto Rico newspaper. It’s the Gazeta de Puerto-Rico and covers 1837 to 1852.

Elsevier has announced Atlas, a new virtual journal. “Atlas showcases research that can (or already has) significantly impact(ed) people’s lives around the world. Articles published are selected by an external advisory board made up of representatives of some of the world’s most renowned Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), including the United Nations University and Oxfam. Every month the Board selects a paper from a shortlist of suggested articles published in any of Elsevier’s 1800+ journals. Once selected, the author(s) of the paper are awarded ‘The Atlas’ and work with a team of dedicated Atlas science journalists to summarize the research into an easy-to-digest, lay-friendly story format which will be published online. Additionally, all articles featured on Atlas will include a direct link to the full research paper on ScienceDirect which will be made freely available for all.”

Trucking newspaper Transport Topics has started an online archive. Good morning, Internet…

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