Words, Oklahoma, ARRL, More: Fat Friday Morning Buzz, January 16th, 2015

The University of Glasgow has published a new online thesaurus of over 800,000 words. “The Historical Thesaurus of English is said to be the only resource to make the meaning of every English word from the last millennium available to the public online. It is a digital version of the Historical Thesaurus of English Project, the printed version of which was first published in 2009 after 44 years of work by academics at the University of Glasgow.”

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Network database will upgrade next week. (I had some problems getting to page 2 of this news story; I kept getting a 403 error. Use the “print” option to see the whole article.)

Google may team up with large automakers for self-driving cars.

Keep an eye out: there’s apparently an Affordable Care Act Phishing campaign making the rounds.

Google and Lending Club are teaming up to offer low-interest loans to Google Partners. “The partnership constitutes a pilot program at launch, so this is clearly an experiment for the time being, but it will effectively entail Google purchasing the loans and paying the interest, with the capital being plowed into its own ‘partner network to drive business.'”

TechCrunch has an article about Timeline, which provides background information and context to news stories: “But while Timeline summarizes and links to the Risen news, its focus is broader than that — as the headline indicates, the real story it presents is about the often tense relationship between US presidents and the press. So underneath a brief news summary, you get to the meat of what Timeline does — which is, yes, a timeline, starting with President Grover Cleveland complaining about journalists at his wedding way back in 1886, then jumping through things like the Monica Lewinsky scandal and how the press covered the Bush administration’s claims about Iraq, then finally ending on Risen and, more generally, Obama’s not-particularly-open relationship with the press.”

Google is killing off Google Glass in its current incarnation. “The company announced this morning that the Glass Explorer program is ending, and that Google will stop selling the current version of Glass on January 19.”

Mapillary is using crowdsourcing to map the world, and just raised some money.

Wikipedia has launched a redesigned mobile app. “In the new release, a prominent, contextually relevant image is being added to the top of each article — something that’s designed to engage readers with the topic, the organization says. In addition, the search experience now features a more defined, higher-contrast search bar alongside a list of recently searched topics.”

ProfHacker takes a look at Google’s Inbox (and likes it)

MIT Technology Review takes a deep look at Skype Translator (and also likes it, with reservations.)

The ARRL (amateur/ham radio) online library has gone live. “Current content includes presentations on operating digital modes, HF basics, and impedance matching. While the available material is sparse right now, [Sean] Kutzko invites all radio amateurs to submit material for consideration — as long as it relates to Amateur Radio. The Public Relations Committee will vet all submissions, and once a submission is approved, it will be added to The ARRL Library.”

Wow, Wikipedia is 14 years old.

Want to catch all the Super Bowl ads without the bother of actually watching the Super Bowl? YouTube’s got your back.

Speaking of YouTube, Obama will be interviewed by YouTube personalities after his State of the Union address next week. Good morning, Internet…

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