Friday Evening Buzz, January 30th, 2015

Phil Bradley has cleaned up and updated his list of search engines. Between additions and subtractions there are still over 180 engines on this list…

Yahoo is teaming up with Snapchat. Wait, what?

Just when you thought it was safe to quit downloading security updates: Here’s another emergency Flash patch.

Sure, why not: tracking pollen counts with Google searches. “Parker tracked trends in Google searches for terms such as ‘pollen’ and ‘Zyrtec’ in Metro Atlanta from 2004 to 2011. He compared those trends with measurements taken at two local pollen counting stations for ragweed, oak and pine pollen. The comparison proved effective for tracking pollen trends, even in the spring of 2011, during which an unusual allergy season took place.”

Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (CNCR) at Georgia State University College of Law has launched a downloadable database of United States restorative justice legislation. “Downloadable database” means an Excel file that opened fine in LibreOffice. “Restorative justice often involves bringing victims and offenders together to reach a conclusion. It may be used as a diversion tool, an immediate sanction or post-sentencing within the court context or through a community-based organization.”

NFL highlights are coming to YouTube. “The deal brings clips from the NFL — one of the most searched-for sports leagues — to the Internet’s most popular video platform. Details of the arrangement were not disclosed, but it includes a revenue split based on ads sold by Google.”

Are you an early Dropcam user? The old models (circa 2009) will stop working as of April 15th, but Dropcam is giving out free replacements.

The cofounder of Opera is developing a new browser for power users. I’m excited. I used Opera constantly back in the day.

Microsoft is going to offer free data analysis tools. “Power BI, which is used daily by Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, competes with software from Tableau Software Inc., International Business Machines Corp.’s Watson Analytics and Inc.’s Analytics Cloud. Tens of thousands of companies use it to analyze business operations and finances.” Good evening, Internet…

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