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TV, Wikipedia, Twitter, More: Sunday Buzz, February 8th, 2015

Altmetric is now tracking Wikipedia. “Adding Wikipedia to the list of sources we track has been a goal of ours for a while, and in the course of working on an exciting new project with Springer, one of our customers (more on that at a later date), we had the chance to spend some time on it. We’re really pleased to be able to announce that any mentions of articles or other academic outputs in Wikipedia will now be reflected in a new ‘Wikipedia’ tab on the Altmetric details page.”

The New York Times has a thoughtful article on how/why Google Glass went from hero to zero. The thing is, if you poke around a little you’ll find there are lots of projects involving Glass in the medical fields and in industrial settings. Heck, I can think of dozens of ways I could use it as work. To me, Glass was simply a product that should not have been aimed at consumers at the outset.

Are you using Delicious? It has a new browse feature that hasn’t been rolled out to everybody yet

9to5 Google notes that Mattel and Google area teaming up for a press event next week. The speculation is something from Google Cardboard.

Interesting article from TheNextWeb on how Twitter might address its harrassment problem. I like the idea of auto-blocking new accounts, though I think I’d go 72 hours and not two weeks. I think Jason Calacanis doesn’t have a bad idea either, as long as the cost for verifying yourself isn’t ridiculous.

Are you a TV “cord cutter”? Now there’s a search engine just for you. “The idea, explains co-founder and CEO David Croyé, is to help people figure out where to watch a movie or show without having to log into every service provider you’re using and perform a search. With JustWatch, the search engine shows you whether a piece of content is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or elsewhere. And if it’s available for rent, it lets you know where you can get it for the best price.” Read the comments for recommendations of other services.

Congress.gov has a new alert system that allows you to get e-mail alerts in three categories. Read the LOC announcement for details.

Google has acquired Odysee. “Google may be soon adding more offline and private sharing features to its Google+ Photos service. It has acquired Odysee, an iOS and Android app that let users automatically back up photos and videos taken on their cameras or tablets to their home computers. It also let users set up private, automatic sharing with other people, and it had an API for integrating the service with other apps (read our longer article about it here). The app will be shut down effective February 23…”

More Google: do you own a Chromecast? You’ve got some Google Play credit coming.

A judge has ruled that Yahoo may not be indefinitely gagged by the feds regarding a subpoena. “Law enforcement cannot indefinitely forbid Yahoo Inc from revealing a grand jury subpoena that seeks subscriber account information, a U.S. judge ruled, because doing so would violate the company’s free speech rights. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose, California on Thursday wrote that the government’s request would prohibit Yahoo from disclosing the subpoena, even years after the grand jury concluded its probe. The court order does not disclose the target of the federal investigation.”

As you might have heard, health insurer Anthem was the target of a large hack that was discovered last week. And now the hacking victims are getting hit with phishing scams. Beware, and good morning, Internet…

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