Bing, Pi ,DuckDuckGo, More: Morning Buzz, February 19th, 2015

Bing is predicting the Oscars. “After taking on the big sporting events, reality shows and elections with our predictions engine, we turned our attentions last week to the GRAMMYs. This week, we’ve put Bing to work predicting the Oscars® – but with a twist: Think you can beat Bing’s predictions? Choose who you think deserves Oscar-night glory, then use your personal Bing Oscar ballot to pick your winners and pit your choices against Bing and the Academy.”

Boy Genius Report has some stats about Android malware infection. “Motive Security Labs says that mobile spyware was on the rise last year, with six such apps found to be hunting for personal information — including a phone’s location, incoming and outgoing calls and text messages, email and web browsing. The report says that in the second half of 2014 alone, there were as many Android devices infected with malware as Windows laptops.”

DuckDuckGo now supports instant answers in additional languages. “DuckDuckGo claims they can provide instant answers for around 9 million different queries and now they are supported in the following four languages, outside of just English. The new languages include French, German, Czech and Polish.”

WordPress 4.1.1 has been released.

Apparently I’m not the only one who loves Raspberry Pi: sales have topped five million. “Tweeting its new sales milestone today, the Raspberry Pi Foundation suggested the Pi has now surpassed sales of iconic, U.K.-made home computers of the past — such as the Sinclair Spectrum and BBC Micro — which had themselves been an inspiration for the creation of Pi, having helped a generation of U.K. kids become coders. (NB: The Foundation was referring to the speed of Pi sales, rather than overall total. In a blog they note the Pi still has a way to go to pass Amstrad’s 8M total sales.)”

Another big record add from FamilySearch. “Notable collection updates include the 317,149 images from the Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799–1953 collection; the 311,885 images from the US, Indiana, Daviess County, Washington Times Herald Obituaries, 1984–2012 collection; and the 257,078 images from the Netherlands, Friesland Province, Church Records, 1543–1911 collection collection.”

Possibly useful? 11 Tools for Online Presentations, Videos, and Animations. I only link to these if there are at least two resources I haven’t heard of, and there are several here.

This should be interesting: IFTTT has launched an HP Print channel.

Twitter has launched TweetDeck teams. “TweetDeck Teams is a simple solution to Twitter account sharing. It enables you to delegate access to as many people as you like, and remove accounts when they no longer need access. In order to use this new feature, you must log in to TweetDeck with your Twitter account. If you are still using a legacy TweetDeck account, it’s time to switch over!”

Yahoo Finance has a new Editor-In-Chief. “A respected industry leader, Andy [Serwer] joins Yahoo Finance after 29 years at Time Inc., where he most recently served as the editor of Fortune magazine. He brings a wealth of financial journalism and editing experience to the table. During his long tenure at Time Inc., Andy oversaw the relaunch and redesign of Fortune’s magazine and website.”

Gmail is now warning about suspicious e-mail addresses. “A few days ago, I received a spam message in Gmail. Instead of flagging the message as spam, Gmail displayed this warning: ‘Be careful with this message. Someone might be trying to trick you by using similar-looking characters (such as Σ and E) in the email addresses contained in this message.'”

Tech companies are pushing back against the US government’s FBI gag orders. “On Tuesday, companies ranging from BuzzFeed to Wikipedia to the Guardian filed friend-of-the-court briefs (see below) to support a challenge by Twitter to Patriot Act gag orders. Two other large companies, which are only allowed to refer to themselves as “Corporations 1 & 2,” also filed briefs.” Good morning, Internet…

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