Saturday Morning Happy Pi Day Buzz, March 14th, 2015


There’s a new Twitter bot for tracking edits made to Wikipedia. This one’s watching the NYPD. “The account was created Friday morning, after a Capital New York report detailed extensive Wikipedia edits by NYPD IP addresses to Wikipedia articles. Capital found multiple instances of users on the NYPD network editing and attempting to delete entries on victims of NYPD altercations, including Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo.”


Oh nice. One of Microsoft’s updates is causing a reboot loop. It’s apparently only for Windows 7, though.

Blogging platform Medium, which is getting more and more chatter in the places I listen, is doing a limited beta testing of custom domains.

WordPress 4.2 beta 1 is now available.

Oh what a surprise, a new Flash patch. “Adobe has released an update for its Flash Player software that fixes at least 11 separate, critical security vulnerabilities in the program. If you have Flash installed, please take a moment to ensure your systems are updated.”


Old news but in case you haven’t heard: Tech news site Gigaom is shutting down.

Wikipedia is suing the NSA and DoJ. “The lawsuit, … filed on Tuesday, alleges that the NSA’s mass surveillance of internet traffic in the United States – often called ‘Upstream’ surveillance – violates the US constitution’s first amendment, which protects freedom of speech and association, and the fourth amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.”

I don’t want to bum you out. But please read this story about the state of Iowa and its inability to digitize newspapers due to lack of funding. There’s also a look at the idea of microfilm vs. digital records. I wonder if any cultural institutions regularly convert selected “born digital” resources to microfilm? I know at least the state of North Carolina can do it, but I’m not sure how often it’s done.


Somebody analyzed the top 1000 posts on LinkedIn to see what made them the top posts. Good morning, Internet…

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