IBM, Duke U., RSS, More: Friday Afternoon Buzz, April 16, 2015


IBM is putting its security threat database into the cloud. “The project, which started about a year ago, will see Big Blue’s 700 terabyte archive of security data go online in an archive dubbed the ‘IBM X-Force Exchange’. This includes malware threat intelligence from 270 million end users, threat information on 25 billion websites, and images and details of more than a million IP addresses linked to hacking. In addition, the firm is including a library of APIs and software tools to allow third parties to either use the data to harden up their own defenses, or add to it.”

Duke University Press is making an initial ste of 145 backlist titles available on HathiTrust. “These titles are available under a CC-BY-NC-ND license, and are available for reading and download worldwide. The list of newly opened titles is eclectic, covering subjects such as literature, history, critical theory, political science, sociology, and others. Noteworthy titles include Derek Bok’s 1990 volume Universities and the Future of America and a facsimile edition of early drafts of Lie Down in Darkness, by William Styron.”


Fold3 is giving free access to its Civil War collection through the end of the month .

More lovely from @Labnol: How to create RSS feeds for Twitter.


IFTTT is now offering Do for iPad and Apple Watch.

Google Maps Data Layers now have more functionality. “With the revised API, you can now use interactive Data Layers to collect user reviews on the best places to visit in an area, and display heatmaps showing the popularity of various locations.”

Google has launched handwriting input for its Android devices.


Wellcome is entering the final phase of its early European books digitization project. “We’re nearing the end of our early European printed books digitisation project with ProQuest. After four years of digitisation, nearly 3.8 million images have been captured from 8,850 volumes published outside the UK before 1701. In the final phase of the project, we’ll be digitising a substantial proportion of our incunabula, books printed before 1501. This will take place from April 2015 for nine months.”

An article in Wired looks at a couple more tools to find good stuff on Twitter.

Apparently Bing now has a search market share of 20%. Does it strike anyone else as a little odd that right when Google is trying to defend itself against antitrust complaints from the EU, Bing suddenly has a 20% search share? Good afternoon, Internet…

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