Google, Bing, Facebook, More: Tuesday Afternoon Buzz, April 28th, 2015


Facebook will match Nepal relief donations up to $2 million.


If you’ve got patents to sell, Google is opening a marketplace. “…today we’re announcing the Patent Purchase Promotion as an experiment to remove friction from the patent market. From May 8, 2015 through May 22, 2015, we’ll open a streamlined portal for patent holders to tell Google about patents they’re willing to sell at a price they set. As soon as the portal closes, we’ll review all the submissions, and let the submitters know whether we’re interested in buying their patents by June 26, 2015.”

More Google: it is now reporting on fashion trends. Because nobody knows fashion like a bunch of computer programmers. Okay, and big data too.


Web Design Ledger points to 20 photo editing tutorials. “Here you’ll find how to add matte and vintage look to your images, how to change the color of hair and eyes, how to remove unnecessary objects from your photo, add a tilt shift and back and white effects, play with sunspots and many more.”

Nice stuff from Peg Fitzpatrick: 5 Tools Everyone on Twitter Should be Using. I knew about a couple of these (like Buffer) but I want to try the other ones.


Bing is testing recipe data in its search results.

Buffer now schedules Pinterest posts. Now how about Tumblr?….

Facebook has launched free video calling for Messenger.


I’m not sure he actually meant to do it, but only Matt Cutts could troll the entire Internet with a rose bush.

Google has launched a Digitial News Initiative. “In the new partnership with eight publishers, including the Guardian, Google is to establish a working group to focus on product development as well as providing a €150m (£107m) innovation fund over three years, alongside additional training and research.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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  1. I want to know about the Google reporting on fashion trends … but there’s no link there.

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