Vinyl, Fonts, Lycos, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 27th, 2015


The Vancouver Foundation will make its research available for free. “The Vancouver Foundation’s only caveat is that those who use its intellectual property must properly attribute the source material to its creator or the 72-year-old non-profit, which dispersed about $57-million through more than 4,900 grants last year….By 2017, anybody who receives funding from the foundation must agree to release their work under a Creative Commons licence, which is a free, simple and standardized way of granting anyone the copyright permissions to use their creative work.”

Now available: an online archive of colored vinyl and picture discs.

Alert service Wikilerts has gone live at . “‘Wikilerts’ is a combination of the words ‘Wiki’ (community-driven content) and ‘Alerts’. On Wikilerts users set up ‘alert communities’ where members inform each other so that nobody misses out on important stuff.”


Google’s “signature” font, Roboto, is now open source. “The Roboto family of fonts, and the toolchain used in creating it, are now an open source project. Roboto is Google’s signature font, created by Google designer Christian Robertson. It is the default font used in Android and Chrome OS, and is the recommended font for Google’s visual language, Material Design.”


You know that “how old” Web site Bing made? It has integrated that technology into its image search.

Meetup has launched Meetup Pro. “With the new service, organizations can launch and manage their Meetups in cities around the world using a single, centralized account, and visualize their Meetup activity on a responsive webpage that shows the community as well as who’s hosting their next Meetup.”


Genealogists! There will be free live streaming from the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Is Facebook’s publishing going to get into local journalism?

I don’t have time get deeply into earnings reports anymore, but doesn’t this press release mean that LYCOS – freaking Lycos – is making more profit than Twitter?

Yeesh. You can apparently crash iPhones with one specific text. “Technology blogs are reporting that a specific text message, when sent to an iPhone from any device, causes the phone to crash, shut down, and turn back on—and in some cases, some users are still unable to access messages again until the offending sender sends another text message.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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