Pocket, Facebook, XP, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, July 22nd, 2015


Facebook is adding “secret” videos (yeah right) and a video library for page owners. When Facebook tells me something is secret I do not believe it.


Pocket users! Check out The Next Web’s writeup on Pocket Rocket. “If you’re anything like me, you love Pocket — and find your overflowing stash of articles daunting. A new service, PocketRocket, will help you navigate the mess by sending you one article per day via email, then archiving it.”

Phil Bradley has a quick writeup on content curation tool Backstitch. “You can set up a free personal account and choose subjects that interest you. I chose to create a ‘CILIP’ collection, and Backstitch went away and found sites, social media resources and so on that I could add into my collection. When I was happy with what I had I could save it and share it. ”

From the always-interesting Aaron Tay: 5 things Google Scholar does better than your library discovery service. “I have had experience implementing Summon in my previous institution and currently have some experience with EDS and Primo (Primo Central). The main thing that struck me is that while they have differences (eg. Default Primo interface is extremely customizable though requires lots of work to get it into shape, while Summon is pretty much excellent UI wise out of the box but less customizable, EDS is basically Summon but with tons of features already included in the UI), they pretty much have the same strengths and weaknesses via Google Scholar. So far, my experience with faculty here in my new institution is similar to that from my former’s, more and more of them are shifting towards Google Scholar and even Google.”


Unless you’re the US Navy or some similarly exceptional organization, Windows XP support is officially done. “Keeping to its word, Microsoft ended security support for existing Microsoft Security Essentials customers running Windows XP, a little more than a year after support officially ended April 8, 2014. Microsoft said last year that signatures and updates for Microsoft Security Essentials would continue for a limited time, and the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool would also be available for XP users for a limited time.”


In my Real Job ™, one of the things I do is buy advertising. And I stopped buying cable advertising about three years ago, because the writing was on the wall as far as what online video was doing to cable viewership. Now the writing is in really, really big letters: YouTube is bigger than cable. “Google executives say the site outstrips any single U.S. cable network in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic, and that’s one of the reasons the tech firm’s stock price went soaring in the aftermath of the earnings call. In the hours that followed it jumped as high as 11 percent above its pre-announcement figure.”

Windows 10 is going to be a free upgrade. “Microsoft has reversed earlier policies regarding the cost of upgrading to Windows 10, and will make it free to upgrade. Back in March I wrote Microsoft accepts the inevitable, takes first steps toward making Windows and Office free, and in October 2014, What Apple’s zero pricing of iOS, Mac OS X, and iWork means.”

Eeesh. Yahoo did not have a great quarter. “Yahoo’s adjusted revenue for the quarter at $1.04 billion saw no change from the previous quarter or the year-ago quarter, and it just barely surpassed analyst forecasts of $1.03 billion. The company said it made a net loss of $22 million, or 2 cents per share, from a profit of $270 million, or 26 cents per share, a year ago.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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