Zika Virus, Indiana News, Funeral Homes, More: Sunday Buzz, April 17, 2016


A new Web site aggregates information on research projects for the Zika virus. “The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have launched a new Zika Research Projects List, a database that lists and categorizes all scientific studies on the Zika virus worldwide.”

The Greenfield, Indiana Daily Reporter has put its newspaper archive online. “The Daily Reporter, in partnership with, has archived more than 700,000 local newspaper pages dating back to 1872. They are fully searchable and available for purchase. The Pendleton Times-Post is also included in the archive.”

A little ick, but also important: a new Web site lets you price compare funeral homes. “Think of it as a Priceline for funeral homes—it’s called Parting and you type in your zip code and all of the funeral homes in your area show up with an estimated cost.”


The Alabama Historical Newspapers Page has gotten an update. “It now contains links to every known complete online digitized newspaper for Alabama, covering the years 1813 to 2016, and featuring 134 titles from 43 communities in 35 of Alabama’s 67 counties.”


MakeUseOf rounds up some sites for making the perfect animated GIF. (And no, the “animated” part is not implicit. Get off my lawn.)

From three tools for exploring poetry.


Facebook is promising not to tweak its timeline algorithm against Donald Trump. “Facebook said Friday it wouldn’t use its algorithms to influence voting in the US presidential election this November. ‘We as a company are neutral,’ a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. ‘We have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote.'” Since Facebook has already admitted to manipulating its feeds for a psychology experiment, I’d personally like less assurances and more algorithm transparency.

From the MIT Technology Review: Remaking Social Media for the Next Revolution. “A hero of the Egyptian revolution laments the limits of social media and hopes to improve online dialogue.”


Looks like Google and Oracle are headed for trial. “Oracle Corp (ORCL.N) and Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) unit failed to settle a long running copyright lawsuit over the Android operating system ahead of a retrial scheduled for May, according to a court docket.”


Teenagers are leaving Instagram for Snapchat. “In fall 2015, Piper Jaffray’s semi-annual survey of 6,500 US teens showed that 33% of them considered Instagram their most important social network. By this spring, that number had fallen to 27%.” Good evening, Internet…


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