Wayback Machine, Bots, Veterans’ Employment, More: Wednesday Afternoon Buzz, May 4, 2016


New to me and looks pretty recent: a tool to download the entire Wayback Machine archive for a given URL. It’s Python.

Microsoft has launched a new site for the documentation for its services. “Entire articles have been chopped up into smaller ones with buttons for navigating to next and previous sections. The pages are responsive, so they’ll adjust nicely as browser window sizes change, and they’ll look fine on mobile devices. Each page has an area for comments (thanks to a Livefyre integration), Facebook and Twitter sharing buttons, and an Edit button that routes users to the corresponding GitHub page — because, after all, the documentation on all these pages is available under an open source license.”

The United States government has launched a new employment resources portal for veterans. “Today, I am pleased to share with you the best starting point to build a better network of resources: our virtual, one-stop online employment services website, The site brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top trending industry sectors and tools for employers.”


Google has added new Street View content from the United States. “To celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week, Google Maps is releasing some new scenic Street View sights across the US collected with our partners in the Trekker Loan Program. In anticipation of the warm summer months ahead, discover and explore botanical gardens tours, historic boardwalks cruises and stunning city views all in your Google Maps app for Android and iOS.”

The Opera browser’s native ad-blocking is now official. “Earlier this year, Opera introduced built-in ad blocking for the developer version of its browser. Now, it’s making the same feature available in its regular software for both desktop and mobile devices.”


This seems a little intricate, but if you ever need it: How to hide one friend from another friend on Facebook. “On Facebook, once you friend someone, they normally can see all of your friends by default. This is not very helpful if you want to friend someone, but don’t want that friend to know about another friend that you may have. Maybe you’re friends with two people who were together, but are now split up and hate each other.”


At Science Friday, Chau Tu has an article on CyArk, which is preserving historical sites with 3D scanning. “‘We operate in sort of two worlds,’ says Elizabeth Lee, CyArk’s vice president. One entails cultural ministries and organizations such as UNESCO, academic institutions, and governmental boards of antiquities, which CyArk works with to get access to and learn about significant heritage sites around the world. The other is a more technical world in which the organization collaborates with data management and digital scanning companies, among others, using their technologies and products to capture and store data at a large scale. The end-product is high-resolution 3D scans of major sites and monuments around the world that enable users to virtually explore buildings and rooms and examine structural details throughout.”


The Register is reporting some pretty bad ImageMagick security issues. “Whenever you upload a profile photo, a gallery of snaps, or a silly meme to a website, there’s an extremely high chance that the site is using ImageMagick, an open-source collection of image processing tools, to resize, crop and tweak the pictures. By feeding booby-trapped data – such as a poisoned selfie – to web services using ImageMagick, it is possible to execute malicious code on the website’s server. From there hackers can start infiltrating the system to steal secrets, snoop on people’s accounts, and so on.”

A 10-year-old has collected a $10,000 bug bounty from Facebook. Way to go, young’un. “A 10-year-old found a bug in Instagram that let him delete any comment. He reported his discovery to Facebook, and got paid $10,000, according to Finnish newspaper Iltalehti. We contacted Facebook, and a spokesperson confirmed the notable accomplishment.”

A security firm says it’s found a problem with GMail, but Google says no. “Israel-based cyber-threat specialists Cyberint insists it has found a serious flaw in Google security despite the tech giant’s denials that email injection can bypass security filters. In correspondence with, Google has refuted claims made by Cyberint that a malicious user could use the Apps admin console to bypass email security.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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