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New Mexico Hay, New Zealand Property, Russia-Themed Pokemon, More: Tuesday Buzz, July 26, 2016

It’s official — Verizon bought Yahoo. What a sad, sad end. “Verizon’s acquisition includes Yahoo’s operating business — advertising technology and popular online content such as Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance and Tumblr — as well as the Yahoo brand and real estate attached to the core business including Yahoo’s Sunnyvale, Calif. headquarters.

NEW RESOURCES

A new Web site aggregates hay sources in New Mexico. From the Web site: “There are 24,000 farms and ranches in New Mexico on 44 million acres (NMSU Extension Office) and our goal is to connect potential forage consumers to farmers.” Farmers apparently do pay for a listing on the site.

Now available: a database of property in New Zealand. “The site’s computer model uses the data, historic sales and trends in each area, which is updated monthly, to give people an idea of an estimated value. Property sales history, recent sales, monthly homes estimate and rating values are on the site.”

Moscow City Hall has created a Russia-themed alternative to Pokemon Go. “Moscow City Hall’s IT department has developed a mobile app offering users an alternative along the lines of Pokemon Go, with the ability to take selfies with 3D images of famous people, the capital’s municipal administration said on Monday.” It will be available in August.

The Property Care Association (PCA) has started an online archive of building preservation materials. “The digital document archive contains copies of records such as papers and conference records of the British Wood Preserving Association (BWPA) since 1931, and then British Wood Preserving and Damp Proofing Association (BWPDA) from 1990 onwards.” The archive is free.

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

DigitalNC has expanded its archive of the Raeford News-Journal. “With this addition, more than 1,000 issues of the paper are now online, dating back to 1943.”

Good grief, MORE WITH THE TWITTER AND THE SPORTS! “Twitter is expanding its live sports plans, with weekly, livestreamed games from Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. The livestreams will be available for free to out-of-market viewers, whether they’re logged into Twitter or not. Twitter is also announcing a new nightly sports highlights show called The Rally, produced by mobile video company 120 Sports.”

Google keeps on tweaking Google Maps. “The idea behind the new look for the maps is to remove clutter. As Google notes, the team removed road outlines, for example, and also improved the typography on the maps so it’s easier to read street names, points of interest and transit stations.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

That’s interesting: the Washington Post is hiring Facebook Live producers. “The ideal candidates for these contract positions have demonstrated experience with developing and executing on social video programming for a national audience. Washington Post video producers are a critical part of the department’s workflow, handling live video programming, pitching and creating video stories and breaking news production.”

And FROM the Washington Post, a disturbing but important article: When a cry for help rings out on Facebook, who answers — and how? “If the Internet is a public forum, then social media is the megaphone installed at the center of it. Certainly it attracts oversharers, the ones who hash out breakups in Facebook statuses and live-tweet their days in embarrassing detail. We lurk in the cyber shadows and tsk and snicker — this is modern voyeurism at its most entertaining. But then there are people like my acquaintance who seem to be in a different, more dangerous kind of distress that seems private but is broadcast, intentionally or not, to a wide network of onlookers. It looks suspiciously like mental illness.”

Twitter has a new marketing campaign called “See What’s Happening” and I can’t even. “Starting today, we’re taking steps to express what we’re for and what we’ve always been. Twitter is where you go to see what’s happening everywhere in the world right now. From breaking news and entertainment to sports and politics – from big events to everyday interests with all the live commentary that makes Twitter unique. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be rolling out marketing including videos and digital ads that center around seeing what’s happening on Twitter.” Are you supposed to see what happens when you’re not famous and you get harassed? Or are you supposed to see what happens when you are famous and Twitter takes days to react to your harassment?

SECURITY/LEGAL ISSUES

Fortune: What Google Can Learn From Microsoft’s Antitrust Problems. “Google’s type of bundling, called ‘tying’ in the law, is exactly what got Microsoft in deep trouble starting in 1998 when the company was bundling Internet Explorer with Windows and later its Media Player with Windows. The United States sued Microsoft and won in 2001, precipitating billions of losses in class action suits against Microsoft. The EU sued Microsoft twice, won both times, and imposed fines totaling $3.4 billion. It even forced Microsoft to create a special version of Windows for European consumers without Windows Media Player!” Good morning, Internet…

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