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Chemistry World, Wisconsin Trees, Web Scraping, More: Tuesday Buzz, August 15, 2017

NEW RESOURCES

Talking New Media: Chemistry World launches digital archive with Exact Editions. “Chemistry World, published monthly by The Royal Society of Chemistry, has today announced the launch of its complete archive with digital platform Exact Editions. First published in 2004, Chemistry World brings the latest chemistry news and research to its readers. Every issue, the magazine explores recent advances in chemistry, covering all aspects of the field, from discovery and new product applications, to international business news and government policy changes.” Not free.

WMTV (Wisconsin): DNR tool teaches communities about tree benefits. “A new tool released by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources may help you save money by learning about the trees in your own backyard. The tool is an interactive map. It’s a massive database, which tracks the location of trees, size, and health condition. With that information it calculates how the tree can increase property values, improve air quality, and reduce storm damage and flooding.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Online Journalism Blog: The 2nd edition of Scraping for Journalists is now live. “When I began publishing Scraping for Journalists in 2012, one of the reasons for choosing to publish online was the ability to publish chapters as I wrote them, and update the book in response to readers’ feedback. The book was finally ‘finished’ in 2013 — but earlier this year I decided to go through it from cover to cover and update everything. The result — a ‘second edition’ of Scraping for Journalists — is now live.”

CNET: You can now dictate to Google in more languages. “Google added more than 20 languages to its speech recognition software Monday, including Georgian, Swahili and Amharic, among others.”

MakeUseOf: Google Camera Now Comes With a Selfie Flash. “Google’s native camera app, inventively named Google Camera, has some new tricks up its sleeve. Google has added a selfie flash, the option to double-tap to zoom, and the ability to switch between shooting photos and video. Unfortunately, you’ll need a new phone to take advantage of these improvements.”

Neowin: Google plans to introduce new ad filters to give advertisers more control over ad placement. “Following an unfortunate incident on YouTube, in which an ad from The Guardian was displayed on an extremist video, leading to several publishers withdrawing their ads from Google’s ad network, the web giant plans to introduce new ad filters that will allow advertisers to select the content against which their ads will appear, thus avoiding any unpleasant surprises.”

USEFUL STUFF

Social Media Examiner: How to Integrate Facebook Messenger Bots With Facebook Live. “Want more leads and conversions from your Facebook Live videos? Did you know using a chatbot can boost your results? Integrating Messenger bots with your Facebook Live broadcasts makes it easy for viewers to sign up for and receive your offers. In this article, you’ll discover how to create a Facebook Messenger bot that generates qualified leads from your live videos.” This is neat!

Make Tech Easier: 5 Useful Tools to Help You Identify Fonts in Images . “You come across an endless amount of images with text on them. Those images could either be advertising or something else. Either way, it’s nothing out of the ordinary to see a font that you want on a picture. The only problem is that you have no idea what that font is called. The good news is that there are various free tools you can use to identify that font. With the following apps, you’ll always be able to identify a font.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Economic Times: National Archives of India set to get a digital makeover of its vast repository . “The National Archives of India (NAI), the custodian of some of the country’s most valuable manuscripts and records, plans to rope in technology companies to create a new avatar of the voluminous physical texts housed in its sprawling colonial-era building in the national capital.”

The Hill: Google to ban white supremacist website that was forced out by GoDaddy. “A white supremacist website that had its domain name under GoDaddy canceled for attacking the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally victim will now also be forced to move its content out of a Google domain name.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

The Guardian: US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website. “The US government is seeking to unmask every person who visited an anti-Trump website in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional “fishing expedition” for political dissidents. The warrant appears to be an escalation of the department of justice’s campaign against anti-Trump activities, including the harsh prosecution of inauguration day protesters.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Mashable: Google is giving users less reason to ever leave its sprawling walled garden. “Google used to be about transporting you around the open web and connecting you with all the weird, wonderful stuff the internet has to offer. Not anymore. If it was up to Google, you’d never need to leave its growing internet real estate. It’s a scary proposition for just about everybody but Google.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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