Online Archive of 19th Century California Trademarks

Thanks to my good buddy Esther S. who gave me a heads-up on a new collection of California trademarks. The state of California has released a collection of 19th century trademarks. “California Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced the release of nearly 4,000 digitized California trademark images and applications filed with the Secretary of State between 1861 and 1900. These images and documents are the largest digital collection ever assembled by the State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State’s office.”

TechCrunch Launches a Messenger Bot

TechCrunch has launched a bot for Facebook Messenger. I asked it to give me stories about archives and it chirpily replied, “This is the latest news about ‘archives’” and gave me stories from 2010, 2013, and 2009, respectively. It’s early days yet in bot-world. “Similar to our Telegram bot launched last month, our Messenger bot will help you stay on top of the topics and stories you care about. You can subscribe to different topics, authors or sections of the site, and the bot will send you news articles from TechCrunch about the things you are interested in the most.”

The British Library and Shakespeare Wallpaper

The British Library and Vodafone are celebrating Shakespeare’s legacy with “digital wallpaper”. “Shakespeare’s plays began to be printed towards the end of the 16th century in pamphlets known as quartos – pocket-sized and competitively priced for the time. …. The plays will be made available using specially designed “digital wallpaper”, in effect a virtual bookshelf at which users can point their smartphones to scan QR codes and activate their downloads.”

Dallas Police Publish New Online Database

The police department of Dallas, Texas, has published a new online database with information on resistance to force incidents. “The database includes incidents involving Tasers and physical restraint, much broader than the Officer Involved Shooting data the department had posted before.”

Text-Analyzing Shakespeare

To celebrate the life of Shakespeare, Wolfram|Alpha did some serious (and not so serious) text analysis. “Have you ever explored Shakespeare’s texts from the perspective of a data scientist? Wolfram technologies can provide you with new insights into the social networks of the characters of Shakespeare’s plays, semantics, and statistical analysis of his texts.”

Turning Off Facebook Live Notifications

Are you utterly sick of Facebook Live? You’ll be getting an option to turn those notifications off. “Facebook is finally introducing an option to turn off all those live video notifications. The control is currently rolling out, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed. It was spotted by Teresa Hammerl who posted a screenshot on Twitter.”

Did Google Trends Predict the Flint Water Crisis?

Wow: Did Google Trends Predict the Flint Water Crisis? “The graph below shows Google trends from the search term ‘lead water’ within the city’s geographic region when compared to the State of Michigan, and the United States as a whole….It shows that residents started searching for ‘lead water’ almost as soon as the City of Flint switched its water source. Further, we can see that residents continued to search for lead water long before any elected official or emergency manager seemed to realize there was an issue.”

Twitch Has Added a Friends List

Twitch, now with a friends list. “Friends is Twitch’s third social feature added in 2016, the company announced in a press release. You’ll be able to add up to 500 friends, and in addition to chatting, you’ll now be able to send Whispers to other users with a single click.”

Another Lawsuit Filed over PACER Fees

Another lawsuit has been filed over PACER fees. From the suit: “Despite this express statutory limitation, PACER fees have twice been increased since the Act’s passage. This prompted the Act’s sponsor to reproach the AO for continuing to charge fees ‘well higher than the cost of dissemination’—’against the requirement of the E-Government Act’—rather than doing what the Act demands: ‘create a payment system that is used only to recover the direct cost of distributing documents via PACER.’ Instead of complying with the law, the AO has used excess PACER fees to cover the costs of unrelated projects—ranging from audio systems to flat screens for jurors—at the expense of public access.”