I am not sure what I had hoped to accomplish but typing “lost thumb drive” into Google. Did I think my drive would magically appear? Hardly, but sometimes all you can do is shout out what is bothering you. So that is what I did….on Google….I need help.
I did find and an interesting post from The Daily Cup of Tech though. Of course, it would have been more useful if I read it before I lost my USB drive…
Earlier this week, Google officially announced the expansion of their digital newspaper archive. When Google News Archive Search was first launched in 2006, the focus was on major media. The search engine giant is now indexing and digitizing papers from around the country, including smaller local papers.
You can find material by searching the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News. (If you haven’t checked out the timeline feature yet, its pretty cool.) News Archive search results include both free and for-a-fee results. The advanced search options allows you to specify your preference.
This announcement is not without controversy. Many newspapers see their archives as a revenue source, while others find the Google program attractive.
The higher gas prices and the push to become healthier are seemingly moving people out of their cars and onto the pavement. MapQuest is reporting more use of its “avoid highways” function and offering a walking directions service on cell phones. Last month Google Maps added walking directions for trips shorter than 6.2 miles (that’s 10km).
Google is quick to point out they don’t always know if a street has a sidewalk, or if there’s actually a special pedestrian bridge for crossing a busy street. Of course, you can always download one of The City Portland walking maps. Maps are available for SW, SE, N and NE Portland. If you rather bike than walk, the city has bike maps too. For the Portland Metro Area visit byCylce.org.
The Elections Video Search Google Gadget uses speech recognition software to transcribe and index political speeches. Using the gadget you can search spoken content in transcribed videos from YouTube’s Politicians Channel. Not only are you able to search on the text used in speeches, but once the words are found you then can quickly jump to the portion of the video you are most interested in.
This new search tool was just launched this week so expect some glitches.
Last week I voiced my disappointment with Street View’s Seattle exclusion. Disappointed, no more. Today a Seattle television station was reporting that the Street View folks have been seen around town shooting photos. I haven’t seen them near the convention center but this blogger spotted them at a local Home Depot.
Maybe Washington, DC is next?
Mark Friesen notes:
Google’s extended its Street View all the way to the coast, east to Goldendale and Wasco, north almost to Chehalis and south past Salem.
Thanks for the heads up Mark.
This expansion isn’t limited to Oregon. A recent post on Google’s blog states that they are bringing Street View to 37 new areas (alas, Seattle is still missing) and expanding coverage in 15 existing areas.
Wait, there is more.
Google is also adding 10 new parks and recreation areas to Street View, including Lake Tahoe, California’s Death Valley National Park, and Yellowstone.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Street View, it is a Google Maps feature that lets users view 360 degree photographs of an address.
The New cities include:
CA: Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, Stockton
VA: Virginia Beach
NC: Charlotte, Winston-Salem
SC: Columbia, Greenville
FL: Boca Raton, Cape Coral, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Sarasota, West Palm Beach
OH: Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo
MI: Ann Arbor
MO: St. Louis
KY: Lexington, Louisville
OK: Oklahoma City, Tulsa
Google said Monday that it complied with Indian legal process when it gave police information about a user of its Orkut social networking site. With the IP (Internet Protocol) address of a person who had allegedly posted vulgar content about Sonia Gandhi, one of India’s top political leaders, on Orkut, police in Pune were able to arrest a suspect.
PCWorld: Google Defends Helping Police Nab Defamer
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