Week20&21&22:Amazon Starts Vurtual Currency,Google Fixes Images And Plans Paid Misic Streaming Service,

ProPublica Launches Online Tool to Search Nonprofit Tax Forms( ResourceShelf)
Nonprofit Explorer is the new tool build ProPublica, which searches nonprofit tax forms.

Amazon Now Offers Amazon Coins Virtual Currency On Kindle Fire, Gives $5 In Free Coins To All Users(TechCrunch)
Amazon started a new virtual currency and gave $5 worth of the currency ( 500 Coins) to all Kindle Fire users, so they can spend them to buy apps and new stuff in a game or to to send virtual gifts to friends.

A guide to open educational resources(New Stephen's Lighthouse)
A new guide to open educational resources by the UK JISC, Joint Information Systems Committee, working towards advancement of digital technology in higher education.

Credo releases 12 new perpetual access and subscription collections ( Library Technology Guides)
Credo, the popular redference database has added 12 new and updated Subject and Publisher Collections, adding to the "more than 75 collections currently available for perpetual purchase or subscription."

Google+ Photos Can Now Automatically Create Animated GIFs, Panoramas, HDR Images And Better Group Shots (TechCrunch)
Google is now automatically enhancing the "tonal distribution in an image, soften skin, sharpen certain parts of an image and remove noise – and all of those computations happen in the cloud."

Google Unites Gmail And G+ Chat Into “Hangouts” Cross-Platform Text And Group Video Messaging App(TechCrunch)
"Today at I/O, Google rebranded “Hangouts” as a new unified, cross-platform messaging system. It lets people text, photo, and group video message across Hangouts’ Android and iOS apps, plus its Gmail and Google+ site integrations. Hangouts rolls out today, replacing Google Talk [GChat] and G+ Messenger. While it doesn’t support SMS yet, it could challenge Facebook Messaging and Apple’s iMessage."

Google Is Making Life Easier For Android Developers( ReadWriteWeb)
Android Studio, is the name of the new "dedicated Google-made integrated development environment (IDE)" to help developers with building, testing and deploying Android apps.

Google Now Gets New Cards For Reminders, Music, Public Transit, TV, Books And Video Games(TechCrunch)
Google Now is offering six new categories for their Android and iOS automated digital assistant:"public transit travel times, music, books, TV shows and video games.

Google Makes Email More Interactive With Customizable Gmail Action Buttons(TechCrunch)
Developers can now activate action buttons next to emails in Gmail inbox that let users reply or do other actions without opening the email.

Google Launches Paid Music Streaming Service( Search Engine Watch)
Google Play Music All Access, is the new paid ( $9.99 a month) music streaming service that Google is planning to unveil.

Listen Online: New York City Public Radio Station Airs Discussion With Directors of Three NYC Public Libraries (INFOdocket)
Listen to an interesting conversation between the three NYC public library directors about common problems and how the three systems manage with technological changes.

Canada: Stephen Abram Named New Exec Director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries( INFOdocket)
Congratulations to Steven Abram!

EBSCO Now Indexing Gale/Cengage Metadata, Discoverable via EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)(INFOdocket)
"EBSCO Information Services and Gale, part of Cengage Learning, have agreed to make Gale databases and archives discoverable through EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). The agreement allows EBSCO to index Gale metadata and make it discoverable for mutual customers through EBSCO Discovery Service."

Reference: Data.gov Launches New Catalog and APIs(INFOdocket)
Data.gov started new more comprehensive API's "that were released from across the federal government as part of the Digital Government Strategy.

25 Alternatives to Google Analytics (New Stephen's Lighthouse)
Another one of Stephen's wonderful posts about alternative resources to Google Analytics.

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