Added a further ‘exclude’ filter to JURN, to further try to weed out the idiots who post resumes / CVs on the main URL path of academia.edu/ (rather than in academia.edu/People/ etc). I’d say the site increasingly needs an autonomous search-and-delete bot for resumes and similar spam, that can keep the core of Academia.edu focussed on its “Share your papers” mission.
The latest Cites & Insights (Aug 2014) takes a long look at the trend toward self-publishing via online services. In the second half, there’s a set of follow-up articles on the predatory journals theme of the previous issue.
Google has removed its filter that enabled search of discussion forums, Usenet groups, Google+ groups (all six of them that are still active… heh), etc.
Scholar Ninja, new from Jure Triglav…
I’ve started building a distributed search engine for scholarly literature. … What makes Scholar Ninja unique is that all of its functions (indexing, searching, and distributed server) are contained within a browser extension. [and thus hardened against censorship] “What?”, I can hear you say, “How can that be? Since when can a browser be a server?” Since 3 years ago, when the almighty WebRTC was born. … [Scholar Ninja] is completely contained within a browser extension: install it from the Chrome Web Store. … beware that this is alpha software and may break completely.