OpenAI-Powered Writing, Oncology State Legislation, Google Sheets, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, March 15, 2022


VentureBeat: launches an AI-powered writing tool powered by OpenAI. “Just a few months ago, Bryan McCann and Richard Socher, the former chief scientist at Salesforce, launched, a search engine that leverages AI to understand search queries, rank the results, and parse the queries into different languages (including programming languages)…. In its quest to recalibrate expectations around search engines, is today launching a search app built in collaboration with OpenAI that generates snippets — or even documents — of text when given a prompt.” I played with it briefly. It’s interesting, but note that says it is “free for a limited time”.

PRNewswire: First-Of-Its-Kind Oncology State Legislation Tracking Tool (PRESS RELEASE). “Today, NCODA announces the launch of its new and unique, comprehensive Oncology State Legislation Tracking Tool. This new NCODA member resource is the first-of-its-kind within the oncology space that allows healthcare professionals and other users to stay up-to-date on the latest in state legislation pertaining to issues such as PBMs and copay accumulators. Unlike other state legislation trackers, this tool encompasses all updates throughout the United States in one location, and is updated on a weekly basis.” Apparently qualified persons can get complimentary membership to NCODA, while journalists and other interested persons can request access.


Android Police: Google Sheets cell limit doubles in new update, inching closer to Microsoft Excel. “How many cells would you say Google Sheets has? Take a wild guess — one million, maybe two? That used to be the case until Google increased the total number of cells in the spreadsheet from two million to five million in 2019. In an insane move, the company is now taking sheets from five million cells to 10 million to give users more space to work with.”

TechCrunch: Google Cloud gets more expensive. “Renting cloud infrastructure typically gets cheaper over time, but Google Cloud is bucking this trend today with significant price increases across a number of core services. These increases, which Google announced under the guise of wanting to provide ‘more flexible pricing models and options,’ will go into effect on October 1, 2022. Most developers are not amused.”

Search Engine Journal: WordPress Releases a New Performance Plugin. “WordPress announced the release of a plugin called the Performance Lab plugin. It was developed by the WordPress performance team that is designed to help WordPress sites speed up. The plugin gives publishers the opportunity to use new improvements now before they are included into the core of WordPress itself.”


Mashable: How to organize your favorite TikToks into collections. “TikTok offers an endless stream of fun and informative videos that can have you scrolling for hours on end — as well as losing irresponsible amounts of sleep. With so much interesting content, it’s easy to lose clips you might want to revisit later even after you’ve favorited them. Fortunately, TikTok allows you to sort your favorite videos into collections, adding some order to your obsessions so you aren’t scrolling through hundreds of K-pop fancams to find that one fried chicken recipe.”

The Guardian: Stop doomscrolling! The 50 cheeriest social media accounts – from dancing academics to seal pups. “Now more than ever we all need to sprinkle some happiness into our social media feeds. Here are the best accounts to follow, whether you love spectacular jelly creations or hilarious Japanese mascots.”


CNBC: Google employees are becoming unhappy with pay, promotions and execution, survey results show. “Google’s annual employee surveys, internally called ‘Googlegeist,’ show that a growing number of staffers don’t view their pay packages as fair or competitive with what they could make in a similar role elsewhere. They are also questioning their employer’s ability to execute.”

University of Tennessee Knoxville: UT Libraries Acquires Beauford Delaney Collection. “The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Libraries has acquired the complete personal archive of internationally renowned modernist painter Beauford Delaney (1901–1979). Delaney, a member of the Harlem Renaissance and one of the leading modernist painters of his time, helped revolutionize art of the 20th century through abstract and expressionist painting—all despite battling poverty, prejudice, and mental illness.”


Washington Post: Why Wall Street Is in Hot Water for Using WhatsApp. “Bankers and brokers often say that they’re much more closely regulated than executives in other industries. At least in terms of their business communications, they have a point. An ongoing investigation focuses on finance professionals shirking government rules by using texts and personal emails to conduct business.”

New York Times: How California Is Building the Nation’s First Privacy Police. “Mr. [Ashkan] Soltani faces the daunting task of overseeing the first government body in the United States with the sole job of regulating how Google, Facebook, Amazon and other companies collect and use data from millions of people. The office, the California Privacy Protection Agency, will be a more than 30-person group with a $10 million annual budget to help enforce the state’s privacy law, which is among the most stringent in the country.”

The Register: NASA in ‘serious jeopardy’ due to big black hole in security . “An audit of NASA’s infosec preparedness against insider threats has warned it faces ‘serious jeopardy to operations’ due to lack of protection for Unclassified information.” Good morning, Internet…

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