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Tree of Life Congregation, January 6, Raspberry Pi Simulators, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 4, 2023

NEW RESOURCES

Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle: New Rauh website provides virtual archive of Oct. 27. “Eric Lidji was facing a challenge. As director of the Rauh Jewish History Program and Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Lidji began collecting objects related to the Oct. 27 attack at the Tree of [Life] building almost immediately after it occurred.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Just Security: January 6 Clearinghouse. “Welcome to this all-source repository of information for analysts, researchers, investigators, journalists, educators, and the public at large. Check out our new addition below: A curated repository of deposition transcripts from the House Select Committee. Readers may also be interested in Major Highlights of the January 6th Report.”

Politico: Musk’s Twitter to lift ban on political ads ‘in coming weeks’. “Twitter plans to lift its restrictions on political ads, saying it would immediately allow issue-based paid content on the platform while political advertisements will return ‘in the coming weeks.'”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 4 Best Raspberry Pi Simulators for Testing Your Projects. “The Raspberry Pi is a versatile single-board computer that can be used in Internet of Things and robotics projects. It is cheap, powerful, and well-supported. But, due to various reasons, you might not always have a Raspberry Pi handy to test your project ideas. That’s where a Raspberry Pi simulator comes in. To make your choice easier, we have examined five of these simulators, their features, pricing, and their pros and cons.” This article is organized a bit oddly — the first option has a subscription cost and the last option has a single cost. The two middle options, however, are both free.

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

TechCrunch: QuickVid uses AI to generate short-form videos, complete with voiceovers. “Generative AI is coming for videos. A new website, QuickVid, combines several generative AI systems into a single tool for automatically creating short-form YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Snapchat videos.”

Wall Street Journal: Google and Meta’s Advertising Dominance Fades as TikTok, Streamers Emerge. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. accounted for a combined 48.4% of U.S. digital-ad spending in 2022, according to estimates from research firm Insider Intelligence Inc. Their combined U.S. market share hadn’t been under 50% since 2014, said Insider Intelligence, which expects that number to drop to 44.9% this year.”

The Verge: What to expect from CES 2023. “The event formally kicks off on Thursday, January 5th, but there’ll be plenty of news beforehand. Companies are holding press conferences throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, with the show floor finally opening up on Thursday and into the weekend. The Verge will be reporting from on the ground, so stay tuned for coverage of our favorite finds. For now, here’s what our team is expecting as they look toward the week ahead.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: Her Child’s Naked Dance Killed Her Google Account. New Appeals Path Restored It.. “… after reporting by The New York Times, Google has changed its appeals process, giving users accused of the heinous crime of child sexual exploitation the ability to prove their innocence. The content deemed exploitative will still be removed from Google and reported, but the users will be able to explain why it was in their account — clarifying, for example, that it was a child’s ill-thought-out prank.”

KCCI: Missing Iowans’ photos still not posted on database. “Late last year, a KCCI investigation sparked change in the Iowa Legislature. That investigation asked why so many missing Iowans were also missing photos on the state’s database… Three weeks after the story aired, a bill to allow police agencies to use driver’s license photos was introduced in the Iowa House. It was signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds in late May. Now, roughly six months later, pictures are still missing from the majority of the more than 300 people on the state database.”

Canadian Press: Google to pay Indiana $20 million to resolve privacy suit. “Google will pay Indiana $20 million to resolve the state’s lawsuit against the technology giant over allegedly deceptive location tracking practices, state Attorney General Todd Rokita announced.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

North Carolina State University: Tweets, News Offer Insights on Invasive Insect Spread. “A new North Carolina State University study shows the potential for using Twitter and online news articles to track the timing and location of invasive insect spread in the United States and around the globe. Researchers say these sources are promising for filling in gaps when official data are not widely available.”

ScienceDaily: Virtual reality game to objectively detect ADHD. “Researchers have used virtual reality games, eye tracking and machine learning to show that differences in eye movements can be used to detect ADHD, potentially providing a tool for more precise diagnosis of attention deficits. Their approach could also be used as the basis for an ADHD therapy, and with some modifications, to assess other conditions, such as autism.” Good morning, Internet…

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