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Cornell ILR Wage Atlas, Israel Immigration Records, YouTube, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 10, 2023

NEW RESOURCES

Cornell Chronicle: Fewer than 40% of New Yorkers earn a living wage. “The Cornell ILR Wage Atlas is designed to help New York state policymakers, economic development officials, nonprofits, academics and other stakeholders more easily analyze and visualize who earns living wages and where, and which occupations are best or worst for earning a living wage.”

Forward: Israeli immigration records now searchable in English online. “The collection of 1.7 million records, published by MyHeritage.com, is free for anyone to search. The database includes scanned images of documents for immigrants who arrived in Israel between 1919 and 1948, from anywhere in the world, by ship, plane or land. The records include the immigrants’ names; names of those who traveled with them and those who were expecting them in Israel; country of origin; date of arrival and their destination city.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

CoinTelegraph: Logan Paul backflips on defamation lawsuit against Coffeezilla, apologizes. “YouTuber Logan Paul has deleted a video in which he threatened to sue internet detective Stephen ‘Coffeezilla’ Findeisen over a three-part series that painted Paul’s CryptoZoo project as a ‘scam.’ According to Coffezilla in a Jan. 6 tweet, Paul has promised to drop his threats of filing a defamation lawsuit over the videos.”I know this all seems very gossipy, but I’m interested because Logan Paul is a huge YouTuber who has a long history of doing questionable stuff, and he’s been rather abruptly pulled up and called out lately.

Engadget: YouTube will begin sharing ad revenue with Shorts creators on February 1st. “YouTube’s long-awaited revenue-sharing program for Shorts creators is nearly ready. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new Partner Program agreement ahead of February 1st, when creators can begin earning ad share revenue on their Shorts views.”

How-To Geek: Raspberry Pi Launches a New Autofocus Camera In 4 Flavors. “The newly-launched Raspberry Pi Camera Module 3 will inspire some very interesting projects. It’s a 12MP camera with powered autofocus, HDR support, and a 1080p 50FPS video resolution—three things that were absent in previous Pi camera modules.”

USEFUL STUFF

Zapier: Descript harnesses the power of AI for easy audio and video editing. ‘If you’ve never tried it, you’re in luck: Descript recently revamped its desktop app, adding video storyboarding, editing, and production tools in addition to existing audio functionality. Descript does require a paid subscription for anything more than testing, but plans are reasonable and priced on the low end for casual users, as well as offering robust plans for more professional production needs. Let’s take a quick tour to see it in action.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

PENTA: Hauser & Wirth Institute’s Mission to Make Artist Archives Freely Available. “Hauser & Wirth Institute is a nonprofit, private foundation fully supported by the mega gallery Hauser & Wirth to fund and make available artist archives and catalog raisonnés, and to provide grants to support archival projects.”

KNAU: McCain Institute and Cronkite School launch taskforce to combat disinformation . “The McCain Institute and the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University have announced the launching of a task force focused on defeating disinformation attacks on democracy in the U.S.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

PLEASE READ THIS. This is bad. Krebs on Security: Identity Thieves Bypassed Experian Security to View Credit Reports. “Normally, Experian requires that those seeking a copy of their credit report successfully answer several multiple choice questions about their financial history. But until the end of 2022, Experian’s website allowed anyone to bypass these questions and go straight to the consumer’s report. All that was needed was the person’s name, address, birthday and Social Security number.”

Iowa Capital Dispatch: Iowa counties’ records inaccessible in wake of suspected cyberattack. “Iowa’s county recorders maintain land records, issue marriage licenses and register births and deaths. They also issue titles and liens on boats, snowmobiles and ATVs. The biggest immediate effect of the apparent hack is that the public, as well as the recorders themselves, can’t currently access real estate records.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Scientific American: Audio Astronomy Unlocks a Universe of Sound. “To realize their dreams, [Sarah] Kane and other budding blind or visually impaired (BVI) researchers are betting big on efforts to turn scientific data into sound, also called sonification. At a conference at the Lorentz Center in the Netherlands last December, a motley crew of scientists, sound engineers and educators representing the leaders of the nascent field of astronomical sonification gathered to discuss current projects and chart a course forward.”

Ars Technica: Microsoft’s new AI can simulate anyone’s voice with 3 seconds of audio. “On Thursday, Microsoft researchers announced a new text-to-speech AI model called VALL-E that can closely simulate a person’s voice when given a three-second audio sample. Once it learns a specific voice, VALL-E can synthesize audio of that person saying anything—and do it in a way that attempts to preserve the speaker’s emotional tone.” Do we have time to vote against this trend of calling everything GAN-related whatever-E? Good morning, Internet…

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