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Historical Congressional Directories, CNET, Windows 10, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, January 25, 2023

NEW RESOURCES

US Government Publishing Office: GPO Digitizes Historic Congressional Directories From the 1800s. The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) is digitizing historic volumes of the Congressional Directory from the 19th and 20th centuries. The first release includes Directories from 1869–1888, as well as 1993. Additional digitized historic Congressional Directories will be released on GovInfo as they are completed. Historically, the Congressional Directory has been one of the most comprehensive and detailed resources for identifying the components of the three branches of the Federal Government.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Futurism: CNET’s AI Journalist Appears to Have Committed Extensive Plagiarism. “The prominent tech news site CNET’s attempt to pass off AI-written work keeps getting worse. First, the site was caught quietly publishing the machine learning-generated stories in the first place. Then the AI-generated content was found to be riddled with factual errors. Now, CNET’s AI also appears to have been a serial plagiarist — of actual humans’ work.” Needless to say my CNET links will be very basic things, like announcement of Google easter eggs, and probably not even much of that.

The Verge: Microsoft to stop selling Windows 10 downloads on January 31st. “Microsoft says it will stop selling downloads for Windows 10 Home and Pro licenses later this month. Windows 10 will continue to be supported until October 2025.”

USEFUL STUFF

Lifehacker: How to Delete Your House’s Pictures From Sites Like Zillow, Redfin, and Realtor. “Our personal data shows up in so many public online spaces. But while there are ways to review and delete your data from social media profiles or even Google search, one place you may not think to check is your property’s listing on sites like Redfin, Zillow, or Realtor.com.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Daily Dot: ‘You might wanna look up if you might be getting laid off’: Woman shares database you can check to see if your company is about to do layoffs. “Recession anxiety and layoff anxiety are real in 2023, and a TikToker has taken to the platform to show that companies might indicate online when they’re about to do layoffs. The video comes from Seattle-based creator Emma, who generated more than 589,000 views as of Saturday for her information about the Department of Labor’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act — and how you can use it to tell if your company’s about to lay people off.”

Yorkshire Post: World’s Largest Brass Band archive to open in Yorkshire with unseen historical items from exclusive brass bands collection – on public display for the first time. “Launching early March at the Heritage Quay in Huddersfield to coincide with The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships, the archive will be publicly accessible to researchers, brass bands enthusiasts and anyone else hoping to learn from over a century of banding heritage.”

TechCrunch: India blocks YouTube videos and Twitter posts on BBC Modi documentary. “The Indian government has ordered YouTube and Twitter to take down videos and tweets about a BBC documentary that is critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

New York Times: Supreme Court Puts Off Considering State Laws Curbing Internet Platforms. “The Supreme Court asked the Biden administration on Monday for its views on whether the Constitution allows Florida and Texas to prevent large social media companies from removing posts based on the views they express.”

Ahram Online: Egypt drafting legislation to regulate social media platforms. “Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation is preparing legislation that would require social media platforms to obtain a license to access mobile users in the country, the head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation Karam Gabr told the Senate on Sunday.”

CNN: UK’s Crown Estate sues Twitter over alleged non-payment of rent in London offices. “The Crown Estate, a British commercial property portfolio historically belonging to the monarch, began court proceedings against Twitter over the tech giant’s alleged non-payment of rent in its London offices, a spokesperson of the property business told CNN on Monday.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

WIRED: The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok . “HERE IS HOW platforms die: First, they are good to their users; then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers; finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves. Then, they die.”

Northeastern Global News: Here’s what nobody is talking about when it comes to ChatGPT. “Regardless of where people come down on ChatGPT, most people have been obsessing over what it can produce. But Laura Huang, a distinguished professor of management and organizational development at Northeastern, says the future of tools like ChatGPT rests on the other side of the process. ‘Most people are focused on the output of this,’ Huang says. ‘Very few people are focused on the input. You don’t magically just get something.'” Good morning, Internet…

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