Mitsubishi Rallies, Google, Microsoft Edge, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, January 26, 2023


The Drive: Mitsubishi Just Uploaded 40 Years of Spectacular Classic Rally Footage to YouTube. “Uploaded to the YouTube channel Mitsubishi Motors TV, the footage spans four decades from 1967 to 2007. It encompasses both the World Rally Championship and Dakar Rally, both of which Mitsubishi won multiple times consecutively to establish itself as racing royalty.”


Engadget: Google will once again apply Gmail spam detection to political campaign emails. “Google doesn’t plan to let political campaigns dodge Gmail’s spam detection for much longer. The Washington Post has learned that Google plans to end the email filter bypass pilot program by the end of this month.”

ReviewGeek: Microsoft Edge’s New “Split Screen” Will Change the Way You Use Tabs. “As discovered by Reddit user u/Leopeva64-2, Microsoft is working on a Split Screen feature for the Microsoft Edge browser. The idea behind this feature is very straightforward—it lets you view two tabs in a single browser window.”

Reuters: Ad spending on Twitter falls by over 70% in Dec – data. “Advertising spend on Twitter Inc dropped by 71% in December, data from an advertising research firm showed, as top advertisers slashed their spending on the social-media platform after Elon Musk’s takeover. The recent data by Standard Media Index comes (SMI) as Twitter is moving to reverse the advertiser exodus. It has introduced a slew of initiatives to win back advertisers, offering some free ads, lifting a ban on political advertising and allowing companies greater control over the positioning of their ads.”


UMass Amherst: New England Quaker Records To Be Digitized. “The New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Records—rich and voluminous materials of Quakers going back to their mid-17th-century beginnings—will be the focus of a new digitization project by the Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center (SCUA), in the UMass Amherst Libraries.”

Villanova University: Villanova University’s Falvey Library Acquires Senatorial Papers of Former Pennsylvania Senator Patrick J. Toomey. “Villanova University’s Falvey Library has acquired the senatorial papers of Patrick J. Toomey, who served as US Senator from Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2023. The collection includes extensive electronic records and media, as well as papers from Toomey’s service as a member of the House of Representatives for the 15th District of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2005, campaign materials and social media archives.”

Prospect: Meet the archive moles. “Most of the time, my work feels more like that of a detective than an editor. Falling down endless online rabbit holes is an occupational hazard. I read old reviews in digitised newspaper archives, and trawl obituaries, looking for interesting titbits. Internet Archive—the non-profit digital library that houses millions of books—is an indispensable resource, not least because so many of the titles it holds can’t be easily found IRL. But none of this would work without access to various bricks-and-mortar collections, especially the London Library. You’ll find me in the stacks, rootling out books that—as revealed by the stampings inside—no one’s read since the 1980s, or earlier.”


Inside Higher Ed: Fake College Prompts Scrutiny. “Prospective students be warned: not all college websites are what they say they are. That’s the message the North Carolina attorney general sent when he tweeted about the ‘so-called, unlicensed King’s College.’ Attorney General Josh Stein announced on Jan. 18 that the state Department of Justice is working with the University of North Carolina system to stop a fraudulent website purporting to belong to what once was a real institution in Charlotte, N.C.”


Ars Technica: Appliance makers sad that 50% of customers won’t connect smart appliances. “Appliance makers like Whirlpool and LG just can’t understand. They added Wi-Fi antennae to their latest dishwashers, ovens, and refrigerators and built apps for them—and yet only 50 percent or fewer of their owners have connected them. What gives?”

Stuff New Zealand: Learning to lie: AI tools adept at creating disinformation. “Artificial intelligence is writing fiction, making images inspired by Van Gogh and fighting wildfires. Now it’s competing in another endeavour once limited to humans – creating propaganda and disinformation.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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