Roblox, Online Sports Database, Twitter, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 5, 2023


TechCrunch: Roblox to host a free virtual Super Bowl concert featuring Saweetie. “Hip-hop artist Saweetie is performing exclusively in Roblox for the NFL’s Super Bowl LVII pregame on February 10, the National Football League announced today.”


PRNewswire: OSDB Expands With Addition Of NHL To Its Sports Platform (PRESS RELEASE). “Since its inception in 2021, complete rosters of NFL, MLB and NBA athletes have been available on the OSDB website. Now, NHL enthusiasts will finally have a place to view in-depth athlete profiles featuring personal interests, business ventures, charities, and career statistics, along with agent and management contact information.”

The Verge: Elon Musk will share Twitter ad revenue — but only with creators who pay for Twitter Blue. “Elon Musk says that Twitter will start sharing revenue from reply-thread ads with creators who are subscribed to Twitter Blue Verified.”

The Register: ChatGPT (sigh) the fastest-growing web app in history (sigh) claim analysts . ”
Last November, OpenAI launched ChatGPT as a free web interface and took the internet by storm. Data compiled in a study by UBS reported the chatbot had managed to reach 100 million monthly active users by January, which would make it the fastest-growing consumer app in internet history.”


Curbed NY: I’ll Miss You, Design Bots. “Twitter bots like @slam_decorative crawl public records and public collections, tweeting historic, anarchic, and beautiful images and text into your everyday feed. They provide an escape from the influencers, an escape from the algorithm, an escape from 2023 — or they will until February 9.”

WIRED: Startup T2 Wants to Terminate Twitter. “IN MID-2021, GABOR Cselle bought a $15 Moleskine notebook to sketch out ideas for new startups. On the first page, he wrote ‘T2’ and began taking notes for a better version of Twitter. Cselle had sold startups to Google and Twitter and worked at both companies. (He was at the time at Google for a second stint, as a director at Area 120, its startup incubator.) But he couldn’t figure out how to draw people away from ‘T1’—the original Twitter—and set the idea aside.”

Bloomberg: Google Workers Stage Rallies Against Job Cuts, Low Wages. “Google employees staged protests on both US coasts this week to call attention to labor conditions for subcontracted workers and support thousands of co-workers who were recently laid off.”


Bleeping Computer: Florida hospital takes IT systems offline after cyberattack. “Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) has taken its IT systems offline and suspended non-emergency procedures following a late Thursday cyberattack. While all its network systems were taken online, TMH says this attack only impacted some of them.”

Associated Press: Microsoft: Iran unit behind Charlie Hebdo hack-and-leak op. “After the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo launched a cartoon contest to mock Iran’s ruling cleric, a state-backed Iranian cyber unit struck back with a hack-and-leak campaign that was designed to provoke fear with the claimed pilfering of a big subscriber database, Microsoft security researchers say. The FBI blames the same Iranian cyber operators, Emennet Pasargad, for an influence operation that sought to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the tech giant said in a blog published Friday.”

Asahi Shimbun: Japan setting up rapid-response unit to counter disinformation. “The central government is setting up an organization within the Cabinet Secretariat to take on disinformation campaigns, such as fake news and impersonator accounts.”


Carnegie Mellon University: Making Meaningful Impact: Using Data Science for Social Good. “… the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is tasked with assessing 15,000 vacant homes to identify and remediate roof damage. The problem is complex, systemic and formidable. Enter the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Summer Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University.”

Harvard Business School: Why We Still Need Twitter: How Social Media Holds Companies Accountable. “Remember the viral video of the United passenger being removed from a plane? An analysis of Twitter activity and corporate misconduct by Jonas Heese and Joseph Pacelli reveals the power of social media to uncover questionable situations at companies.” Good morning, Internet…

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