The Alabama Baptist, Library of Congress eBooks, Bing, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 6, 2023


The Alabama Baptist: Historical TAB issues now available to view online. “Thanks to a new resource at Samford University’s Special Collection, you can now view whole pages of every existing issue of The Alabama Baptist published from Feb. 4, 1843, through 1902…. The 1,463 available issues can be browsed by date or by a keyword search.”


Library of Congress: Introducing the new EPUB reader for e-books at the Library of Congress. “… we are happy to share the news that an EPUB viewer was launched on The viewer makes EPUBs available for reading on and provides a richer interface for users. So, why is an EPUB viewer important? First, it allows users to access the titles (nearly 900!) only available in EPUB format without requiring downloads.”

Search Engine Land: Microsoft Bing’s ChatGPT interface spotted in the wild. “Microsoft Bing is working towards integrating ChatGPT with GPT 4.0 into its search interface in the coming weeks and now we may have spotted some of those testing efforts in the wild. Owen Yin posted screenshot and a GIF of Bing integrated with ChatGPT on Medium.”

Engadget: TikTok rolls out its own strike system for creators who violate its rules. “TikTok is trying to make it easier for creators and others to navigate its rules, and understand what’s happening to their accounts. The company is introducing a revamped ‘account enforcement system,’ a series of changes that includes a new strike system, as well as features that allow creators to check if their content has been blocked from the app’s recommendations.”


Search Engine Journal: How to Block ChatGPT From Using Your Website Content. “There is concern about the lack of an easy way to opt out of having one’s content used to train large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT. There is a way to do it, but it’s neither straightforward nor guaranteed to work.” Unlike a lot of the “how to” articles I index, this one is fairly speculative. Useful with lots of good information, but speculative.


Bloomberg: Wikipedia is blocked in Pakistan over ‘sacrilegious’ content. “Pakistan has blocked Wikipedia services in the South Asian nation after the platform failed to remove ‘sacrilegious’ content. The action was taken because some of the content is still available on Wikipedia after the expiry of a 48-hour deadline, Malahat Obaid, spokesperson for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, said by phone.”


Associated Press: Apple and Google app stores get thumbs down from White House. “The Biden administration is taking aim at Apple and Google for operating mobile app stores that it says stifle competition. The finding is contained in a Commerce Department report released by the administration on Wednesday as President Joe Biden convened his competition council for an update on efforts to promote competition and lower prices.”

HuffPost: TikTok Bans Medieval Times Union Account Following Trademark Complaint. “TikTok did not respond to HuffPost’s questions Monday regarding the banning of the union’s account. It’s not clear whether the complaint made to TikTok stemmed from the account’s name — @Mtunitedca, a reference to the union, Medieval Times Performers United, and its bargaining unit at the California castle — or the content of its posts.”


Phys .org: Research shows how covert language is used to avoid detection on Instagram. “The study, led by Dr. Vahid Parvaresh of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), found that the majority of posts which meet the description of hateful content do not contain overtly derogatory words or expressions. Instead, hateful sentiments are frequently conveyed through covert or modified wording.”

Wall Street Journal: ChatGPT Needs Some Help With Math Assignments . “If you ask ChatGPT who is taller, Shaquille O’Neal or Yao Ming, the bot accurately says Yao is 7’6” and O’Neal is 7’1” but then concludes that Shaq is taller. The bot miscalculates the square roots of large numbers. Ask it to show its math, and it often produces detailed formulas that look great but contain errors, such as 2 x 300 = 500.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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