Fairly new, definitely new-to-me: Feedle. It’s a search engine to find content from RSS feeds. Additionally, you can save searches as their own RSS feeds. I didn’t like the full-page format of the search results, but the results themselves were solid. Recommended, adding this to my toolbox.
Slate: Why One Random Dude Is Better at Tracking Tech Layoffs Than the Government. “If you’ve read about layoffs recently, there’s a good chance you read about the number of tech jobs lost in the past year. If you did, that number almost certainly came from one very small, very scrappy database: layoffs.fyi.”
Deadline: Douglas Foundation Archive Adds 10,000 Personal Items From Anne And Kirk, Goes Online Fully Digitized For Public Access. “Now the Douglas Foundation, which was created by Kirk and Anne in 1964 when Michael was just 20, has just launched for the first time a high resolution on-line library of documents, photos and memorabilia digitized from Anne’s private archives of more than seventy years.”
PRNewswire: Nationwide Database of DBE-certified Companies Publicly Available Through DBEsearch.com (PRESS RELEASE). “Acknowledging the importance of supplier diversity, DBEsearch today announced the availability of the first nation-wide online database of minority-owned business. This searchable directory centralizes listings of more than 55,740 certified minority-owned businesses across 48 states.” I like the idea, but the implementation is awkward and you have to provide an email address in order to search. If the focus of this search engine was anything other than nationwide DBE-certified business search, I would have skipped it.
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Engadget: Telegram’s latest update adds real-time message translation. “With its first update of 2023, Telegram is making it easier to communicate with people who might speak a different language than you. The next time someone messages you in a language other than your default language, you’ll see a translate bar at the top of the interface. Tap it to translate their message in real time.”
Mashable: Free online resources for kids that celebrate Black history and culture. “The ones below represent a variety of tools from national museums and educational nonprofits, created to educate and engage children in Black history and culture through interactive events, entertaining videos, and content that profile Black visionaries and leaders.”
AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD
Motherboard: ‘Nothing, Forever’ Is An Endless ‘Seinfeld’ Episode Generated by AI. “There is one woman and three men who seem to be the animated versions of Seinfeld’s main characters, Elaine, Jerry, George, and Kramer. But unlike Seinfeld, these characters are set in a modern-era NYC, and their voices and bodies look and sound robotic. That’s because ‘Nothing, Forever’ is a live-streaming show that’s almost entirely generated by algorithms. It’s been streaming non-stop on Twitch since December 14.” I’ve never seen an episode of Seinfeld so I lack context, but this is some weird stuff.
Business Insider: Laid-off Google employees are turning to a Discord server with nearly 18,000 members for emotional support and financial advice. “Google employees who were recently laid off have joined a Discord server to get emotional support and financial tips after departing from the tech giant. ‘Google Post-Layoffs’ has more than 17,800 members, comprised of laid-off Google staff, current employees, former workers who left prior to the job cuts, recruiters, and journalists.”
Unseen Japan: Twitter-Addicted Japan Laments the Service’s “Ice Age”. “Twitter users in Japan have remained fairly nonplussed by Elon Musk’s private takeover of the once-public service. But a recent spate of account freezes this past week have led some to wonder whether it’s the end days. Others, however, vow they’ll keep rearranging deck chairs until the vessel sinks.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
New York Times: FTX Inquiry Expands as Prosecutors Reach Out to Former Executives. “Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are speaking with lawyers for former officials at the collapsed crypto exchange FTX and scrutinizing the immediate family of its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried.”
Bleeping Computer: TruthFinder, Instant Checkmate confirm data breach affecting 20M customers. “PeopleConnect, the owners of the TruthFinder and Instant Checkmate background check services, confirmed they suffered a data breach after hackers leaked a 2019 backup database containing the info of millions of customers.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Washington State University: Pro-cannabis social media linked to youths’ intentions to use. “Despite laws against advertising cannabis to teens, young people reported in surveys that they still see a lot of positive cannabis messages through social media posts. Washington State University researchers found these messages were also connected to the teens’ intentions to use cannabis, and for college students, with their actual use. Anti-cannabis messages also had an effect in lessening use-intentions, but young people saw less of those types of messages.” Good morning, Internet…
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