Child Literacy North Carolina, Twitter, Free Music Generators, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 14, 2023


Education NC: Perspective | New online tools provide snapshot of NC early childhood landscape. “The map provides detailed information about initiatives across the state whose work advances a shared vision where all North Carolina children, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, are reading on grade-level by the end of third grade, while the data dashboard includes data on more than 60 measures of child development that research shows influence third-grade reading scores.”


Apple Insider: Twitter delays new paid API launch by ‘a few more days’. “The latest delay simply states that the company will be taking ‘a few more days’ to ensure the developer community will have an optimal experience with the new API. It isn’t yet clear what the paid and limited free tiers will look like when they launch, but the current announced rate is a $100 per month API fee.”

The Verge: Twitter is just showing everyone all of Elon’s tweets now. “Several of us here at The Verge are seeing more Musk replies than usual, and I personally counted five at the very top of my feed, with many more sprinkled in between tweets from other users. The same is true for some accounts that don’t even follow Elon Musk.”


MakeUseOf: 6 Free Music Generators to Make Your Own Music and Songs. “Computer music generators come in various shapes. Some will let you make mind-blowing creations with artificial intelligence. With others, you’ll be the musician, working like a maestro who changes each element to play a tune that sounds good to you. Each one needs different skills, so pick the one that’s most apt for you.”


Futurism: Magazine Publishes Serious Errors In First AI-generated Health Article. “Bradley Anawalt, the chief of medicine at the University of Washington Medical Center who has held leadership positions at the Endocrine Society, reviewed the article and told Futurism that it contained persistent factual mistakes and mischaracterizations of medical science that provide readers with a profoundly warped understanding of health issues.”

WBAL: AFRO Charities receives $2.257M in federal funds to preserve Black history. “Major steps are being taken to preserve a treasure trove of Black history in Baltimore. The AFRO American newspapers and its archives are getting millions of dollars to take the operation to the historic Upton Mansion in west Baltimore. The building was built in 1938, and it features more than 10,000 square feet of space for development.”


Ars Technica: Starlink, Verizon, and T-Mobile made shaky claims on FCC coverage map. “Multiple Internet service providers have submitted false availability data to the federal government for a map that will be used to determine which parts of the US get access to a $42.45 billion broadband fund. We wrote about Comcast’s false coverage claims last week, and this article will detail false or at least questionable coverage claims from SpaceX’s Starlink division and the wireless home Internet divisions at Verizon and T-Mobile.”

Motherboard: ‘You Feel So Violated’: Streamer QTCinderella Is Speaking Out Against Deepfake Porn Harassment. “Two weeks ago, Twitch streamer Brandon Ewing, who goes by Atrioc online, inadvertently showed his open browser tabs while doing a live stream in front of some of his 318,000 followers, revealing that he visited a website selling deepfakes—AI-generated, non-consensual pornographic videos—of fellow streamers.”


Chapman University: Research Reveals Wikipedia’s Intentional Distortion of the History of the Holocaust . “New research by Chapman University and the University of Ottawa shows how a small group of individuals, with no ties to any government, can slowly erode reason and accuracy to promote ideological zeal and prejudice on Wikipedia.”

The Conversation: Google’s search business doesn’t have to be killed by AI chatbots – here’s the ugly workaround. “In our experience, firms don’t usually get disrupted because they lack the technology or the resources. More commonly it’s either because they lack imagination or struggle to re-invent themselves – often out of fear that developing a new business will harm an existing one (known as cannibalisation).” Good afternoon, Internet…

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