Uyghurs Search Tool, Dakota Language, Bing, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, February 19, 2023


Radio Free Asia: New search tool helps Uyghurs discover fate of missing loved ones in China. “The search tool was unveiled on Feb. 9 by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization. People can use it to search over 700,000 personal records of Uyghurs and Kazakhs who were among the total 830,000 individuals included in the Xinjiang Police Files, a cache of millions of confidential documents hacked from Xinjiang police computers.”

MPR News: New app will help preserve and teach Dakota language one word at a time. “The dictionary app Dakhóta Iápi Wičhóie Wówapi has over 28,000 words, with more to come in later updates and editions. It’s a ‘talking dictionary’ with nearly 40,000 audio files to listen to women and men speak Dakota terms. It also includes conjugations and verb changes from first-person to second-person to first-person plural. After five years of planning and development, it has finally launched on iOS.”


Engadget: Microsoft is reportedly already planning to bring ads to Bing’s AI chatbot. Of course they are. “Microsoft is reportedly in talks with advertising agencies on how to slot ads into the juiced-up Bing, particularly when it comes to the generative AI-powered chatbot. The company is already testing ads there, according to Reuters, including by slotting in traditional search ads.”

Vivaldi: Vivaldi takes the Window Panel to another level.. “Vivaldi’s Window Panel is just one of our desktop browser’s many unique features. While most browsers provide a basic tab bar, Vivaldi also has a built-in panel where you can access the tabs in your window. This ‘tree-style view of tabs’ on the side of the browser window gives you another way to manage your tabs. Until now, this panel was limited to the active window. Now, its functionality has been expanded for all your open windows, making it a Windows Panel.”


Lifehacker: 12 of the Best Podcasts Celebrating Black History and Culture. “From conversations about Black women on the internet to an exploration of why Black people love Paramore, here’s are some of the best podcasts history and culture podcasts with Black creators at the helm.” Slideshow.

9to5 Google: Twitter to charge for SMS-based two-factor authentication – How to use Google Authenticator instead. “Twitter’s latest move under Elon Musk is to start charging a fee for the use of SMS messages for two-factor authentication. To avoid that charge, here’s how to use Google Authenticator for Twitter two-factor authentication.”


CNBC: Founder who sold his startup to Google says the company has lost its mission, is mismanaged and has no sense of urgency. “Praveen Seshadri joined the Alphabet-owned company at the start of 2020 when Google Cloud acquired AppSheet, which Seshadri co-founded. He said in the blog post Monday that though he was welcomed and treated well, he left Google with an understanding that the ‘once-great company has slowly ceased to function.’ He left in January, according to his LinkedIn profile.”

AFP: Turkish internet bites back at state after deadly quake. “Nothing is ever deleted or forgotten on the internet. Turkish officials learned that the hard way when grieving users began sharing old tweets and videos embarrassing for the government after last week’s disastrous earthquake.” Do you remember that in 2016, the Turkish government seized the newspaper with the widest national circulation and deleted its archives? I wrote an article about it. But it’s a lot harder to delete social media.

The Guardian: Kinks-shamed: Dave Davies asks Elon Musk to stop flagging band-related tweets. “The Kinks’ Dave Davies has appealed to Elon Musk to stop putting content warnings on posts related to the band. The lead guitarist and co-founder of the band pleaded with the Twitter owner after one of Davies’s tweets promoting a video carried a sensitive content warning, thought to be because of the band’s name.”


Deutsche Welle: German regulator probes whether Musk’s tweets were boosted. “A US tech blog alleged that the Twitter CEO ordered engineers to increase the visibility of his tweets. Bavaria’s media regulator will check whether the social media giant violated a law to protect against media bias.”

Ars Technica: GoDaddy says a multi-year breach hijacked customer websites and accounts. “GoDaddy said on Friday that its network suffered a multi-year security compromise that allowed unknown attackers to steal company source code, customer and employee login credentials, and install malware that redirected customer websites to malicious sites.”


New York Times: A Conversation With Bing’s Chatbot Left Me Deeply Unsettled. “I’m still fascinated and impressed by the new Bing, and the artificial intelligence technology (created by OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT) that powers it. But I’m also deeply unsettled, even frightened, by this A.I.’s emergent abilities.” Good morning, Internet…

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