Indigenous Languages of the Amazon, Scottish Football Association, Koo, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 13, 2023


From EL PAÍS, and machine-translated from Spanish: Colombia builds its first digital archive of indigenous languages ​​of the Amazon. “More than one hundred audios can now be consulted in a new archive of the digital library of the National University of Colombia, which seeks to preserve an extensive catalog with all the languages ​​of the Amazon jungle.”

Scottish Football Association: Scottish FA celebrates 150th anniversary of the national game. “The new digital archive holds the earliest records of Scottish football, giving a glimpse into the origins of the game in Scotland through Scottish FA minute books and Scottish FA annuals. Over 5800 pages of Scottish FA minute books (1879–1969), and 900 pages of Scottish FA annuals (1875–1900) will be accessible in the archive.”


Reuters: Twitter Rival Koo Integrates ChatGPT to Help Users Create Content. “Koo, an India-based social media app that aims to rival Twitter, has integrated OpenAI’s ChatGPT to help users more easily create posts, the company’s co-founder told Reuters.”

CNN: As Twitter failures go from bad to worse, users wonder how long it can stay online. “The service disruptions and random glitches highlight the larger tension for Twitter and its new owner. Musk has raced to slash staff, reportedly bringing the company’s headcount down from 7,500 employees to less than 2,000 now, in an urgent effort to cut costs for the company he purchased with a significant amount of debt. But in trying to cut his way to profitability, Musk risks making Twitter a less viable service.”


Make Tech Easier: 6 iPhone Apps to Make Your Photos Look Like Film. “The iPhone has made photography more accessible than ever before. With this prevalence in society, it raises the question, how do I get my photos to stand out? Film Photography seems to be the answer. Thanks to technology, there’s a whole range of applications designed to imitate this effect. The iPhone apps listed below will make your photos look like vintage film.”


Hold the Front Page: Local news archive launched with €676,000 grant disappears offline. “An online local newspaper archive launched with a €676,000 Google grant has disappeared without explanation….
The project was set up after securing funding from Google’s Digital News Innovation Fund in 2017, but now appears to have been scrapped by Archant’s new owner Newsquest.”

NBC News: Etsy warns sellers of delay in processing payments due to Silicon Valley Bank collapse. “Etsy is warning sellers that the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank on Friday is causing delays in processing payments, according to an email from the company shared with NBC News.”

The Hindu Business Line: National Film Heritage Mission ramping up digitisation and restoration of heritage films. “The Information & Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur last Saturday reviewed the progress made under the National Film Heritage Mission at National Film Archive of India. NFHM is tasked with preservation and digital restoration of heritage Indian films, in a bid to make them available to audiences worldwide.”

CNBC: Why ChatGPT and AI are taking over the cold call, according to Salesforce leader. “Generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT are changing the way that companies and salespeople are communicating with customers for the better, said Clara Shih, CEO of Salesforce’s Service Cloud business.”


The Register: China launches yet another crackdown on social media. “The Cyberspace Administration of China has continued its drive to clean up the internet, on Sunday taking aim at the behaviours of independently operated content producing accounts on sites like Weibo and WeChat, known as ‘self-media.'”

The Verge: WhatsApp says it will leave the UK rather than weaken encryption under Online Safety Bill. “The head of WhatsApp says the messaging app will depart the UK if it’s forced to weaken its encryption standards under the country’s upcoming Online Safety Bill.”


MIT News: A new method to boost the speed of online databases. “Researchers use machine learning to build faster and more efficient hash functions, which are a key component of databases.” Good morning, Internet…

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