American House Museums Web Archive, Scribd Alternatives, Emoji, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 27, 2023


Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation: IPLC Launches the Historical Representation at American House Museums Web Archive. “The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Historical Representation at American House Museums Web Archive, curated by librarians, library workers, and professors at Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. House museums have been a key component of historic preservation in America since the mid 19th century.”


Make Tech Easier: 6 Scribd Alternatives to Host Your PDF Files. “Scribd is a popular document-hosting website, and if someone wanted to share a PDF file online, chances are they would upload it to Scribd. However, its interface and restrictive features are less popular, and the company modified its initial business model. Luckily, there are more than enough Scribd alternatives to choose from.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Online Tools and Websites to Make Your Own Emojis . “Have you ever wished a specific emoji existed but couldn’t find it? Well, now you can explore making your own. Fortunately, you don’t need any advanced software, or technical and artistic skills to make emojis, as there are online tools that allow you to do that. Here are five websites to use to make your own emojis.”


Washington Post: How Twitch lost its way. “Delivering live video content to millions of people, 24 hours per day, is expensive, and as Twitch grows, it incurs greater costs. But Twitch’s moves in pursuit of profitability have confused and upset creators, fans and staff. Creators have decried new monetization schemes that put the onus on them to run more ads.”

Reuters: Microsoft threatens to restrict data from rival AI search tools. “Several rival search engines have launched their own AI-powered chatbots, which aim to combine the the conversational skills of Microsoft’s ChatGPT with search engine results.”


CNN: Asian Americans are anxious about hate crimes. TikTok ban rhetoric isn’t helping. “Ever since the US government shot down a Chinese spy balloon last month, [Ellen] Min has withdrawn from her normal routine out of a concern she or her family may become targeted in one of the hundreds of anti-Asian hate crimes the FBI now says are occurring every year. The wave of anti-Asian hate that surged with the pandemic may only get worse, Min worries, as both political parties have amplified fears about China and the threat it poses to US economic and national security.”

The Verge: The Linus Tech Tips YouTube hack is the latest in a line of crypto scam breaches. “Popular YouTube channel Linus Tech Tips has been hacked this morning, with the channel’s 15.3 million subscribers seeing videos for crypto scams instead of tech hardware reviews. It’s the latest breach in a series of high-profile YouTube accounts being hacked, with scammers regularly gaining access to prominent accounts to rename them and livestream crypto scam videos.”

New York Times: Online Troll Named Microchip Tells of Sowing ‘Chaos’ in 2016 Election. “The defendant in the unusual trial, Douglass Mackey, and the pseudonymous witness collaborated to beat Hillary Clinton. They met for the first time in a Brooklyn courtroom.”


Motherboard: Microsoft Now Claims GPT-4 Shows ‘Sparks’ of General Intelligence. “Microsoft is betting heavily on integrating OpenAI’s GPT language models into its products to compete with Google, and, the company now claims, its AI is an early form of artificial general intelligence (AGI).”

The Conversation: How TikTok became a breeding ground for hate speech in the latest Malaysia general election. “Hate speech on social media is a major issue across many regions of the world, including Southeast Asia. Hate speech includes expressions to discriminate, insult, demean, or provoke violence against individuals or groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or others.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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