Internet Archive, Raspberry Pi, Microsoft Teams, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 11, 2023


Internet Archive: Supporters Rally For Library Digital Rights on the Steps of the Internet Archive. “More than one hundred supporters gathered on the steps of the Internet Archive last Saturday to rally support for our library in the face of a judgment that threatens the digital future of all libraries.”


Review Geek: Raspberry Pi Debuts a Code Editor for Young People. “Python is the preferred coding language for beginners (particularly young people), as it’s the most intuitive language utilized by professionals. For this reason, Raspberry Pi’s Code Editor uses Python (specifically the standard library and P5). Support for web development languages, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript will arrive at a later date.”

TechCrunch: You can now access Snapchat Lenses during Microsoft Teams meetings. “Tired of using virtual backgrounds to spice up your Microsoft Teams calls? Well, you now have a new way to express yourself during meetings. Microsoft and Snap have today announced the integration of Snapchat Lenses for Teams to bring a bit of fun to virtual meetings.”


Lifehacker: OpenAI’s ‘Pay As You Go’ Is the Best Way to Use ChatGPT. “If you’ve tried talking to ChatGPT, you may have noticed that its free website is often slow, needs frequent reloading, and relies on Cloudflare to confirm you’re indeed a human. But contrary to what OpenAI advertises, you don’t need to pay $20 per month for the paid version (ChatGPT Plus) to solve these issues. Instead, opt for OpenAI’s pay-as-you-go plan that charges you based on usage rather than a monthly fee.”


The Verge: Elon Musk tweets then deletes DMs from Matt Taibbi over his Substack snit. “Elon Musk and one of his ‘Twitter Files’ writers, Matt Taibbi, don’t seem to be on great terms right now, and that situation probably isn’t getting any better after Musk posted then deleted a DM conversation between the two of them.”

Washingtonian: Love City Paper and the Blade? You Can Help Preserve Old Issues.. “At a series of sessions dubbed Describe-a-Thons, lovers of local history have been reading through old issues and entering descriptions and keywords into an online database. Recently, I decided to join one such effort, hoping to help preserve the city’s history and also to enjoy a bit of alt-media-fan camaraderie. (I used to work at City Paper myself.)”


CNBC: FBI warns against using public phone charging stations. “The FBI recently warned consumers against using free public charging stations, saying crooks have managed to hijack public chargers that can infect devices with malware, or software that can give hackers access to your phone, tablet or computer.”

Engadget: FTC fines supplement maker $600,000 for ‘review hijacking’ Amazon listings. “For the first time, the US Federal Trade Commission has fined an organization for ‘review hijacking.’ In February, the agency accused The Bountiful Company, maker of the Nature’s Bounty brand of vitamins, of deceiving consumers. Between 2020 and 2021, Bountiful abused a feature of Amazon to make it seem like some of its newer supplements had higher product reviews and ratings than they did in reality.”


New York Times: The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin. “Bitcoin mines cash in on electricity — by devouring it, selling it, even turning it off — and they cause immense pollution. In many cases, the public pays a price.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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