Clitheroe Advertiser, Wisconsin Lead Poisoning, Twitter, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, April 22, 2023


Burnley Express: Historic Clitheroe Advertiser archive from 1888 to 2015 now online thanks to civic society efforts. “Digitised versions of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times have been been made free and available to all online thanks to the work of Clitheroe Civic Society and partners.” Clitheroe is a town in England about 35 miles from Manchester.

Channel 3000: DHS launches childhood lead poisoning map. “The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has launched a new tool to find out how many children are getting lead poisoning in various parts of the state. The interactive map, called the Wisconsin Childhood Lead Poisoning Data Explorer, shows childhood lead poisoning data for children under age 6.”


The Verge: LeBron James didn’t pay for his Twitter checkmark, but Elon Musk gave it to him anyway. “Twitter has started getting rid of legacy blue checks for those who don’t pay up. Well, unless you’re LeBron James and a couple of other celebrities. The Verge has confirmed that an employee at Twitter recently emailed James, who has previously said he wouldn’t pay for verification, to ‘extend a complimentary subscription to Twitter Blue for your account, @kingjames, on behalf of Elon Musk.'”

Engadget: Google gives Bard the ability to generate and debug code. “Google’s Bard chatbot now has the capability to help you with programming tasks. The tech giant said that coding has been one of its users’ top requests, and now it has given Bard the ability to generate, debug and explain code. Bard can now write in 20 programming languages, including C++, Java, JavaScript and Python. It now also features integration with Google’s other products and can export code to Colab, the company’s cloud-based notebook environment for Python, as well as help users write functions for Sheets.”


CNBC: Google’s 80-acre San Jose mega-campus is on hold as company reckons with economic slowdown. “In June 2021, Google won approval to build an 80-acre campus, spanning 7.3 million square feet of office space, in San Jose, California, the third-largest city in the country’s most populous state. The estimated economic impact: $19 billion. The timing couldn’t have been worse.”

Lewiston Tribune: Students start database for Indigenous victims. “Students at the University of Idaho are working to create a comprehensive database of missing and murdered Indigenous people to help ensure these tragedies are no longer glanced over.”

IANS: Sundar Pichai took home $226 mn in 2022 amid layoffs at Google. “Amid job cuts at Google’s parent company Alphabet, its CEO Sundar Pichai took home a whopping compensation of nearly $226 million in 2022. According to the tech giant’s filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Pichaia’s compensation included stock awards of about $218 million.”


New York Times: Airman Shared Sensitive Intelligence More Widely and for Longer Than Previously Known. “The Air National Guardsman accused of leaking classified documents to a small group of gamers had been posting sensitive information months earlier than previously known and to a much larger chat group, according to online postings reviewed by The New York Times.”

Associated Press: Thefts tied to viral social media challenge prompt 17 states to urge recall of Kia, Hyundai cars. “Attorneys general in 17 states on Thursday urged the federal government to recall millions of Kia and Hyundai cars because they are too easy to steal, a response to a sharp increase in thefts fueled by a viral social media challenge. Some Kia and Hyundai cars sold in the United States over the last decade do not have engine immobilizers, a standard feature on most cars that prevents the engine from starting unless the key is present.”

Japan Times: Hong Kong student arrested over comments made on social media while in Japan. “Amid growing fears of China’s crackdown on free speech, a Hong Kong student studying at a Japanese university was arrested upon returning home last month over comments made on social media during her time in Japan.”


University of Michigan: ‘Alexa, set the alarm for me to take my medication’. “Older adults use voice assistant devices more often with training and flyers with instructions to complement their daily routine, according to a new University of Michigan study that looked at long-term usage.”


Arizona State University: Solar-powered libraries help Syrian communities rebuild from war. “The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, a self-governing community that formed in 2012, is highly diverse, with residents who are from many different ethnic and religious groups. As they work to create a new K–12 school system based on their region’s commitment to democratic principles, tolerance and gender equality, they have turned to SolarSPELL for help.” Good morning, Internet..

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