Moscow Times,, Phil Bryant Text Messages, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, May 5, 2023


The Moscow Times has announced that its archives are now available online.. From the home page: “The Moscow Times has been Russia’s leading independent English-language media outlet since 1992, publishing daily stories about politics, society, economy and culture. From the privatizations of the 1990s and Putin’s rise to power to ballet performances and the invasion of Ukraine, our archive is an essential instrument to understand and explore every aspect of Russia’s post-Soviet history.”

US Department of Health and Human Services: HHS Launches New Website to Help People Find Support for Issues with Mental Health, Drugs, or Alcohol. “…the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today launched, a new user-friendly website, designed for the general public, to help people identify available resources, explore unbiased information about various treatment options, and learn how to reach out to get the support they need for issues related to mental health, drugs, or alcohol.”

Mississippi Today: Gov. Bryant promised to release ‘all’ his welfare scandal-related texts. But some key ones are missing.. “Former Gov. Phil Bryant opted Thursday to release hundreds of pages of text messages with figures in the Mississippi welfare scandal after initially fighting a subpoena against him. But several key messages between the state’s chief executive and his appointed welfare director are missing from the batch, according to a separate trove of leaked text messages obtained and possessed by Mississippi Today.”


TechCrunch: Google I/O 2023 is next week; here’s what we’re expecting. “Google’s annual developer conference returns to Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheater next week, and for the first time in four years, we’ll be returning along with it. The kickoff keynote is always jammed-packed full of information, debuting all of the different software projects the company has been working on for the past year.”


WIRED: Google Is Rolling Out Password-Killing Tech to All Accounts. “You can log in with passkeys using biometric sensors like fingerprint or face scanners, your smartphone’s device lock PIN, or physical authentication dongles like YubiKeys.”

Bloomberg: Google Gives Early Look at Pixel Fold Phone Before Debut Next Week. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google gave a surprise early look at a foldable Pixel smartphone, heralding its move into a category currently dominated by Samsung Electronics Co. The company posted a video and photos of the device, called the Pixel Fold, showing a phone with a large external display and an even bigger internal screen that can close up like a clamshell.”


Axios: New project explores lives of Afro Mexicans in the U.S.. “A new project at the University of New Mexico seeks to record oral histories and gather photos of Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants in the U.S. who are the descendants of formerly enslaved Black people.”

Dazed: The history of chain mail: from Jesus to TikTok. “There are thousands of variations of chain messages, typically found in the corners of TikTok where spiritual content runs rampant. Each letter follows a simple formula: they compel users to interact, share and ‘use this sound’ to supposedly call in the life of their dreams or else risk immense misfortune.”


CNBC: Virgin Islands issued subpoena to Google co-founder Larry Page in lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase over Jeffrey Epstein. “The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has tried without success so far to serve a subpoena on Google co-founder Larry Page for documents for its civil lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase related to sex trafficking by the bank’s longtime customer Jeffrey Epstein, a court filing revealed Thursday.”

Washington Post: Bill would require disclosure of AI-generated content in political ads. “On Tuesday, Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation that would require disclosure of AI-generated content in political ads — part of an effort, she said, to ‘get the Congress going on addressing many of the challenges that we’re facing with AI.'”

Associated Press: Anti-Muslim Twitter feed in Spain: ‘A recipe for disaster’. ” The person who operates the Twitter account claims to be an Islamic fundamentalist living in Spain, empathizing with violent extremists and longing for the days, more than six centuries ago, when Muslims ruled the country. The views are as fake as the account, part of a loose and informal effort by far-right nationalists in Spain to use social media to stir up anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant fervor and to undermine faith in Spain’s multicultural democracy.”


Cornell Chronicle: AI-CLIMATE institute aims to curb emissions, boost economy. “Cornell is one of six universities receiving a total of $20 million over five years from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to form an institute aiming to create more climate-smart practices that will curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, while boosting the economy in the agriculture and forestry industries.” Good morning, Internet…

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