NYC Drag Shows, Car Wash Industry M&As, Twitter Bots, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, May 21, 2023


Thrillist: New Website ‘See the Queens’ Helps You Find Drag Shows Near You. “See The Queens offers folks in New York City, Fire Island, and Long Island an ultimate guide to the local drag scene. By setting preferences like date, time, and neighborhood, users are able to peruse more than 300 drag shows and events every month.”

PR Newswire: Car Wash M&A Transaction Database Debuts to the Public (PRESS RELEASE). “Car Wash Advisory, a leading investment banking and M&A advisory firm focused exclusively on the car wash industry, has announced the debut of its publicly available and accessible database of historical car wash M&A transactions. This resource, which will be continually updated both on a historical and move-forward basis, provides a window into the largest and most meaningful M&A transactions in the car wash industry.”


Business Insider: The college student who tracks Elon Musk’s private jet on Twitter is now monitoring the jet used by Ron DeSantis. “The college student who tracks Elon Musk’s private jet on Twitter has decided to give Florida governor Ron DeSantis the same treatment.”

CNBC: Neeva, co-founded by a former Google exec, to shut down its consumer search product and focus on A.I. . “Neeva, the privacy-focused search company co-founded by former Google executive Sridhar Ramaswamy, announced Saturday that it is shutting down its consumer search engine and will focus on exploring use cases for artificial intelligence.”

How-To Geek: ChatGPT Now Has an Official iPhone App. “Ever since ChatGPT took the world by storm, there has been a pile of unofficial mobile apps, some of which were outright scams. OpenAI has now released an official iPhone app for ChatGPT, with an Android version on the way.”


Bleeping Computer: HP rushes to fix bricked printers after faulty firmware update. “HP is working to address a bad firmware update that has been bricking HP Office Jet printers worldwide since it was released earlier this month.”

WIRED: We Put Google’s New AI Writing Assistant to the Test. “Help Me Write is the first of a slew of generative AI features Google has planned for its productivity suite, under the umbrella branding of Duet AI for Workspace. I spent a few days testing it in Gmail and Google Docs to speed up wedding planning and uncover its boundaries. Though it can rapidly unspool drafts of polite emails to businesses or fluent essays on mundane topics, what I gained in time I sometimes lost through new headaches.”

ABC News (Australia): A record of Australia’s suburban history lives in this archive — and it was nearly lost. “The Box Hill Historical Society’s collection came close to destruction in April last year, after rewiring works in the town hall building caused a humidifier to malfunction, increasing the humidity levels within the archive’s rooms to nearly 90 per cent. Lead archivist Helen Harris had stopped by the archive on a Saturday and found condensation dripping through the building and paint beginning to melt.”


Reuters: FBI misused database for January 6 riot searches: court. “A US court found the FBI improperly searched for information in a US database of foreign intelligence 278,000 times over several years, including investigating suspects in the January 6 Capitol riots, according to a ruling.”

The Register: Google Go language goes with opt-in telemetry . “The stewards of Google’s open source Go programming language (Golang) have reversed course and committed to implementing software telemetry on an opt-in basis rather than turning data collection on by default and requiring developers to opt-out.”


Modern Diplomacy: Russia’s Unconventional Warfare: Moscow’s domination of the Information Space. “As much as Russia is a capable combatant in a hot conflict, it is in a cold conflict where Moscow has been the most damaging to the interests of the United States. In a cold conflict, unconventional warfare can include subversion, political, economic, or psychological warfare, as well as informational competition.”

Pew (PEW PEW PEW!): On alternative social media sites, many prominent accounts seek financial support from audiences. “About a quarter (23%) of the prominent accounts on the seven alternative social media sites studied sought financial support from their audiences in June 2022, according to the analysis. The Center examined 1,400 prominent accounts – selected from those with large numbers of followers – on BitChute, Gab, Gettr, Parler, Rumble, Telegram and Truth Social, many of which position themselves as alternatives to more established social media sites.” Good morning, Internet…

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