Czech Republic Synagogues, Twitter, WordPress, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, June 4, 2023


Jewish Heritage Europe: Czech Republic: New web site and online exhibits of the Prague Jewish Museum’s “Secrets in the Attic” Geniza project. “The Jewish Museum in Prague has launched an informative web site with online exhibits about the eclectic material discovered in genizas in a dozen synagogue buildings that have been researched in the country since the 1990s.”


Reuters: Twitter’s head of brand safety and ad quality to leave. “Twitter’s head of brand safety and ad quality, A.J. Brown, has decided to leave the company, according to a source familiar with the matter on Friday, the second safety leader to depart in a matter of days.”

WordPress: New to Newsletter — Earn With Paid Subscriptions. “Since its debut last December, we’ve been improving Newsletter to meet the needs of writers and creators everywhere. Now we’re introducing a big update — the ability to add paid subscriptions and premium content, whatever plan you’re on. Including the Free plan.”


New York Times: How to Use A.I. to Edit and Generate Stunning Photos. “Compared to products like ChatGPT, image generating A.I. tools are not as well developed. They require jumping through a few more hoops, and may cost a bit of money. But if you’re interested in learning the ropes there’s no better time to start.”


Business Insider: Google opposed a shareholder proposal asking for more transparency around its AI algorithms. “Google’s parent company Alphabet opposed a shareholder proposal that sought increased transparency surrounding its algorithms. Trillium Asset Management set forth this proposal during Alphabet’s 2023 annual stockholder meeting. Trillium made a similar request last year, before the ChatGPT craze swept over the technology industry.”

HuffPost: Maryland Students Prank School By Listing It On Zillow As ‘Nice Half-Working Jail’. “A group of high school seniors in Fort Meade, Maryland, had fun pranking their high school last week ― by attempting to sell it on Zillow. The students at Meade High School listed their school on the real estate website for a measly $42,069, local news outlets reported.”

Fierce Telecom: Here’s where Google Fiber expanded its network in May. “Google Fiber in the past month has picked up steam in its network expansion, announcing several new cities across Idaho, Kansas, Utah and more. Fierce took a closer look at where construction will begin and when consumers can expect to sign up for service.”

The Wrap: Ben & Jerry’s Ends Paid Advertising on Twitter Due to ‘Proliferation of Hate Speech’. “Famed ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s is no longer spending money on paid advertising on Twitter, citing an uptick in hate speech as the reason for the move. In the company’s statement, it clarifies it’s not only troubled by hate speech from the general masses across the social network, but also the speech of the site’s owner, Elon Musk.”


NBC News: Arkansas librarians sue to block new law that could jail them over explicit books. “Arkansas is one of four states that recently passed laws that make it easier to prosecute librarians over sexually explicit books, a designation conservatives often use to target books with descriptions of gender identity and sexuality. On Friday, a coalition led by the Central Arkansas Library System, based in Little Rock, filed a federal lawsuit it hopes will set a precedent about the constitutionality of such laws.”

Rolling Stone: AI Deepfakes of True-Crime Victims Are a Waking Nightmare. “TikTok accounts are posting horrifying artificial intelligence-generated clips of murder victims — mostly children — describing their own ghastly demise.”

CBS News: Howard County schools sue social media companies over impact to student mental health. “Howard County Public Schools has filed a lawsuit against several social media companies, alleging their products are detrimental to its student body’s mental health, a spokesperson for the district said Friday.”


Ars Technica: Air Force denies running simulation where AI drone “killed” its operator. “Over the past 24 hours, several news outlets reported a now-retracted story claiming that the US Air Force had run a simulation in which an AI-controlled drone ‘went rogue’ and ‘killed the operator because that person was keeping it from accomplishing its objective.’ The US Air Force has denied that any simulation ever took place, and the original source of the story says he ‘misspoke.'” Good morning, Internet…

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