Jerry Garcia, MS Paint, Google, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, June 6, 2023


PR Newswire: Virtual Jerry Garcia Archive Museum Opens With Free Concert and Tour (PRESS RELEASE). “Guests from around the world are invited to join the friends and family of Jerry Garcia on June 7, 2023, in the Neverworld Metaverse, an online open simulator metaverse, to celebrate the opening of the virtual Jerry Garcia Archive Museum. Visitors can create unique avatars on the Neverworld Grid before embarking on a tour of archival content featuring Jerry’s fine art, collections of rare photos and interview recordings.”


Ars Technica: MS Paint app’s Windows 11 renaissance continues with dark mode, other updates. “The update, announced on the Windows Insider blog yesterday, also introduces more granular zoom settings and a zoom slider in the lower-right corner of the app, a new Settings page, new keyboard shortcuts, and ‘many accessibility and usability improvements to dialogs throughout the app.'”

The Verge: Google trials passwordless login across Workspace and Cloud accounts. “Google has taken a significant step toward a passwordless future with the start of an open beta for passkeys on Workspace accounts. Starting today, June 5th, over 9 million organizations can allow their users to sign in to a Google Workspace or Google Cloud account using a passkey instead of their usual passwords.”


MakeUseOf: 6 New Free PDF Editing Web Apps to Fix Common Problems With PDFs. “We interact with PDF files so often now, it’s almost easy to forget how ubiquitous they’ve become. It’s no wonder then that different developers keep making apps that address specific needs to work with a PDF file, even when there are already so many great online PDF editors. From searching multiple PDF files together to using a ChatGPT AI to read and answer questions about it, there’s an app for everything.” These are some next-level PDF tools as long as you keep privacy and security issues in mind.


Washington Post: ChatGPT took their jobs. Now they walk dogs and fix air conditioners. . “When ChatGPT came out last November, Olivia Lipkin, a 25-year-old copywriter in San Francisco, didn’t think too much about it. Then articles about how to use the chatbot on the job began appearing on internal Slack groups at the tech start-up where she worked as the company’s only writer.”

Reuters: Ex-NBCUniversal executive Joe Benarroch to join Twitter. “Former NBCUniversal executive Joe Benarroch will join Twitter on Monday, in a role focusing on business operations, he told Reuters.”


ABC News (Australia): How Australian cyber spies used ‘Rickrolling’ to disrupt Islamic State militants in Iraq. “Rick Astley never knew he had it in him. But the 1980s British pop star unwittingly played a role in a critical desert battle against a terror outfit with sophisticated computer skills and a slick propaganda machine.”

US Department of Justice: Former Social Media Influencer Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Scheming to Obtain More Than $1.2 Million in COVID-19 Cares Act Loans. “Denish Sahadevan, a/k/a ‘Danny Devan,’ age 31, of Potomac, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and money laundering, relating to his scheme to defraud lenders and the Small Business Administration (‘SBA’) of more than $1.2 million in Paycheck Protection Program (‘PPP’) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (‘EIDL’).”


University of Pittsburgh: How a Twitter thread became a letter in Nature. “Last summer, drama was brewing on biology Twitter. You may not have heard about this debate, but for a certain class of biologists, it was potentially groundbreaking research: A high-profile paper in Nature by a respected scientist overturned decades of established wisdom.”

Wall Street Journal: Twitter Missed Dozens of Known Images of Child Sexual Abuse Material, Researchers Say. “Twitter failed to prevent dozens of known images of child sexual abuse from being posted on its platform in recent months, according to Stanford University researchers who said the situation indicated a lapse in basic enforcement.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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