ALERTCalifornia, Student Loan Repayment, National Library of Australia, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, August 1, 2023


ALERTCalifornia: ALERTCalifornia Launches to Provide Essential Tools to Understand and Adapt to Wildfires and Natural Disasters in the Golden State. “Fire and emergency management personnel input was essential to create the new, mobile friendly, public website interface, which now features a camera view “quilt” or collection of camera views targeting a specific area of interest as well as panoramas that show a high-resolution stitched-together 360-degree view for each camera.”

CNN: First on CNN: Biden administration launches new income-driven student debt repayment plan. “The Biden administration is launching a beta website for its new income-driven student loan repayment plan today, officials told CNN, allowing borrowers to begin submitting applications for the program as federal student loan payments are set to resume in October.”


National Library of Australia: National Library of Australia launches modernised Catalogue. “The National Library of Australia has launched its modernised Catalogue making it easier for patrons to search the Library’s collections.”

Search Engine Roundtable: New Google Merchant Center Policy Says AI Generated Reviews Are Spam & Disallowed. “Google has posted a new policy saying AI-generated reviews are against its policies, disallowed and considered spam. If you find such content, Google said you must mark it as spam in your feed with the is_spam attribute.”


WHO13: Google glitch burns Urbandale business at worst-possible time. “Google is now the business lifeline. Without it, Lenz is only doing about ten jobs a day, and that’s only because this business, one that usually takes calls, is now making them. ‘The gals in the office are calling out, reaching out to friends, using Facebook,’ he said. Lenz said he’s losing $30,000 to $40,000 a day. But what’s worse are his fears that he’s losing his customers’ trust.”

The Guardian: Twitter neighbours complain of lit-up ‘X’ sign working at high intensity. “San Francisco’s building inspectors said it might be in violation of rules. One wrote in a report that company representatives denied roof access, twice, to officials seeking to inspect the logo. The inspector noted one representative said the sign was temporary.”

NBC News: Online games struggle to rein in hateful usernames, report finds. “Usernames that include racist, misogynistic, antisemitic, anti-LGBTQ+, ableist and white supremacist terms go unmoderated on some of the most popular online games, according to a report published Monday by the Anti-Defamation League.”


New York Times: Researchers Poke Holes in Safety Controls of ChatGPT and Other Chatbots. “A new report indicates that the guardrails for widely used chatbots can be thwarted, leading to an increasingly unpredictable environment for the technology.”

Northeastern Global News: New smartphone vulnerability discovered by Northeastern Ph.D. student reveals hackers could track your location. “A newly discovered vulnerability in text messaging may enable attackers to trace your location, according to Northeastern Ph.D. student Evangelos Bitsikas. His research group exposed the flaw by applying a sophisticated machine-learning program to data gleaned from the relatively primitive SMS system that has driven texting in mobile phones since the early 1990s.”

Washington University in St. Louis: Analyzing generative AI’s copyright crisis. “The recent explosion of artificial intelligence tools such as ChatGPT and Copilot have supercharged the assistance available to programmers. However, AI assistants may strip out comments embedded in code to convey copyright and attribution guidelines, leaving human coders none the wiser yet still on the hook legally for intellectual property infringement. To combat this problem, computer science & engineering researchers in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have developed CodeIPPrompt, the first automated testing platform to evaluate how much language models generate IP-violating code.”


Washington State University: Viral TikTok health videos tend to cover three topics, rely on influencers. “Sexual health, diet and exercise are the three topics that steal the show when it comes to popular health-related videos on TikTok. Unfortunately, there’s little else in terms of engaging health-related content on the video sharing platform, a Washington State University study found.”

University of California Riverside: Google & ChatGPT have mixed results in medical info queries. “When you need accurate information about a serious illness, should you go to Google or ChatGPT? A study led by University of California, Riverside, computer scientists found that both internet information gathering services have strengths and weaknesses. The team included clinical scientists from the University of Alabama and Florida International University.” Good morning, Internet…

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