Amplify Colorado, Offshore Drilling Politics, Donor Advised Funds, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, September 26, 2023


Spotted via Google Alerts: Amplify Colorado. “Amplify Colorado is a publicly accessible directory of experts from communities of color and other diverse communities that newsrooms need to better serve, including, but not limited to, women, youth, elders, LGTBQ+, Coloradans with disabilities, rural residents, veterans, immigrants and refugees. Amplify also includes reporters’ and editors’ contact information so community members can more easily find them.

CleanTechnica: Where Does Your Member Of Congress Stand On Offshore Drilling?. “NRDC’s new tool let’s you check out where your state’s delegation stands on new offshore oil and gas drilling. Some regions—like New England—have rejected drilling top to bottom. Other delegations—like those in Florida —have had a more mixed response. Some elected officials are calling on President Biden to end new offshore drilling across the board. Others object only to drilling along their state’s borders. Still others push for more of our ocean to be sold to Big Oil.”

Financial Advisor: New Website Offers Help In Finding Donor-Advised Funds. “Selecting a donor advised fund from the about 1,000 that are available can be a daunting task for advisors and potential philanthropists. But now there is a website that sorts the details and ranks the best donor advised funds. ranks funds by criteria such as ease of use, investment options and minimum account size, said Brad Saft, founder and CEO of”


The Register: Google killing Basic HTML version of Gmail In January 2024 . “Google will discontinue the Basic HTML version of its Gmail service in January 2024. It’s unclear when Google made the decision to end Basic HTML support – news of which can be found in this support page titled ‘Use the latest version of Gmail in your browser.’’s last capture of the page comes from late 2022, and Google’s own cache has not coughed up info that would identify the date of the change.”


The Guardian: AEC struggles to get Twitter to remove posts that ‘incite violence’ and spread ‘disinformation’ ahead of voice. “The Australian Electoral Commission has struggled to get Twitter to remove posts that it says are inciting violence against staff and promoting disinformation about the electoral process ahead of the Indigenous voice to parliament referendum, documents reveal.”

Michigan Daily: A closer look at toxic family vlogging channels. “Over the past several years, the curtain has begun to be lifted over many of these ‘wholesome’ family vloggers, and the picture-perfect image that was plastered all over the internet for years on end has been torn to shreds. Issues such as child exploitation, privacy violations and religious prejudice have been brought into the limelight as fans have begun to see the truth behind the light-hearted vlogs they used to enjoy. There is no family, however, who has fallen apart quite so tragically as the ‘8 Passengers.'”

TechCrunch: Google expands its subsea cable infrastructure with Nuvem, connecting the US, Bermuda and Portugal. “Google has announced another subsea cable system, as the internet giant strives to bolster its internet infrastructure and get more people using its array of cloud-based services. Dubbed ‘Nuvem,’ the new cable represents one of more than a dozen cables that Google has invested in through the years, starting with Unity, which went into operation in 2010, stretching more than 6,000 miles across the Pacific from Japan to California.”


404 Media: Congress Introduces Bill That Would Let Farmers Repair John Deere Tractors Without Hacking Them. “A group of lawmakers introduced federal legislation that would make it easier for farmers to repair their tractors and would prevent them from having to literally hack into their John Deere tractors to do some basic repairs.”

TechCrunch: Darrow raises $35M for an AI that parses public documents for class action lawsuit potential . “The [US] may not have the highest per capita amount of lawsuits (that’s Germany), but it has the most of any country overall amid a very active legal industry whose caseload is growing in a market that is worth many tens of billions of dollars. Now, an AI-based startup that’s tapping into those facts for its own business is announcing a round of funding. Darrow — which has developed an AI-based data engine that ingests large amounts of publicly available documents to search for class action litigation potential across areas like data privacy violations and environmental contamination — has raised $35 million.”

WIRED: Meet the Law Geeks Exposing Google’s Secretive Antitrust Trial. “MONTHS OUT OF law school, Yosef Weitzman already has a huge courtroom role in the biggest antitrust trial of the century. In a US federal trial that started last week, Google is accused of unlawfully monopolizing online search and search ads. The company’s self-defined mission is to make the world’s information universally accessible, yet Google successfully opposed live streaming the trial and keeping the proceedings wholly open to the public. Enter Weitzman.”


VentureBeat: Google Bard fails to deliver on its promise — even after latest updates. “Unfortunately, in practice, I find Bard to be a disappointment on many levels. It fails to deliver on its core promise of integrating well with Google apps, and often produces inaccurate or nonsensical responses. It also lacks the creativity and versatility of OpenAI’s GPT-4 (It also has no personality or sense of humor, although some users might not take issue with that). Bard badly falls short of expectations.”


Ars Technica: Don’t throw out those used coffee grounds—use them for 3D printing instead. “Most coffee lovers typically dump the used grounds from their morning cuppa straight into the trash; those more environmentally inclined might use them for composting. But if you’re looking for a truly novel application for coffee grounds, consider using them as a sustainable material for 3D printing, as suggested by a recent paper published in DIS ’23: Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference.” Good morning, Internet…

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