Super Street Magazine, Whole Earth Catalog, Ransomlooker, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, October 16, 2023


MotorTrend: Super Street Magazine Digital Archive Now Available—for Free!. “The Super Street Network continues delivering current feature cars and in-depth event coverage digitally, but don’t think that all those print issues that once landed in your mailbox and cluttered your desk space are long gone. They’re back! Over 170 past issues dating back to 2002 have been digitized and made available for you to view online for free with your registration on MotorTrend+ (U.S. and Canada).” In other words, registration is free but you do have to register.

Gizmodo: You Can Now Read the Whole Earth Catalog Online. “Remember the Whole Earth Catalog? If you’re a fan of the anarcho-libertarian magazine that helped usher in a popular interest in all things tech and internet culture, there’s good news: a nearly complete collection of the publication’s archive has been digitized and uploaded to the web for easy browsing.”

SecurityAffairs: Ransomlooker, A New Tool To Track And Analyze Ransomware Groups’ Activities . “Cybernews presented Ransomlooker, a tool to monitor ransomware groups’ extortion sites and delivers consolidated feeds of their claims worldwide. The researchers have created the tool to help cybersecurity experts in their daily jobs by providing real-time updates and actionable insights. It offers various statistical insights into data, the ability to determine attack perpetrators, and incorporates filtering by country, industries, time span, and other parameters for journalistic investigations.”


International Centre for Investigative Reporting: ICFJ seeks entries to investigate election disinformation. “THE International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is calling for applications for its Disarming Disinformation programme, sponsored by the Scripps Howard Fund…. Journalists worldwide interested in combating electoral disinformation can apply for the programme, which will take place on November 7, 8, and 9.”


WordPress: WordPress 6.3.2 – Maintenance and Security release. “This security and maintenance release features 19 bug fixes on Core, 22 bug fixes for the Block Editor, and 8 security fixes. WordPress 6.3.2 is a short-cycle release.”

Ars Technica: tests a news-filled homepage, just like Bing and Yahoo. “Google is still wondering if it should make major changes to its homepage. The last experiment we saw filled the usually stark white page with info cards showing things like the weather and stocks, but this new experiment, spotted by the site MSPoweruser, has a much bigger focus on news.”


New York Times: If Every Brand Is Funny Online, Is Anything Funny?. “For a decade, marketers have found success on social media by roasting customers, and even flirting with them. But with Gen Z, and platforms like TikTok on the rise, the jokes may be wearing thin.”


Bloomberg Law: New Disclosure Site Slow to Post Judicial Stock Trading Reports. “Delays in posting stock transactions and other financial disclosures by US judges to a new database are limiting the utility of a tool designed to improve public transparency of the court system, watchdogs said.”

The Messenger: Supreme Court Extends Block on Biden and Social Media Company Communication. “The Supreme Court on Friday extended a preliminary injunction blocking the Biden administration from contacting social media companies to question posts on their platforms.”

CNBC: Elon Musk’s X illegally fired employee who publicly challenged return-to-work plans, NLRB alleges. “Elon Musk’s X broke the law in firing an employee who criticized management’s return-to-work policy, the National Labor Relations Board alleged, in its first formal complaint against the company formally known as Twitter.”


Illinois State University: Virtual reality technology and individuals with communication disorders. “For the past three years, Dr. Jennine Harvey, Dr. Isaac Chang, Dr. Megan Cuellar, and Dr. Gabriela Fonseca Pereira have investigated the efficacy of virtual reality environments for speech-language pathology intervention. This interdisciplinary team has developed a real-world virtual environment to examine the potential of VR technology and innovative applications in evidence-based practice in SLP intervention, clinical training, and pedagogy.”

Northeastern Global News: How can cities use AI? These professors are creating guidelines for how artificial intelligence could be used for public interest.. “The Public Interest Technology University Network recently awarded a Network Challenge Grant to Northeastern University and its Boston Area Research Initiative, run by Dan O’Brien and Kim Lucas, both of whom teach public policy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. The grant funds projects dedicated to growing public interest technology. O’Brien and Lucas will use the grant to research how AI can be used by the city of Boston and to educate residents on its usage.” Good morning, Internet…

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