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North East India Indigenous People’s Archive, NASA+, West Virginia, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, November 5, 2023

In yesterday afternoon’s ResearchBuzz I pointed to an article about the return of Z-Library. Unfortunately the source, Good E-Reader, linked to not only the wrong site but a dangerous site. The correct site is https://zlibrary-global.se/ . I have removed the article from the newsletter and from the ResearchBuzz Firehose, and have removed Good E-Reader as an acceptable ResearchBuzz source. I apologize.

NEW RESOURCES

Nagaland Page (India): Tetso College Launches Digital Language Archive At The Listener Nagaland Festival. “An initiative by Tetso College, [North East India Indigenous People’s Archive] is a comprehensive digital repository dedicated to host cultural and linguistic materials of the region and is one of the first of this kind in the region.”

Engadget: NASA is launching a free streaming service with live shows and original series. “NASA has announced a new streaming service called NASA+ that’s set to hit most major platforms next week. It’ll be completely free, with no subscription requirements, and you won’t be forced to sit through ads. NASA+ will be available starting November 8.”

Government Technology: West Virginia to Offer Free Access to Online Tutoring. “The state of West Virginia has set up a new website through Tutor.com to offer free test preparation and tutoring in 200 subjects, as well as help with job searches and applications, resumes and cover letters.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

9to5 Google: Google Bard can now ‘respond in real time’ instead of waiting . “Large language models (LLMs) aren’t instantaneous, so there’s a delay between prompt and answer. Google is now making Bard feel faster with a ‘respond in real time’ option. As such, ‘Responses will show in real time while in progress.’ There is still a wait wherein you’ll see the rotating Bard sparkle in different colors, but text comes in line-by-line after that.”

AROUND THE INTERNET WORLD

Bloomberg: Google, Lendlease End Deals to Build San Francisco Bay Projects. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google and property developer Lendlease Group have ended an agreement to build four projects in the San Francisco Bay Area as the technology firm reviews its real estate footprint.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum Launches Campaign To Gather Stories From the Public. “The Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum has launched a new digital campaign on its website to gather stories from the public that will help shape the future of the museum. The campaign will ask contributors to share a story of a woman from their family, community or past who has inspired them to think differently.”

Times of Malta: Times of Malta partners with National Archives to preserve its photo collection. “Up to one million Times of Malta photos spanning much of the 20th century are to be made available to researchers and the public to view after living in dusty boxes for decades. A joint project between Times of Malta and the National Archives will see conservators digitise, catalogue and store the media house’s entire catalogue of film photos and negatives.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Associated Press: FTX founder Sam-Bankman-Fried convicted of defrauding cryptocurrency customers. “After the monthlong trial, jurors rejected Bankman-Fried’s claim during four days on the witness stand in Manhattan federal court that he never committed fraud or meant to cheat customers before FTX, once the world’s second-largest crypto exchange, collapsed into bankruptcy a year ago.”

Reuters: Elon Musk asks court to reject SEC’s bid to force him to testify in Twitter probe. “Elon Musk asked a federal judge on Thursday not to force him to testify in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe into his $44 billion takeover of social media site Twitter. Musk filed the objections in San Francisco federal court, where the SEC sued him on Oct. 5 to make him testify for the probe, which it launched in April 2022.”

Meduza: Russian authorities ordered removal of 4,333 pieces of content from Yandex streaming service in first nine months of 2023. “The Russian streaming platform Yandex.Music deleted 4,333 pieces of content in response to demands from government agencies in the first nine months of 2023, the outlet RBC reported on Wednesday, citing a transparency report from the company.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): 81% of U.S. adults – versus 46% of teens – favor parental consent for minors to use social media. “Many social media companies do not allow those under 13 to use their sites. Still, there’s a growing movement to develop stricter age verification measures, such as requiring users to provide government-issued identification. Legislators have pushed for mandatory parental consent and time restrictions for those under 18, arguing this will help parents better monitor what their children do on social media.”

OTHER THINGS I THINK ARE COOL

New World Notes: The Nightmarishly Infinite Library Of Babel Has Haunted People For Decades. Now Borges’ Impossible Vision Exists In VRChat.. “I just visited the Library of Babel in VRChat, and the ambition of this creation is staggering. For a comparison, I have to think back to ‘The Crooked House’ of Second Life (inspired by a Robert Heinlein story), created in 2006 by mathematician Henry Segerman. In both cases, these are literary visions that can only tangibly, interactively exist in a virtual world.” Good morning, Internet…

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