Crafted in Mexico, VTuber Awards, Signal, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 13, 2023


Google Blog: Stitching stories: a digital ode to Mexico’s textile artisans. “Today we unveil Crafted in Mexico, a new hub on Google Arts & Culture celebrating our nation’s textile artisans, their enduring skills passed down through generations, and the significance of their work in the past, present and future. These creations embody rich history and craftsmanship, standing as timeless masterpieces. The project presents over 50 stories that pay tribute to these artisans, their intricate techniques, and the enduring artistry that enriches Mexico’s cultural heritage.”


Tubefilter: The first annual VTuber Awards are happening Dec. 16. “The first VTuber Awards will air Dec. 16, 2023, hosted by VTuber Filian and put on by Mythic Talent, the talent management company co-founded by OTK members Asmongold and TipsOut. It’s produced by WePlay Studios and will be hosted live at the WePlay Esports Arena in Los Angeles.”


The Verge: Signal tests usernames so you can avoid sharing your phone number . “Signal is publicly testing letting users add usernames to their accounts so they don’t have to share their phone number to connect via the encrypted messaging service. The test was announced via a post on the Signal forums by VP of engineering Jim O’Leary, who referred to the feature as ‘pre-beta’ and warned that there’ll be rough edges including crashes and broken push notifications.”

PetaPixel: Canva Now Lets You Add Songs to Videos and Social Media Edits. “This week, the online editing app Canva launched a music library for use in designs. The new feature allows Canva Pro and Education users to add songs to videos, presentations, and social media posts through the editing app. These projects can then be published directly to multiple platforms without the extra step of exporting.”


Emory University: Rose Library secures Mellon grant to create virtual reading room, expand access to collections. “The Irish holdings are also why the Rose Library staff has begun work on a virtual reading room to expand access to its collections. Their work is supported by a $250,000 planning grant from the Mellon Foundation to develop a technical and policy framework for a virtual reading room.”

Washington Post: Inside an OnlyFans empire: Sex, influence and the new American Dream . “In the American creator economy, no platform is quite as direct or effective as OnlyFans. Since launching in 2016, the subscription site known primarily for its explicit videos has become one of the most methodical, cash-rich and least known layers of the online-influencer industry, touching every social platform and, for some creators, unlocking a once-unimaginable level of wealth. More than 3 million creators now post around the world on OnlyFans, which has 230 million subscribing ‘fans’ — a global audience two-thirds the size of the United States itself, a company filing in August said.”


Bleeping Computer: Google ads push malicious CPU-Z app from fake Windows news site. “A threat actor has been abusing Google Ads to distribute a trojanized version of the CPU-Z tool to deliver the Redline info-stealing malware. The new campaign was spotted by Malwarebytes analysts who, based on the backing infrastructure, assess that it is part of the same operation that used Notepad++ malvertising to deliver malicious payloads.”

The Register: CEOs of crashed tech upstart Bitwise accused of swindling $100M from investors . “The co-founders and co-CEOs of failed startup Bitwise appeared in a California court Thursday accused of cheating investors out of $100 million by making up bank statements and revenue figures. Irma Olguin, Jr and Jake Soberal self-surrendered after a federal complaint charged them with conspiring to commit wire fraud by misstating the assets of their ‘transformative technology’ biz.”


Northeastern Global News: Most Americans are concerned about AI’s impact on the 2024 presidential election, Northeastern survey finds. “The majority of Americans are concerned that artificial intelligence will be used to spread falsehoods during the next presidential election, according to a recent Northeastern University survey. The survey was conducted by Northeastern’s new AI Literacy Lab to gauge the general public’s perceptions on AI. It found that 83% of respondents are worried about the proliferation of AI-generated misinformation during the 2024 presidential campaign.”

BusinessWire: New International Consortium Formed to Create Trustworthy and Reliable Generative AI Models for Science (PRESS RELEASE). “A global consortium of scientists from federal laboratories, research institutes, academia, and industry has formed to address the challenges of building large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) systems and advancing trustworthy and reliable AI for scientific discovery.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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