Folha de S.Paulo, ChessBase, Google News Magazines, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, November 15, 2023


Google Blog: Folha de S.Paulo: 100 years of Brazilian history in pictures. “This collection of photos, which helps us to understand the history of Brazil, is now available on Google Arts & Culture with over 10,000 images and 60 curated stories. The project offers a century-long perspective on Brazilian history and society, also serving as a unique view into world events from a Brazilian standpoint.”


ChessBase Chess News: Mega Database 2024: More than 700,000 new games. “The new Mega Database now contains over 10 million games and over 700,000 new games. With 112,000 annotated games, the Mega Database is also the largest annotated game collection in the world.”

Search Engine Roundtable: Google News Magazine Support To Be Discontinued December 18, 2023. “Google announced that it will discontinue its Google News magazine service starting on December 18, 2023. Any magazines you purchased and that are available within the Google News apps or to your library of magazines will be removed.”

Hollywood Reporter: Trump’s Truth Social Has Lost $73M Since Launch, New Filing Shows. “Since launching in early 2022, former President Donald Trump‘s Truth Social took in $3.7 million in net sales, and lost $73 million…. The numbers were revealed in a new financial disclosure from TMTG’s SPAC merger partner Digital World Acquisition Corp. The filing revealed that in 2022, Truth Social lost $50 million on just $1.4 million of net sales, and through the first 6 months of this year it brought in $2.3 million, but lost $23 million.”


MakeUseOf: 7 Better Alternatives to OpenAI’s ChatGPT Mobile App . “When choosing an AI chatbot app for your phone, OpenAI’s ChatGPT app is likely the first option that comes to mind. Plenty of alternatives, however, offer unique features to improve and customize your chatbot experience. Here are some better options for Android and iOS.”


Tech Xplore: Actors union explains AI guardrails in strike deal. “The Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) reached a deal with studios like Disney and Netflix this week to end its nearly four-month strike. Its board members on Friday voted 86 percent in favor of ratifying the agreement. Besides a seven percent minimum pay increase, and a new $40-million-per-year fund to transfer a portion of revenues for hit shows from studios to actors, AI guardrails were a key part of talks.”


Ars Technica: Google witness accidentally blurts out that Apple gets 36% cut of Safari deal. “Google’s default search deal with Apple is worth so much to the search giant that Google pays 36 percent of its search advertising revenue from Safari to keep its search engine set as the default in Apple’s browser, Bloomberg reported. Google and Apple objected to making this key detail public from their long-running default search deal. But their closely held secret came out on Monday during testimony from Google’s main economics expert, Kevin Murphy, during the Department of Justice’s monopoly trial examining Google’s search business.”

AFP: Musk’s X fails to pay Australian watchdog fine. “Elon Musk’s X has not paid a fine imposed for failing to outline its plans to stamp out content depicting child sexual abuse on the platform, Australia’s internet safety watchdog told AFP on Tuesday.”

TechCrunch: More from the US v Google trial: Vertical search, pre-installs and the case of Firefox/Yahoo . “In our last roundup, we learned how Google spent $26.3 billion in 2021 making itself the default search engine across platforms and how Google tried to have Chrome preinstalled on iPhones. Over the past couple of weeks, more of the inner workings of Google has come to light, including some of the search engine’s most lucrative search queries, what the revenue-share agreements between Google and Android OEMs look like and why Expedia has a bone to pick with Google.”


University of Gothenberg: Nostalgia and memories after ten years of social media. “Researchers at the University of Gothenburg and University West have been following a group of eleven active social media users for ten years, allowing them to describe and reflect on how they use the platforms to document and share their lives. The study provides insight into the role of technology in creating experiences and reliving meaningful moments.”

PsyPost: Virtual reality therapy may help declutter hoarding-affected homes. “A pilot study conducted by Stanford Medicine researchers suggests that virtual reality therapy could be a valuable tool in helping individuals with hoarding disorder overcome their challenges. The findings, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, provide initial evidence that virtual reality simulations are a feasible way to help individuals with hoarding disorder declutter their homes.”

American Chemical Society: ’Indoor solar’ to power the Internet of Things. “From Wi-Fi-connected home security systems to smart toilets, the so-called Internet of Things brings personalization and convenience to devices that help run homes. But with that comes tangled electrical cords or batteries that need to be replaced. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Energy Materials have brought solar panel technology indoors to power smart devices. They show which photovoltaic (PV) systems work best under cool white LEDs, a common type of indoor lighting.” Good morning, Internet…

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