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Daily Archives: December 13, 2023

Why It’s So Hard to Search Your Email

The Atlantic [read free]: “Searching your email can sometimes feel basically impossible. Typing in a mix of search terms goes only so far. At some point, it almost feels personal, like the software is purposefully not showing you a conversation you absolutely remember having…An email inbox can’t quite be searched in the same way, because algorithms are working off of far less data. “Your emails are yours and yours alone. My emails are mine and mine alone. And they are different,” said Zamani, who previously worked on search for Microsoft and has done research for Google. The machines can learn only so much about how to rank the important emails in my inbox and yours, because they can see how you interact with these messages—which ones you open, which ones you ignore—but that’s not a lot of data. Sure, if you get the search term right, it can pull exactly what you’re looking for, and you can filter by date, sender, and a few other things. But you might have tons of emails from the same sender using the same few terms. Web search, by contrast, can rank results by leveraging a history of billions of clicks.”

Here’s how 13 news outlets are using LinkedIn newsletters

Nieman Lab: “…LinkedIn has been experimenting with newsletters as a way for individuals and companies to connect with readers. There are more than 143,000 newsletters on the platform, with over 500 million subscribers. At least 150 news publishers send newsletters out regularly, said Keren Baruch, LinkedIn’s director of product. “Social media platforms feel particularly volatile… Continue Reading

ChatGPT Is Turning the Internet Into Plumbing

The Atlantic [read free]: What does life online look like filtered through a bot? By Damon Beres: “…Earlier today, OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, announced a partnership with the media conglomerate Axel Springer that seems to get us closer to an answer. Under the arrangement, ChatGPT will gain the capacity to present its users with… Continue Reading

The U.S. Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Database

“The United States Large-Scale Solar Photovoltaic Database (USPVDB) provides the locations and array boundaries of U.S. ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) facilities with capacity of 1 megawatt or more. It includes corresponding PV facility information, including panel type, site type, and initial year of operation. The creation of this database was jointly funded by the U.S. Department… Continue Reading

Legal Implications in the Brave New AI World: Copyright Infringement and Training Sets

“Keeping up with the many legal implications in our post-ChatGPT world is increasingly challenging. Stories abound with legal suits filed against OpenAI, Meta, and others for training AI models with copyrighted content. In this lunch and learn discussion October 23, 2023 [YouTube with accompanying full transcript], Mark Gross, President of Data Conversion Laboratory, and his… Continue Reading

FCC Closes ‘Lead Generator’ Robocall Loophole & Adopts Robotexts Rules

December 13, 2023 — “The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules to further protect consumers from scam communications by directly addressing some of the biggest vulnerabilities in America’s robotext defenses and closing the “lead generator” robocall/robotexts loophole. The new rules allow blocking of “red flagged” robotexting numbers, codifies do-not-call rules for texting, and encourages… Continue Reading

Proton Mail Now Has a Desktop App

How to Geek: “Proton now makes a whole suite of software geared towards privacy and security enthusiasts, following the strictest standards of encryption, but it all had its start back when the company launched Proton Mail. It was the company’s first product back in 2013, but there still hasn’t been a true desktop client. That’s… Continue Reading

How to Ask ChatGPT and Google Bard to Not Use Your Website for Training

EFF: “Both OpenAI and Google have released guidance for website owners who do not want the two companies using the content of their sites to train the company’s large language models (LLMs). We’ve long been supporters of the right to scrape websites—the process of using a computer to load and read pages of a website… Continue Reading