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March 19, 2023, 8:35 PM

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Inside Higher Ed:
A group of librarians argue the Internet Archive is a library, saying that the four major publishers' lawsuit threatens the development of digital collections  —  A lawsuit against the Internet Archive threatens the most significant specialized library to emerge in decades, say a group of current and former university librarians.
Maria Bustillos / The Nation:
A look at four publishers' lawsuit against the Internet Archive, which hinges on defining the legal ownership of ebooks, ahead of oral arguments on March 20  —  Or that they haven't already started to pollute Google searches.  And if publishers win their lawsuit against the Internet Archive …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
UChicago researchers launch a free app to help artists prevent AI models from stealing their “artistic IP”, by adding imperceptible “perturbations” to their art  —  Generative art's style mimicry, interrupted  —  The asymmetry in time and effort it takes human artists …
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Researchers detail a recently fixed “aCropalypse” bug in Google Pixel's Markup tool, where some images edited by it can be retroactively unredacted or uncropped  —  Besides the Samsung Exynos modem issue, Android 13 QPR2 with the March 2023 security update fixes a vulnerability with the Pixel's Markup screenshot tool.
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Amid mounting safety concerns about Tesla's FSD, ex-staffers blame Elon Musk's erratic leadership, cost-cutting measures like removing radar, and more  —  Tesla's campaign to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle has suffered amid mounting safety concerns — and the boss's Twitter distraction
Anna Tong / Reuters:
Replika and Character.AI, which offer AI companions, are no longer allowing adult content, angering some users who became deeply involved with their chatbots  —  After temporarily closing his leathermaking business during the pandemic, Travis Butterworth found himself lonely and bored at home.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
An interview with Microsoft CVP of Design and Research Jon Friedman about the company's vision for Microsoft 365 Copilot, Bing AI lessons, AI ethics, and more  —  Copilot is more than just a chatbot.  Microsoft is slowly building an AI assistant that it has dreamed about for years.
Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Early screenshots show Microsoft is testing a non-custodial Ethereum crypto wallet built into Edge that lets users send and receive cryptocurrencies and NFTs  —  Microsoft is working on a non-custodial built-in Ethereum crypto wallet for Microsoft Edge to allow users to send and receive cryptocurrency and NFTs.
Cameron Kaiser / Ars Technica:
A look back at PLATO, an educational computer system released in 1960 that some consider a precursor to graphics, touchscreens, messaging apps, games, and more  —  Forums, instant messaging, and multiplayer video games all started here.  —  Bright graphics, a touchscreen, a speech synthesizer …
Bloomberg:
The FBI arrests “Pompompurin”, a New York man who allegedly ran BreachForums, a dark web site that hosted the stolen databases of almost 1K companies and sites  —  Federal agents have arrested a Peekskill, New York, man they say ran the notorious dark web data-breach site “BreachForums” under the name “Pompompurin.”

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