Gizmodo: Bard Gets a ‘Google It’ Button and We’re Back at Square One, Folks

Gizmodo: Bard Gets a ‘Google It’ Button and We’re Back at Square One, Folks . “During a press briefing on Tuesday, Google Bard vice president of engineering Amar Subramanya said one of the challenges with large language models is that they oftentimes present inaccurate information, confidently. So, to fix this issue of what he described as ‘the hallucination problem’, Google is sticking a ‘Google It’ button within Bard. Why….why not just bypass the middle bot and go straight to Google?”

Zuckerberg dismisses Musk for avoiding cage fight: ‘It’s time to move on’ (NBC News)

NBC News: Zuckerberg dismisses Musk for avoiding cage fight: ‘It’s time to move on’. “The long-hyped possibility of a cage match between tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk appears to be no more after Zuckerberg dismissed Musk for allegedly delaying their anticipated showdown in the ring. ‘I think we can all agree Elon isn’t serious and it’s time to move on,’ Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, wrote Sunday on Threads, the text-based app Meta launched as a competitor to X, the company formerly known as Twitter.”

WIRED: This Is the Era of Zombie Twitter

WIRED: This Is the Era of Zombie Twitter. “THE BIRD IS dead, but zombie Twitter is not. Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, the platform has survived rate-limiting, massive staff cuts, suspensions of journalists, hemorrhaging ad dollars, exorbitant API price hikes, and a frenzy of new competitors. This week it survived becoming not Twitter, as the site suddenly rebranded to X.”

Ars Technica: Reddit calls for “a few new mods” after axing, polarizing some of its best

Ars Technica: Reddit calls for “a few new mods” after axing, polarizing some of its best. “Reddit is campaigning to replace numerous longstanding moderators who were removed from their positions after engaging in API protests. Over the past week, a Reddit employee has posted to subreddits with ousted mods, asking for new volunteers. But in its search, the company has failed to address the intricacies involved in moderating distinct and, in some cases, well-known subreddits. And it doesn’t look like the knowledge from the previous moderators is being passed down.”

Tom’s Guide: Don’t ‘Bard it’ — Google says you should still Google it to be safe

Tom’s Guide: Don’t ‘Bard it’ — Google says you should still Google it to be safe. “Google Bard may be competing with ChatGPT, but it’s also competing with Google Search. Plenty of people are turning to AI chatbots over traditional search engines, which is why Bing Chat and Google Search Generative Experience both exist as AI tools that blend generative AI with traditional search. But unfortunately, generative AI gets things wrong — a lot. So Google is reminding people that when in doubt, you should still Google it rather than Bard it.” Use the whizbang technology, but do not TRUST the whizbang technology. Instead, keep using the old technology, so that it takes twice as long to do a task. But whizbang technology! This is so stupid.

CNBC: Elon Musk’s rebrand of Twitter to ‘X’ could get him in legal trouble with Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft, experts say

CNBC: Elon Musk’s rebrand of Twitter to ‘X’ could get him in legal trouble with Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft, experts say. “Elon Musk’s Twitter rebrand could land him in legal hot water with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and others, experts say. On Sunday, Musk announced that he was getting rid of the Twitter brand and logo. The social media platform is now known as ‘X,’ CEO Linda Yaccarino confirmed on Sunday.”

Ars Technica: Borax is the new Tide Pods, and poison control experts are facepalming

Ars Technica: Borax is the new Tide Pods, and poison control experts are facepalming. I’m facepalming too. When I was growing up Borax was a home remedy against mice. “In the latest health fad to alarm and exasperate medical experts, people on TikTok have cheerily ‘hopped on the borax train’ and are drinking and soaking in the toxic cleaning product based on false claims that it can reduce inflammation, treat arthritis, and ‘detoxify’ the body.”

TechCrunch: Twitter has officially changed its logo to ‘X’

TechCrunch: Twitter has officially changed its logo to ‘X’. “Twitter has removed the iconic bird logo and adopted ‘X’ as its official logo. This move comes after Elon Musk announced the change over the weekend. The change is already live on the website. Notably, Musk tweeted that x.com now also redirects to twitter.com. In the post, Musk also called this an ‘interim’ logo, so we might see another logo change in the future.”

New York Post: UK tourist who defaced Colosseum offers jaw-dropping explanation for vandalism

New York Post: UK tourist who defaced Colosseum offers jaw-dropping explanation for vandalism. “The UK tourist who was caught on video carving his and his fiancée’s names into the wall of Rome’s Colosseum offered a groveling apology to the city, along with a mind-boggling explanation — claiming that he didn’t realize just how ancient the world-famous landmark was before he defaced it.”

Waxy: Twitter bug causes self-DDOS tied to Elon Musk’s emergency blocks and rate limits: “It’s amateur hour”

Waxy: Twitter bug causes self-DDOS tied to Elon Musk’s emergency blocks and rate limits: “It’s amateur hour”. “Are shadowy AI companies scraping Twitter for training data? Maybe! But on Mastodon this morning, web developer Sheldon Chang noticed another source of unusual traffic: a bug in Twitter’s web app that is constantly sending requests to Twitter in an infinite loop.”

TechCrunch: Elon Musk triples down on making Twitter terrible for trans people

TechCrunch: Elon Musk triples down on making Twitter terrible for trans people. “Elon Musk, world’s richest person and ostensible champion of free speech, took to Twitter late Tuesday to stoop to a fresh low. Responding to a tweet complaining about being called ‘cis’ — the shorthand version of the word ‘cisgender,’ which simply means ‘not transgender’ — Musk declared that from here on out both terms are now considered slurs on the social network.”

Ars Technica: YouTuber who crashed plane admits he did it for money and views

Ars Technica: YouTuber who crashed plane admits he did it for money and views. “A YouTuber who deliberately crashed a plane to ‘gain notoriety and make money’ has agreed to plead guilty to obstructing a federal investigation, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced yesterday. In his plea agreement, California pilot Trevor Jacob admitted to ‘deliberately destroying’ the plane wreckage and repeatedly lying to officials.”