November 11, 2022
In this week’s edition: Confusion reigns at Twitter; programmers sue Microsoft and GitHub over AI trained with code scraped from the web; publishers hope new books by Michelle Obama and Mike Pence jump-start holiday sales; we bid farewell to hard copies of four more newspapers; National Book Award finalists talk about their reading and writing habits; and more.
Twitter’s Publishing of New Rules Adds to Confusion on Misinformation PoliciesThe HillUnder the helm of new CEO Elon Musk, Twitter published new rules governing the platform this week. While expressly prohibiting a number of actions, the rules do not currently reference certain policies pertaining to misinformation that had previously existed.
The Lawsuit That Could Rewrite the Rules of AI CopyrightThe VergeMicrosoft, its subsidiary GitHub, and its business partner OpenAI are facing a proposed class action lawsuit that could have a widespread impact on copyright for artificial intelligence. The suit alleges that the GitHub Copilot AI coding assistant reproduces open-source code scraped from the internet without credit, violating copyright law.
Michelle Obama, Mike Pence Books Square Off as Publishers Hope for a Holiday JoltThe Wall Street JournalScheduled for release next week, these two books headline a collection of high profile titles that publishers are counting on to boost book sales following a challenging year.
”I Want to Open a Window in Their Souls”—Haruki Murakami on the Power of Writing SimplyThe GuardianHear the Wind Sing author Haruki Murakami shares some of his secrets to avoiding writer’s block, including enjoying yourself, writing in a foreign language, and giving up on trying to create something sophisticated.
Alabama Media Group to Stop Publishing NewspapersAlabama Daily NewsAlabama Media Group is ceasing publication of its Alabama and Mississippi newspapers, The Birmingham News, Huntsville Times, Mobile Press-Register, and Mississippi Press, and shifting its focus to its digital media brands. The final hard copies will be published on February 26, 2023.
Oldest Known Sentence Written in First Alphabet Discovered—On a Head-Lice CombThe GuardianWhile the comb was discovered at a site in Israel in 2017, shallow engravings written in Canaanite were spotted on its surface only last year. The comb is inscribed, “May this tusk root out the lice of the hair and the beard.”
Meet the 2022 National Book Award FinalistsLit HubAhead of next week’s ceremony for the 73rd National Book Awards in New York City (and streaming online), Literary Hub quizzes some of the finalists on such topics as their ideal times for writing; tackling writer’s block; which books they reread; and the best or worst writing advice they’ve ever received.