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Early Apple tech bloggers are shocked to find their name and work have been AI-zombified

DATE POSTED:July 10, 2024
A TUAW website author profile for a Christina Warren, with her bio. Christina Warren hasn’t worked at this website since 2009, and that’s not her face. | Screenshot by Christina Warren

An old Apple blog and the blog’s former authors have become the latest victims of AI-written sludge. TUAW (“The Unofficial Apple Weblog”) was shut down by AOL in 2015, but this past year, a new owner scooped up the domain and began posting articles under the bylines of former writers who haven’t worked there for over a decade. And that new owner, which also appears to run other AI sludge websites, seems to be trying to hide.

Christina Warren, who left a long career in tech journalism to join Microsoft and later GitHub as a developer advocate, shared screenshots of what was happening on Tuesday. In the images, you can see that Warren has apparently been writing new posts as of this July — even though she hasn’t worked at TUAW since 2009,...

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