Iowa Laws, OpenBibArt, Twitter, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, October 5, 2022


KGAN: New website launches, striving to help Iowans easily navigate and understand Iowa’s laws. “A new collaboration between the State Library of Iowa and the UI Law Library tries to give Iowans easy access to the state law.”

Getty Library Blog: A Century of Western Art Bibliography Now Available Online. “Researchers may freely search OpenBibArt in French or English to discover a wide range of citations from among nearly 1.2 million journal articles, books, and exhibition and auction sales catalogues published between 1910 and 2007 on topics in the arts and archeology from late Antiquity to the mid-2000s.”


The Verge: Everything we know about Elon Musk’s messy new Twitter offer. “Elon Musk has changed his mind again: he does want to buy Twitter, actually. This, after months of drama! He signaled his intent in a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission — but there’s a catch: Twitter has to drop its lawsuit. We understand if you have questions about the whole situation; honestly, we do too. So we talked to some legal experts in hopes that would give us at least a fighting chance at providing some answers. Let’s get into it.”

C4ISRNET: GI Gmail: US Army launches Google Workspace for troops . “The U.S. Army is rolling out Google Workspace for soldiers new and old, months after the service quietly began testing the software suite as a potential solution to previous information technologies issues.”

WordPress: WordPress 6.1 Beta 3 Now Available. “The current target for the final release is November 1, 2022, which is about four weeks away.”


Global Investigative Journalism Network: Simple Tips for Verifying if a Tweet Screenshot Is Real or Fake. “Sharing screenshots of tweets is a common way of sharing information on Twitter. But unlike a quote tweet, in which the actual tweet posted by an account is accessible, screenshots rely on audiences trusting that the post seen in the screenshot is real. Unfortunately, as we know far too well, that’s not how the internet works. Screenshots of tweets can easily be faked using simple tricks and used to mislead audiences for a variety of purposes.”

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Employee Review Sites to Learn More About a Company . “You can learn first-hand from employees currently working for the company or who are past employees. Some sites have rankings based on various categories, such as the best companies that practice diversity or the best companies for jobs in particular industries.”


NARA: National Archives Seeks Feedback on Draft Customer Research Agenda . “The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has posted a draft Customer Research Agenda and requests feedback from public and government customers, stakeholders, staff, and colleagues in the archival, historical, and records management communities.”

Tubefilter: Jack in the Box hunts for a “Head Twitch Creator” to stream on its behalf. “If you’re excited about streaming on Twitch but less excited about sharing your face with the internet, Jack in the Box has a solution for you. It is hiring a Head Twitch Creator, who will don a round, smiling head, put on a conical hat, and go live as Jack Box, the fast food brand’s mascot.”


San Francisco Chronicle: Google to pay $85 million to settle claims it deceptively tracked users. “Google will pay $85 million in a settlement with the State of Arizona to settle claims it deceptively captured people’s location data and used it to increase its advertising revenues. The settlement is one of the largest ever paid by the Mountain View tech giant in a consumer fraud lawsuit, the Arizona Attorney General’s office said in a statement.”

Oxford Mail: Cannabis farmer’s lawyer forced to use Google Translate to talk to client as interpreter fails to show. “Prosecutors dropped charges against a cannabis farmer who claimed to have been enslaved into the drugs trade – and whose lawyer was forced to use Google Translate after an interpreter failed to show-up for a second time. Pham Hoang, 18, was found in a flat in Underhill Circus, Barton, on July 19. The flat had been converted into a commercial-scale cannabis farm, with 270 plants growing in the property.”

Observer: Every Art Collector Needs This Database. But Is it Being Manipulated by Thieves?. “The Art Loss Register has been utilized by museums and auctions alike for the past three decades — but it also provides a tool for art traffickers to cover their tracks.” Good morning, Internet…

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