Virginia Unclaimed Property, TikTok, Ubuntu, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 7, 2022


WDBJ: Virginia has new unclaimed property program. “The Virginia Department of the Treasury Unclaimed Property Division has launched its new KAPS program and website to manage the administration, reporting and claiming of unclaimed property, according to Governor Glenn Youngkin, who says, ‘This new user-friendly website makes it easier for citizens to identify and more quickly claim their unclaimed property.'”


CNET: TikTok’s New Editing Tools Let You Adjust Video, Sound and Text, Add Sound Effects. “TikTok has rolled out a suite of new editing tools that allow users to more easily adjust video, sound, text and more, the company announced Thursday. The updates are available now to US users and most TikTokers around the world.”

How-To Geek: What’s New in Ubuntu 22.10 ‘Kinetic Kudu’. “Canonical has released the beta build of Ubuntu 22.10, the next release of their Ubuntu Linux distribution. Ahead of its October 20, 2022 release, we check out the Kinetic Kudu to see what’s new.”


Texas Public Radio: San Antonio Philharmonic makes deal to save Symphony archives, recordings and instruments . “The San Antonio Philharmonic announced on Tuesday that it made a deal to secure the assets of the San Antonio Symphony…. When the San Antonio Symphony filed for bankruptcy last June, all the symphony’s assets were seized so that they wouldn’t disappear.”

Vice: Trump’s Social Media Platform Is Now Showing Ads Targeting QAnon Believers. “Former President Donald Trump’s social media platform Truth Social has become such a hive of QAnon activity that even advertisers are now trying to take advantage.”


Ars Technica: Roblox sued for allegedly enabling young girl’s sexual, financial exploitation. “Through the pandemic, the user-created game platform that’s so popular with kids, Roblox, expanded its user base and decided to go public. Within two years, its value shot from less than $4 billion to $45 billion. Now it’s being sued—along with Discord, Snap, and Meta—by a parent who alleges that during the pandemic, Roblox became the gateway enabling multiple adult users to prey on a 10-year-old girl.”

Christian Science Monitor: Meet the amateur art sleuths helping bring back Asia’s stolen heritage. “Illicit trade of cultural property is the third-largest international criminal activity, surpassed only by drug and arms trafficking. In recent years, there has been a burgeoning movement to bring back the stolen art, and hobbyists like Mr. [Vijay] Kumar are the backbone of these efforts. Collaborating over Facebook groups, he and other heritage enthusiasts spend their spare time scouring virtual museum catalogs and auction listings to identify stolen items, as well as urging authorities to hold the art world accountable.”

ProPublica: Authorities Raid Alleged Cyberscam Compounds in Cambodia. “Human traffickers who have forced workers to engage in investment scams that defrauded victims out of millions have been disrupted, at least temporarily. Meanwhile, Apple’s app store has removed an app that frequently facilitated the frauds.”


Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): The Role of Alternative Social Media in the News and Information Environment. “These newer sites have created a small but satisfied community of news consumers, many of whom say one of the major reasons they are there is to stay informed about current events, according to a new Pew Research Center study. The study included a survey of U.S. adults along with an audit of seven alternative social media sites – BitChute, Gab, Gettr, Parler, Rumble, Telegram and Truth Social – and a detailed analysis of prominent accounts and content across them.”

CogDogBlog: The More You Dig Into Google Search Results, the Worse the Smell. “Having made the call for the broken state of Google’s touted ability to locate open licensed images getting some notice (my peak Hacker News hit) and followed up with what looks like improvement is even not, and sad for how wrong and terrible Google’s delivered results turns out to be. I could not resist going back in to look more closely. That sensation when you open the refrigerator door and smell something rotten?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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