People Not Property Project, Twitter, iPhone Charging, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, October 27, 2022


Stanly News & Press: State Archives to host a virtual program on the People Not Property project. “Discover records of enslavement from across North Carolina through the People Not Property project. The virtual presentation will 1-2 p.m. Nov. 7 as part of the Friends of the Archives annual meeting.”


Gizmodo: Elon Musk Says He Doesn’t Actually Plan to Cut Twitter Staff by 75%: Report. “Elon Musk, who’s reportedly on track to finalise his purchase of Twitter this week, doesn’t actually plan to cut the social media company’s staff by 75%, according to a new report from Bloomberg News. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be significant pain at the social media company after Musk shells out $US44 ($61) billion in the highly publicized deal.”

The Verge: Apple confirms the iPhone is getting USB-C. “Apple has given its most direct confirmation yet that a USB-C-equipped iPhone will happen now that the European Union is mandating that all phones sold in its member countries use the connector if they have a physical charger.”


Wall Street Journal: Elon Musk Will Face an Early Twitter Challenge: Preventing Advertiser Flight. “Mr. Musk said this spring that as owner of Twitter he would reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account, which the platform suspended indefinitely after linking Mr. Trump’s comments to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. That would be a red line for some brands, said Kieley Taylor, global head of partnerships at GroupM, a leading ad-buying agency that represents blue-chip brands. About a dozen of GroupM’s clients, which own an array of well-known consumer brands, have told the agency to pause all their ads on Twitter if Mr. Trump’s account is reinstated, Ms. Taylor said.”

Homeland Security Today: From Physical Maps to Online Lookups: DHS S&T and NOAA Transition Harmonized Waterway Database to Coast Guard. “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is delivering a harmonized geospatial dataset of national waterways to all federal agencies that comprise the U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS)…. The Coast Guard will host and maintain this geospatial dataset and make this information available online, at no cost to the public.”


Krebs on Security: Battle with Bots Prompts Mass Purge of Amazon, Apple Employee Accounts on LinkedIn. “On October 10, 2022, there were 576,562 LinkedIn accounts that listed their current employer as Apple Inc. The next day, half of those profiles no longer existed. A similarly dramatic drop in the number of LinkedIn profiles claiming employment at Amazon comes as LinkedIn is struggling to combat a significant uptick in the creation of fake employee accounts that pair AI-generated profile photos with text lifted from legitimate users.”

Washington Post: Kia cars are being stolen nationwide as how-to videos swirl online. “For months, Kia owners across the United States have been reporting the same problem: Their cars keep getting stolen by thieves using just a USB cord. Police departments from New York to Los Angeles are growing increasingly concerned about the Kia thefts — which are spiking because of a vulnerability in earlier models that has been shared widely in social media videos, outlining exactly how to steal the vehicles in seconds.”


USC Rossier School of Education: Does bias exist in online learning?. “As remote learning becomes commonplace amid the COVID-19 pandemic, little research has explored teacher bias in these virtual spaces. But a published study led by USC Rossier Associate Professor Yasemin Copur-Gencturk now suggests educators’ unconscious judgments in an online environment can deepen inequities.”

Penn Today: The language of loneliness and depression, revealed in social media. “By analyzing Facebook posts, Penn researchers found that words associated with depression are often tied to emotions, whereas those associated with loneliness are linked to cognition.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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