Rural Oklahoma Properties, LinkedIn, Twitter, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, December 3, 2022


Daily Yonder: Want to Move to Rural Oklahoma? An Online Database Has Property Listings. “People looking to live in rural parts of Oklahoma may have an easier time finding space thanks to a database listing available lots. The new database is a collaborative effort between the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) and the Oklahoma Home Builders Association (OkHBA).” Very new, with limited listings.


Search Engine Land: LinkedIn just released 3 new features for pages. “LinkedIn just announced three new features for brands to promote products, monitor trends, and do more with newsletters. Let’s jump in.”

Business Insider: About 1,400 Twitter workers have joined Blind since Elon Musk took over. “Twitter employees have been flocking to Blind, the anonymous professional network, since Elon Musk took control of the social media platform. In the past month more than 1,400 Twitter employees signed up to Blind, its co-founder Kyum Kim told Insider. About 95% of Twitter’s remaining workers are now on Blind, he said.”

TechCrunch: Elon Musk suspends Kanye West’s account for breaking Twitter rules. “Elon Musk has suspended Kanye West’s (aka Ye) Twitter account after the latter posted antisemitic tweets and violated the platform’s rules. In a reply to Mega founder Kim Dotcom, Musk clarified that Ye’s account was suspended for ‘incitement to violence’ and not because of the music artist posting an ‘unflattering’ picture of the Tesla CEO.”


Motherboard: Military Sim Developer Tired of Its Game Being Used to Fake War Footage. “Bohemia Interactive, the Czech Republic based developer of the military simulator game Arma 3, has published a blog and a video it hopes will help it with a unique problem. Footage from the video game known for its realism has gone viral several times since the game’s release in 2013 as people have tried to pass off clips of the military simulation as footage of real war.”

Iran International: Google Maps Gives Tehran Streets Pre-Revolution Names. “Although individual users cannot change city, town, village and street names on the maps, names can be altered using Google’s feedback feature of the maps if a large group of users report the names are wrong and suggest alternative. Google maps may have become a new battleground where the opposition demanding regime change and the authorities and their supporters fight over street and even city names.”


New York Times: How a Jewish Group’s Online Surveillance Uncovered a Synagogue Plot. “Early signs of a threat to shoot up a Manhattan synagogue were detected on [a] Friday morning not by law enforcement officials but by an online security analyst working in a Manhattan office building.”

The Register: Almost 300 predatory loan apps found in Google and Apple stores . “Almost 300 apps, downloaded by around 15 million users, have been pulled from the Google Play and Apple App stores over claims they promised quick loans at reasonable rates but then used extortion and other predatory schemes against borrowers.”

Associated Press: Google appeals huge Android antitrust fine to EU’s top court. “The company said Thursday that it filed the appeal against the 4.125 billion euro ($4.3 billion) penalty ‘because there are areas that require legal clarification from the European Court of Justice,’ the EU’s top court.”


Library of Congress: Do volunteer transcriptions improve search and discovery in “How do people use crowdsourced transcriptions? Do they drive increased traffic and engagement to our digital collections? What kinds of activity do transcriptions of handwritten documents facilitate? These are some of the big questions that the By the People team is asking this year.”

Los Angeles Times: Column: Elon Musk is on a collision course with European regulators. He’s going to lose. “Speculation in Europe holds that the EU intends to make Twitter a test case for its content moderation rules, suggesting that it won’t back down if it expects its rules to have any credibility. He won’t have the flexibility he has in the U.S. to choose which regulations he wishes to honor. The EU should show other regulators, in the U.S. and abroad, that the way to curb Musk’s willfulness is to stand fast and make him pay for flouting their rules. That approach is long overdue.”

The Guardian: #ClimateScam: denialism claims flooding Twitter have scientists worried. “Twitter has proved a cherished forum for climate scientists to share research, as well as for activists seeking to rally action to halt oil pipelines or decry politicians’ failure to cut pollution. But many are now fleeing Twitter due to a surge in climate misinformation, spam and even threats that have upended their relationship with the platform.” Good morning, Internet…

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