Virginia Evictions, Google, Twitter, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, December 29, 2022


Richmond Times-Dispatch: New database tracks Virginia eviction numbers. “The RVA Eviction Lab and the University of Virginia Equity Center have created the Virginia Evictor Catalog, which collects eviction data from courts. The databank is part of a partnership between the two organizations called the Virginia Housing Justice Atlas project.”


New York Times: Google Employees Brace for a Cost-Cutting Drive as Anxiety Mounts. “Google workers in Switzerland sent a letter this month to the company’s vice president of human resources, outlining their worries that a new employee evaluation system could be used to cull the work force.”

Economic Times: Google receives CCI notices after failing to pay penalties. “Technology behemoth Google has received demand notices from the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for failing to pay – within the stipulated time – penalties imposed on it for anti-competitive practices, sources told ET on Wednesday.”


TechCrunch: This tool helps you trim your follow list on Twitter. “Twitter is a mess, but it’s still addictive. While some folks might have headed to Mastadon, those who stick around might still want to get the best out of the bird site. If you feel that your timeline is very cluttered, a new tool named Prune your follows can really help with that. The app shows you the people you follow in largely four categories: Overpopular (most followed), Underpopular (least followed), Overactive (accounts that tweet a lot) and Unactive [sic] (accounts that tweet only a few times a year).”

InfoWorld: How to create your own RSS reader with R. “Choose your feeds wisely, and your RSS reader will let you easily scan headlines from multiple sources and stay up to date on fast-moving topics. And while there are several capable commercial and open-source RSS readers available, it’s a lot more satisfying to code your own. It’s surprisingly easy to create your own RSS feed reader in R. Just follow these eight steps.”


Ars Technica: Twitter rival Mastodon rejects funding to preserve nonprofit status. “Twitter rival Mastodon has rejected more than five investment offers from Silicon Valley venture capital firms in recent months, as its founder pledged to protect the fast-growing social media platform’s non-profit status.”

7Life: West Gate Bridge works: Three-hour delays on Melbourne freeway from Boxing Day until January. “Victoria’s transport department has blamed Google Maps for making traffic delays worse on the West Gate Bridge, as motorists are told they are facing delays of more than three hours.”


Reuters: Google, YouTube content providers must face U.S. children’s privacy lawsuit. “A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday revived a lawsuit accusing Alphabet Inc’s Google and several other companies of violating the privacy of children under age 13 by tracking their YouTube activity without parental consent, in order to send them targeted advertising.”

CNET: DOJ Investigating $372 Million in Missing FTX Funds, Report Says. “The probe, which is reportedly independent of the fraud case against FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried, centers on more than $370 million that went missing mere hours after the cryptocurrency exchange declared bankruptcy.”


The Conversation: Trove’s funding runs out in July 2023 – and the National Library is threatening to pull the plug. It’s time for a radical overhaul. “The repeated threats to the public’s access to nationally significant collections are part of a broader malaise. Australia’s national collecting institutions have been hobbled by funding cuts and debilitating efficiency dividends for decades, with the some of the deepest cuts occurring in the years since Trove was launched. Reduced access to these publicly funded resources is more than an inconvenience: it is an attack on democratic accountability.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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