CNBC: Empty Manhattan apartments reach record levels, landlords slash rent

CNBC: Empty Manhattan apartments reach record levels, landlords slash rent. “The number of apartments listed for rent in Manhattan reached record levels in June, as brokers remained unable to host showings amid the coronavirus pandemic and more renters left the city, according to a new report. More than 10,000 apartments were listed on the market in June, an increase of 85% over June 2019, according to a report from Miller Samuel and Douglas Elliman. The official vacancy rate hit a record 3.67% but is far higher in many buildings, according to brokers.”

Mashable: TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws

Mashable: TikTok will exit Hong Kong amidst controversial national security laws. “TikTok will pull out of Hong Kong within days, becoming the latest of several tech companies to react to the region’s controversial new national security laws. The short-form video app announced its impending withdrawal from Hong Kong on Monday, with the news coming in the wake of new laws brought into effect on June 30.”

Make Tech Easier: 8 of the Best TikTok Alternatives to Create and Share Videos

Make Tech Easier: 8 of the Best TikTok Alternatives to Create and Share Videos . “TikTok has become a very popular platform for creating spontaneous short-form videos for a large set of followers. It is one of the most downloaded apps on both App Store and as Play Store. Currently, the app faces restrictions in some countries, either due to user privacy concerns or simply not being available any longer. For example, India recently banned TikTok along with UC browser and a few other apps. This list includes the best TikTok alternatives that match TikTok in terms of features, appearance, and popularity.”

CNN: Ultrasound machines that connect to smartphones are helping doctors safely scan coronavirus patients

CNN: Ultrasound machines that connect to smartphones are helping doctors safely scan coronavirus patients. “When Butterfly Network first began rolling out its handheld ultrasound scanners in 2018, much of the focus was on providing tools to parts of Africa and Latin America, where access to large and more traditional ultrasound machines was far more restricted. But two years later, a technology that was positioned to help the developing world may find a new use in the United States as hospitals adapt to the new challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.”

CNN: Facebook removes Roger Stone from Instagram after linking him to fake accounts

CNN: Facebook removes Roger Stone from Instagram after linking him to fake accounts. “Facebook announced Wednesday it had shut down pages and accounts linked to Roger Stone and Proud Boys, a far-right group Facebook has banned under its hate policies. Stone’s own Instagram account was shut down as part of the takedown. The network of more than 100 Facebook pages, accounts and Instagram accounts spent more than $300,000 on Facebook and Instagram ads to promote their posts. Some of the pages and accounts included false personas, an analysis commissioned by Facebook found.”

Due to COVID-19 is documenting the signage of our times

Thank you to Esther S. for dropping this in my email. Due to COVID-19, at https://duetocovid19.com/ , is archiving the signage used right now. From the front page: “During the coronavirus pandemic, daily life has come to a sudden standstill and businesses have had to respond. Signs on storefronts announce operational changes but these messages are also brimming over with solidarity, shared responsibility, and cautious optimism. This project attempts to document the temporary signs that have gone up across our communities. This archive features 1260 sign photos from 118 cities across the world.”

The Hill: Teachers union president dares Trump to sit in classroom amid coronavirus ‘and breathe that air’

The Hill: Teachers union president dares Trump to sit in classroom amid coronavirus ‘and breathe that air’. “The president of the nation’s largest teachers’ union hit back at President Trump over his demand that schools resume in-person classes this fall, saying reopening cannot take place without guaranteeing the safety of students and staff.”

People: Missouri Summer Camp Closes After 82 Kids and Staff Infected with Coronavirus

People: Missouri Summer Camp Closes After 82 Kids and Staff Infected with Coronavirus. “Kanakuk Kamps, a network of Christian sports camps in the state, reopened their camps to thousands of kids beginning in May. Kanakuk chose to reopen after Missouri leaders said that there was a risk in letting camps reopen, but that they were confident that the camps had made plans to stop any potential COVID-19 outbreaks from happening. Parents of Kanakuk campers were recently notified by email that one of the camps known as K-2, in Lampe, was temporarily shutting down after staff and campers contracted coronavirus.”

Engadget: Spotify’s latest playlist tool creates a mix to match your workout

Engadget: Spotify’s latest playlist tool creates a mix to match your workout. “While most of us aren’t going to the gym right now, that doesn’t mean workouts have been suspended entirely. You still need fresh tunes to keep you motivated at home or on the running trail. To help with that, Spotify has a new tool called Soundtrack Your Workout — the company’s latest quiz-based playlist builder. Like previous options for creating a mix, you answer a few questions and the website will offer you a collection of music according to your preferences. And with this version, you can also choose podcasts instead or have the site make you a blend of both.”

The Drum: We’re having the wrong conversation to fix social media

The Drum: We’re having the wrong conversation to fix social media. “Debates are raging around social media boycotts, algorithmic biases, and content moderation. While most people seem to agree that they want ‘bad content’ removed, it’s less clear what ‘bad’ actually is and what the consequence of that removal would be. Clearly things need to change, and systemic reforms are needed yet the problem is, we’re all debating the wrong issue. We need to stop arguing about freedom of speech vs. content moderation. The real problem is freedom of reach.”

CNET: This 12-year-old CEO is offering free coding, AI classes during COVID-19

CNET: This 12-year-old CEO is offering free coding, AI classes during COVID-19. “Samaira Mehta is a 12-year-old with lofty goals. The founder of Yes, 1 Billion Kids Can Code and CEO of a board game company called CoderBunnyz wants to get 1 billion kids into coding by the time she graduates from college around 2030. While the coronavirus pandemic threatened to put a damper on her ambitions to host workshops, one quote taped to her bedroom wall stood out to her: ‘When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.'”

A Window to History: Exploring Colorado’s College Newspapers (Colorado Virtual Library)

Colorado Virtual Library: A Window to History: Exploring Colorado’s College Newspapers. “College newspapers occupy a sweet spot in the world of newspapers. The freedom their creators have, unlike most traditional newspapers, means that college papers are sometimes lighthearted or humorous in tone. What is always true is that they are a key insight into the history of a certain time and place. The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) recently digitized numerous college titles, thanks to participation from Fort Lewis College (FLC) and the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). “

EurekAlert: Community science birding data does not yet capture global bird trends

EurekAlert: Community science birding data does not yet capture global bird trends. “Binoculars in hand, birders around the world contribute every day to a massive database of bird sightings worldwide. But while community science observations of birds can be useful data, it may not be enough to fill the data gaps in developing countries where professional bird surveys are insufficient or absent.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees

BNN Bloomberg: Google Campus Security Singled Out Black, Latinx Employees. “Google’s campus security system subjected Black and Latinx workers to bias and prompted complaints to management, according to people familiar with the situation, leading the company to scrap a key part of the approach. The internet giant encouraged employees to check colleagues’ ID badges on campus, and asked security staff to do the same. This went beyond the typical corporate office system where workers swipe badges to enter. The policy was designed to prevent unauthorized visitors and keep Google’s open work areas safe.”

Vancouver Sun: Museum of Vancouver goes virtual with Google Arts & Culture

Vancouver Sun: Museum of Vancouver goes virtual with Google Arts & Culture. “The Museum of Vancouver is now online for browsing using Google Arts & Culture. The museum’s exhibit Textile Arts of the Pacific Northwest has been digitized and can be viewed through Google’s arts portal, which allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to explore museum artifacts and art gallery works online from participating institutions.”