Engadget: Tour the White House’s Christmas decorations on Google Street View

Engadget: Tour the White House’s Christmas decorations on Google Street View. “You can now take a tour of the White House’s halls decked with Christmas trees and other decor fit for the season — virtually, that is. Google first added the official residence of the President of the United States to the places you can visit on Street View almost a decade ago. But now, you can take a virtual walk of its premises to see how the place has been decorated.”

Reuters: Omicron outbreak at Norway Christmas party is biggest outside S. Africa -authorities

Reuters: Omicron outbreak at Norway Christmas party is biggest outside S. Africa -authorities. “At least 13 people in Oslo have been infected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus following a corporate Christmas party described as a ‘super spreader event’, and their numbers could rise to over 60 cases, authorities said on Friday. The outbreak took place at a Christmas party on Nov. 26 organised by renewable energy company Scatec, which has operations in South Africa where the variant was first detected.”

Route Fifty: White House Holiday Warning Identifies Options for Reporting Ransomware

Route Fifty: White House Holiday Warning Identifies Options for Reporting Ransomware. “Entities experiencing any suspicious cyber activity should report incidents to either the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or the FBI, CISA Director Jen Easterly said in a White House press release highlighting a joint advisory from the agencies in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday break. “

Gobble, Gobble: Wild Turkeys Star on Student-Run Instagram Page (Boston University Today)

Boston University Today: Gobble, Gobble: Wild Turkeys Star on Student-Run Instagram Page. “You’ve seen them. Watching, waiting, looming. They have zero regard for disrupting traffic and they aren’t exactly friendly when approached. We’re talking about Boston University’s resident wild turkeys. (It is nearly Thanksgiving, after all.) And thanks to a pair of BU students, they’ve gained a bit of internet stardom.”

Associated Press: Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain

Associated Press: Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain. “The U.S. is facing its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic in better shape than the first time around, thanks to the vaccine, though some regions are seeing surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse as families travel the country for gatherings that were impossible a year ago. Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. That leaves tens of millions who have yet to get a shot in the arm, some of them out of defiance. Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19 patients who are mostly unvaccinated.”

Booster snafu: Shots lagged data by months (Axios)

Axios: Booster snafu: Shots lagged data by months. “Federal officials waited months before making all American adults eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot — meaning millions of Americans may not have the strongest possible protection as they head into holiday travel. Why it matters: Critics say the confusing process undermined what has now become a critical effort to stave off another wave of the pandemic.”

CNN: How to prepare for another winter of Covid-19? An expert weighs in

CNN: How to prepare for another winter of Covid-19? An expert weighs in. “Winter is almost here. After weeks of steady decline, Covid-19 cases appear to be on the rise again. Is a surge inevitable? How should families think about the winter ahead? What can they do to prepare and get through this period safely? I discussed all of these questions with our expert, CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, who is an emergency physician and professor of health policy and management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.”

COVID in Germany: Bavaria cancels Christmas markets (Deutsche Welle)

Deutsche Welle: COVID in Germany: Bavaria cancels Christmas markets. “Bavaria announced on Friday that it’s canceling all Christmas markets in the state because of soaring coronavirus infections. The state government has also imposed a lockdown on all districts that have a seven-day COVID incidence rate of over 1,000 per 100,000 people. In those places, bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as cultural and sport venues will be closed, said state Premier Markus Söder after a meeting of his Cabinet in Munich.”

The Ohio State University: Survey finds Americans still plan to be cautious during holiday celebrations

The Ohio State University: Survey finds Americans still plan to be cautious during holiday celebrations. “With the holiday season here, and COVID-19 vaccines rolling out to millions of American children 5-11 years old, celebrations could look a little different this year compared to the scaled back or cancelled holiday plans in 2020. While experts say small gatherings for those who are vaccinated can be safe for the holidays this year, a new national survey conducted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found many Americans still plan to celebrate very cautiously.”

New York Times: How to Host Thanksgiving With Unvaccinated Friends and Family

New York Times: How to Host Thanksgiving With Unvaccinated Friends and Family. “In addition to the big, juicy turkey on the table, there’s also an elephant lurking in the room this Thanksgiving: the vaccination status of your guests. It’s a tricky thing to talk about. Do you ask your aunt if she received the Covid vaccine after she R.S.V.P.s? What if she says no? Do you endure another scaled-back celebration, like last year? Or should you serve up a bunch of precautions?”

Chrome Unboxed: Google Launches Interactive Tool To Help You Decide On The Perfect Halloween Costume

Chrome Unboxed: Google Launches Interactive Tool To Help You Decide On The Perfect Halloween Costume. “Are you trying to decide what you’d like to be for Halloween? Being yourself or the new kid on the block doesn’t count, and you’ve only got a few weeks left! What are you going to do, perform a simple Google search for the most popular costumes? That could take a while. Luckily for you, Google has compiled all of this data into a new interactive tool called Frightgeist, and you can access it right now!”

Make Tech Easier: 8 Scary Apps to Freak Out Your Friends on Halloween (2021)

For a given value of “useful,” also it’s Friday. Make Tech Easier: 8 Scary Apps to Freak Out Your Friends on Halloween (2021). “Halloween’s coming up, so prepare a list of SpOoOoOky movies, carve up some pumpkins, and set a tripwire across your front gate to protect yourself from trick-or-treaters. It’s also a good time of year to play tricks on people (like April Fool’s, but scarier), and there are some great apps designed just for that purpose. So get your spook on with our list of scary and creepy apps to try out on yourself and your friends this Hallow’s Eve.”

New York Times: ‘Go out there and enjoy Halloween,’ Dr. Fauci says.

New York Times: ‘Go out there and enjoy Halloween,’ Dr. Fauci says.. “Despite the wide availability of Covid-19 vaccines, not all Halloween parades have been safe from virus-related cancellations this year…. But Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, came to the defense of the mask-friendly holiday during a CNN interview on Sunday, saying that outdoor trick-or-treating was perfectly safe.”