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  • In leaked audio, Zuckerberg expressed ‘disgust’ with Trump’s posts
    by Casey Newton on June 2, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images I. The CEO On Friday afternoon, Facebook made one of its most controversial content moderation decisions in company history. After President Trump posted to Facebook some tweets that Twitter had placed behind a warning for “glorifying violence,” Mark Zuckerberg said that the company would allow them to stand. “I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, “but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies.” “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Trump had tweeted — quoting a former Miami police chief who, in 1967, called for a violent crackdown on the... Continue reading…

  • Spotify to add 8:46-minute moment of silence to playlists and podcasts in honor of George Floyd
    by Nick Statt on June 1, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Spotify will add an 8 minute and 46-second moment of silence to select playlists and podcasts on the platform to honor George Floyd. The length of the moment of silence is equal to the amount of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd down by the neck with his knee, resulting in Floyd’s death and sparking universal outcry and demonstrations in US cities and around the world. Spotify’s action is part of a broader movement in the music industry called Blackout Tuesday designed to protest police violence and racism. A number of record labels are participating following a call to action from Atlanta Records marketing chief Jamila Thomas and former Atlantic employee Brianna Agyemang that started with the hashtag... Continue reading…

  • Twitter takes action against Rep. Matt Gaetz for glorifying violence
    by Makena Kelly on June 1, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images Twitter has restricted a tweet from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) for violating its policies against glorifying violence, following a similar action taken against President Donald Trump last week. In a tweet published Monday, Gaetz wrote, “Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” The post was retweeted over 12,000 times before Twitter took action against it. Hours after it was posted, Twitter determined that it violated its policies against glorifying violence. In doing so, the tweet is hidden from Gaetz’s profile and users must click a “view” button before seeing. Likes, retweets, and replies are all disabled from the tweet in an effort to limit its reach. “We have placed a... Continue reading…

  • TikTok pledges to promote black creators after accusations of censorship
    by Makena Kelly on June 1, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge TikTok on Monday laid out a series of actions it plans to take to address criticisms that its recommendation algorithm suppresses black creators. These steps include launching what it calls a “creator diversity council” aimed at “recognizing and uplifting the voices driving culture, creativity, and important conversations on the platform,” the company wrote in a blog post. TikTok says it will also reassess its moderation strategies, build out a new “user-friendly” appeals process, and develop a new creator portal for expanding communications and “opportunities for our broader creator community.” TikTok said it will “stand in solidarity with the Black community” on Tuesday by participating in “Black Out Tuesday,” a day of action against... Continue reading…

  • K-pop stans overwhelm app after Dallas police ask for videos of protesters
    by Julia Alexander on June 1, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM After the Dallas Police Department asked people to send videos of “illegal activity from the protests” happening in the city over the weekend using a special app called iWatch Dallas, K-pop fans flooded the software with content from their favorite artists and seemingly overloaded the reporting system in the process. The day after the Dallas Police Department tweeted out the original request, a secondary tweet confirmed that “due to technical difficulties iWatch Dallas app will be down temporarily.” Replies to both tweets are a mix of clips from various K-pop groups performing, games like Animal Crossing, anime GIFs, and other pop culture references calling out the request and later celebrating the app being down. K-pop fans crashed... Continue reading…

  • A Lime investor predicts only 2 or 3 scooter players will win after COVID-19, meaning there's going to be a major crunch in Europe
    by Callum Burroughs on June 2, 2020 at 6:58 am

    Scooter startups are at a crossroads with COVID-19 and potential capital scarcity forcing an increased focus on sustainability and careful use of cash. In the US, the market has matured, allowing two to three operators to thrive per city, but in Europe there are more than a dozen operators which investors say is impossible to sustain.  The re-opening of cities from lockdown is a litmus test of scooter companies' ability to scale and survive after the COVID-19 crisis. "The move towards efficiency is happening irrespective of COVID-19," Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP Capital and an investor in Lime, told Business Insider in an interview.  Click here for more BI Prime stories.  Scooter startups have been growing rapidly in Europe in recent years amid growing appetite for alternative urban transport options. That shift is set to as cities re-open from coronavirus lockdowns, and the public tries to avoid the scrum of buses, trams, and metros. The advent of electric scooters in Europe became something of a smash and grab, with operators dumping thousands of scooters on the streets of major cities, often without approval from local authorities. Paris became the epicenter of some 12 operators competing for crowded curb sides, with the city eventually opting to only allow three operators going forward in its next tender process.  The French capital's example could soon become the norm, according to Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP Capital and an investor in Lime. He predicts that investors will no longer pile millions of dollars into the industry. Instead there will be a greater focus on sustainability, which will lead to a more competitive ecosystem and, as a consequence, more failed companies.  "The move towards efficiency is happening irrespective of COVID-19," Asel said in an interview with Business Insider. "The Uber/Lime deal showed that this market is a natural duopoly, having so many operators per city is a money-losing exercise which causes consumer confusion." Uber's recent $170 million funding round into Lime was a de facto deferred purchase with the company's valuation slashed by 80% with provisions in place for SoftBank-backed Uber to buy the scooter startup in two years.  Competition in markets is obviously nothing new, Asel cites automobile, radio, and telecoms companies as good examples of industries where dozens of operators are whittled down to two or three major winners.  The post-COVID comeback  Scooter operators have been starved of revenue due to coronavirus with almost all having to take their product off the streets in response to stringent lockdowns across Asia, North America, and Europe. The way in which cities respond to re-opening is key to the future of the industry, Asel says.  He quotes Thomas Kuhn, author of "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" who said: "The significance of crisis is the indication they provide that an occasion for retooling has arrived," and argues that retooling for scooters will take the form of people shunning public transport for fear of catching coronavirus.  Milan for example is widening cycling lanes, and the same is happening in France. The UK is fast-tracking its previously glacial discussions about the legality of e-scooters, in a bid to provide more options for commuters as the country comes out of lockdown.  "The previous rush and focus on growth led to an adversarial relationship between cities and micro-mobility," Asel said. "Now players in those markets been more collaborative because micro-mobility should increase as a public transit alternative over time." Operators will be glued to the results of tender processes in Paris and Lyon, which will be announced in the coming weeks. The market could experience new mergers off the back of those results, depending on which operators are successful, according to Noa Khamallah, a former top executive at Lime and Voi.  Earlier this year, pre-COVID, Bird bought European scooter operator and one-time competitor Circ, and subsequently cut many of its former competitors' staff as well as some 420 of its own months later to help streamline the business.  Scooters can say goodbye to waterfalls of money Another key factor in the boom of scooters across the world has been the Uber-like rapid expansion that came from vast sums of venture capital poured into startups in San Francisco and elsewhere. In just three years since founding, US companies Bird and Lime have raised $623 million and $925 million respectively while smaller, newer European competitors Tier and Voi have raised $131 million and $168 million each, per Crunchbase.  "Investors will not continue ploughing money into these sectors," Asel added. "More companies die of indigestion than starvation, that message has not been well received or heeded for the last 10 years. SoftBank has done more damage to this market than good and many companies have been destroyed."  SoftBank has not directly invested in a scooter startup but has ploughed cash into mobility firms including Uber and Ola. That appeared to set a trend for over funding in general. A focus on unit economics and sustainability is now set to be key to the ongoing feasibility of scooter startups, but that alone won't be enough. Tier, for example, has pioneered replaceable batteries on its scooters and has a small side business in selling refurbished scooters for private use. Similarly, companies have spent large sums on R&D to help max out the life of each scooter with many newer models now lasting around 18 months.  Worldwide, the e-scooter and bike industry has shed over 1,000 full-time jobs in the past few months, according to online tracker "VCs have cash but they will slow the dynamic because they realize scooters are not yet profitable and there is a lot of uncertainty in the industry," Khamallah added.SEE ALSO: The CEO of Voi, scooter rival to $2.5 billion Bird, goes public on why it furloughed and laid off staff to cope with COVID-19 Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence

  • 10 things in tech you need to know today
    by Shona Ghosh on June 2, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Facebook employees publicly rebelled over Mark Zuckerberg's decision to keep up a Trump post about the George Floyd protests. More than a dozen Facebook workers directly contradicted the company's stance over the weekend and on Monday in a rare show of public discord. Mark Zuckerberg committed $10 million to fighting racial injustice amid outrage at Facebook's handling of Trump's post threatening protesters. Zuckerberg committed $10 million to groups fighting racial inequality, even as his own workers spoke out against the company's stance. Gaming giant Zynga will buy Turkish developer Peak for $1.8 billion in its biggest ever acquisition. The cash-and-share deal will see Peak's 100-strong team and its portfolio of mobile game franchises join Zynga. Facebook employees held a virtual walkout against the company's handling of Trump's posts. The New York Times reported that "dozens" of employees took Monday off to signal their opposition to the company's refusal to take action against the president's post that discussed shooting in response to the protests in the US. Apple shut stores across the US over safety concerns amid US protests. Photos and videos that circulated on social media over the weekend appear to depict looters breaking into and/or damaging Apple stores in a variety of cities — from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. WeWork's head of real estate for the US, Canada, and Israel is leaving the company after two years. The executive, Aaron Ellison, had helped spearhead growth during the heady runup to the firm's peak valuation of nearly $50 billion. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has invested in UK startup Beacon, a freight forwarding platform. According to Sky News, Bezos will participate in Beacon's $15 million Series A fundraising. Executives from Google, Snap, Apple, Facebook, and more spoke out against racial inequality and police brutality in social media posts and memos to employees. Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed to the history of racism in the US while Snap CEO Evan Spiegel called for a non-partisan committee on reparations. YouTube pledged $1 million in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters, but critics noted the site has allowed white supremacist videos to flourish for years. Studies have shown that YouTube pushes far-right content via its recommendation algorithms. Uber, Lyft, and Lime say they'll suspend services in cities where curfews are implemented. Social media footage across the US has shown scooters being used in riots to smash up buildings and vehicles. Have an Amazon Alexa device? Now you can hear 10 Things in Tech each morning. Just search for "Business Insider" in your Alexa's flash briefing settings. You can also subscribe to this newsletter here — just tick "10 Things in Tech You Need to Know."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly

  • Top 3 Biggest Smartphone Trends
    by Business Insider Intelligence on June 2, 2020 at 1:00 am

    The smartphone isn’t going anywhere. No other device can replicate what it does for the everyday consumer, so expect to see more smartphones in the public’s hands over the next few decades. But that doesn’t mean the device will stay the same. The next steps in the smartphone's evolution are here, and Business Insider Intelligence has collected them into The Top 3 Biggest Smartphone Trends. To get your copy of this exclusive report absolutely FREE, simply click here.Join the conversation about this story »

  • 17 incredible photos from SpaceX's historic mission to send NASA astronauts to the space station
    by Jessica Snouwaert and Holly Secon on June 2, 2020 at 12:47 am

    SpaceX launched its first astronauts on Saturday — a mission called Demo-2. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Sunday morning. These are some of the best pictures taken of Demo-2's first launch attempt on Wednesday, the successful launch on Saturday, and the spacecraft's arrival at the ISS on Sunday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX launched NASA astronauts into space for the first time on Saturday — the company's first human passengers and the first time people have ever flown a commercially developed spaceship. This mission was the product of NASA's Commercial Crew program, a partnership between the space agency and two private companies (Boeing is the other) to build spaceships that can ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. It was the first time the US  launch its own astronauts from American soil since 2011. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley safely arrived at the space station on Sunday morning. "It's great to get the United States back in the crewed launch business," Hurley said at a press briefing from the ISS on Monday. "We're just really glad to be on board this magnificent complex." These are the best photos from the mission so far. Hurley and Behnken pulled up to the launch site for their first launch attempt on Wednesday in a Tesla. Hurley's wife, Karen Nyberg (who is also an astronaut), and their son waved to him from outside the car window. The astronaut's families exchanged distanced air hugs before the two men boarded the spaceship. Vice President Mike Pence joined Elon Musk, along with the astronauts and their families, at the Kennedy Space Center prior to the launch. Hurley and Behnken were all smiles leading up to the launch — a mission they'd been training for for years. Behnken and Hurley took off from Launch Complex 39A at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX signed an agreement with NASA in 2014 to use the launch complex for the next 20 years. SpaceX and NASA both offered live video coverage of the mission. NASA TV, the agency's livestreaming channel, is still broadcasting coverage. You can watch here. Cameras inside the Crew Dragon spaceship showed Behnken and Hurley strapped into their seats, preparing for launch. The capsule is controlled via touchscreen. The touchscreen took "a little more time to get used to that way of flying a vehicle, certainly, but it wasn't anything that became completely objectionable or was extremely difficult to do," Hurley said during a news conference on May 20. SpaceX's new spacesuits have touchscreen-compatible gloves and were designed to plug into the capsule's seats. But storm clouds gathered around the launch pad on Wednesday, and just 17 minutes before the scheduled liftoff, NASA engineers decided to scrub the launch. Weather conditions, including thunderstorm clouds and a threat of lightning strikes, threatened the safety of the vehicle and astronauts inside. The timing of the launch couldn't be changed, since the rocket must lift off 35 minutes after fueling begins and align perfectly with the location of the space station to minimize fuel use. On Saturday, Behnken and Hurley got ready once again, strapping into the Crew Dragon. Approximately 300,000 people gathered nearby to watch the historic launch. estimated that about 150,000 people gathered to watch, and Florida Today estimated that the crowd on Saturday was double that from Wednesday. But the full mission would not be declared a success until NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley reached orbit, about 12 minutes after liftoff. Blastoff came at 3:22 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, later named "Endeavor" in an ode to the final space shuttle, flew atop one of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets. That was the start of their 19-hour flight to the space station. Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and CEO, celebrated the success. After 19 hours of flying through space, the Crew Dragon approached the ISS. The ISS's robotic arm connected with the ship at 10:16 a.m. ET, while flying over northern China and Mongolia. After a roughly two-hour hatch-opening procedure, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley entered the ISS. "It's been a real honor to be a super-small part of this nine-year endeavor, since the last time a United States spaceship has docked with the International Space Station," Hurley said shortly after docking. "We have to congratulate the men and women of SpaceX at Hawthorne, McGregor, and at Kennedy Space Center. Their incredible efforts over the last several years to make this possible cannot go overstated." Behnken and Hurley's mission isn't over yet, though — they'll now spend one to four months on the International Space Station, then return to Earth on the Crew Dragon. Dave Mosher and Morgan McFall-Johnsen contributed reporting.

  • Chicago city officials tweeted an Uber promo code after shutting down public transit and imposing a curfew during protests over George Floyd's death (UBER)
    by Tyler Sonnemaker on June 2, 2020 at 12:02 am

    Chicago is facing criticism for shutting down public transit Sunday amid ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd. The city, which has had a curfew in place since Saturday, suggested people take an Uber instead and tweeted a discount code for $5 off rides. Uber told Business Insider it issued the discount code at the request of the city, which it said was concerned about leaving essential workers stranded. Floyd was killed last week while in police custody, sparking protests across the nation. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The City of Chicago is coming under fire after shutting down public transit amid a citywide curfew and protests over George Floyd's death and encouraging residents use Uber instead. As demonstrations continued on Sunday, the Chicago Transit Authority announced that it would be stopping all buses and trains from 6:30 pm until Monday morning "at the request of public safety officials." Mayor Lori Lightfoot had imposed a curfew a day earlier, which remained in place Sunday evening, NBC Chicago reported, and the decision to suspend public transit with only a few minutes notice prompted swift pushback from residents. "Essential Worker here. Stranded 11 miles from home," one resident tweeted, while others called it "class warfare" and "an intentional trap for protestors." At around midnight, nearly three hours after the curfew had been in effect, the city then tweeted a discount code for $5 off Uber rides in an apparent response to the concerns about stranded workers, saying it said would only be good until 6am Monday morning. UPDATE: If you are in need of a ride, use code CHICAGO2020 to receive $5 off your @Uber. Valid until 6AM Monday. — City of Chicago (@chicago) June 1, 2020 The coupon code was met with similar criticism from residents, who said the high cost of an Uber relative to public transit would unfairly penalize the city's low-income residents and called the response "tone-deaf." Many also criticized the city for seeming to be boosting Uber's business during the middle of protests against police brutality, though the company denied that it was looking to profit. "At the request of the city, which had legitimate concerns about stranding essential workers during a pandemic, we offered a discount on rides," an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider, noting that the company has already been providing free rides for essential workers. Protests have escalated over the past week in cities across America after Floyd was killed while in police custody, and at least 40 cities have imposed curfews, according to CNN. The City of Chicago did not respond to a request for comment on this story.SEE ALSO: As protests over George Floyd's death continue to rage, police in some cities have turned up to demonstrate in solidarity Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak

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  • This Bundle Contains Everything You Need to Pass Three Top Project Manager Exams
    by MakeUseOf Deals on June 2, 2020 at 5:30 am

    In these uncertain times, job security is not as strong as usual. The best way to protect yourself is to climb the career ladder. There are many great leadership roles open right now, but you may need some certifications to prove your management skills. The Project Management Certifications Tests + Courses Bundle helps you prepare for three top exams, with 41 hours of prep. You can get the bundle now for just $24.99 at MakeUseOf Deals. Prove Your Skills From engineering to marketing, companies in every industry need good project managers. Perhaps that’s why PMP-certified professionals earn $105k on average,...Read the full article: This Bundle Contains Everything You Need to Pass Three Top Project Manager Exams

  • 5 Heart-Healthy Exercises for a Free Cardio Workout at Home
    by Mihir Patkar on June 2, 2020 at 4:30 am

    For a healthy heart and active lungs, you need movement. But what do you do in restricted space? Get your heart pumping with these free cardio workouts for the home, both with and without equipment. If you search for cardio exercises at home, you tend to find high-intensity workout routines. In this article, we tried to find exercises that are accessible to anyone, especially beginners and seniors. From skipping a rope to sitting in a chair and boxing, you can get a good cardio workout at home with these guides. 1. Crossrope (Web, Android, iOS): Beginner’s Guide to Jumping Rope...Read the full article: 5 Heart-Healthy Exercises for a Free Cardio Workout at Home

  • What Is PGP? How Pretty Good Privacy Works, Explained
    by Gavin Phillips on June 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    If you’re concerned about online and electronic privacy, encryption is the best thing to set your mind at ease. By using strong encryption protocols, you can make sure that your data is safe from prying eyes, and that only the people who you decide should see your information have access to it. One of the most common methods for encryption is called PGP. This article will guide you through what PGP is, what it’s good for, and how to use it. What Is PGP? PGP stands for “Pretty Good Privacy.” PGP is most often used for sending encrypted messages between...Read the full article: What Is PGP? How Pretty Good Privacy Works, Explained

  • How to Get the Stock Android Experience on Any Phone
    by Mihir Patkar on June 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Google’s Pixel devices are the best pure Android phones. But you can get that stock Android experience on any phone, without rooting. Essentially, you will have to download a stock Android launcher and a few apps that give you the vanilla Android flavor. It’s really simple, meaning anyone can do it without much technical know-how. We’ll walk you through what to do. 1. Get the Best Stock Android Launcher Google has its own Pixel launcher, but it’s only available for Pixel phones. But third-party developers have made even better stock Android launchers, which give you the feel of pure Android...Read the full article: How to Get the Stock Android Experience on Any Phone

  • The Best Science Fiction Books for Geeks: 10 Absolutely Worth Reading
    by Philip Bates on June 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    With so many great science fiction novels available, readers really are spoiled for choice. Some involve artificial intelligence. Others are grand space-operas. And some have even been banned from public distribution for dubious reasons. Every geek has to start somewhere. If you want to build a library of must-have sci-fi novels and novellas, here are the best science fiction books of all time—redefining the genre, gaining cult status, and being adapted for film, television, and radio. 1. The Time Machine This is the go-to book about traversing the fourth dimension. Science fiction legend H.G. Wells definitively presents the concept and...Read the full article: The Best Science Fiction Books for Geeks: 10 Absolutely Worth Reading

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  • Top web browsers 2020: Chrome snaps up more share, new Edge again gains ground
    by Gregg Keizer on June 1, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Chrome's share reached a record high in May, the fifth straight month of gains, a run the browser last enjoyed three years ago.According to data published Monday by California metrics vendor Net Applications, Chrome's share in May climbed six-tenths of a percentage point to 69.8%. The browser has been on a run of late, with the previous five months – January to May – putting 3.2 points on Chrome's ledger. The only other browser to post gains during that stretch – Safari – added a mere two-tenths of a point.To put Chrome's position into perspective, no browser has had more than Chrome's current share since December 2008, when Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) held more than 70% even as it was trending down, under assault from Mozilla's Firefox. (That month, Chrome, which had debuted only months before, accounted for a tiny 1.4% of all browser share.)To read this article in full, please click here

  • Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word: Which works better for business?
    by Preston Gralla on June 1, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Have you been thinking of reassessing which word processor your business should standardize on? The obvious choices are the two best known: Microsoft Word and Google Docs. But which is better?Tracking changes in a documentTo read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

  • You’ll get more done with these 10 Mac tips
    by Jonny Evans on June 1, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Amid the ongoing distractions of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to remember  millions are using their Macs every day to get work done. These tips should help you work more efficiently, giving you more time to catch up on everything else.Use Do Not Disturb Zoom calls, Teams conferences, phone calls, emails, instant messages, Slack conversations – does anyone else get stressed out that working remotely ends up being so noisy? It’s hard to focus through interruption, so use Do Not Disturb to buy yourself some mental space.On your Mac, press the Option key and tap the Notifications icon in the top right. You’ll see its color change to light gray, which means Do Not Disturb is activated. Now you’ll receive no application notifications until you enable it again.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Get your May 2020 Windows and Office patches installed
    by Woody Leonhard on June 1, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Headlines scream that you should avoid the May patches. Pshaw. From what I’ve seen they’re largely overblown. Not to say that all is well in patchland – it isn’t. But the situation has stabilized, and I don’t see any reason to hold back on May’s patches.Of course, I’m assuming that you don’t voluntarily jump down the rabbit hole and join the unpaid beta testers working on Windows 10 version 2004 – the May 2020 Update. It's kicking up all sorts of problems – but that's no reason to hold off on the May patches.To read this article in full, please click here

  • Why your voice is your new password
    by Mike Elgan on June 1, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Google now lets some users verify purchases using voice alone. It’s just the beginning. Welcome to the future of biometric ID and verification.

  • 5 Ways to Edit Images in Google Slides
    by (Richard Byrne) on June 1, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    A decade+ ago when I started using Google Slides it was a rather bare bones alternative to PowerPoint. That is no longer the case. Today, there are tons neat little features that you can use in Google...Read the whole entry at »             Related StoriesHow to Collaborate on a YouTube ChannelHow to Create Whiteboard Videos With ZoomHow to Search for Matching & Similar Documents Submitted in Google Classroom 

  • How to Collaborate on a YouTube Channel
    by (Richard Byrne) on June 1, 2020 at 11:07 am

    Like many other schools, this spring my school held our awards ceremonies virtually. A colleague and I managed the distribution of the recordings of those ceremonies. We did this by collaborating on...Read the whole entry at »             Related StoriesHow to Create Whiteboard Videos in SeesawFive Screencastify Settings You Should Know How to UseHow to Timestamp Your YouTube Videos 

  • How to Make Whiteboard Videos on Your Chromebook - Updated
    by (Richard Byrne) on June 1, 2020 at 9:30 am

    About two months ago I published a post featuring three ways to make a whiteboard video on a Chromebook. Since then I've created a couple more tutorials on that same topic. Here's an updated set of...Read the whole entry at »              Related StoriesThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsAudioMass - A Free, Registration-free Audio EditorHow to Create Whiteboard Videos With Zoom 

  • The Month in Review - The Most Popular Posts
    by (Richard Byrne) on May 31, 2020 at 9:00 am

    It's the end of May and sure was a month I'll remember for a while for a few reasons. First, we had snow on the ground as late as Mother's Day and then we temperatures in the 90s a couple of days ago....Read the whole entry at »             Related StoriesThe Week in Review - The Most Popular PostsThe Week in Review - A Bunch of TurkeysThe Week in Review - It's Snowing! 

  • Three Webinar Recordings You Can Watch Right Now
    by (Richard Byrne) on May 31, 2020 at 8:00 am

    In May I hosted or co-hosted a handful of free webinars. The recordings of some them are now available to watch at your leisure. Those webinars are Intro to Teaching History With Technology, A...Read the whole entry at »              Related StoriesFour Free Webinars to Check Out This WeekTwo Free Webinars With Me That You Can Join This WeekA Webinar for Parents of Elementary School Students 

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  • A trial is under way of the first new antibody medicine developed to treat covid-19
    by Charlotte Jee on June 1, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    The news: Patients have started to receive the first antibody drug developed specifically to treat covid-19. It’s being tested in 32 patients at various doses in hospitals in the US. If it’s shown to be safe, the drug, referred to as LY-CoV555, will be studied in non-hospitalized coronavirus patients later this summer. The big idea:…

  • NASA astronauts just flew SpaceX’s Crew Dragon into orbit for the first time
    by Neel Patel on May 30, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    This post has been updated. What happened: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying Crew Dragon was launched at 3:22 p.m. US Eastern Time from Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon 9 successfully deployed the vehicle into orbit before returning back to Earth and landing on SpaceX’s Atlantic Ocean drone ship. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug…

  • The UN says a new computer simulation tool could boost global development
    by Will Heaven on May 29, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    The news: The United Nations is endorsing a computer simulation tool that it believes will help governments tackle the world’s biggest problems, from gender inequality to climate change. Global challenges: In 2015, UN member states signed up for a set of 17 sustainable-development goals that are due to be reached by 2030. They include things…

  • Twitter put a warning on a Trump tweet for “glorifying violence”
    by Abby Ohlheiser on May 29, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    The news: Twitter placed a warning label on a tweet from US President Donald Trump early on May 29, saying that it violated the platform’s rules against “glorifying violence.” In the tweet, sent at 12:53 a.m., the president called Minneapolis protesters demonstrating against the death of a black man in police custody “THUGS,” threatened military…

  • AI could help scientists fact-check covid claims amid a deluge of research
    by Karen Hao on May 29, 2020 at 10:00 am

    An experimental tool helps researchers wade through the overwhelming amount of coronavirus literature to check whether emerging studies follow scientific consensus. Why it matters: Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a flood of relevant preprints and papers, produced by people with varying degrees of expertise and vetted through varying degrees of…

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