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YouTubers get around TikTok's copyright takedowns with hilariously bad covers

Mashable

YouTubers have found a new way to make fun of TikToks without getting hit by copyright claims, and it makes cringeworthy videos actually funny. Reaction video culture thrives off of making fun of TikTok. Since the app was Musical.ly, YouTubers garnered millions of views from curating bad lip syncs and pointing out how embarrassing they are, from the overtly sexual, sped-up dancing to the bizarre song selection. SEE ALSO: TikTok fined $5.7 million for collecting children's data But some trends are just too awful to not react to -- which is why YouTubers like Kurtis Conner and Danny Gonzalez supplement copyrighted audio with hilariously terrible covers.


Claudia Conway Isn't a Liberal Hero. She's a Normal Teenager.

Slate

Claudia Conway has made a lot of headlines in recent days. Ever since New York Times reporter Taylor Lorenz called attention to the fact that the 15-year-old daughter of Kellyanne (Donald Trump's former campaign manager and current counselor) and George (conservative attorney and co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project) was posting videos about her progressive political views on TikTok, news outlets have salivated over the spectacle of this Trump-adjacent family drama. Insider and USA Today ran interviews with the Conway teen. Some outlets, such as Teen Vogue, published multiple stories about her social media posts. Others ran extensive recaps of every beat of the story as it developed: the existence of Conway's posts, the content of her interviews, her public battle with her parents as they pleaded with her to get off social media, and finally, the locking-down of her accounts.


How to Use TikTok: Tips for New Users

WIRED

It's been more than three years since the lip-syncing app Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, first became popular among tweens and teens. The social network has since spread far beyond Generation Z: TikTok has been downloaded over one billion times, including 96 million in the United States, according to estimates from the research firm Sensor Tower. It's also owned by the Chinese company Bytedance, now considered one of the most valuable startups in the world. The app itself revolves around sharing 15-second video clips, which are set to music often licensed from artists and record labels. TikTok is now beloved not only by lip-syncing 14-year-olds, but also by comedians, athletes, and, yes, brands.


'One of the deadliest pathogens in human history': A single strain of bacterium was behind the Black Death and Great Plague

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A single strain of bacterium is responsible for killing millions during the plagues of the 14th and 17th centuries, as well as more recent outbreaks of the disease, a study has found. Scientists believe that Yersinia pestis - dubbed one of the deadliest pathogens in human history - which spread the dreaded Black Death throughout Europe. They believe it arrived on the continent in the 14th century, where it decimated the population. Using genetic analysis of remains from plague-infected sites in Europe, the team has found evidence the bacterium spread from Europe into Asia, where it caused the third great plague outbreak in the early 1900s. Researchers believe a single strain of Y.pestis, the bacterium responsible for bubonic plague, was responsible for two major historical outbreaks of the disease as well as more recent outbreak in China and India, suggesting the bacterium spread to Asia from Europe.


Bubonic Plague first infected the British Isles 1,500 years ago

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The earliest ever physical evidence of bubonic plague in the British Isles has been identified by scientists. The bacteria found in the bones - first uncovered almost 30 years ago in Cambridgeshire - was also responsible for the later Black Death of the 1300s. Researchers told MailOnline it is'likely', based on their dating methods, that these Britons people died of the plague during the dawn of the First Pandemic. Previous claims of when the plague first reached Britain have been based on stories and surviving records from the era, with no genetic evidence to support it. This latest study changes that belief and cements the role of Y. pestis and the bubonic plague in British history for almost 1,500 years.