The End of an Era in New York Tech

Mission Accomplished. The Oculus Mall at the Westfield World Trade Center is now open.

The Wrap

Yes, we’re going to talk about the weather again. In case you were wondering, July was the hottest month on Earth since records began in 1880. Gizmodo posits that it’s possibly the hottest month in the last 125,000 years, which is pretty much as unverifiable as it gets. Still, climate change deniers can find solace in The Farmer’s Almanac, which predicts that New York is due for a long, frigid winter.

A Whimper
And so ends Gawker.com. After a $135 million acquisition by Univision, the flagship Gawker Media property will be shuttered next week. In a statement, former owner Nick Denton suggested all current employees will be kept on, however. Even if you weren’t a fan, it’s hard to deny this isn’t a major blow to independent media.

Not Now
We were fans of The New York Times’ NYT Now app, but apparently most millennials beg to differ. Yesterday, The Times announced they will pull the app effective August 29, instead dedicating their efforts to Facebook and Twitter. “That gave us a different ability to tap into younger audiences and to provide exposure to a much, much wider audience,” EVP for product and technology Kinsey Wilson said.

In Other News
We’ll let you Google for images of that statue on your own, but still, the Parks Department statement concerning its removal must be read. If you want to vote in September’s local primary elections, today is your last day to register. The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is going all in on virtual reality.