'Music Copyright Lawsuits Are Scaring Away New Hits', Argues Rolling Stone

A new article in Rolling Stone argues that the forgotten 2013 hit song "Blurred Lines", which a court later ruled infringed on a 1977 song by Marvin Gaye, turned copyright law into "a minefield" -- for the music industry. While copyright laws used to protect only lyrics and melodies (a prime example is the Chiffons' successful suit against George Harrison in 1976 for the strong compositional similarities between his "My Sweet Lord" and their "He's So Fine"), the "Blurred Lines" case raised the ...
Tags: George Harrison, Tech, Katy Perry, Heritage, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Carrie Underwood, Pusha T, Muse, Rolling Stone, Marvin Gaye, Alessia Cara, Keller, Perry, Missy Elliott, Christine Lepera

Trump's proposed wine tariffs will hurt Americans

In coming weeks, the Trump administration will decide whether to make good on its suggestion to levy tariffs up to 100% on many European goods, including Scotch whisky, French handbags, olive oil, a wide range of cheeses -- and, especially, wine. The move would retaliate for two unrelated trade fights: a World Trade Organization ruling that Airbus got an unfair boost from EU governments providing it excessive subsidies at Boeing's expense, and a French tax on digital services, aimed at making co...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Eu, World Trade Organization, Stories, Airbus, Boeing, Trump

Startups Weekly: In a crowded field of unicorns, ClassPass becomes another unicorn

I hope you’ve all had a good week. Normally I’m behind the scenes (where I’m most comfortable), but I’ll be managing the Startups Weekly newsletter until I assign it to someone else. More on that in a few weeks. Want it in your inbox? Sign up here for this and other great newsletters we have to offer, including ones on space and transportation. For now, let’s get on with it, shall we? A unicorn workout Working out never did a body so good as it did for ClassPass this week. The popular start...
Tags: Google, TC, Softbank, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Getty Images, Brian, Getaround, Kansas City, Park City, Alex, Biz Stone, Jordan Crook, Temasek, Alex Wilhelm

Elizabeth Warren says she's 'disappointed' Bernie Sanders is 'sending his volunteers out to trash me'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is "disappointed" in the talking points being distributed to volunteers working with the Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) campaign, and she hopes Sanders "reconsiders" using them.Politico obtained a copy of the Sanders campaign script, which volunteers reference while speaking with potential voters. It focuses on several of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg. For Warren, volunteers are given the o...
Tags: Apple, News, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Cnn, Warren, Doj, Bernie Sanders, Pensacola, Sanders, Democratic Party, Bernie, Sen Elizabeth Warren D Mass, Bernie Sanders I Vt, Pete Buttigieg

Apple quietly reduces trade-in value for iPhones, iPads by up to $100

Apple quietly slashed the maximum trade-in values for most of its products, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Mobile, News, Trends, Apple Watch, Trade-in

Dodgers sign former All-Star Alex Wood to one-year deal

Re-acquiring one of their former players is becoming a winter tradition for the Dodgers. Following on the heels of Matt Kemp’s return (before the 2018 season) and Russell Martin’s comeback tour (last year), the Dodgers have reached agreement with free-agent left-hander Alex Wood. Wood signed a one-year contract with a reported $4 million base salary and incentives that could take it to $10 million. Wood, who turned 29 years old Sunday, spent parts of four seasons with the Dodgers, going 31-20 wi...
Tags: Google, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Russell Martin, Mlb, Wood, Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Nelson, Cincinnati, All Star, Dodgers, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp

The End of Windows 7 'Marks the End of the PC Era Too'

ZDNet's UK editor-in-chief Steve Ranger argues the end of Windows 7 "marks the end of the PC era, too." When Windows 7 launched, the iPhone and its app store were around but were still novelties, while the iPad hadn't arrived yet. If you wanted to get work -- or pretty much anything -- done on a computer, you needed a PC. Just over a decade later, the picture is much more complicated. PC sales have been in decline for the last seven years; a slide which only ended with a small increase last y...
Tags: UK, Microsoft, Tech, Lenovo, Zdnet, Steve Ranger

Internet Pioneers Fight For Control of .Org Registry By Forming a Nonprofit Alternative

Reuters reports that a group of "prominent internet pioneers" now has a plan to block the $1.1 billion sale of the .org internet domain registry to Ethos Capital. The group has created their own nonprofit cooperative to offer an alternative: "There needs to be a place on the internet that represents the public interest, where educational sites, humanitarian sites, and organizations like Wikipedia can provide a broader public benefit," said Katherine Maher, the CEO of Wikipedia parent Wikimedi...
Tags: Wikipedia, Tech, Icann, United States, Greenpeace, Andrew Mclaughlin, Reuters, Wikimedia Foundation, Maher, YMCA, Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF, U S Commerce Department, Cindy Cohn, Ethos, Katherine Maher, Ethos Capital

Alphabet's top lawyer to retire following questions on conduct

David Drummond, the legal chief of Google parent Alphabet Inc. and a company veteran, stepped down following questions about his conduct at the technology giant.Drummond, 56, will leave on January 31, according to a note he sent... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Business, Drummond, Alphabet Inc, David Drummond

Apple's Stock Rose 86% in 2019 -- Partly Because Of AirPods

"Shares of Apple gained 86.2% in 2019, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence," reports the Motley Fool: The tech stock's share price tracked relatively closely with momentum for the broader market for much of the year and then dramatically outperformed from September through December thanks to strong performance for its wearables products. iPhone Sales were down from 2018, but they still came in ahead of expectations, and the company's business was lifted by strong performance...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Apple Music, Bernstein, Bernstein Research, Global Market Intelligence, Toni Sacconaghi, Stock Rose

Cardboard Beds for Tokyo 2020

Olympic athletes will sleep on eco-friendly recyclable cardboard beds during 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Airweave will provide 18,000 beds for Olympics and 8,000 for Paralympics. Cardboard bed frames will be turned into paper products after the games. Also check out: Paper Olympics
Tags: Design, Tech, Tokyo

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘6 Underground’ is very fun and very dumb

Netflix’s “6 Underground” feels like a movie that belongs on the big screen. Sure, it isn’t part of a giant franchise (yet), and it doesn’t feature any well-known superheroes — but it does star “Deadpool”‘s Ryan Reynolds as a wise-cracking hero who criss-crosses the globe, going from one spectacularly destructive set piece to another. And behind the camera, you’ve got Michael Bay (who made “Bad Boys” and countless “Transformers” movies) coordinating the action. On the latest episode of the Or...
Tags: Apple, TC, Media, Entertainment, Michael Bay, Tech, Netflix, Middle East, Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, Bay, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Original Content Podcast

Equifax's Stock Rose More Than 50% In 2019

"There's still time to file a claim for a share of the $425 million that Equifax agreed to cough up after hosing almost half of the country in its massive data breach a few years ago," writes a Pennyslvania newspaper columnist, pointing victims to "But unless you can prove you were an identity theft victim who lost money, or had to waste time cleaning up the mess, don't expect much of a payout. Victims are being hosed again." The breach affected an estimated 147 m...
Tags: Tech, Social Security, Cnbc, Frank, Equifax, Pennyslvania, Motley Fool, Ted Frank, Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute

After Mishap with Boeing Spacecraft, NASA Faces a Dilemma

An anonymous reader quotes the Washington Post: As it probes why Boeing's Starliner spacecraft suffered a serious setback during a flight test last month that forced the cancellation of its planned docking with the International Space Station, NASA faces a high-stakes dilemma: Should the space agency require the company to repeat the uncrewed test flight, or allow the next flight to proceed, as originally planned, with astronauts on board? The answer could have significant ramifications for t...
Tags: Washington Post, Tech, Nasa, United States, International Space Station, Boeing, Boeing Spacecraft NASA

Thoughts on Our Possible Future Without Work

There's a new book called A World Without Work by economics scholar/former government policy adviser Daniel Susskind. The Guardian succinctly summarizes its prognostications for the future: It used to be argued that workers who lost their low-skilled jobs should retrain for more challenging roles, but what happens when the robots, or drones, or driverless cars, come for those as well? Predictions vary but up to half of jobs are at least partially vulnerable to AI, from truck-driving, retail an...
Tags: UK, US, Tech, Labour, Keynes, Larry Summers, Daniel Susskind, Susskind, Robert Skidelsky, Skidelsky

5 Tips For Renovating Your House in 2020

Houses need renovation after some time, but when you consider home renovation Pittsburgh you are bound for contractors or remodeling company. For example, if you live in Pittsburgh and are looking forward to home renovation in Pittsburgh, then you need to search for local contractors. No matter where you live, we have a few tips that can be very useful for you if you are going to renovate your house. 1. Make a realistic budget plan: For any renovation project, yo...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Renovation, Pittsburgh, Home Renovation, Renovations, North East, Home Life, Kitchen Renovation, Home Reno, Home Renovations, Renovating, Renovation Project, Bathroom Reno, Bathroom Renovation, Renovate

Microsoft's Azure Cloud Service Is Becoming More Popular Than Amazon's AWS At Big Companies

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been focusing the company on cloud services -- and CNBC reports on the results: A Goldman Sachs survey of technology executives at large companies last month showed that Microsoft remained the most popular supplier of public cloud services, even as Amazon leads the market overall in terms of revenue. Goldman Sachs based its latest findings on an information-technology spending survey of 100 IT executives at Global 2000 companies. It performs the survey each J...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Goldman Sachs, Cnbc, Slashdot, FactSet

Apple to replace faulty Smart Battery Cases for iPhone XS, XS Max, XR

Apple launched a replacement program for defective Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, News, Trends, Iphone Xs, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs Max, Smart Battery Case

Former Google Pay execs raise $13.2M to build neo-banking platform for millennials in India

Two co-founders of Google Pay in India are building a neo-banking platform in the country — and they have quickly secured backing from three top VC funds. Sujith Narayanan, a veteran payments executive who co-founded Google Pay in India (formerly known as Google Tez), said on Monday that his startup, epiFi, has raised $13.2 million in its Seed financial round led by Sequoia India and Ribbit Capital. David Velez, the founder of Brazil-based neo-banking giant Nubank, Kunal Shah, who is building hi...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Asia, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Brazil, New Delhi, South Asia, David Velez, Bangalore, Indians, Tez, Google India

France's digital minister says tax on big tech is just the start

Cédric O says French will not back down on levy despite US threats of trade warFrance will go ahead with its controversial new tax on the profits of large technology firms such as Google and Facebook despite US threats to retaliate, as the government vows that it is just the start of a crucial rethink of the regulation of tech monopolies.Cédric O, the French junior minister for digital affairs, told the Guardian that Emmanuel Macron’s drive to make companies including Amazon and Apple pay more a...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Washington, France, US, World news, E-commerce, US news

France's digital minister says big tech tax is just the start

Cédric O says French will not back down on levy despite US threats of trade warFrance will go ahead with its controversial new tax on the profits of large technology firms such as Google and Facebook despite US threats to retaliate, with the government vowing it is just the start of a crucial rethink of the regulation of tech monopolies.Cédric O, French junior minister for digital affairs, told The Guardian that Emmanuel Macron’s drive to make companies including Amazon and Apple pay more and fa...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Business, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Washington, France, US, World news, E-commerce, US news

CES was a snoozefest

At a certain point during the last week, I found myself wandering the halls of CES, looking for the gadget that would fix all of my problems. Maybe it’s the modern condition, or just a sign of having been involved in this industry for far too long. Technology, of course, has a long and sometimes spotty history of attempting to resolve problems it exacerbated in the first place. Fighting fire with fire, as it were. The Nintendo Wii, for instance, was heralded as fight against a sedentary popu...
Tags: Health, Hardware, Sleep, Tech, CES 2020

Are We Teaching Engineers the Wrong Way to Think?

Tech columnist Chris Matyszczyk summarizes the argument of four researchers who are warning about the perils of pure engineer thought: They write, politely: "Engineers enter the workforce with important analysis skills, but may struggle to 'think outside the box' when it comes to creative problem-solving." The academics blame the way engineers are educated. They explain there are two sorts of thinking -- convergent and divergent. The former is the one with which engineers are most familiar. Y...
Tags: Google, Tech, Chris Matyszczyk

Smart Devices and 5G

A French entrepreneur named Nicholas Baldeck pranked CES 2020 last week by debuting the “World’s First Smart Potato” at an actual CES booth.   It’s an antenna that you stick into a potato and connect to your smartphone over Bluetooth.  You can then ask the potato questions like a Magic Eight Ball, tapping into the potato’s “artificial intelligence”.  As he put it: “I am skeptical of this idea of ‘connected everything.’ Now it looks like innovation is about putting a chip into any object. ...
Tags: Technology, Ge, Stephen Fry, Branding, Ann Handley, Wyze, Nicholas Baldeck

Apple AirPods with Charging Case $129 {Reg $159}

Apple AirPods with Charging Case $129 {Reg $159}. Amazon has Apple AirPods with Charging Case for $129 (Reg $159) with free shipping. Features Include: Automatically on, automatically connected. Easy setup for all your Apple devices. Quick access to Siri by saying “Hey Siri”. Double-tap to play or skip forward.Brought to you by: Frugal Focus
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Siri, Frugality

'Top Programming Skills' List Shows Employers Want SQL

Former Slashdot contributor Nick Kolakowski is now a senior editor at Dice Insights, where he's just published a list of the top programming skills employers were looking for during the last 30 days. If you're a software developer on the hunt for a new gig (or you're merely curious about what programming skills employers are looking for these days), one thing is clear: employers really, really, really want technologists who know how to build, maintain, and scale everything database- (and data-)...
Tags: Tech, NICK, Slashdot, Nick Kolakowski, Dice Insights

NASA's SLS Heavy-Lift Moon Rocket Core Leaves For Testing

"The first core stage for the Space Launch System, intended to get us back to the moon by 2024, has left Boeing's manufacturing center in New Orleans for launch readiness test," writes long-time Slashdot reader Excelcia: This is very good news for the troubled project which has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. Back when it was thought the system would launch in 2017, the cost estimate was $19-$22 billion for the program. But now the race is on in earnest to see who can get super-heavy...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Bbc, New Orleans, Louisiana, Boeing, Slashdot

Apple Releases Touching Video Ad 'Daughter' for Chinese New Year

Apple has debuted "Daughter," as part of their 'Shot on iPhone 11 Pro' campaign just in time for Chinese New Year. Directed by Theodore Melfi, the tech giant's latest video ad is a short film about three generations of Chinese women coming together for Chinese New Year. The campaign also features cinematography by Lawrence Sher and stars Zhou Xun, one of China’s leading actresses.The campaign also features a 'behind the scenes' featurette with director Theodore Melfi, Cinematographer Lawrence ...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Featured, China, Advertising, Theodore Melfi, Lawrence Sher, Gloria J, Zhou Xun, Theodore Melfi Cinematographer Lawrence Sher

Identifying opportunities in today’s saturated cybersecurity market

Yoav Leitersdorf is the founder of YL Ventures, a 12-year-old, Mill Valley, California.-based seed-stage venture firm that invests narrowly in Israeli cybersecurity startups and closed its fourth fund with $120 million in capital commitments last summer — a vehicle that brings the capital it now manages to $260 million. The outfit takes a concentrated approach to investing that has seemingly been paying off. YL Ventures was the biggest shareholder in the container security startup Twistlock, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Cloud, Microsoft, Funding, Israel, Tech, Cisco, Venture Capital, Aws, Palo Alto Networks, Hexadite, YL Ventures, Yoav Leitersdorf, Mill Valley California

Types of Marketing Tools All Marketers Should Be Aware Of

by Robert Clough The marketing world moves at a break-neck speed.  Every day, different types of marketing tools emerge to help us in our business ventures. Web marketing tools help companies with product development and promotional strategies of their products or services.  From generating email leads to monitoring your website's SEO, there are marketing tools fit everyone. Want to know the best marketing tools of 2020? Read on to find out. 1. Buffer for Social Media Scheduling Not e...
Tags: Google, Tools, Microsoft, Small Business, Wordpress, Marketing, Seo, Google Trends, Charlie, Wistia, Marketing Tactics, Robert Clough, Charlie for Customer Relationship Management, Onpage Optimization Tool

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