spotify
Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify, Says It Pretended It Didn’t Know Who Held Rights to ‘Lose Yourself’

Rapper Eminem’s publisher is suing Spotify, claiming that the music streaming giant is infringing on hundreds of his copyrights as well as “challenging the constitutionality of a recently passed music licensing law,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Wednesday. Read More >>

youtube
YouTube Says It Messed Up Removing Robot Fight Videos Under Rules Prohibiting Animal Cruelty

Google subsidiary YouTube has admitted that it made a mistake when, citing its policies against “deliberate infliction of animal suffering” such as “dog fighting and cock fighting,” it removed several videos of robots fighting, per reports in Motherboard and the Verge. The videos are again available. Read More >>

russia
Russian Man Who Tried to Burn Down Offices of Internet Regulator Reportedly Gets Probation

Earlier this month, a court in Russia’s Ulyanovsk Region sentenced a man to one and a half years’ probation after he reportedly tried not one, not two, but three times to burn down the regional offices of national internet regulator Roskomnadzor, with Interfax reporting (via TorrentFreak) that one local said he had done so to seek revenge over blocking of piracy sites. Read More >>

apple tv
Report: Apple is Pouring £5 Billion Into Apple TV+, Including Nine Figures on The Morning Show

Apple’s budget for its forthcoming streaming service – previously reported to be around $1 billion (£827m), give or take – has exploded to $6 billion (£4.96bn), according to a Monday report in the Financial Times. Read More >>

climate change
Icelanders Mourn Loss of Okjökull Glacier With Ceremony, Plaque

Politicians, scientists, and others gathered in Borgarfjörður, Iceland, northeast of Reykjavik on Sunday to mourn the loss of the Okjökull glacier, laying a plaque warning of the impact of climate change, the BBC reported. Read More >>

animals
Portugal Is Using Goats to Prepare for Wildfires, But There’s Not Enough Shepherds

Portugal, which has been ravaged by wildfires of increasing severity and duration in the era of climate change, is turning back to the goat to clear underbrush in the hopes of limiting potential fuel sources for the blazes, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Read More >>

apple
Apple Sues Corellium for Selling Access to Cloud-Based ‘Perfect Replicas’ of iOS

Apple is suing a company, Corellium LLC, that it says is illegally reselling virtual copies of its iOS operating system under the pretence of legitimate security research, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Read More >>

technology
US Federal Trade Commission Chief: Well Yes, We Could Break Up Big Tech, But Only If We Really, Really Wanted to or Something

The chair of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Chairman Joe Simons, acknowledged in an interview on Tuesday that perhaps maybe, just maybe, one outcome of an FTC task force inquiry into whether tech giants violated American anticompetition laws could be forcing them to break up into smaller companies, according to reports in Reuters and Bloomberg. Read More >>

uber
Uber to Stop Buying Hundreds of Thousands of Balloons Every Year

Things haven’t been going so hot for Uber, which is burning through billions of dollars a year with no fleet of driverless taxis in sight to stop it. Now, the party is really over: According to a report in Crunchbase News, Uber has decided to stop buying hundreds of thousands of dollars in celebratory balloons annually. Read More >>

apple
Airlines Ban Some Recalled MacBook Pro Models From Flying, Citing Fire Risk

The US Federal Aviation Administration has “banned select MacBook Pro” units from flying in the air after Apple issued a warning that some contained batteries that pose a fire risk, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

health
Preliminary Data Shows Two New Ebola Drugs Dramatically Decrease Mortality Rates

Two new clinical treatments for the infamous Ebola virus may result in it becoming a “preventable and treatable” disease, the BBC reported on Monday, with a study of four drugs finding that two treatments called REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were effective in limiting mortality from the disease. Read More >>

wtf
Nothing to See Here, Just Someone or Something With a TV for a Head Leaving TVs on Porches at Night

In the dead of night this weekend, someone or something left dozens of ageing TVs on the porches and lawns of homes in Virginia, USA. Read More >>

russia
Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has demanded that Google cease promoting livestreams of demonstrations with push notifications, a day after “tens of thousands” of Russians “staged what observers called the country’s biggest political protest for eight years on Saturday,” Reuters reported. Read More >>

wtf
Bizarre Sponsored Talk on ‘Time AI’ Encryption Tech Mocked at Black Hat Conference

Attendees at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, booed and ridiculed a sponsored talk on Thursday called “The 2019 Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does This Mean For Encryption?” that touted a bizarre technology called “Time AI”, Motherboard reported on Saturday, with the conference even going so far as to delete material on the talk from its website. Read More >>

science
Russian Nuclear Agency Rosatom Confirms Radiation Leak Following Rocket Engine Test

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom admitted late on Friday that a suspicious cloud of radiation that spread over the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an explosion at one of its facilities, the Guardian reported, involving experiments involving an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine”. Read More >>