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PewDiePie explains the real problem with YouTube’s copyright system

While the striking happened due to a minor sample as part of his outro music, Pewds placed the blame on the music industry, noting that many copyright strikes come from massive companies in the business who choose to claim an entire video over a small selection of music. – Virginia Glaze, Dexerto » https://ift.tt/3a0ux9Y [photo:Pewdiepie]

Ahoy! Kanye West Now Has His Own Pirate Bay

Kanye West was caught browsing a Pirate Bay related website earlier this week and from the looks of it he was pirating a prominent piece of music software himself. In a response, The Pirate Bay team offered their support, in case he ran into technical issues. In addition, they catered to his narcissistic tendencies by promoting the ego-boosting “Kanye Bay” proxy. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Netflix’s Fuller House is like a porn parody without the porn

How do you mercilessly criticize a product while encouraging the instinct that led to its creation? Because despite the plaintive catchphrase of one Uncle Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos), which reappears along with every other vaguely recognizable zinger from the original series, Fuller House doesn’t deserve mercy. The show isn’t just bad, it borders on the obscene, as much an affront to those bemused by a reboot of the sitcom that anchored ABC’s once-mighty T.G.I.F. comedy block as those receptive to it. – Joshua Alton, The A.V. Club

Yahoo won’t let Community die, no matter how hard Dan Harmon tries to kill it

Unfortunately, as a promotion for Community, the live episode of Harmontown turns out to be terrible. Harmontown is one of those shambolic, off-the-top-of-our-heads type of celebrity-man podcasts where the entire show is about how terrible it is. Harmon is self-effacing, but never self-effacing enough, and his co-hosts can do little but watch as he free-associates for hours at a time. At one point, he freestyles a lengthy rap about (his words) “fucking your mom,” and it’s not even his worst musical performance of the evening. – Casey Newton, The Verge
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Man Illegally Streaming Game Fends Off Pop-Up Ads With Surgical Precision

[T]he 25-year-old carefully wielded his cursor with pinpoint accuracy while repeatedly locating and clicking the correct red “X” buttons amidst an onslaught of deceptive “Cancel” and “Close Window” options. According to sources, [Matt Spriggs] was fully aware that a miscalculation by even a fraction of an inch would result in numerous other windows opening all over his screen, but nonetheless continued methodically shutting down ads for AdultFriendFinder and Mac cleaner software that had suddenly emerged behind his browser and begun loudly playing audio.- The Onion
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Here are the top 10 highest-paid stars on YouTube

1. PewDiePie:

  • Annual Earnings: $7 million
  • Subscribers: 33,528,405
  • Views: 7,400,126,842

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg goes by PewDiePie, an online alias. He is a Swedish video game commentator. This high-earning YouTube star is known for playing horror and action video games, especially “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” – Kate Aquillano, HLN via The Daily Dot

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If we pray hard enough at this Philips shrine, maybe TV remotes will suck less

The wild thing is that all of these cumbersome input devices are made by a single company: this is Philips Home Control’s wall of pride, not shame. The company is actively selling to businesses looking to I don’t expect the TV remote control to evolve at the same pace as the smartphone, but some evolution over the past two decades would have been nice. And no, putting a dedicated Netflix button on the thing doesn’t count. – Vlad Savov, The Verge
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A rebuttal to laughable elitist rants against streaming music

This newfound ease of music discovery is not, it appears, pleasing to everyone. In last Sunday’s The New York Times, writer Dan Brooks argued that, as streaming becomes the consumption of choice for more and more listeners, “we’ve made it a little more difficult to find new people.” His essay, titled “Streaming Music Has Left Me Adrift,” is a meandering argument that reasonably priced access to millions of songs ruins the discovery process, and, in turn, ruins the connections borne of that process. […] Mr. Brooks seems to prefer that music only be discovered and consumed within the oligarchy of cool within which he, and others he anoints, should exist. This brand of music elitism, with self-perceived coolness as currency, has for too long kept many potential fans from being comfortable in certain music scenes. […] streaming technology is only making those connections easier. In past years, the investment required to keep up with new, exciting music was enormous. Unless you had a great college radio station or music scene in town, or felt like staying up all night to listen to CBC’s Brave New Waves, exposure to new, especially independent music – and like-minded fans – was a difficult ordeal. File-sharing services opened the field up, but in less-than-legal ways. Today, hearing new music doesn’t have to be doesn’t have to be difficult or illegal. – Josh O’Kane,The Globe and Mail
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