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Twitch Is Streaming Every Single Episode of Bob Ross’ Hypnotic Painting Show

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It’s called Twitch Creative: Partnering with Adobe, Twitch announced today it has launched a new vertical that lets users watch artists instead of gamers. This content includes anything from painting and drawing to building and sculpting. Users can search hashtags to find exactly the videos they’re looking for: #animation, #robotics, #watercolor, #props, #woodworking. You get the idea. – Bryan Lufkin, Gizmodo

YouTubers Are Up In Arms About YouTube Red

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That curious “1 percent” is pretty tricky, though, especially for the people who make a living through their YouTube channels. Based on initial reactions, some in the YouTube community are outraged. One YouTuber even created a petition called “Stop YouTube Red” that’s garnered close to 6,000 signatures so far. People aren’t just upset about the YouTube creator contract, either. People seem generally scared about a world where you have to pay to watch some YouTube videos. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Amazon Just Banned the Sale of Google Chromecast and Apple TV

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Today, Amazon absolutely scorched Google and Apple Inc. by banning the two companies’ streaming TV products from its marketplace. Amazon says it’s “to avoid customer confusion.” Third party sellers just received an email from Amazon with orders to clear out their Google Chromecast and Apple TV inventories by October 29. […] It’s kind of amazing, when you think about it. If Apple and Google don’t want to play nice and support Prime video, then Amazon doesn’t want to play nice and carry their stupid products. Amazon even made a point to say that Roku, Xbox, and PlayStation products wouldn’t be affected by the ban—presumably because they do play nice. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Jeb Bush’s Plan To Gut Net Neutrality

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Instead of viewing the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rule as a safeguard for consumers, Jeb Bush is framing it a way to sandbag ISPs out of their rightful profit margins, with no upside for people using their services. Many of Bush’s GOP allies recognized the need to protect consumers from unfettered, exploitative ISP policies, and this stance is extreme. – Kate Knibbs, Gizmodo

Making Stop-Motion Lego Movies Is Easier With Phonetic Minifig Heads

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If you’re a stop-motion Lego filmmaker who thinks that adding moving mouths in post-production is cheating (or too time-consuming) then over on Minifigs.me you’ll want to grab a set of these Minifig heads featuring phonetic mouth poses that can be swapped in while you’re animating. – Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo

Cordcutters Rejoice! CNN’s Republican Debate on Wednesday Will Be Streaming Online

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Remember the first Republican primary debate, co-hosted by Facebook? You couldn’t watch it online unless you had a cable subscription. Which made no sense at all! It was co-hosted by Facebook for Trump’s sake! But cordcutting fans of the political circus can now rejoice! Wednesday’s debate, hosted by CNN, will be available to anybody with an internet connection. […] the debate starts on Wednesday at 8pm ET, 5pm PT and will feature eleven candidates. You can watch on CNN.com, as well as CNN’s iOS and Android apps. – Matt Novak, Gizmodo

The Guy Who Coined Net Neutrality Now Works for New York’s Attorney General

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Tim Wu, a former candidate for lieutenant governor of New York, is most famous for coining the term “net neutrality,” so we can safely assume that companies like Time Warner Cable count as bullies. We’ll be watching his work closely over the next few months. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

FAA Approves In-Flight Internet That Might Not Suck

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Up until now, Gogo has been using air-to-ground signals — basically, jacked-up cellular connections — to power its in-flight Wi-Fi. Even with enhanced antennas, that system tops out at around 10Mbps, slower than the minimum speed for your home broadband connection. The new system, which received Federal Aviation Administration approval for in-flight testing this week, uses a pair of K-band antennae to communicate with satellites in orbit. It’s all very clever, but the important thing is this: 70Mbps internet, anywhere in the world. – Chris Mills, Gizmodo

Spotify Clarifies Exactly How it Will Use Your Information After Privacy Kerfuffle

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In a blog post boldly titled “SORRY,” Spotify chief Daniel Elk says, “We should have done a better job in communicating what these policies mean and how any information you choose to share will – and will not – be used.” The TL;DR explanation of exactly how Spotify plans to access your personal data is simply that the streaming music service will not access your photos, location, voice, or contacts, unless you give “your explicit permission.” In other words, you’ll need to opt-in. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo
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