No, Spotify and Amazon aren’t suing songwriters

No, Spotify and Amazon aren’t suing songwriters

Musicians, producers and songwriters are rallying against Spotify and Amazon’s plans to “sue songwriters” over increased streaming royalties. But the outrage stems from some misinformation: Spotify and Amazon aren’t technically suing songwriters — they’re trying to appeal the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) decision last year to increase payout rates to songwriters by 44% over the next five years, as reported by Variety. The CRB ruling made in January of last year, which sided with…

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People are still being punished for “Living While Black.” Now one man is taking legal action.

People are still being punished for “Living While Black.” Now one man is taking legal action.

A new lawsuit from a Detroit man subjected to 911 calls for “gardening while black” could offer a way forward for other victims of recent racial profiling incidents. In 2018, stories of black people being racially profiled and subjected to unnecessary 911 calls dominated news headlines. This week, two more stories show that racial profiling remains a problem — but that the way people are handling such incidents may be changing. On March 1, a…

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Foursquare’s CEO really wants to know if his new phone-tracking feature is creepy or not

Foursquare’s CEO really wants to know if his new phone-tracking feature is creepy or not

When you walk into a restaurant at this year’s SXSW, Foursquare’s new Hypertrending feature will know. Your phone will show up as a blip on a live map that literally anyone in Austin, Texas can access. And Foursquare co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley just really wants to know: do you think that idea is creepy, or no? “If this freaks people out, we don’t build stuff with it,” Crowley told TechCrunch, talking past the fact…

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The US arrests alleged leader of $3.7 billion cryptocurrency pyramid scheme

The US arrests alleged leader of $3.7 billion cryptocurrency pyramid scheme

Authorities have arrested one leader on Wednesday of a cryptocurrency project called OneCoin, which prosecutors allege was in fact a pyramid scheme rather than a functional currency. Konstantin Ignatov was arrested on a wire fraud conspiracy charge, while his older sister, Ruja Ignatova, has been indicted for money laundering, and wire and securities fraud, in a document unsealed yesterday. Ignatova is currently at large. OneCoin, a Bulgaria-based company, was founded in 2014 and still has…

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Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel’s life is getting The Social Network treatment

Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel’s life is getting The Social Network treatment

The story of how Evan Spiegel came to create Snapchat is being turned into a short-form video series by Quibi, an upcoming short-form streaming service designed for mobile users that’s set to launch next year. Quibi’s name stands for “quick bites,” so all the show’s episodes will be less than 10 minutes in length. Quibi co-founders Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former CEO of DreamWorks, and Meg Whitman, the former CEO of HP, announced the series during…

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Apollo 11 is a truly stunning new way to see the moon landing

Apollo 11 is a truly stunning new way to see the moon landing

How director Todd Douglas Miller turned a familiar historical moment into something transporting and transcendent. Fifty years ago this July, the first men landed on the moon, the culmination of the Apollo 11 mission. “Iconic” is an overused word, but the images recorded during that mission deserve it: the blast-off moment, the American flag planted on the lunar surface, Neil Armstrong reflected in Buzz Aldrin’s helmet. Those images have been revisited countless times in the…

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Amazon kiosks helped bring foot traffic to struggling malls. Now they’re all closing.

Amazon kiosks helped bring foot traffic to struggling malls. Now they’re all closing.

All the stores will be closed by the end of April. Amazon is closing all of its 87 “pop-up” stores, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The stores, which mostly operate as small kiosks in malls, Kohl’s department stores, and Whole Foods locations, have been part of Amazon’s retail strategy since 2014. Ailing malls, many of which have lost “anchor” retailers in recent years, have benefited from the kiosks, which sell Amazon-branded tech like…

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Philadelphia just banned cashless stores. Will other cities follow?

Philadelphia just banned cashless stores. Will other cities follow?

Cashless stores are convenient, but they also marginalize low-income shoppers. Shop at a trendy, millennial-oriented business like Sweetgreen or Everlane and the odds are pretty high that it won’t let you pay with cash. Instead, you’ll have to pay with credit card, an app, or Apple or Google Pay. That’s because these companies are pushing out cash payments, arguing that touchless pay makes shopping hassle-free. Lawmakers and public advocates, on the other hand, have long…

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