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  1. The trek was originally slated for 2020, but was cut short due to the pandemicView the full article
  2. Nicolás Jaar and Dave Harrington will play shows in the United Kingdom and EuropeView the full article
  3. Iggy Pop, the Roots, the Mars Volta, and Thundercat are also among the support acts on the North American and European datesView the full article
  4. The official trailer for Netflix's long-awaited Harry and Meghan documentary is finally here and, um, wow. The film was notably helmed by the couple themselves (who signed a major deal with the streaming company in 2020) and promises to tell their version of events that led them to step down from their official roles as senior royals. A move that's since been dubbed "Megxit." "The pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution, this feeding frenzy," says Harry in the trailer, his words set poignantly to video footage of his mother, Princess Diana, who before her death, spoke out about her experiences during her marriage to King Charles III. Across six episodes released in two volumes, the documentary (from Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning Love, Marilyn, Becoming Cousteau, and What Happened Miss Simone? director Liz Garbus) tells the story of the couple's early courtship, alongside commentary from family and friends — many of whom have never spoken publicly about the events that unfolded. "I realised, they're never going to protect you," says Meghan in the trailer. The trailer ends with Harry's words: "No one knows the full truth. We know the full truth." Harry and Meghan Volume I is streaming on Netflix from Dec. 8, Volume II lands on Dec. 15. View the full article
  5. The largest active volcano on Earth, Mauna Loa, has erupted and you can stream it live. Mauna Loa began erupting on Nov. 27, 2022 at around 11:30 p.m, from its location within in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). By the following morning, the eruption had moved to what's known as the upper Northeast Rift Zone, traveling toward the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road), and it's here within this Rift Zone the USGS expects all eruptive activity to remain. No homes or buildings are currently at risk, which is always good news. Taller than Mount Everest and dominating the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Loa towers at 13,796 feet (4,205 meters) above sea level with an extra 19,700 feet (6,000 metres) in the ocean depths — making its total height around 33,500 feet (10,211 metres). The mountain's surface area sits at about 5,100 square kilometres (1900 square miles) — so, yeah, it's a colossal one. It looms over its neighbour, Kilauea, which last erupted in 2018. Mauna Loa hasn't erupted since 1984. Currently, there is one active fissure (referred to by scientists as fissure three) that is seeing several lava flows, which have slowed down over the past few days but this may vary over the next few weeks according to the USGS — flatter land means slower rates, and blockages mean breakouts down different courses. As of Sunday, the lava flow rate was reported at 40 feet per hour (12 metres). What you're looking at above is the 24/7 livestream of the active fissure, where several webcams capture the lava glowing and flowing, and you can see the fissure is issuing volcanic gas plumes, which includes sulphur dioxide (SO2). There's plenty of other videos on the USGS YouTube channel, including some incredible lava fountaining. You can check out the USGS website for updates, follow USGS Volcanoes on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, check out the Mauna Loa eruption map as well as the Hawaii County volcano hazard map, sign up for county alerts, and residents with emergency questions can check out the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency site. And if you're wondering, yes, Mauna Loa is on our list of favourite volcanoes, and yes we've ranked them. View the full article
  6. Nothing Phone (1), the first smartphone from OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei's tech startup Nothing, was a breath of fresh air in the somewhat stale Android phone scene when it launched this summer. With a cool, transparent design, decent specs, several unique features, and a fair price, it was an interesting alternative to far pricier flagships from renowned phone makers. But the Nothing Phone (1), which was available in Europe, Middle East, and Asia, never officially came to the U.S. and Canada. SEE ALSO: Nothing Phone (1) is heavy on the flash, light on performance This might change by the time Nothing launches its second smartphone. Company founder Pei spoke to CNBC and explained why the Nothing Phone (1) never reached America. “The reason why we didn’t launch in the U.S. is because you need a lot of additional technical support, to support all the carriers and their unique customizations that they need to make on top of Android. We felt that we weren’t ready before,” he said. The good news is that Pei claims the company is "in discussions with some carriers in the U.S. to potentially launch a future product there." Featured Video For You Hands-on with the OnePlus Watch Nothing's recently launched Ear (stick) earbuds are available in the U.S. and they're doing quite well, according to Pei, who claims a third of Ear (stick) sales come from the country. According to CNBC, Nothing has sold half a million Phone (1) units, and 600,000 Ear (1) earbuds — the company's other noise-cancelling, wireless charging earbuds — globally so far. Pei's goals for Nothing are to become profitable in 2024 (the company is still losing money, he said) and, ultimately, to challenge Apple's iPhone in the U.S. View the full article
  7. After a wild first season, Netflix's other highly stressful battle royale series, Alice in Borderland, is coming back for another round. Netflix dropped the trailer on Sunday at Brazil's annual entertainment expo, Comic Con Experience (CCXP). Based on by Haro Aso's manga of the same name and directed by Shinsuke Sato, Season 2 sees Arisu (Kento Yamazaki) and Usagi (Tao Tsuchiya) return after the big gamemaster reveal of the first season's finale. They're still trying to get back to the parallel/real Tokyo by earning "visas" through a series of pretty messed up games, which promise to be more dangerous than ever. Plus, there are new players to defeat and new terrain to traverse, including a formidable looking shipping container maze. Alice in Borderland Season 2 is streaming on Netflix from Dec. 22. View the full article
  8. TL;DR: Through Dec. 8, you can get the Alpha Z PRO 4K + Flying Fox 4K Wide-Angle Dual-Camera Drone Bundle for just $129.99 instead of $398 — that's a 67% discount. Get a gift that may make adults feel like kids and teens feel like adventurers. You may have seen drones or quadcopters on a few different wish lists this year, but now you can cross two of them off at the same time. Get two drones for the price of one when you pick up the Alpha Z Pro and Flying Fox bundle for just $129.99. You can even make sure they arrive in time for the holidays if you order by December 8. A fun new way to explore the outdoorsThe sky isn’t the limit this gift-giving season. These two drones could give your loved ones a 4K bird’s-eye view. The Alpha Z Pro is an agile black quadcopter with dual cameras. Adjust the front-facing camera up to 90 degrees to literally look around in the sky. Hit Altitude Hold Mode to stay steady and take a peek through a live first-person view streamed directly to an app on your phone. Ride the wind with a six-axis stabilizing gyroscope and four channels of movement. There’s even a button to do a 360º roll in case you wanted to know what riding a roller coaster in the sky looks like. The Flying Fox would make an equally impressive gift. Fly for up to 12 minutes on a single charge. Use four channels of control, or try out the palm and gesture controls. Avoid an uncertain landing and just press the one-key automatic return. Make sure your giftee knows to fold their Fox up tight. That also makes it even easier to transport. Two drones for a low priceOrder two drones and make sure they arrive in time to put them under the tree. December 8 is the last day to get the Alpha Z Pro and Flying Fox 4K drones in time for the holidays. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Ninja Alpha Z PRO 4K + Flying Fox 4K Wide-Angle Dual-Camera Drone Bundle (opens in a new tab) $129.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  9. TL;DR: Through Dec. 10, you can get Dr. Ho’s Neck Pain Pro Complete 6-Piece Set for just $159.99 instead of $299 — that's a 46% discount. Neck and shoulder pain is no joke, and about one-third of adults have to deal with it. If you know someone with chronic pain, you may be able to help them find some relief with the latest December Deal of the Day. Dr. Ho’s Neck Pain Pro Six-Piece Set combines multiple tested pain relief methods to help temporarily alleviate neck and shoulder pain. Until 11:59 pm Pacific on December 10, you can get Dr. Ho’s Neck Pain Pro 6-Piece Set for $159.99 (reg. $299). It could help you take a break from neck and shoulder pain It’s hard to enjoy the holidays when you’re in pain, but an early gift could help them out. The Neck Pain Pro uses a combination of EMS and TENS muscle stimulation to help relieve pain. These methods have been in use for years, and one of their proven benefits is temporary pain relief. The kit comes with additional body pads, so you aren’t limited to your neck and shoulders. Combine electrical muscle stimulation with a good, old-fashioned massage that you can adjust with the press of a button. Enjoy deep kneading, rubbing, and more therapeutic massage along your neck and shoulders. Find the most soothing massage for your pain using the wired controller that rests in a convenient pocket right on the Neck Pain Pro. You can relax even with the massage and the electrodes aren't even on. The ergonomic design and memory foam interior may feel like a big comfortable neck pillow. Three ways of relieving pain in the neck and shoulders This year, you may be able to enjoy the holiday without the burden of constant neck and shoulder pain. Dr. Ho’s Neck Pain Pro Complete 6-Piece Set could provide temporary pain relief, and through December 10, you can get it for $159.99, which is 46% off. Prices subject to change. Opens in a new tab Credit: Dr. Ho Dr. Ho’s Neck Pain Pro Complete 6-Piece Set (opens in a new tab) $159.99 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  10. Portugal will take on Switzerland in a Round of 16 FIFA World Cup clash at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. Both the Portuguese and the Swiss will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals with a win at the 80,000-seat venue in Lusial. Portugal reached the knockout stages by securing the most points in Group H, which also included Uruguay, South Korea, and Ghana. Meanwhile, Switzerland go into this game as runners-up of Group G after facing competition from Cameroon, Serbia, and Brazil. Portugal vs Switzerland kickoff timeKickoff time for the Portugal vs. Switzerland match is set for 2 p.m. ET on December 6 at the 80,000-seat venue in Lusial. How to watch Portugal vs Switzerland on streaming or free TVWorld Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament. You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States. The Portugal vs. Switzerland match will be shown on FOX, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game. Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV. Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly. When are the other Round of 16 games?Teams will need to win in their Round of 16 game in order to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. Saturday, Dec. 3: Netherlands vs. USA Saturday, Dec. 3: Argentina vs. Australia Sunday, Dec. 4: France vs. Poland Sunday, Dec. 4: England vs. Senegal Monday, Dec. 5: Japan vs. Croatia Monday, Dec. 5: Brazil vs. South Korea Tuesday, Dec. 6: Morocco vs. Spain Tuesday, Dec. 6: Portugal vs. Switzerland Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals 43-Inch Amazon Fire TV 4-Series 4K Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $249.99 (List Price $369.99) 55" LG B2 Series OLED 4K HDR 120Hz Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $996.99 50" Vizio V505-J09 4K HDR Full Array LED Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $298.00 (List Price $358) 65" LG OLED65B1PUA B1 Series 4K Smart OLED TV (Opens in a new window) — $1,755.73 58-inch Hisense U6 Series 58U6HF ULED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV (2022 Model) (Opens in a new window) — $469.99 (List Price $599.99) 55" LG UQA Series NanoCell 4K HDR Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $496.99 (List Price $799.99) 65" Sony Bravia X75K Series 4K HDR Smart TV (2022 Model) (Opens in a new window) — $674.99 (List Price $699.99) 55" LG G2 Series 4K OLED Evo Smart TV With Gallery Design (Opens in a new window) — $1,699.99 (List Price $1,999.99) 55" TCL 5-Series 4K UHD QLED Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $399.99 (List Price $429.99) View the full article
  11. Morocco will take on Spain in a Round of 16 FIFA World Cup clash at the Education City Stadium. Both the Atlas Lions and the Spanish will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals with a win at the 40,000-seat venue in Doha. Morocco reached the knockout stages by securing the most points in Group F, which also included Belgium, Croatia, and Canada. Meanwhile, Spain go into this game as runners-up of Group E after facing competition from Japan, Costa Rica, and Germany. Morocco vs Spain kickoff timeKickoff time for the Morocco vs. Spain match is set for 10 a.m. ET on December 6 at the 40,000-seat venue in Doha. How to watch Morocco vs Spain on streaming or free TVWorld Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament. You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States. The Morocco vs. Spain match will be shown on FOX, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game. Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV. Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly. When are the other Round of 16 games?Teams will need to win in their Round of 16 game in order to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. Saturday, Dec. 3: Netherlands vs. USA Saturday, Dec. 3: Argentina vs. Australia Sunday, Dec. 4: France vs. Poland Sunday, Dec. 4: England vs. Senegal Monday, Dec. 5: Japan vs. Croatia Monday, Dec. 5: Brazil vs. South Korea Tuesday, Dec. 6: Morocco vs. Spain Tuesday, Dec. 6: Portugal vs. Switzerland Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals 43-Inch Amazon Fire TV 4-Series 4K Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $249.99 (List Price $369.99) 55" LG B2 Series OLED 4K HDR 120Hz Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $996.99 50" Vizio V505-J09 4K HDR Full Array LED Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $298.00 (List Price $358) 65" LG OLED65B1PUA B1 Series 4K Smart OLED TV (Opens in a new window) — $1,755.73 58-inch Hisense U6 Series 58U6HF ULED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV (2022 Model) (Opens in a new window) — $469.99 (List Price $599.99) 55" LG UQA Series NanoCell 4K HDR Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $496.99 (List Price $799.99) 65" Sony Bravia X75K Series 4K HDR Smart TV (2022 Model) (Opens in a new window) — $674.99 (List Price $699.99) 55" LG G2 Series 4K OLED Evo Smart TV With Gallery Design (Opens in a new window) — $1,699.99 (List Price $1,999.99) 55" TCL 5-Series 4K UHD QLED Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $399.99 (List Price $429.99) View the full article
  12. Brazil will take on South Korea in a Round of 16 FIFA World Cup clash at the Stadium 974. Both the 2002 champions and the Taegeuk Warriors will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals with a win at the 40,000-seat venue in Doha. Brazil reached the knockout stages by securing the most points in Group G, which also included Switzerland, Cameroon, and Serbia. Meanwhile, South Korea go into this game as runners-up of Group H after facing competition from Ghana, Uruguay, and Portugal. Brazil vs South Korea kickoff timeKickoff time for the Brazil vs. South Korea match is set for 2 p.m. ET on December 5 at the 40,000-seat venue in Doha. How to watch Brazil vs South Korea on streaming or free TVWorld Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament. You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States. The Brazil vs. South Korea match will be shown on FOX, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game. Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV. Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly. When are the other Round of 16 games?Teams will need to win in their Round of 16 game in order to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. Saturday, Dec. 3: Netherlands vs. USA Saturday, Dec. 3: Argentina vs. Australia Sunday, Dec. 4: France vs. Poland Sunday, Dec. 4: England vs. Senegal Monday, Dec. 5: Japan vs. Croatia Monday, Dec. 5: Brazil vs. South Korea Tuesday, Dec. 6: Morocco vs. Spain Tuesday, Dec. 6: Portugal vs. Switzerland Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals 43-Inch Amazon Fire TV 4-Series 4K Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $249.99 (List Price $369.99) 55" LG B2 Series OLED 4K HDR 120Hz Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $996.99 50" Vizio V505-J09 4K HDR Full Array LED Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $298.00 (List Price $358) 65" LG OLED65B1PUA B1 Series 4K Smart OLED TV (Opens in a new window) — $1,755.73 58-inch Hisense U6 Series 58U6HF ULED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV (2022 Model) (Opens in a new window) — $469.99 (List Price $599.99) 55" LG UQA Series NanoCell 4K HDR Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $496.99 (List Price $799.99) 65" Sony Bravia X75K Series 4K HDR Smart TV (2022 Model) (Opens in a new window) — $674.99 (List Price $699.99) 55" LG G2 Series 4K OLED Evo Smart TV With Gallery Design (Opens in a new window) — $1,699.99 (List Price $1,999.99) 55" TCL 5-Series 4K UHD QLED Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $399.99 (List Price $429.99) View the full article
  13. Japan will take on Croatia in a Round of 16 FIFA World Cup clash at the Al Janoub Stadium. Both the Japanese and the 2018 runners-up will be hoping to progress to the quarter-finals with a win at the 40,000-seat venue in Al Wakrah. Japan reached the knockout stages by securing the most points in Group E, which also included Germany, Spain, and Costa Rica. Meanwhile, Croatia go into this game as runners-up of Group F after facing competition from Canada, Morocco, and Belgium. Japan vs Croatia kickoff timeKickoff time for the Japan vs. Croatia match is set for 10 a.m. ET on December 5 at the 40,000-seat venue in Al Wakrah. How to watch Japan vs Croatia on streaming or free TVWorld Cup 2022 fans in the U.S. have a choice of options when it comes to livestreaming games at the tournament. You can watch every game on the FOX Sports family of networks, which are the official English-language broadcast partner in the United States. The Japan vs. Croatia match will be shown on FOX, with broadcasters Telemundo and Universo also showing the game. Fans who prefer to use live TV streaming services have options including FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV. Those looking to stream the games online in English can use the Fox Sports App for $19.99 per month. Spanish speakers can use Peacock Premium, which is $4.99 per month – however it will contain ads. Ad-free Premium Plus costs $9.99 monthly. When are the other Round of 16 games?Teams will need to win in their Round of 16 game in order to secure a spot in the quarter-finals. Saturday, Dec. 3: Netherlands vs. USA Saturday, Dec. 3: Argentina vs. Australia Sunday, Dec. 4: France vs. Poland Sunday, Dec. 4: England vs. Senegal Monday, Dec. 5: Japan vs. Croatia Monday, Dec. 5: Brazil vs. South Korea Tuesday, Dec. 6: Morocco vs. Spain Tuesday, Dec. 6: Portugal vs. Switzerland Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup on TV with these deals 58-inch Hisense U6 Series 58U6HF ULED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV (2022 Model) (Opens in a new window) — $469.99 (List Price $599.99) 43-Inch Amazon Fire TV 4-Series 4K Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $249.99 (List Price $369.99) 55" LG B2 Series OLED 4K HDR 120Hz Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $996.99 50" Vizio V505-J09 4K HDR Full Array LED Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $298.00 (List Price $358) 65" LG OLED65B1PUA B1 Series 4K Smart OLED TV (Opens in a new window) — $1,755.73 55" TCL 5-Series 4K UHD QLED Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $399.99 (List Price $429.99) 55" LG UQA Series NanoCell 4K HDR Smart TV (Opens in a new window) — $496.99 (List Price $799.99) 65" Sony Bravia X75K Series 4K HDR Smart TV (2022 Model) (Opens in a new window) — $674.99 (List Price $699.99) 55" LG G2 Series 4K OLED Evo Smart TV With Gallery Design (Opens in a new window) — $1,699.99 (List Price $1,999.99) View the full article
  14. Philip Pullman's novel The Amber Spyglass finally gets an on-screen adaptation with Season 3 of His Dark Materials, and what a heartbreaking, gorgeous adaptation it is. Easily the most ambitious and most fantastic of Pullman's trilogy, The Amber Spyglass gives this final season of His Dark Materials a lot to work with: the land of the dead, teeny tiny spies, rollerskating elephant creatures, and more. On top of all that, the novel concludes Pullman's re-interpretation of John Milton's Paradise Lost, meaning we get some pretty intense discussion of free will and individuality in the face of religious oppression. Yes, that includes the "let's kill God" plotline. Luckily for fans of Pullman's books, His Dark Materials does not water down the novels' thematic content, nor does it stray away from the stranger aspects of its fantasy worlds. The season, while not without its own flaws, proves to be a rewarding finish to a solid show that tended to be overlooked in a crowded fantasy TV landscape. SEE ALSO: 'Wednesday' review: How Tim Burton transforms teen TV with Wednesday Addams Season 3 of His Dark Materials brings us to new and exciting worlds. Mulefa alert! Credit: Courtesy of HBO At the start of Season 3 of His Dark Materials, our characters are scattered. Lyra (Dafne Keen) is in the clutches of her mother Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson), who keeps her asleep as a twisted form of protection from the evil Magisterium. In her dreams, she sees her late friend Roger (Lewin Lloyd), who calls for help from the land of the dead. Meanwhile, Will (Amir Wilson) uses the Subtle Knife to search for Lyra across worlds, and Dr. Mary Malone (Simone Kirby) ventures into a new realm where she'll make unexpected friends. Then there's the not-so-small matter of Lord Asriel's (James McAvoy) final assault against the Authority, which will unite angels, witches, and humans. The sprawling scope of the season gives us several new fantasy locations to enjoy, from Asriel's bustling battle camp to the austere yet grand kingdom of heaven. Two worlds in particular stand out: the land of the dead, with its fascinating industrial feel and terrifying harpy guardians; and the world Mary stumbles into, a lush paradise populated by the elephant-esque mulefa. That's right, book fans: We finally get to see the mulefa and their seedpod wheels. Rejoice! His Dark Materials Season 3 goes out with a bang — and a lot of tears. Lord Asriel on his way to fight God. Credit: Courtesy of HBO In what felt like a gamble to be more like Game of Thrones, the first two seasons of His Dark Materials chose to split time more evenly between Lyra and other characters, like Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel. As a result, the show could sometimes feel like it was treading water. Characters in non-Lyra and Will storylines spent a lot of time having Big Important Discussions about Dust and prophecies, but these were often redundant and drew focus from Lyra and Will's compelling journey. With Season 3, however, most of these stories get the opportunity to go full speed ahead. Now, Asriel — who was absent from Season 2 due to COVID-19 shooting complications — rallies his troops, and Mrs. Coulter reckons with her love for Lyra. When the two cross paths, it's like lightning in a bottle. McAvoy and Wilson play the layers of Asriel and Coulter's relationship with a perfect mix of love, hate, and ambition, creating a push and pull throughout the season that will keep you guessing. And of course, the much-discussed rebellion against the Authority finally gets its appropriately epic payoff as His Dark Materials concludes. Unfortunately, His Dark Materials does not completely fix its pacing problems in Season 3. I say only "most" of the stories get more interesting because the Magisterium scenes are still a slog to get through. The introduction of fanatic Father Gomez (Jamie Ward) does bring our villains in a slightly more dynamic direction, but the constant returns to the Magisterium pull time away from stories that deserve far more of our attention. The main victim here is Mary Malone. His Dark Materials sprints through her time spent with the mulefa (and the construction of a certain spyglass), touching on key plot points but never letting us truly sink into the world of the mulefa. It's both a shame and a missed chance, since passages involving Mary and the mulefa are among the most memorable from The Amber Spyglass. As with the rest of His Dark Materials, Season 3 most comes to life when it focuses on the relationship at the heart of the show, that between Lyra and Will. While a divine war wages around them, their main focus is helping each other accomplish their goals — be that finding Roger or bringing the Subtle Knife to Lord Asriel. Keen and Wilson continue to have excellent chemistry, grounding each other amidst a sea of lofty fantasy set pieces and cementing themselves as young performers to watch. It's their scenes that pack the biggest emotional punches this season. A heart-wrenching conversation between Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon (voiced by Heartstopper's Kit Connor) reduced me to tears for a good ten minutes straight, while the journey to the land of the dead is a quietly moving rumination on the beauty of life's small truths. All of this is building up to the most devastating part of His Dark Materials yet: the very end. No spoilers here, but trust me when I say that it's the perfect culmination of Lyra and Will's coming-of-age story — even if it will leave you sobbing. If you haven't read the books, brace yourself. If you have read the books, know that the show does those final scenes justice. As a series, His Dark Materials certainly has its fair share of bumps in the road, but it's all worth it to see the stunning weirdness, maturity, and heartbreak of The Amber Spyglass play out on screen. Season 3 of His Dark Materials premieres Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Max, with two new episodes streaming every week. View the full article
  15. The Blender Institute develops Blender, a free and open source 3D graphics tool used to create animated films. “Blender is Free Software. Free to Use. Free to Change. Free to Share. Free to Sell Your Work,” a statement from Blender reads. The team at Blender Studio drive Blender development by providing help and training courses to Blender users in an open environment, sharing everything in public and making all content available under free licenses. They call themselves The Creators Who Share. Sintel and Big Buck Bunny are among Blender’s most recognizable titles and due to Creative Commons licensing (CC BY), they are widely shared, used, remixed and reshared. According to original Blender creator Ton Roosendaal, “Open licenses are essential for sharing our films and their source material.” According to some, this almost utopian model with ‘free’ and ‘sharing’ underpinning everything, had no chance of survival. Blender has clearly shown otherwise which makes events of the last few days particularly disappointing. Right now, a company is claiming that Blender’s free content is actually their content and as a result, must be immediately removed from the internet. We’re talking about content that was created with Blender’s explicit blessing but even after multiple appeals, not even YouTube will see reason. TV Company Claims Ownership of Blender Film Bruno Fernandez-Ruiz is the co-founder and CTO at AI-focused driver safety company, Nexar. On Sunday he informed TorrentFreak that he’s also an independent film composer and producer, working with music production libraries, and distributing to the main music platforms. “I am a composer and producer for film music, and I use Blender videos for rescoring, as Blender Studio provides the video, dialogue and SFX under a CC BY 3.0 to which I can add my own music on top,” Bruno said. “I do this because it’s hard to find video footage available for scoring, except in music scoring competitions.” TorrentFreak contacted Bruno after noticing a post he made on a music production forum. He wrote that after uploading a video containing a clip from the Blender movie Caminandes 3 – Llamigos, YouTube notified him that a rightsholder had filed a copyright complaint, his video had been taken down, and a copyright strike had been issued to his account. The complaint, sent by Uzbekistan-based media/news company ZO’R TV, was not the result of automatic matching under Content ID. It was filed as a formal DMCA notice, meaning that someone probably reviewed the details before sending the complaint. The notice claimed that Bruno had infringed ZO’R TV’s copyrights by reproducing content (6:21 to 8:26) from this YouTube video published in 2018. Since the content in question is obviously from Blender’s film Caminandes 3, ZO’R TV was in no position to issue a DMCA notice. On that basis, Bruno followed the recognized procedure by sending a DMCA counternotice to YouTube. It didn’t go well. YouTube Correspondence After filing his counternotice with YouTube, Bruno was informed that since he’d provided insufficient information, YouTube could not process it. However, YouTube did inform Bruno of the risks of filing a counternotice, including that his name could be sent to the claimant, ZO’R TV in this case. Determined to have his video restored, Bruno accepted the risks and sent another counternotice to YouTube. This time there was no indication that the counternotice was deficient. YouTube thanked him for filing it – but still declined to process it. YouTube’s email advised Bruno that counternotices should only be filed in case of a mistake or misidentification. Consulting with a lawyer first might be helpful, YouTube added. Bruno explained that his video had been “incorrectly claimed” and that “ZO’R TV is NOT the copyright holder for the content in my video” so shouldn’t be allowed to submit a takedown request. “The content in my video is owned by Blender Studio who has the full copyright. I have a license to this content under the Creative Commons License BY 3.0,” he added, linking directly to Blender Studios’ upload on YouTube. No Rights to Post Video on YouTube After three attempts to restore the video and have the copyright strike removed, YouTube responded once again. The message contained yet more disappointment for Bruno. “Based on the information that you have provided, it appears that you do not have the necessary rights to post the content on YouTube. Therefore, we regretfully cannot honour your request,” it advised. This signaled the end of the debate as far as YouTube was concerned and by rejecting Bruno’s right to send a counternotice, the platform denied him an opportunity to have the video restored, stand up for Blender’s rights, and get the strike removed. “Respecting Copyright in a Strange Way” Bruno is clearly unhappy with the way things have played out. In this case, at least, a Creative Commons license appears to have carried no weight. It’s possible it was completely ignored. “I feel that the manual reviewers are respecting ‘copyright’ in a strange way, as the reviewer saw the license and ignored it, probably because it was not a commercial license, and the only thing that I feel would make them change their mind is if the works were in the public domain (which they are not and don’t need to be),” Bruno told TorrentFreak. “Primarily, I feel this is a lack of executive understanding of this problem, mixed with a combination of lack of training and proper playbooks for the editorial specialists looking at copyright strikes to understand that open source licenses are valid licenses to copyright content. “At the end of the day, it is money talking, big studio take downs are followed up without challenge and counter notifications ignored.” Bruno suggests this could be tested by having Blender take down the ZO’R TV video using the Blender Studio content, but how Blender feels about this issue is currently unknown. Bruno has sent an email to Blender but at the time of writing, he’s yet to receive a response. Overall, Bruno is unimpressed with YouTube and its appeal process, describing it as “opaque, generic, and intimidating” while favoring large rightsholders. “I feel we have no rights honestly, and that the DMCA achieves exactly the opposite of what it is supposed to do. There is no course of action anymore for me vs the platform, YouTube. My only option now is to take this court, but clearly I won’t since I am just an independent composer and can’t bear the legal costs. “The process is totally asymmetric,” he concludes. Bruno is Not Alone The video published by ZO’R TV appeared on YouTube in March 2018 and since then has amassed 324 views. Whether the person actually watched the video is unclear, but a solitary user comment posted yesterday suggests that Bruno isn’t alone. User: chANIMEnnel Hello, I sent you a copyright infringement email that you sent to my YouTube channel chANIMennel. Give feedback. The associated video is released under the copyright law of Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) “Sharing is the copying and distribution of material in any medium or format.” You have copyrighted my channel because of a video that does not belong to you. Retract this unfair notice. (translated from original) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  16. Yonahh guy just released a new hit single aimed at all of the world’s dancers. The new song “Jumpin” gets everybody up and moving. The song has become a mainstay on many people’s summer party playlists. With time, the track will become a global standard if things continue as they are. There’s no denying that “Jumpin” is a dancing track. Listeners have a wonderful time when the song gets them dancing. When this music comes on, listeners can’t help but get up and dance. So as soon as the music starts playing, they all start dancing. You can understand why the song is so well-known. After “Jumpin” Yonahh Guy plans on dropping a 8-track Electro-pop album. Yonahh grew up on artists such as Disclosure, AlunaGeorge & Toro Y Moi. He claims to have had a life-changing experience when “White Noise” by Disclosure first came onto his radar and realized being a one-genre type artist was useless. Yonahh guy’s greatest strength is his ability to read people. Because of the music’s popularity and his own inventiveness, he was able to create some amazing pieces of music. Despite his relative inexperience in the profession, people seem to like what they’ve seen thus far. We eagerly await what He has in store for us in the days ahead. Socials Instagram This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Yonahh Guy Drops “Jumpin” and Hints at Electro-Pop Inspired Album View the full article
  17. Artist Mrronwright captures self-realization on the passionate track “Together,” led by his sweet and heartfelt vocals laid upon bouncy instrumentation. A track that captures the moments in which you find your bad habits returning to the surface yet fighting against to win control yourself, the empowering number is infused with freshness and a boost of feel-good energy. Having crafted a vibrant artistry nestled between Melodic and hip-hop, Mrron who started making music in 2010 has never tried to fit in with his genre-hopping music. After pulling us in with the genreless flow of each of his releases right up till his 2022 studio album me , there’s plenty more potential yet to be tapped from this talent. Constantly evolving and maturing while always reflecting the deepest thoughts within him through his infectious sonics, Mrron continues to be on the rise as one of the most exciting emerging stars. Throughout, “Together” explores beats, and powerful bass lines alongside impressive vocals and synths. The experimental element throughout this track, made through synthesized vocals and guitars all create a unique feeling of content, which is also warming. With a steady intro of soft vocals and arpeggiated guitars, “Together” carries out a development of powerful sounds and building electronic sonics. Mrron wrote ‘Together’ when he was trapped and immersed in a dark mental state, and the only thing that got him through those draining times was music, which is what he is renowned for. Mrronwright plans on releasing a dance-inspired project, after hearing “Honestly, Nevermind” by Drake, it opened his eyes to a whole new world of music. Mrron has always listened to house music but was nervous to dibble in the genre due to him being a rapper. Keep an eye and ear out for MRRONWRIGHT. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Mrronwright Releases Energetic Single “Together” View the full article
  18. If Quordle is a little too challenging today, you've come to the right place for hints. There aren't just hints here, but the whole Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need. What is Quordle?Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. Is Quordle harder than Wordle?Yes, though not diabolically so. Where did Quordle come from?Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30. Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. How is Quordle pronounced?“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.” Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?Yes and no. Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you. After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle. What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset. Is there a way to get the answer faster?In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses: Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.” Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses. If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints: Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?Two words have letters occurring twice. Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?No. What do today’s Quordle words start with?M, P, T, and D. What are the answers for today’s Quordle?Are you sure you want to know? There’s still time to turn back. OK, you asked for it. The answers are: MERCY POPPY TESTY DRYLY View the full article
  19. TL;DR: A one-year subscription to the CleanMyMac X Optimization Tool is on sale for £20.78, saving you 37% on list price. If spring cleaning is for dusting and ushering in the new year with a clean home, then winter cleaning can be the same thing for your computer. All those half-downloaded apps, duplicate files, and bloated caches don’t just disappear on their own. You might be able to find everything manually, or you could employ a service that does it for you while also working to speed up your computer and protect it from harm. The CleanMyMac X Optimisation Tool could help you declutter your Mac and get it running like it used to, and a one-year subscription is on sale for the best price online. CleanMyMac has four main features for your computer: it cleans your files, optimises your setup, protects you from malware, and manages your apps. All of these are completely under your control, so no files will disappear unless you set it up that way. Your incomplete downloads and duplicate files aren’t doing your Mac’s limited local storage any favours. When you pause a download part-way through, the files don’t just disappear. They’re either clogging your downloads folder or bloating your cache. CleanMyMac lets you get rid of them with a few clicks. Macs can get malware. You may have heard the rumour that they can’t for a variety of reasons, but they can, and Mac users should be proactive about protecting their devices and networks. Not all malware is obvious once it’s on your computer, but CleanMyMac can run a scan and help keep your computer clean. Reboot your computer and see how long before it’s running as it should. One common thing slowing down Macs and Windows machines is having too many programs that start when your computer reboots. Optimise your apps and get recommendations for what you should keep and what’s slowing your computer down when you use CleanMyMac’s Application Manager. Go into the new year with a clean computer that’s as ready as you are for the work to come. Get a one-year subscription to CleanMyMac for one computer for £20.78. Opens in a new tab Credit: MacPaw CleanMyMac X Optimization Tool (1-Year Subscription) (opens in a new tab) £20.78 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  20. New week, new day, new Wordle! We're here to help you with some subtle clues. A friendly reminder, in case you missed the recent rule change: The New York Times has added a new word list and updated the rules, so now plurals ending in S or ES will never be the solution. If you'd rather have the answer to today's Wordle delivered straight, skip to the end of this article for December 5's solution revealed. Alternatively, if you prefer to do the work yourself, keep scrolling for tips, clues, and strategies to offer you a helping hand. SEE ALSO: Best 'Wordle' starting word? Step up your game today. Where did Wordle come from?Wordle was originally created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, but soon spread internationally. Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternate Wordle versions inspired by the original. This includes battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once. In fact, the word puzzle game has proved so popular that the New York Times eventually bought it, and TikTok creators livestream themselves playing. What's the best Wordle starting word?Unlike a maths equation, there is no single correct answer to what the best Wordle starting word is. However, there are more strategic options, and we have plenty of ideas that can help you choose. For example, try picking a word that includes at least two different vowels, as well as some common consonants such as S, T, R, or N. What happened to the Wordle archive?The entire archive of past Wordle puzzles used to be available for anyone to enjoy when they had some spare time and no pressing responsibilities. Unfortunately it has since been taken down, which was done at the request of the New York Times according to the website's creator. SEE ALSO: Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL. Is Wordle getting harder?If you've been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn't getting harder. Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?Usually, Wordle solutions are like Highlander: There can be only one. However occasionally the puzzle game has accepted two different correct solutions on the same day, in apparent defiance of Wordle law. This aberration is due to changes the New York Times made after it acquired Wordle. The Times has since added its own updated word list, so this should happen even less frequently than before. To avoid any confusion, it's a good idea to refresh your browser before getting stuck into a new puzzle. Featured Video For You Wordle 101: The best starting words to use and why Here's a subtle hint for today's Wordle answer:You've already done it today. Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?Not today! Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...Today's Wordle starts with the letter W. What's the answer to Wordle today?It's your last chance to guess today's Wordle! We're finally about to reveal the solution. Are you ready? The answer to Wordle #534 is... WOKEN. Don't feel down if you didn't get it this time! There's always another day, and with it another Wordle. Come back tomorrow for more helpful clues and hints! View the full article
  21. Noodle, the TikTok-famous pug who sometimes had no bones, has died. The 14-year-old dog's death was announced in a teary minute-long TikTok posted by his owner Jonathan Graziano over the weekend. "I'm so sorry to have to share this, but Noodle passed yesterday," said Graziano. "He was at home, he was in my arms, and this is incredibly sad. It's incredibly difficult. It's a day that I always knew was coming but never thought would arrive, and although this is very sad I wanted to let you know and I wanted to encourage you to celebrate him while we're navigating this sadness." SEE ALSO: All your burning questions about the oracle pug Noodle and Bones Day, answered Noodle rose to fame in 2021 due to a series of daily TikToks posted by Graziano, in which he picked up the pug and set it on its feet. If Noodle stayed standing then it was a "Bones Day," but if the elderly dog collapsed it was deemed a "No Bones Day." TikTok users soon began treating Noodle's behaviour as an oracle for the day ahead, much like checking their horoscope. While they considered Bones Days likely to be positive and productive, No Bones Days were interpreted as potentially difficult. "He lived 14 and a half years, which is about as long as you can hope a dog can, and he made millions of people happy," Graziano said. "What a run. Thank you for loving him, thank you for embracing us, and give your dog a cheese ball tonight. But it has to be the fake stuff." Graziano's TikTok account accumulated 4.5 million followers interested in seeing whether the old pug would fall over every day. View the full article
  22. The trailer for Gen V, the highly-anticipated spin-off from Amazon Prime's smash hit series The Boys, is here. And it's bloody as hell. The trailer opens on Vought International's Godolkin University School of Crimefighting as a disembodied voice promises that the school is "a safe space for you to thrive.” Then the camera pans down a corridor where the word "murderer" has been smeared in red spray paint over a doorway. I guess safety is relative in these hallowed halls. Gen V promises to follow "the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test" competing for the best contracts in the best cities. It joins animated spinoff The Boys Presents: Diabolical and web series Seven on 7 as the latest expansion of the show's universe. The show stars Patrick Schwarzenegger as Golden Boy, Sean Patrick Thomas as Polarity, and Marco Pigossi as Doctor Edison Cardosa. Jaz Sinclair ("The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"), Chance Perdomo, Lizze Broadway, Shelley Conn, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, and Asa Germann round out the cast, with The Boys stars including Colby Minifie and Jessie T. Usher also appearing. Gen V will premiere sometime in 2023, with a specific release date yet to be announced. View the full article
  23. Following the on-sale ticket cancellation for Swift’s 2023 stadium trek, fans are accusing the company of fraud, price-fixing, and antitrust violationsView the full article
  24. Taylor Swift recently told fans to draw their cat eyes sharp enough to kill a man, and Swifties have taken the advice to heart. Twenty-six Taylor Swift fans are uniting in an attempt to take down LiveNation, Ticketmaster's parent company, following its botched handling of ticket sales for Swift's The Eras Tour in November. A lawsuit submitted in Los Angeles County claims that Ticketmaster's "anticompetitive scheme" includes forcing fans and artists to exclusively use its platform and its “Secondary Ticket Exchange” to buy and sell tickets. It also claims that Ticketmaster "willfully, purposely, and intentionally deceived" buyers in the ways it promoted and distributed presale codes, in particular, that it "failed to disclose that they had sent more codes than they could accommodate with tickets." SEE ALSO: Meet the Swifties trying to take down Ticketmaster The complaint seeks $2,500 per violation. According to Live Nation chairman Greg Maffei, "14 million people hit the site" hoping to purchase tickets to The Era Tour. He estimated that that is enough people to fill 900 stadiums. Even if we assume that only 10 million of those hits were legitimate, Ticketmaster would still be obligated to make up to $25 billion in payouts. In November, Mashable spoke to Swifties about the agonizing wait and frustrating errors that plagued the ticket-buying process. Blake Barnett, a 30-year-old lawyer said, "We were sitting in pre-waiting lines for two or three hours... right when I got 'You're the next in line,' it gave me an error code and said rejoin the queue. I was shoved back behind 38,000 people. That happened three times." In response, Barnett formed an LLC named Vigilante Legal to take up the mantle against Ticketmaster. On Twitter yesterday, Vigilante Legal acknowledged the lawsuit but noted they are not involved. The tangled ticketing mess also drew the attention of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who tweeted about Ticketmaster's monopoly on the industry. Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and ranking member, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah, recently announced that they would hold a Senate hearing on competition in the ticket industry. And the New York Times has reported that the Department of Justice was already looking into Live Nation over antitrust concerns. In the '90s, "America's most powerful rock band" Pearl Jam attempted to take on Ticketmaster's monopoly and lost in court. Now, a new generation has been radicalized. View the full article
  25. A decade ago prominent voices issued dire warnings that blocking would “break the internet,” but of course, the internet survived, just as blocking advocates said it would. That meant tacit permission for more piracy blocks, then faster blocks, and then both – with less involvement of the courts and unnecessary public oversight. And with the groundwork done, other countries could quickly implement the same kinds of systems because the Internet is doing just fine. Those who issued those warnings a decade ago weren’t supporters of piracy – but they did know what was coming. Dozens of countries now have site-blocking systems in place and ISPs actively help to set them up. The recent moves against DNS providers are alarming but in time, they too will become the latest uncontested standard before implementation of the next incremental step, followed by the next. Of course, it would be alarmist to even imply that blocking, censoring, or diverting other types of information might suit future governments worldwide. Uruguay certainly doesn’t think so. Freedom of expression is fully guaranteed for citizens, groups and the press, without any kind of censorship, including the internet. With some exceptions, apparently. Uruguay Implements Site-Blocking Following legal action by Fox Networks Group Latin America, in 2018 a criminal court in Uruguay instructed local ISPs to block popular sports streaming portal RojaDirecta. The head of the Fox Networks’ anti-piracy unit described the ruling as “the beginning of judicial awareness on online piracy issues.” It was indeed just the beginning. The government made its intentions clear in 2020 with Article 712 of Law No. 19,924, which envisioned the Communications Services Regulatory Unit (URSEC) taking the lead to ensure that allegedly infringing content was blocked by local Internet service providers, before it could reach consumers in Uruguay. Time to Start Blocking Uruguay’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM), issued a decree on October 25, 2022. It states that since it is “the obligation of the State to ensure the protection of intellectual work and copyright,” the introduction of a pirate site blocking regime is the government’s response. “The issued decree was conceived to eliminate the broadcasting of television signals broadcast through the Internet or similar networks, for unauthorized commercial purposes, which violates laws 9,739, on literary and artistic property, and 17,616, on the protection of intellectual property,” a government statement reads. Any complaints concerning illegal TV streams must be sent to the Communications Services Regulatory Unit (URSEC). If the regulator is satisfied, instructions will be issued to service providers to implement blocking or similar measures within four days. What sets this system apart from those available in most other countries is that applications for blocking can be filed by companies that aren’t necessarily the ultimate rightsholders of TV shows or movies. TV Services and Intermediaries As Article 1 of Decree No. 345/022 explains, operators of licensed television services in Uruguay can report pirate services to URSEC for evaluation and if the regulator agrees, comprehensive blocking measures will follow. [T]he holders of television services for subscribers may file a well-founded complaint with the URSEC, as an affidavit, so that the Unit can evaluate it and order, if applicable, the notification to platforms and/or independent intermediaries or the provision of a temporary electronic blockade that is necessary to prevent access from the national territory to IP addresses (Internet Protocol) and/or Internet domains (DNS) and/or URLs (Uniform Resource Locator), corresponding to specific offers of infringing products, services and/or content, as appropriate, that are used to develop such activities, under the sole responsibility of the person filing the complaint. Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding paragraph, when the platform and/or the independent intermediary have their own complaint mechanisms for the removal of content and/or sales offers of allegedly illegal products and/or services, the owner or representative of the complainant, may appeal through the means provided by the intermediary, in order to assert their rights through the fastest and most effective means.(Translated from Spanish) The decree’s Article 3 details the rest of the process, including that assumed pirate services will initially face blocking for up to 30 days in advance of a judicial review. Blocking vs. Freedom of Expression The Latin American and Caribbean Internet Address Registry (LACNIC) appreciates the new blocking regime is designed to protect content from piracy. However, it has fears that freedom of expression could be a casualty due to an absence of skills to implement accurate blocking. “Recently the state published a decree in which the authorities can block sites that violate intellectual property rights, in essence: television signals that are transmitted illegally,” says Oscar Robles Garay, executive director of LACNIC. “It’s okay to protect the intellectual property of others, but sometimes when you do that without enough technical expertise, other rights can be affected: websites, government sites, schools and more, which is clearly not the focus of these measures.” A decision on whether live streams should be blocked within 30 minutes of a complaint has been delayed until next year but, given moves in other regions, implementation seems is only a question of time. After that, requests for complex dynamic injunctions will likely follow and when they aren’t considered effective enough, interference with DNS records seems the next likely blocking candidate. By then, even more aggressive blocking options will become available, most likely across 45 to 50 countries, covering just hundreds of millions of internet users, and countless ISPs and intermediaries. When none of these measures return the required results, tougher measures will undoubtedly follow. But whatever they are, the internet will never, ever break. Promise. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
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