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  1. Nefarious actors have long weaponized systems put in place to protect creators' original work. When filing fake copyright takedowns, these parties have the power to claim, monetize, or remove content that they have no rights to. YouTubers, musicians, digital artists – they're all quite familiar with content ID strikes, copyright infringement notices, and other similar bad faith takedowns of their work on internet platforms. But writers, reporters, and journalists: Are you aware that this can happen to you too? One cryptocurrency muckraker learned this the hard way when fake DMCA takedown requests took down his entire body of work and put a spotlight on the failings of online copyright protection. Dirty Bubble Media, a newsletter hosted on the writing platform Substack, has been covering the shadiest aspects of the crypto industry since the beginning of 2020. Under the pseudonym Mike Burgersburg, the newsletter's author has been on top of some of this year's biggest stories in the space. For example, have you heard of Celsius, the crypto lender allegedly running as a Ponzi scheme which helped crash the entire cryptocurrency market this year? Burgersburg was diving into the inner workings of the company and sounding the alarm back in January. Around the time Celsius paused customer withdrawals, Burgersburg was also looking into another crypto lender called Voyager. Not long after, Voyager would suffer a fate similar to Celsius'. Burgersburg had become a trusted source of information in the small-yet-growing crypto-skeptic circle…which is why it was odd when the online home for all his reporting was suddenly taken down by Substack on July 15. "Publication Not Available," read a notice on the Substack page when anyone tried to access DirtyBubbleMedia.substack.com. "The page you are attempting to access is unavailable." It seemed unusual for Substack to deplatform one of its own creators. The newsletter platform has generated controversy over the years due to its less stringent content moderation policies. For example, the company has gone to bat to defend writers on its platform accused of creating transphobic content. "Just went to find one of @dirtybubblemed3's blog posts to use in a citation and found that substack took down his research ("Flagged as TOS violation")," tweeted Web3 Is Going Great creator Molly White on July 17. "Hopefully @SubstackInc restores it soon once they realize people are weaponizing their reporting flow." On Twitter, Burgersburg explained that Substack had taken down his blog due to "multiple spurious DMCA complaints." "People don't think about copyright as a restriction on speech because it's supposed to help creators," said EFF's Associate Director of Policy and Activism Katharine Trendacosta in a phone call with Mashable. "But, copyright is a monopoly right on expression that has been granted by law, and that makes it in conflict with free speech, and that makes the DMCA, which gives unprecedented ability for people to take things down without a court order, an incredibly effective tool for censorship." Trendacosta noted how these false takedown tactics have increased in frequency over the years, where even authoritarian regimes overseas have weaponized copyright to silence critics. In a statement provided to Mashable on July 15, a Substack spokesperson confirmed that the company had "received multiple valid DMCA infringement notices regarding Dirty Bubble Media" and that it "notified the writer and explained our copyright dispute policy each time." Substack said it had removed the Dirty Bubble Media content at the time due to its "repeat infringer policy." Mashable reached out to Burgersburg, who provided copies of three DMCA takedown requests that were sent to Substack and resulted in his reporting being taken down. Two were for unique articles and one was for an updated version of an article that a takedown was already filed on. While every platform's policies differ, Jonathan Bailer, copyright and plagiarism consultant at CopyByte and author at the website Plagiarism Today, tells Mashable that he found it odd for the platform to completely take down his website in this particular case. "If the case could be handled with a single DMCA notice and we aren't talking about a sky high number of works, it really shouldn't have tripped [their termination] policy," Bailer said. Burgersburg also confirmed that multiple DMCA takedowns were sent over a period of four months and Substack had attempted to reach him as early as April. However, he had not seen these early inquiries because he did not regularly check the email address he had used to signup for Substack. Approximately five days after the Dirty Bubble Media account, Substack restored the account. However, a few of Burgersburg's posts were still conspicuously absent. According to Burgersburg, Substack was giving the complainant 10 days to respond to the dispute. Since Spring, a company called "Mevrex" filed three separate DMCA takedown requests claiming that Burgersburg plagiarized their original work on one of their online properties, UNFT News. A DMCA takedown refers to the 1998 U.S. copyright law known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which basically provides copyright holders with a way to remove material that they own from a web host or online platform. Mevrex went through the DMCA takedown service, DMCA.com, to file their takedown complaints. DMCA.com provides customers with a subscription service as low as $10 a month or a flat fee of $199 to file a DMCA takedown. After receiving the third takedown notice from DMCA.com on behalf of "Mevrex," Substack decided to remove Burgersburg's newsletter and its archives from the internet. One problem: The copyright claims were false. Burgersburg did not plagiarize UNFT News' work. In fact, the opposite happened. UNFT News copy-and-pasted Burgersburg's reporting verbatim. They then claimed it as their own by simply backdating the post on their website so it appeared on their website as being published before Burgersburg posted it. DMCA.com did not reply to an inquiry from Mashable. "It seems unlikely that the service [DMCA.com] knowingly filed a false notice (they were likely deceived too)," Bailer of Plagiarism Today said, noting the issues this brings for the filing company too. "Cases like this cause hosts to understandably mistrust your notices, which causes problems down the road." The Burgersburg articles that UNFT News is claiming as their own include "Who Spends $24 Million On An NFT? Meet Deepak Thapliyal, The CEO From Nowhere," and "Heidi Klum Owns A Cryptopunk. How It Got To Her Wallet Is A Bit Odd." Burgersburg originally posted these on his Substack newsletter in February. UNFT News claims they published these pieces first, under the byline "UNFT News." Burgersburg originally posted the piece on Deepak Thapliyal on February 14. UNFT News re-posted Burgersburg's work on their own website under the UNFT News byline and simply backdated the post to February 12. They then issued a DMCA takedown request and submitted the post dates as proof Burgersburg was the plagiarist. UNFT News repeated this process with the Heidi Klum NFT article which was backdated to Feb. 9. As Burgersburg pointed out, there's one problem with that publishing date. The UNFT News domain name, unft.news, was not registered until Feb. 10, meaning UNFT News is claiming to have published that piece before their website even existed. A Mashable investigation into these claims uncovered archived versions of the UNFT News website on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. UNFT News, which claims to be "a leading online magazine" operated by "4NFT Media, the largest operating NFT Media company," did not appear to even launch until mid-March 2022. The earliest archived version of the website is from March 19. The archived page from this time period doesn't show either of the pieces that Burgerberg actually authored. In fact, looking at archives of the website throughout March 2022, there isn't much crypto coverage on UNFT News at all. The majority of the UNFT News website in March 2022 included articles dating back to 2016 with titles such as "Top 10 Best Photo Hunt Of Ice Rugby," "The Great Time For Enjoy City View On Mountain," and "Outdoor Photo Shooting With Sexy And Beautiful." Mevrex, the company that claims to own UNFT News in the DMCA takedown requests, advertises itself online as "a media agency that offers services to more than 200 brands and businesses in over 30+ Countries." The vast majority of mentions of Mevrex online consist of paid-for press releases and advertorials by the company itself, which says it was founded by a young entrepreneur named Lakshay Jain and is based out of India. Articles like this one filled UNFT News in March 2022. But the articles they claimed Burgerburg took from them are nowhere to be found Credit: Screenshot Diving into UNFT News' social media, it looks like the accounts have received artificially-inflated growth. UNFT News' Instagram page, @UNFT, first posted on March 29, 2022. With 244k followers, posts rarely receive more than single-digits worth of likes. Its Facebook Page, which was created 2 days prior, has around 13k followers and receives very little engagement as well. Its YouTube channel has over 280k subscribers, yet not a single uploaded public video appears on its profile page. The UNFT News Twitter account, @UNFT_News, seems to have been suspended sometime in April or May of this year. Archived versions of the Twitter profile appear to show that the account used to be known as @NFTNews and switched usernames sometime in April. Attempts to reach Mevrex and UNFT News for comment were unsuccessful. "Absent a lawsuit," EFF's Trendacosta explained, "there's really no deterrence for sending a bad takedown." As for Mike Burgersburg and Dirty Bubble Media, Substack has still not restored two of the three posts Mevrex falsely claimed were plagiarized. View the full article
  2. In March of 2019, several major record labels sued Charter Communications, one of the largest Internet providers in the US with 26 million subscribers. Helped by the RIAA, Capitol Records, Warner Bros, Sony Music, and other music companies accused Charter of deliberately turning a blind eye to its pirating subscribers. Among other things, they argued that the ISP failed to terminate or otherwise take meaningful action against the accounts of repeat infringers, even though it was well aware of them. As such, the music companies said Charter was liable for both contributory infringement and vicarious liability. Charter’s Piracy Troubles Grow The lawsuit was followed by another complaint last year alleging that, despite repeated warnings, the ISP was still failing to take action against pirating subscribers. This new lawsuit covered the infringements that took place after the first case was filed. “Charter has insisted on doing nothing — despite receiving thousands of notices that detailed the illegal activity of its subscribers, despite its clear legal obligation to address the widespread, illegal downloading of copyrighted works on its Internet services, and despite being sued previously by Plaintiffs for similar conduct,” the music companies wrote. The stakes are high in these cases as damages can easily reach hundreds of millions of dollars. This isn’t just a theoretical figure either, as a jury previously ordered rival ISP Cox Communications to pay a billion dollars in a similar case. Adding to Charter’s trouble was the fact that its daughter company Bright House Communication was also sued separately. This case was scheduled to go to trial but was settled at the last minute, as reported earlier this week. Charter and Labels Settle Lawsuits As it turned out, Bright House wasn’t alone in settling its dispute with the labels. Around the same time, Charter also reached an agreement with the music companies, settling both cases on undisclosed terms. This means that three high-profile piracy liability lawsuits were resolved in one week. There is not much information available on the terms or the reasons for the settlements. The court filings are rather brief and simply notify the court that a deal has been reached, which is required under the court’s local rules. “Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 40.2(b), the Parties hereby notify the Court that they have resolved the above-captioned action,” both parties write. We reached out to Charter to find out more about the reasons for and conditions of the settlement but the company did not reply. The RIAA previously informed us that it is unable to comment on this particular matter. Absent a last-minute breakthrough, it seems plausible that Bright House and Charter have agreed to pay a settlement fee to get the cases over with. However, this can’t be confirmed based on information that’s available to the public at this time. If any new information surfaces, we will update this article accordingly. The settlement notifications in both Charter cases are available here (1/2). From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
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  7. Friday's just a day away, folks, and there's a fresh Wordle to break up the tedium. (Or the tension. We don't know what you've got going on.) If you get stuck, that's where our daily Wordle help can come in handy. The answer to the August 4 Wordle, puzzle #411, can be found at the end of this article. Before you get there, though, there are a couple of subtle clues to help you narrow it down, and as you scroll down, you'll see we've gathered a selection of the best tips and strategies from our previous reporting to help you every day. Where did Wordle come from? Former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle came up with the game in 2021 as a private exercise for him and his word game-loving partner. It eventually became a staple of their family WhatsApp messaging, and that's when Wardle started to suspect he might have something special enough to merit a wider release. Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once. Not the day you're after? You'll find the Wordle answer for August 3 here. What's the best Wordle starting word?We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move. Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels to rule those building blocks in or out, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N. Also, even if you're attached to your mathematically sound starter, once it's been the answer on any given day it won't be the answer again for a few years — so if you happen to get the elusive 1/6 result, celebrate by swapping out your starting five. What happened to the Wordle archive?While you could once play the entire archive of past puzzles, the archive was taken down at the request of the New York Times, according to the site's creator. 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?The whole point of Wordle is that everyone's solving the same puzzle, with the same answer, no matter where you are in the world. However, occasionally the puzzle game will accept two different correct solutions on the same day. This aberration is due to changes the New York Times began making after it acquired Wordle earlier this year, excising words form Wardle's original list that the team considers obscure or potentially offensive. To make sure you're always getting the same puzzle as everyone else, refresh your browser before you play — don't worry, the site will keep your streak. A subtle hint for the Wordle answer on August 4It sounds like something. Wordle today is a 5-letter word that starts with......the letter R! Does today's Wordle word have a double letter?Not today! SEE ALSO: Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL. Wordle today: What's the answer?Ready? It's time to reveal the solution. It's... RHYME. Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Sam Haysom, Amanda Yeo and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article. View the full article
  8. Taking (and sending) nudes can be a spicy part of your relationship with a live-in partner, a valuable aspect of your connection with a long-distance partner, a fun new way to connect with a date, or, honestly, just a hot thing you want to do for yourself. If you're taking more nudes, though, you may be wondering what the best way is to keep them secure from prying eyes. While the celebrity iCloud nude photo leak rattled the nude ecosystem more than half a decade ago, the fear that something similar can arise hasn't dissipated completely. Thankfully, there are actionable steps you can take to store nudes safely and keep your sexy photos where they belong — with you. Keeping nudes secure on iPhone and iOSIf you use Apple products, the good news is that they're already pretty secure. "Apple has done a great job…creating a very secure consumer device," said Patrick Wardle, creator and founder of Objective-See, a source for free open-sourced tools for Mac users, and a former NSA hacker. "[If] you're an average hacker, you're not gonna have the ability to hack iPhones." SEE ALSO: Sexting and nudes are on the rise That being said, it's not a complete impossibility. There are some easy steps one can take to make sure their photo library is as safe as possible. Wardle compared hacking to robbers choosing houses. They're not going after the house with the alarm system, they're going after the house with the back door open. The same is true for hackers: They're going after the least-secure devices. One step is to install the latest iOS updates. "Those updates have a lot of fixes and patches for security vulnerabilities," said Wardle. It's possible for someone to reverse engineer updates to see what was patched and use those vulnerabilities to target those who haven't installed the update. The other step is one many people have already said, but you may not have yet implemented: Use a unique password for every account. "A lot of times hackers will hack into other companies and gain access to a large number of accounts, and then based on those accounts those using the passwords they will try [to hack] other accounts," said Wardle. This has been seen many times over, and Wardle referenced the 2013 Adobe hack as an example. Keeping sexts stored safely. Credit: bob al-greene / mashable In addition to using unique passwords (and password managers can help with that), Wardle also suggested turning on two-factor authentication whenever possible, such as with your iCloud Drive. "It's just an extra layer of security that will make your device, and your account, way more difficult to hack," said Wardle, "So opportunistic hackers are just going to basically move on." It's also a good idea to have a passcode on your phone as well, just in case. Speaking of the cloud: Wardle prefers the practice of keeping files — especially sensitive files like nudes — on your phone or iPad as opposed to dropping it in the cloud. That doesn't mean the cloud isn't secure, but having files in one place instead of two just "reduces the attack surface" according to Wardle. Then there are photo storage apps. Apps that you download from the app store are usually secure since they're vetted by Apple, but Wardle advises you be careful and judicious. Look at who made it, what they're doing with information and data. Once you give an application access to your private photos, Wardle said they can do anything they want with them. "There's nothing to stop an app that claims to provide some fancy filters to your images from copying all your images and sending them to some remote server where — who knows what's going on," said Wardle. This isn't the case for huge apps like Facebook, Google Photos, and Instagram (those have been vetted by security researchers), but smaller apps with more dubious origins. "There's nothing to stop an app that claims to provide some fancy filters to your images from copying all your images" Also, look into whether the app has end-to-end encryption. In a nutshell, end-to-end encryption means that only the sender and recipient can decrypt and read the content. Wardle used the example of iMessage: The message goes through Apple's servers but if the servers were hacked, hackers can't read the message. Even Apple wouldn't be able to read the message. For those wondering, don't worry: Snapchat has had end-to-end encryption since 2018. And if you store your nudes on a Mac, there's even more protection: You can encrypt files and folders that are protected with an additional password. "So even if your system got hacked or someone you know had access to your laptop… that specific folder perhaps more sensitive content and images can kind of be protected with an extra layer of security," said Wardle. Third-party photo vault apps claim to have similar functions for the iPhone, but Wardle warns users to be cautious of those as with anything that accesses your photos. "I wouldn't recommend just running out to the App Store and downloading the first file vault app that pops up," he said. Do your research, and don't balk at a potential cost. "You often get what you pay for" in terms of apps like these, said Wardle. The most likely scenario of a nude photo leak isn't a hacker, however: It's someone who has the photos breaking the sender's trust — essentially, revenge porn. Should that happen to you, here's what you can do. Android and PCNeil Kittleson, CEO of NKrypt and former senior executive in the NSA's cybersecurity directorate, shared tips for Android and PC devices. First off, encrypt your device. "A four-digit passcode isn’t enough to keep really curious people out of your device," Kittleson said. "Use a strong passcode or biometrics to secure your device." When you're not using your phone or tablet, don't keep it unlocked. Instead, set your sleep mode and screen lock and set the power button to autolock. "This is your only protection if someone tries to take your unlocked phone from your hand," said Kittleson. Next, install Find My Device. Not only will the app help you recover your device, but it'll allow you to remotely wipe it as long as it's connected to the internet according to Kittleson. SEE ALSO: 7 people describe what they keep in their 'spank bank' In addition to encrypting your actual device, Kittleson advises you to encrypt your photos. He explained that the Department of Defense uses specific cryptographic algorithms, and the one they use to protect confidentiality of data is called AES256. "When you want to encrypt photos on your device, look for applications that use AES256 encryption," he advised. "Additionally, make sure you trust the developer that implemented the cryptography." Two main ways cryptographic products are reviewed are by government bodies making sure these products meet their requirements, and by open source. Kittleson explained the difference: "Typically government bodies use specifications that have been published that adhere to international criteria and use independent labs to validate the cryptography," he said. "If the product is open source, that means that anyone can look at the code to make sure that no mistakes were made (intentionally or unintentionally) in the implementation of the code." Here are encrypting options from Kittleson: a. PC: There are a few good options for encrypting files on Windows10. If you are using the Pro, Enterprise, or Education versions, you have both full disk encryption and file encryption right on your desktop. Just right click on the file, select properties, on the general tab select the advanced attributes screen and check the box to encrypt contents. This works for files or entire folders. If you are using Win10 Home edition, you can upgrade to Pro for $99. That might be well worth it to protect your most sensitive files. b. There are free options too. 7zip is a free and open source folder and file encryption software that has been widely deployed around the world. It uses AES 256 by default and if you encrypt the entire folder that stores your files, not even the file names are visible without the password. c. Android: On your Android devices, in addition to using the default encryption, there are photo vault apps that allow you to hide your sensitive files and add an additional layer of encryption to them. When selecting one, look for a trusted developer that is using AES256 to encrypt the files. As always, use a strong password that you haven’t used anywhere else. Like Wardle, Kittleson wants you to be wary of storing sensitive photographs in the cloud. Once it's there, said Kittleson, you have no control over it. Finally, Kittleson advises you to remove EXIF data from your photos (EXIF stands for exchangeable image file format). "Every photo you take has tags that describe where you were, what kind of camera use used, what time the photo was taken...It’s how social media apps know how to tag our location,'' explained Kittleson. "If your sensitive photos tag your house as the location it was taken, not even cropping out your face will protect your privacy if it is leaked." SEE ALSO: A survival guide to dick pics (both solicited and unsolicited) Thankfully, it's easy to remove EXIF data on Windows according to Kittleson: Right click the file, select details, and on the bottom of the tab there is an option to "Remove Properties and personal Information." On Android devices, you'll have to install a third party app to do this or you can turn off "Store location data" for all photos. "Keep in mind that it only works for photos you take after you change the setting," said Kittleson. Be wary of apps that you allow access to your camera roll however. This is where a photo vault app can be helpful. Like storing your files into the cloud, once you share a photo you no longer have control over it. Even if you delete a picture it'll go to a recoverable cache. "It’s almost impossible to keep other people from keeping your photos if you share them," said Kittleson. "People can screenshot photos or even use other cameras to take photos of digital photos." That being said, revenge porn is the fault of the perpetrator and not the victim. When it comes to keeping a naked photo from ending up in the wrong hands, the fewer places you keep it the better. There's always a non-zero risk of a leak, but these tips can give peace of mind, everyday-nudes and beyond. View the full article
  9. “We have already begun to make prudent financial decisions across the company and that now extends to a reduction to our team”View the full article
  10. Designed by Peter Gibson aka Roadsworth, “Natural Cycle” is a painted recreation of a mini-London meant to reflect the city’s actual road system. The installation includes streets, crossings, and roundabouts with an aim to teach and prepare children to ride safely on real roads while also promoting a sustainable way to travel. View the full article
  11. Are your concert tickets from TikTok? Well, they're about to be. After TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, filed a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for "TikTok Music", a Spotify competitor, in May, TikTok is now further pursuing its ambitions in the space through a partnership with Ticketmaster. It's launching a feature that will allow users to purchase tickets directly through the TikTok app. It will be easier than ever to purchase tickets to events you discover on your FYP. SEE ALSO: For Gen Z, TikTok is more than entertainment. It's a search engine. With Ticketmaster's new TikTok tool, creators can search for Ticketmaster events and add those links to their videos. The link to the event will appear above the caption to the video and users will be able to click it to easily purchase tickets. The tool will only be available to "select" creators when it launches, but it "will scale [up] to more users over time." Demi Lovato, One Republic, Usher, the Backstreet Boys, and WWE have already signed on to start using the feature. Right now, the types of links creators can add to a TikTok are extremely limited, with Ticketmaster joining the ranks of BuzzFeed Quizzes, Rotten Tomatoes, and Whisk. The Ticketmaster collaboration with TikTok comes just months after Ticketmaster announced its partnership with Snapchat in Feb. 2022. Both partnerships aim to help reach young people by taking advantage of the discovery tools on TikTok and Snapchat. View the full article
  12. Thinking about hitting the road with your furry friends? More and more, pet parents are bringing their four-legged companions on adventures around the country. But before you cut loose with Fido on vacation, you want to make sure you’re going somewhere accessible for them too. At Motel 6 locations around the country, pets always stay free, helping pet parents rest easy. To help with inspiration for the rest of the planning aside from where to rest your head at night, the budget-friendly travel brand partnered with BestPlaces to round out the top 10 pet-friendly road trip destinations in the U.S. Whether you want to hit the beach, explore mountains, or dig into local eats in a unique small town, here are helpful tips for traveling with your pet. Make sure there are dog parks or greenspacesDogs need regular exercise and after a few hours in the car, they may have serious zoomies, or sudden bursts of needing to sprint around (you probably do too). Finding places to walk, run, or hike with your pup was a major consideration for BestPlaces. In Santa Monica, California, for example, you’ll find a full run of dog parks, from neighborhood spots to swanky members-only clubs, making it the perfect beachside neighborhood to explore with your pet. Credit: meaghanbrowning / Getty Images Look for pet-friendly bars and restaurantsTrying out local restaurants, cafés, and bars is one of the biggest reasons people travel. The perfect recipe for keeping mealtimes simple is great weather, plenty of outdoor dining, and lots of authentic flavors. In New Mexico, Santa Fe ticks all the boxes with plenty of places where you and your pet are welcome. After checking out Pueblo-style architecture and centuries-old landmarks, recharge on a sunny patio with Frito pie and biscochitos cookies. Credit: Motel 6 / BestPlaces Stay close to pet stores and vetsNo one wants to hit a bump in the road when they’re traveling, so it’s always wise to stay close to vets and pet stores just in case. Let’s be honest, even if you think you’ve packed everything, there’s always one thing you may run out of quicker than expected or never realized you needed in the first place like snacks or a tick collar when you’re heading into the woods during peak tick season. In spots like Bend, Oregon, which is well-equipped with plenty of pet stores, you can hit the trails and have total peace of mind. Opens in a new tab Credit: South_agency / Getty Images Learn more about pet-friendly road trips or to book your next getaway (opens in a new tab) Visit Motel 6 Book Now (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  13. When you have a festival going for three straight weekends, like Tomorrowland just did, you’re bound to have some truly spectacular moments happen quite spontaneously. One such moment happened during 3 Are Legend (Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, & Steve Aoki) on the main stage on Weekend 3 as the trio dropped “Mammoth,” one of DVLM’s biggest hits. In the video of their set, just uploaded on Monday, at 44:24, you can see what looks like every single firework being set off all at once in a remarkably explosive fashion. The rest of the video, you can see some fireworks continuing to go off but it seems like they’re from stages behind the main stage, and there aren’t any “finale” fireworks at the end of their set, as you might expect there to be. A post on Reddit claims it was done “accidentally” due to a pyro mistake, but we know how people like to spread rumors on Reddit. We reached out to team at Tomorrowland to ask exactly what happened but have not yet heard back at time of publication. Check out the video below! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Watch ALL The Fireworks Go Off At Once On Tomorrowland’s Main Stage [VIDEO] View the full article
  14. The title song of Sawayama’s sophomore studio albumView the full article
  15. Over the years, Twitch streamers have been increasingly targeted by DMCA takedowns, which can cause quite a fuss. Many of these copyright complaints are legitimate, meaning that streamers use copyrighted content without permission. However, there are plenty of mistakes too. This week, a group of popular Spanish-speaking streamers organized a gaming event featuring “Project Zomboid“. This is a big deal for the indie game but, unfortunately, it was partly ruined by what appears to be a false copyright claim. Twitch Flags Copyrighted Siren The issue was first raised by Menos Trece, who has over a million subscribers on Twitch and over two million on YouTube. After streaming Project Zomboid gameplay to tens of thousands of viewers, Twitch informed him that he had broadcasted copyright-infringing audio. As it turns out, there was no problem with copyrighted music. Instead, a police or ambulance siren sound effect used in the Project Zomboid game was the culprit. This sound was claimed by an entity named “Dr. Sound Effects,” who apparently own the rights to a police car siren. In response to this claim, Twitch muted portions of the stream’s audio, which is still the case to this day. Needless to say, Menos Trece wasn’t pleased with the surprise claim and the associated copyright strike. Copyright Troll? The Indie Stone, who develop Project Zomboid, are not happy either. The indie developers swiftly responded to the issue on Twitter, suspecting that a “copyright troll” may be the culprit. “Abuse of copyright system, copyright trolls have likely copyrighted a siren sound and this is likely picked up in a ton of games. Not much we can do about it really beyond make the siren not sound like a siren any more but we’re looking into it,” the developers tweeted. There is no evidence that this is a deliberate mistake. However, The Indie Stone confirmed that they own the rights to the sound effect and urged Twitch to correct the error. At the time of writing that hasn’t happened yet. Menos Trece can still appeal the false claim as well, but that means sharing all sorts of private details with the streaming platform. In addition, it may open the door to a lawsuit in the US. “To make a simple dispute, Twitch asks you for ALL your personal data and ‘threatens’ that you could go to court in the USA,” the popular gamer comments on Twitter. Not The First Time Unfortunately, these sound effect takedowns are not new. Similar problems have come up in the past with other games and Project Zomboid’s creators are familiar with it as well. Earlier this year The Indie Stone reached out to Twitch, hoping to find a solution but the streaming platform wasn’t very helpful. Twitch uses the third-party filtering tool Audible Magic to spot infringements and can’t easily make changes to that. Instead, it advised affected users to challenge the takedown. In other words, instead of fixing the problem, developers and streamers have to find a way to deal with it. That’s a convenient solution for Twitch, but a major frustration to the people who made the platform as popular as it is. Avoid Sirens Please… The Indie Stone is actually considering changing its siren sound effects to something that doesn’t sound like a siren to avoid false copyright strikes. In the meantime, they advise streamers to avoid police cars and ambulances. “The Twitch copyright trolls have struck again, claiming ambulance sounds in the game – we’re looking into a streamer mode that will turn sirens into unconvincing synth sirens to stop this happening. Twitch need to have some exemption list or something. “I’d stay away from police or ambulance sirens in the meantime till we get the streamer mode in,” the developers add. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  16. The band’s second single from the forthcoming LP Being Funny in a Foreign LanguageView the full article
  17. MUST DIE! plays by his own rules and it’s a game every music lover should want to experience. While the artist first made a name for himself as a prominent player in the bass world, his music and range as a producer has morphed into something that falls well outside the bounds of any one genre. Take for example his live sets, many of the songs border on 160 BPM with a whole lot of techno and other strange and wonderful sounds invading the space. We saw this trend in MUST DIE’S recordings for some time now with his most recent album, CRISIS VISION, released last year, exploring the outer realms of the electronic music world. Coming off of two major collaborations with Eptic and Zomboy for their respective projects, the next stop in the MUST DIE! journey is his new single ‘GRAVEBLOOM.’ The track was inspired by the golden era of UK rave and classic artists such as The Prodigy, Atari Teenage Riot, and Squarepusher. It’s notable for combining an 80’s inspired synth line with crackling percussion and jagged breakbeats. “’GRAVEBLOOM’ is something I’ve always wanted to do, thematically. I love a lot of music that breaks formulas and surprises the listener without feeling like a novelty, or relying on the “gotcha” to sell itself. I really wanted the tension to build and release naturally, so I didn’t force it,” MUST DIE! says. Listen below! This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: MUST DIE! shares first single ‘GRAVEBLOOM’ from upcoming album View the full article
  18. Prey is how you do a Predator movie: Pit a badass alien against an even more badass heroine and let the blood and guts fly. Sprinkle in striking visuals and an emotional hero's journey (not to mention a healthy amount of trust in your audience), and you're looking at a winner. Director Dan Trachtenberg's Predator prequel is a taut thriller that's easily the best addition to the franchise since the original. It's intimate and character-driven, with more than enough action to satisfy the most die-hard Predator fans out there. Heck, even if you've never watched a Predator movie, chances are you'll love Prey. It's just that good. SEE ALSO: 'Bullet Train' review: David Leitch snatched Guy Ritchie's whole vibe Prey's 1719 setting gives the Predator franchise a fresh new context Naru faces off against the Predator. Credit: Photo by David Bukach © 2022 20th Century Studios Set in 1719 in the Comanche Nation, Prey is far removed from the rest of the Predator films in terms of both timeline and location. That distance proves to be the film's not-so-secret weapon, because while Prey is clearly a Predator film, it doesn't feel like any iteration of the Predator stories we've seen before. While 'Prey' is clearly a 'Predator' film, it doesn't feel like any iteration of the 'Predator' stories we've seen before. Trachtenberg and Prey screenwriter Patrick Aison clearly know that we're familiar with the base concept of the alien Predators who hunt for sport. So they don't waste time catching us up with unnecessary exposition. Instead, we're dropped right into the plains of the American West — gorgeously shot by cinematographer Jeff Cutter — where a Predator (Dane DiLiegro) has begun a calculated killing spree. In classic Predator fashion, Trachtenberg lets the horror of this much more ancient Predator linger off-screen, smartly employing the Predator's camouflage system to generate suspense. The Predator's kills — such as a gnarly snake disembowelment — speak for themselves. As we get to know the Predator, we also get to know Prey's protagonist Naru (Amber Midthunder). She's a member of the Comanche tribe who is determined to prove her mettle as a hunter, despite the doubts of her brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) and everyone else around her. However, Naru is the first person to realize there's a new, dangerous apex predator on the loose. As soon as that realization kicks in, so does the main conflict of Prey, pitting an elite hunter against an aspiring one in a showdown to the death. SEE ALSO: 13 of the best horror movies on Hulu to freak you the hell out Naru is an action hero for the ages Amber Midthunder kills it as Naru. Credit: Photo by David Bukach © 2022 20th Century Studios Sure, this is a Predator movie, but Prey is really all about Naru. When I tell you that Naru kicks ass, I don't think you understand quite how much ass she kicks. She's an ace with a tomahawk and a gifted tracker, with an excellent canine companion to boot. On top of all that, Naru is smart. Her decisions — such as fastening a rope to her tomahawk so she's always able to pull it back to her — consistently have satisfying narrative payoff. You want her to succeed not just because she's Prey's main character, but also because Prey makes it abundantly clear how capable she is. Our knowledge of Naru's abilities is due to the fact that we spend a good chunk of Prey's first act getting to know her. We learn what's expected of her as a woman in her tribe versus what she really wants to do. Early scenes flesh out our hero in quiet conversations with her brother and her mother Aruka (Michelle Thrush) as well as in sequences where Naru hunts alone. This slow burn of a start is a killer character introduction, made all the more engrossing thanks to Midthunder. As Naru, Midthunder delivers a monster of a performance. She spends long stretches of the film in silence as she tracks her prey. Yet we know exactly how she's feeling and what she plans to do next based on a pointed glance. Midthunder also sells the action scenes hard, reminding us in each set piece that Naru is not just fighting to survive. She's also fighting to prove herself. SEE ALSO: We watched ‘Incantation,’ the horror movie that's freaking out TikTok Prey delivers excellent alien action An awesome scene in an awesome film. Credit: Photo by David Bukach © 2022 20th Century Studios We've seen Predators face off against guns and other modern weaponry. Now in Prey, we get to see how they would fare against bows and arrows and tomahawks. If you think centuries-old weapons would be of little use against Predator technology, think again! Prey — and Naru — have plenty of surprises up their sleeves. Thanks to a solid amount of bloody violence, Prey earns its R-rating. Yet its fight scenes are more than just gore fests for the sake of gruesome spectacle. They're stylish and suspenseful, with clear stakes and built-in character moments. I do wish that the film's final showdown had been a little less darkly lit so we could get a better sense of the action. However, an earlier fight scene, involving a bunch of overconfident French trappers, more than makes up for any qualms I may have. That sequence — which showcases this version of the Predator's weapons and fighting style in all its brutal glory — is some of the most fun you'll have watching any Predator from any Predator movie do its thing. And the film knows it, taking its time for a few laugh-out-loud beats in the midst of all the carnage. With spectacular action, compelling characters, and an engrossing story, Prey absolutely deserves the hype that comes with a large audience. It's a crime that it isn't getting a theatrical release, but do not think for a second that this is a case of a studio dumping a mediocre film direct to streaming. Prey rules, and you should hunt it down and watch it as soon as it hits Hulu. Prey begins streaming on Hulu Aug. 5. View the full article
  19. Save $30: In the market for a new TV? Consider the Hisense 55-inch ULED 4K TV, which is on sale for only $399.99 at Amazon as of Aug. 3. That's a 7% discount and the lowest price we've seen on it to date. We can't always spend the big bucks if we're on the hunt for the best 4K TVs for streaming or gaming. Sometimes a budget-friendly option is the best option. Consider the new Hisense 55-inch ULED 4K U6H TV, which is on sale for $399.99 at Amazon. While that's just a $30 discount, it still marks the best price we've seen on this 2022 model. SEE ALSO: For a movie night under the stars, an outdoor projector is your best bet The Hisense U6H series includes Hisense's proprietary "ULED" technology, which functions similarly to QLED tech. And with the addition of Quantum Dot tech, it's able to display a wider color gamut for more accurate and brilliant colors. Streaming is also a snap — it's compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa. Gamers will appreciate its Game Mode Plus feature, which minimizes input lag and screen jitter for smoother gameplay. But it has just a 60Hz refresh rate, so there are better gaming TVs to consider if that's a priority. Opens in a new tab Credit: Hisense Hisense 55-inch U6H ULED 4K TV (opens in a new tab) $399.99 at Amazon (save $30) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  20. The first new music from Actress since 2020View the full article
  21. Following the announcement that Warner Bros. was shelving the already-completed Batgirl, fans of Zack Snyder took to social media to make this decision all about the director's defunct vision for future DC films, known as the Snyderverse. The New York Post first reported on August 2 that Batgirl, starring Leslie Grace, Michael Keaton, J.K. Simmons, and Brendan Fraser, had been canceled. Variety later reported that the decision came as a result of new studio goals following the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. Batgirl had originally been envisioned as an HBO Max release when it was greenlit in 2021, but new leadership, including Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, preferred to focus on making blockbusters for theatrical release. A sequel to Scoob!, titled Scoob!: Holiday Haunt, was also shelved. Of the announced cancelations, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said, "The decision to not release Batgirl reflects our leadership’s strategic shift as it relates to the DC universe and HBO Max." SEE ALSO: Warner says bots helped make the 'Snyder Cut' happen Any change this big to a film franchise like the DCEU naturally results in further speculation about what's coming next. For fans of Snyder, the shelving of Batgirl opened the possibility that Warner Bros. was "restoring" the Snyderverse. This belief was only made stronger by the announcement that Ben Affleck would be returning as Batman in Aquaman 2. Snyderverse devotees took to social media to share their thoughts about what the cancelation could mean. (Note that Rolling Stone reported that the movement behind the "Snyder Cut" was fueled in part by fake accounts.) However, there's little to no chance of the Snyderverse coming back. For starters, Snyder is currently working on films like Rebel Moon for Netflix, making his return to a studio he has a contentious relationship with unlikely. The DCEU has also clearly moved on from the Snyderverse. While future DCEU films such as Aquaman 2 feature characters from Justice League, the studio has also focused on new iterations of characters like Robert Pattinson in The Batman, soft franchise resets like The Suicide Squad, and standalone movies like Joker. Upcoming projects like Black Adam and Shazam! Fury of the Gods also appear to have no links to the Snyderverse. Warner Bros. has yet to announce any modifications to The Flash in light of star Ezra Miller's personal controversies. So no, Batgirl's cancelation does not mean a magical restoration of the Snyderverse. If anything, it speaks more to the turmoil of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger, and to the continued struggle of the DCEU to figure out how to handle its intellectual property. View the full article
  22. The career-spanning compilation King Scratch (Musical Masterpieces From the Upsetter Ark-ive) comes in various formats including quadruple vinylView the full article
  23. Will.i.am, Terry Hunter, and Nita Aviance’s versions of the singles also appear on the new Break My Soul Remixes EPView the full article
  24. Atlanta is back to take its final bow. Donald Glover's noir-esque dramedy is set for one final season, premiering Sept. 15 on FX. The fourth season is being released following a much-anticipated Season 3, which landed in March following a four-year wait. The third season swept the wildly talented cast to Europe, where the core crew navigated some strange, existential circumstances. The season kept its stars — Earn Marks (Glover), his cousin Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles (Bryan Tyree Henry), friend Darius Epps (Lakeith Stanfield), and on-and-off partner Van Keefer (Zazie Beetz) — and divided critics, largely because of the standalone episodes that told stories outside the realm of Atlanta and its base characters. Still, Atlanta Season 3 garnered the critical acclaim it has since its genesis, thanks to its inimitable nature and sharp writing. SEE ALSO: There's a lot more to the name 'Atlanta: Robbin Season' than you think In Season 4, the cast returns to its roots and namesake city. Director Hiro Murai, who has worked on the bulk of Atlanta episodes, told the Hollywood Reporter, "We got to say goodbye properly to the city and the show, I think it’ll feel a little nostalgic too because I don’t think you’ve seen Atlanta during the summer since season one. It’s kind of like the greatest hits season." View the full article
  25. SAVE 50%: Invest in some educational screen time with the Osmo Creative Starter Kit. It's on sale for just $34.99, down from $69.99, at Amazon as of August 3. It's easy to let your kids fall back into a screen time spiral as soon as school is back in session. But there are things you can do to make that screen time as educational as possible. Osmo is an iPad and Fire Tablet add-on that aims to teach kids about coding, spelling, creativity, problem solving, and more through interactive blocks and game pieces. The starter kit is made for kids ages five to 10, but add-on packs for stuff like STEM or business-related math are often intended for middle schoolers as well. As of August 3, Amazon has the Osmo Creative Starter Kit for iPad on sale for just $34.99. That's 50% off its usual cost of $69.99 and just shy of its lowest price ever. (The same kit for the Fire Tablet is on sale for $57.39.) SEE ALSO: The best tablet to buy for your kid The starter kit includes the Osmo base and reflector for iPad, the creative board, four dry erase markers, a marker pouch, stackable storage for each game, and three game apps to start kids off. Once you have the starter kit, you can purchase add-on packs to keep things exciting. (Many of these add-on packs are also on sale.) More Osmo starter kits and add-on deals:Osmo Little Genius Costume Pieces (ages 3 to 5) — $17.99 $24.99 (save $7) Osmo Coding Family Bundle (ages 5 to 10) — $63.99 $79.99 (save $16) Osmo Genius Words Game (ages 6 to 10) — $18.99 $29.99 (save $11) Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit (ages 3 to 5) — $55.99 $79.99 (save $24) Osmo Math Wizard and the Enchanted World Games (ages 6 to 8) — $38.99 $59.99 (save $21) Osmo Super Studio Disney Mickey Mouse and Friends (ages 5 to 11) — $23.99 $29.99 (save $6) Osmo Genius Starter Kit (ages 6 to 10) — $75.99 $99.99 (save $24) Opens in a new tab Credit: Osmo Osmo Creative Starter Kit for iPad (opens in a new tab) $34.99 at Amazon (save 50%) Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
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