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  1. San Francisco-based LendingHome has spent the last several years building technology that would help real estate investors get mortgages in what has been an otherwise constrained lending market. Now the company is looking to expand its addressable base, by offering more traditional mortgages to consumers — specifically first-time homebuyers. Read More View the full article
  2. The Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures musical project, based on the 1954 George Cukor film with Judy Garland and James Mason, is in early development, with a production timeline to be announced. read more View the full article
  3. Justin Bieber fans and their parents are being urged to be extra careful when using the internet after a man pretended to be the pop star in order to commit hundreds of child sex offenses. The Australian man allegedly used online platforms like Facebook and Skype to communicate with his victims. SEE ALSO: Ashley Judd refuses to be bullied by online abuse in this defiant speech Police charged the 42-year-old law professor from Brisbane with 931 sex offenses including: possession of child exploitation material, using a carriage service to groom under-16's and indecent treatment of children. Read more... More about Online, Child Sex Crimes, Australia, Justin Bieber, and Entertainment View the full article
  4. The 2017 Cadillac CTS is getting vehicle-to-vehicle technology this year. The sedans will be outfitted with DSRC short-range radio communication devices to transmit and receive simple messages including vehicles’ GPS location, speed, and heading. Those messages are sent 1000 times a second across up to about 1000 feet. “It’s sending out basic information that allows other… Read More View the full article
  5. Two life truisms appear to be at the heart of Willie Nelson’s forthcoming album, “God’s Problem Child”: Nobody’s getting any younger, and no one gets out of here alive. The Red Headed Stranger, like millions of music fans, became all the more acutely aware of those facts in 2016 thanks to a slew... View the full article
  6. Several years ago, one of the brightest stars who appeared to be on the rise from of the ever-crowded Southern California music scene was singer, songwriter and bandleader Maxim Ludwig, then fronting a freewheeling outfit called the Santa Fe Seven. As an early indicator of Ludwig's proclivity for... View the full article
  7. Small children have little time for royalty. Even the Queen. SEE ALSO: 11 badass facts about the Queen that might surprise you During the unveiling of a War Memorial for the people who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Queen and Prince Philip were given flowers by two attending officers. In the company of the female officer was a small boy in suit. He didn't exactly look thrilled to be there. To be fair, small children + suits + formal occasions is always a risky combination. And hey — it looked like the Queen saw the funny side of the whole thing. Read more... WATCH: A corgi tea party in honor of the Queen's 63-year-reign More about Uk, Little Boy, Tantrum, Kid, and Queen Elizabeth IiView the full article
  8. Religious intolerance has raised its ugly head again in India. A 22-year-old Muslim woman has been trolled for singing a Hindu devotional song on a television show. SEE ALSO: 5 times when intolerant India had a problem with Bollywood Suhana Sayed, a participant in a popular reality show on a Kannada (language spoke in the state of Karnataka) television station, had lent her voice to a hymn in the praise of Lord Balaji. She was even greeted with a standing ovation from the audience, PTI reports. And one of the judges praised her for uniting both religions with music. However, she was soon condemned on a Facebook page by the name of Mangalore Muslims. The page has over 46,000 followers and posts are usually made in Kannada. Read more... More about Reality Show, Indian, Religion, Facebook Post, and Trolling View the full article
  9. Last night, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” welcomed musical guests Spoon. The band performed the title track from their upcoming album Hot Thoughts. Watch it happen below. Hot Thoughts is out March 17 via Matador. Yesterday, the band announced that they’re getting their own signature taco. View the full article
  10. The world is still watching and waiting in anticipation for April the giraffe to give birth to her calf on livestream. However, for the giraffe birth video spoofer Erin Deitrich, the wait is finally over. SEE ALSO: This giraffe birth livestream is driving the internet insane Dietrich — whose hilarious livestream spoof of the giraffe birth went viral last week — went to the hospital in labor yesterday. While labor and delivery can be a stressful and tiresome feat, Dietrich couldn't help but have a little more fun with the giraffe mask. Dressed in a hospital gown and giraffe head, she livestreamed a video of herself from her hospital bed. The hilarious spoofer gave the camera a thumbs up and carried on for an awkward three and a half minutes. Read more... More about Birthday, Spoof, April The Giraffe, Livestreaming, and FacebookView the full article
  11. Move over Apple and Google, the next smartphone to make buzz in India could be from superstar Salman Khan — or that’s the plan. The 51-year-old Bollywood actor’s Being Human charity is planning to launch a range of smartphones in India, reports the Economic Times. SEE ALSO: Indians are busy figuring out how the blackbuck died after Salman Khan claimed 'natural' death Khan recently registered the BeingSmart trademark for smartphones and has hired executives from Samsung and local giant Micromax to head the phone operations, the report added. According to the report, the first batch of smartphones will be priced under $300 and will try to rival offerings of Chinese companies Xiaomi, and Oppo. Read more... More about Shilpa Shetty, Bollywood, Smartphones, India, and Salman View the full article
  12. Icelandic people enjoy bending the rules. This is bad if you’re a banker but great if you’re an artist, says Sigtryggur “Siggi” Baldursson, former drummer of the seminal Icelandic alt-rock band the Sugarcubes, which catapulted vocalist Björk to international stardom in the late 1980s. The cataclysmic... View the full article
  13. During a conversation about her minimal, lightly arranged new album, “Mental Illness,” singer and songwriter Aimee Mann pauses to apologize for the noise in her Los Feliz home. Her husband, musician Michael Penn, is loading boxes in an adjoining room, and as the sound of tape being ripped from... View the full article
  14. Like many other countries around the world, downloading music and movies is hugely popular in the Netherlands. In part, the popularity was facilitated by the fact that downloading pirated music had long been legal under local law. This tolerant stance towards online piracy changed in 2014 when the European Court of Justice ruled it to be unlawful. As a result, the Dutch Government quickly outlawed unauthorized downloading. Despite the legislative change piracy rates remain high, much to the frustration of the local entertainment industries. Dutch filmmakers and distributors previously accused the Government of not doing enough to counter piracy, while threatening legal action. Last year the Dutch Government denied these allegations, noting that the filmmakers could go after downloaders directly if they want to recoup their losses. However, they are not backing down. On Tuesday a group of film and TV show companies issued a summons announcing their legal action, NRC reports. Through the court they hope to hold the Government liable, and if that’s the case, a separate damages procedure will likely follow. “The producers could have a good chance,” says lawyer Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, who specializes in Internet issues. The lawyer added that the film companies “must be able to demonstrate that they have suffered financial loss.” Fellow lawyer Arnoud Engelfriet agrees but notes that it might be tricky to calculate the scale of the damages since a pirate download doesn’t directly translate to a lost sale. In any case, the claimed compensation will be substantial. Last year film industry group VPSO already asked for 1.2 billion euros ($1.27 billion) in damages for piracy losses that were allegedly suffered since 2004. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  15. When you're a politician, you're always just one slightly awkward laugh away from becoming a meme. On Wednesday, during Prime Minister's Questions, Theresa May demonstrated this phenomenon perfectly. SEE ALSO: Illustrator perfectly sums up how Brits feel about Theresa May holding Trump's hand Here she is laughing at something Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: In Parliament, it was likely a passing moment that went largely unnoticed. Twitter noticed, though. Theresa May enjoying herself a little too much at #PMQs #Budget2017 pic.twitter.com/YhNz8kW9aX — Paul O'Hagan (@pmohagan) March 8, 2017 Read more... More about Uk, Parliament, Prime Minister, Meme, and AwkwardView the full article
  16. What do a legendary late night comedian in retirement and the former leader of a legendary rock band have in common (beside being legendary and retired)? SEE ALSO: David Letterman to Retire From 'Late Show' in 2015 Growing a legendary beard, of course. Enter David Letterman, the beloved late-night host who stepped down in 2015 after 22 years of service, smiling gracefully in the cover of New York magazine: This shot of David Letterman — on the cover of our latest issue — was conceived at the very end of the shoot, says @nymag’s photography director, @JodyQuon. “Photographer Christopher Anderson had taken his last shot of Letterman, who was putting on his hat and sunglasses to leave. Anderson stopped him, and snapped the photo that’s now on the cover.” In the issue, on newsstands Monday, the former Late Show host talks about the man he calls “Trumpy,” how he would have covered his presidency, civilian life two years into retirement, and more. Full interview linked in bio. ?: @christopherandersonphoto Read more... More about Beard, Rem, Michael Stipe, David Letterman, and Entertainment View the full article
  17. Yesterday, the world celebrated International Women's Day. In honor of IWD, Emma Watson announced via her Twitter that she and the international band of feminist book fairies would be hiding feminist books throughout their respective cities. SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling slams International Women's Day trolls in 1 perfect tweet Today I'm a red-striking ninja book-fairy out to spread some wise women's words @the_bookfairies #IWDOurSharedShelf #IWD #adaywithoutawoman pic.twitter.com/sOBhrHremg — Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) March 8, 2017 Decked out in red, Watson took to the streets of New York to share some feminist wisdom. Read more... More about Feminism, Books, International Womens Day 2017, Beauty And The Beast, and Emma WatsonView the full article
  18. In a world where having internet connectivity is the lifeblood of just about every business, Cradlepoint helps customers deliver consistent networking services, even when there is a lousy cell signal. Today the company announced it had secured an $89 million Series C investment from TCV. TCV is the only investor this round, and as part of the deal TCV’s general partner Ted Coons and… Read More View the full article
  19. Sure, we all know about the T. rex and stegosaurus. But what about those beaked herbivores that looked like dachshunds and waddled across Pangea? Or the 15-foot-long beast that ate them? Ancient Earth, a new documentary series on CuriosityStream, takes viewers back hundreds of millions of years, to a time before comets and toxic volcanic activity wiped out the dinosaurs — an event known as the fifth extinction. SEE ALSO: A dinosaur-era reptile popped out babies, not eggs The series, which premiered Monday, revives the dinosaurs that thrived throughout the Permian, Triassic and Cretaceous periods. It arrives as scientists are gathering more evidence that Earth may be living through its sixth extinction. Read more... More about Climate Change, Curiositystream, Extinction, Biodiversity, and Sixth ExtinctionView the full article
  20. As James Corden points out at the beginning of the above segment, Samuel L. Jackson has been in a lot of films. That doesn't mean they can't all be compressed into 11 gloriously chaotic minutes, though. SEE ALSO: Tom Cruise recreates Tom Cruise's entire film career in 9 minutes For his "Roll Call" segment on The Late Late Show, Corden joined Samuel L. Jackson in front of a giant green screen, where the pair proceeded to speedily act their way through Jackson's most memorable film roles ...assisted by plenty of props, of course. The highlight? Probably Snakes on a Plane. Read more... More about Uk, Snakes On A Plane, Pulp Fiction, Funny, and The Late Late Show View the full article
  21. CNN's newest original series Believer With Reza Aslan, which premiered Sunday, has been termed "callous," "reckless," "disgusting" and other such uncharitable things. Social commentators have raised concerns over the show's impact at a time when the U.S. is infested with fears about the "outsider." Here's what happened. SEE ALSO: CNN says the 'future of media' is all male, and the internet responds The first episode of Believer takes host Reza Aslan to Varanasi, also known as the city of dead, in northern India. It explores the Aghori sect of Hinduism which is known for its extreme, almost cannibalistic, rituals. Read more... More about Cnn, America, India, Hindusim, and ReligionView the full article
  22. Remember the first episode of Game of Thrones? The Dothraki wedding between Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo takes place in a stunning location, with a picturesque limestone arch as a backdrop. Image: HBO Here's another scene from that first episode, featuring Ser Jorah Mormont: Image: HBO Sadly that arch, known as the Azure Window or Dwejra Window, is no more. It collapsed into the Mediterranean sea after heavy storms battered Malta's island of Gozo for days. “There was a big raging sea beneath the window. Suddenly, the arch collapsed into the sea with a loud whoomph, throwing up a huge spray. By the time the spray had faded, the stack had gone too,” Ronald Chessell, a resident of Xagħra, a village on Gozo, told the Times of Malta. Read more... More about Daenerys Targaryen, Gozo, Azure Window, Game Of Thrones, and Malta View the full article
  23. That little pocket camera made to shoot the night sky is nearly ready. The Tiny1 from Singapore startup TinyMOS blew through its Indiegogo fundraising campaign in July last year to raise nearly $430,000 — over three times its goal. SEE ALSO: Taking underwater photos with your iPhone just got way easier When we saw an initial prototype last year, it was a little, tinny, aluminium gadget. This week, as the company readies a first batch to ship to backers, we saw that the black edition of the camera now has a slick oleophobic coating. It'll also come with three lenses — a wide-angle, a 4mm (28mm full frame equivalent) kit lens, and a telephoto. Read more... More about Photography, Camera, Indiegogo, Singapore, and TinymosView the full article
  24. Check out Tuki Carter's new video for "Drinking Weed." http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/tuki-carter-drinking-weed-video-new-video.39922.htmlView the full article
  25. This January it was revealed that after much build-up, UK ISPs and the movie and music industries had finally reached a deal to send infringment notices to allegedly pirating subscribers. The copyright alerts program is part of the larger Creative Content UK (CCUK) initiative, which includes various PR campaigns targeted at the public and classrooms. The notices themselves (detailed here) are completely non-aggressive, with an aim to educate rather than bully consumers. However, according to a new survey just completed by UK-based broadband comparison website Broadband Genie, progress may be difficult to come by. The survey involved 2,047 respondents, comprised of both Broadband Genie customers and general Internet users, split roughly 50/50 male and female, the vast majority (94%) aged between 18 and 64 years old. Respondents were asked about the notice scheme and piracy in general. Overall, a worrying 72% said that they believe that the scheme won’t achieve its aim of stopping people from accessing or sharing copyrighted content. While ‘stopping’ piracy entirely is a fairly dramatic goal (the program would quietly settle for an all-round reduction), three-quarters of respondents already having no faith in the scheme is significant. So what, if anything, might persuade Internet users to stop pirating content? Again, the survey offers a pretty bleak outlook. A stubborn 29% believe that nothing can be done, which sounds about right in this context. Worryingly, however, just over a fifth of respondents felt that legal action would do the trick. The same amount (22%) felt that losing a broadband connection might stop the pirates. While the chart above indicates that a fifth of respondents believe that cheaper content is the solution to fighting piracy, an unbalanced six-out-of-ten agreed that the cost of using genuine sites and services is the main reason why people pirate in the first place. Surprisingly, just 13% said that easy access to copyrighted content on pirate networks was the main factor, with an even lower 10% citing limited access to genuine content on official platforms. Just 9% blamed delayed release dates for fueling piracy. Some curious responses are also evident when Broadband Genie asked respondents whether they believed certain activities are illegal. While around three-quarters of respondents said that downloading and/or sharing content without permission is illegal, almost four in ten said that simply using P2P networks such as BitTorrent falls foul of the law. Of perhaps even greater concern is that 35% identified Spotify, Netflix and Amazon account sharing as an illegal activity. A quarter felt that streaming movies, TV or sports from an unauthorized website is illegal (it probably isn’t) while 11% said that no method of obtaining content without paying for it is against the law. A final point of worry for Creative Content UK is the visibility of the alerts program itself. Despite boasting a TV appearance, a campaign video on YouTube, some classroom lessons, dozens of news headlines, plus thousands of notices, more than eight-out-of-ten respondents (82%) said that before the survey they had never even heard of the initiative. Of course, the program is only targeted at the relatively small subset of people who share files but with no data being published by the scheme, it’s difficult to say whether the campaign is reaching its target audience. That being said, Broadband Genie informs TorrentFreak that 3.5% of respondents (around 70 people) claimed to have received a notice or know someone who had, albeit with certain caveats. “[N]early half of those said the notice was in error due to incorrect details, their belief that the content or provider was legal or a lack of knowledge about any file sharing having taken place,” the company reports. This number sounds quite high to us and the company concedes that respondents may have confused the current notice program with earlier ISP correspondence. Nevertheless, notices are definitely going out to subscribers, and people’s social networks are very broad these days. With those variables the figures might hold weight, particularly when considering potential volumes of notices. The notice system is believed to have launched in the last few days of January and ISPs are reportedly sending around 48,000 notices per week (2.5m notices per year). The survey took place between 17th February and 6th March. So, if launched at anything like full speed, a maximum of around 250,000 notices could have gone out up until the first week of March. Again, it’s important to note that no hard data is available so it’s impossible to be accurate, but volumes could be quite high. The full report from Broadband Genie can be found here. Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
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