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  • Earlier this month, the music industry experienced this damage firsthand from an unsuspecting source, when photographer Dana Lixenberg sued Spotify and All Media Network for copyright infringement. According to the court filing and to sources familiar with the case, an unknown user made Lixenberg’s photo of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G. available to All Media Network’s metadata provider, Rovi, who then provided the photo to Spotify for use on Notorious B.I.G.’s artist page. “Not content to solely rip off the musicians on whose backs Spotify has built an 8 billion dollar company, Spotify has expanded its efforts to also include ripping off photographers,” states the complaint.


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  • BERLIN — It has been a difficult year for many Western democracies — and China is rubbing it in. As Donald J. Trump rose in the Republican primaries, the state-run Xinhua news agency gleefully described the United States presidential election as “an entertaining drama that illustrates the malfunction of the self-claimed world standard of democracy.” Another Xinhua article exploited the leak of Democratic Party emails to reassert that “money politics has become an incurable disease of the American electoral system.”

  • The former tsar’s first major appearance in local media since stepping down comes in a markedly less vocal capacity compared to his previous work: endorsing and defending measures introduced by the administration of President Xi Jinping to tighten controls on online discourse and further wall off mainland China’s internet from the rest of the world under a banner of “internet sovereignty”.

  • revolves around empowering the direct A2A (Appreciator to Artist) relationship. Therefore I propose creating an architecture that makes payments to the Artist who is responsible for the creation of the recording, the Composer who is responsible for the the creation of the composition and the Appreciator who brings value to the system. Any other stakeholders that the artist is in a contractual relationship with will receive their percentage autonomously via the software.

  • For the past hundred years, the music industry has created “a litany of intermediaries” between musicians and their fans, some of which have helped strengthen the relationship while others have only been barriers.


  • the current bookkeeping methods used by the industry are paper-based. Not that paper is problematic on its own, but all that data (sales, downloads, clicks, streams, sales, to say nothing of royalties, copyrights, credits, samples, etc.) has to be manually entered from one massive database to another. As Owsinski notes, this is often the work of an intern or some low-ranking employee, who might not have the appropriate skills to make the calculations required to ensure everyone is properly, and quickly, paid for their work. As a result, data can go missing, get messed up or be improperly filed.

  • Futurist Gerd Leonhard breaks new ground again by bringing together mankind’s urge to upgrade and automate everything down to human biology itself with our timeless quest for freedom and happiness. Before it s too late, we must stop and ask the big questions: How do we embrace technology without becoming it? When it happens gradually, then suddenly the machine era will create the greatest watershed in human life on Earth. Technology vs. Humanity is one of the last moral maps we ll get as humanity enters the Jurassic Park of Big Tech. Artificial intelligence. Cognitive computing. The Singularity. Digital obesity. Printed food. The Internet of Things. The death of privacy. The end of work-as-we-know-it, and radical longevity: The imminent clash between technology and humanity is already rushing towards us. What moral values are you prepared to stand up for before being human alters its meaning forever? Gerd Leonhard is a new kind of futurist schooled in the humanities as much as in technology. In his most provocative book to date, he explores the exponential changes swamping our societies, providing rich insights and deep wisdom for business leaders, professionals and anyone with decisions to make in this new era. If you take being human for granted, press Reset now with this passionately argued call to create a genuinely braver new world.


  • Streaming music services collectively crossed the 100 million-mark this month, with Spotify, Sirius XM Radio, and Apple Music driving more than 85% of the total.  Just recently, Spotify executive Troy Carter revealed that Spotify had crossed 39 million paying subscribers, a figure that more than doubles Apple Music’s estimated 17 million.


  • We now have all the supporting pieces so let's put together the main application flow. When main is run, we first play a chime sound to let the user know we are listening by using the playWav defined earlier. You can download the wav file I used from the projects repo. We then listen for a command, perform the search, and play the results which we will all look at next.


  • There are three overarching questions asked by the report, entitled Music on the Blockchain: What is blockchain, how might it transform the music industry (as many already claim), and what are the main challenges to widespread adoption. Kudos to the report’s authors for keeping a running dictionary in the margins, explaining some of the basic terms for this concept, including cryptocurrency, smart contract, proof of stake and mining. (It’s a terribly complicated subject, one I’m trying diligently to wrap my head around. Check out our previous articles here, here, here, here and here.)


  • Hundreds of astronomers began to access the database as soon as it was made publicly available on 14 September, says Gaia project scientist Timo Prusti, who works at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. “My advice to the astronomical community is: please enjoy with us,” he said at a press conference in Madrid. Within 24 hours, more than 11,000 users had accessed the catalogue, ESA said, and independent teams have begun to post papers based on Gaia data on the preprint repository

    • What is the blockchain? If you don't know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society. 


  • 何韵诗”的歌被全面下架(这引号下面展开讲)。遮打之后已封一部分,这次是直接被屏蔽。网易云 虾米 b站,可以确定“何韵诗”的歌完全搜不到。老何的话,只有搜“HOCC”能搜得到。以及,b站大部分打了何韵诗tag或者在文字介绍里提及何韵诗的稿子都被锁了。Concert YY(黄伟文的yyconcert,群星联唱一个Wyman作品展)中有何韵诗的片段也被锁了。


  • The first time I walked into the lobby of Andreessen Horowitz, four guys were waiting near the wall. Two sat in chairs. Two stood. And all four peered into open laptops, anxiously reviewing the slide decks they would soon pitch to the firm’s partners. Founded in 2009 by Marc Andreessen and his buddy Ben Horowitz, the firm is one of more than 40 venture capital shops lined up along Sand Hill Road, a short stretch of asphalt in Palo Alto, California, that winds into the heart of Stanford University. Sand Hill Road is where people pitch their ideas to Silicon Valley, and the Andreessen lobby is now the highest-profile, highest-stakes lobby of them all.


  • So why the exception for copyright owners?  It is sometimes said that the ultimate market value of creative works is among the hardest to predict, and so fairness requires a bonus for authors when a deal proves particularly rich. But that explanation cannot suffice standing alone, because it is equally an argument for giving a bonus to buyers when deals prove (as they often do) valueless. And yet only the musicians can terminate rights – not the record labels.


  • Initially I had a problem where you could hear nothing via headphones at all. I tried several solutions that were posted online, and one of them worked (though I don't know which one)


  • Acai is an open source project initialised by Berry Labs, a startup working towards machine learning algorithms to solve daily issues. Acai (codename) is trying to solve the problem of The Tyranny of Choice (a.k.a Paradox of Choice) to describe the misery of users facing over-abundant choices. In the music area, especially in the age of streaming music, this paradox becomes so significant that it affects every single piece of choice when users try to enjoy music. It's why this project was born.


  • The One Belt One Road project has aimed to connect China to Europe via inland routes and use maritime routes to connect the mainland to Europe via sea, in a modern replica of the ancient "silk road" trade routes. The initiative was expected to drive large investments in infrastructure around the region.

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