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Senate Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act, Improving Artist Payouts From Streaming Giants  Senate Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act, Improving Artist Payouts From Streaming Giants 

The Senate cleared a bill late on Tuesday, the Music Modernization Act, that will dramatically restructure the way royalties are handed out to artists and others involved in the creation process—although it did so under heavy opposition from satellite and digital broadcasting services, namely Sirius XM and Music…

Court Rules FCC Must Release Records That Could Explain Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments Court Rules FCC Must Release Records That Could Explain Fraudulent Net Neutrality Comments

A federal judge ruled last week that the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (currently chaired by Donald Trump appointee Ajit Pai) must release records related to millions of fraudulent public comments filed before the agency repealed net neutrality guidelines last year, Ars Technica reported.

Rest in Peace, Cat That Broke Into New Orleans Substation and Blew Out Power to Thousands Rest in Peace, Cat That Broke Into New Orleans Substation and Blew Out Power to Thousands

A cat that broke into an electrical substation and unfortunately perished after coming into contact with high-voltage equipment was responsible for a power outage that affected some 7,500 Entergy customers in New Orleans on Monday morning, the Advocate wrote.

Elon Musk Names Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as First Tourist on SpaceX's BFR Elon Musk Names Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa as First Tourist on SpaceX's BFR

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced the first paying tourist that the company plans to fly around the moon on a 240,000-mile journey on its promised Big Falcon Rocket (BFR)—and it’s Japanese billionaire, founder of online fashion giant Zozo, and art collector Yusaku Maezawa.

Amazon Is Planning on Releasing Eight New Alexa-Enabled Devices This Year Amazon Is Planning on Releasing Eight New Alexa-Enabled Devices This Year

Amazon is planning on releasing at least eight new Alexa-powered devices before the end of the year, according to CNBC, including everything from some type of “in-car gadget” and audio equipment to, uh, a microwave oven.

The EU Copyright Directive, Starforce, Ray-Tracing and Apple: Best Gizmodo Posts of the Week The EU Copyright Directive, Starforce, Ray-Tracing and Apple: Best Gizmodo Posts of the Week

The European Union passed its disastrous Copyright Directive this week, including amended versions of its onerous Articles 11 and 13 (the so-called “link tax” and “upload filter,” respectively). There’s still time to make sure it never passes into law by defeating a final ratification vote in January, though given the …

Amazon Reportedly Investigating Whether Some of Its Staff Are Taking Kickbacks From Merchants Amazon Reportedly Investigating Whether Some of Its Staff Are Taking Kickbacks From Merchants

Amazon is reportedly investigating whether independent merchants operating on their platform are greasing the palms of staff to divulge confidential information about the site, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

California Governor Jerry Brown Says State Will Launch Its Own Pollution Monitoring Satellite California Governor Jerry Brown Says State Will Launch Its Own Pollution Monitoring Satellite

California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Friday at the Global Climate Action Summit that the state would be launching its “own damn satellite” amid concern that Donald Trump’s administration is minimizing NASA’s role in climate research, Politico reported.

Imax Says It Has Talked With Every Major Streaming Service About Theatrical Releases Imax Says It Has Talked With Every Major Streaming Service About Theatrical Releases

Every major streaming video service has approached the Imax theater chain about the possibility of theatrical releases, Imax CEO Richard Gelfond told investors at a conference this weekend.

Report: Google's Chinese Search Prototype Logs Phone Numbers, Hides Unapproved Pollution Data Report: Google's Chinese Search Prototype Logs Phone Numbers, Hides Unapproved Pollution Data

Google’s widely reported search engine prototype for China, which is allegedly code-named Dragonfly, not only blacklists search terms to comply with the wishes of government censors but ties all searches to devices’ phone numbers, according to a report on Friday from the Intercept.

FEMA's New 'Presidential Alerts' System Will Be Tested This Week, Though Don't Worry FEMA's New 'Presidential Alerts' System Will Be Tested This Week, Though Don't Worry

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will test a system at 2:18pm ET on Thursday afternoon that lets the president send a message to most cell phones across the U.S. following a disaster, terrorist attack, or other serious threat to public safety.

Watch the Last Delta II Rocket Carry ICESat-2 Into Space Watch the Last Delta II Rocket Carry ICESat-2 Into Space

NASA’s last Delta II rocket blasted into the atmosphere from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday carrying the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), Space.com reported, in the rocket’s 155th and final mission.

Let's Be Very Clear About What Breitbart's Leaked Google Video Shows Let's Be Very Clear About What Breitbart's Leaked Google Video Shows

The Republican Party, and conservatives more generally, are upping their attacks on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Google over unfounded claims of bias. To date, that’s included cooking up doctored evidence Google blacklisted Donald Trump’s speeches, a string of Trump tweets about fictitious censorship and…

Report: National Guard Wants to Fly MQ-9 Reaper Drones at the U.S.-Mexico Border Report: National Guard Wants to Fly MQ-9 Reaper Drones at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The U.S. government wants to deploy MQ-9 Reaper drones to the border with Mexico as part of the Donald Trump administration’s ongoing and completely unnecessary militarization of the region, TYT Network reported on Wednesday.

Officials Warn Those in Path of Hurricane Florence It's Their Last Chance to Evacuate Officials Warn Those in Path of Hurricane Florence It's Their Last Chance to Evacuate

Authorities are warning coastal residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to evacuate now or be at the mercy of the Category 3 storm, which is expected to slow upon hitting the coast of the Carolinas on Thursday and ravage the region with storm surge, rainfall, and flooding.

Drama Over Shirtless Selfie in Houseplant Hobby Group Inspires Wave of Plant Nude Trolling Drama Over Shirtless Selfie in Houseplant Hobby Group Inspires Wave of Plant Nude Trolling

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been covering their naughty bits with flora—or at least that’s what the classicist motif of putting fig leaves over nudity would have you believe. This age-old practice recently saw a social media resurgence, with dozens of Facebook users posting their own semi-nude plant…

Juul Labs Gets Restraining Order on 30 Chinese Entities Selling Knockoffs on eBay Juul Labs Gets Restraining Order on 30 Chinese Entities Selling Knockoffs on eBay

Juul Labs, the embattled manufacturer of the eponymous (and extremely popular among teens) Juul e-cigarette, is cracking down on Chinese knockoffs being sold on eBay.

Verizon's New Home-Based 5G Won't Offer Next-Gen Speeds Yet, But Users Will Get Some Free Shit Verizon's New Home-Based 5G Won't Offer Next-Gen Speeds Yet, But Users Will Get Some Free Shit

Verizon is launching what it’s calling “the world’s first commercial 5G broadband internet service” later this fall, with customers in parts of Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento eligible to sign up for an October 1st launch date. However, there’s a big caveat: It’s technically not real 5G, and early…

Amazon Takes Down Nine Books Self-Published on Kindle by Virulent Sexist 'Roosh' Amazon Takes Down Nine Books Self-Published on Kindle by Virulent Sexist 'Roosh'

Amazon has taken down nine books written and self-published by Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh, the notorious reactionary misogynist, virulent homophobe, and self-described “pickup artist” behind a small web-based empire.

SETI's New Neural Network Detects Many More Fast Radio Bursts From a Galaxy Far, Far Away SETI's New Neural Network Detects Many More Fast Radio Bursts From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Researchers with the University of California, Berkeley’s SETI Research Center Breakthrough Listen team have deployed new neural net technology to help analyze the reams of data they’ve collection—and they quickly discovered a set of mysterious, as-of-yet unexplained fast radio bursts from a distant galaxy, per…

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