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Devin Coldewey

Court dismisses Genius lawsuit over lyrics-scraping by Google

A state court has dismissed a high-profile case showing unsportsmanlike conduct by Google, which was caught red-handed using lyrics obviously scraped from Genius. Unfortunately for the latter, the complaints amount to a copyright violation — which wasn’t what the plaintiffs alleged, sinking the case.

The lawsuit, filed in December, accused Google of violating Genius’s terms of use and unjustly enriching itself by scraping lyrics on the site to be displayed on searches for songs. So,...

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Make Some Nachos And We'll Reveal Which Horror Movie You Should Watch

Will extra sour cream lead to a slasher movie?

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This "Hot Or Not" Food Quiz Will Reveal Your Dominant Emotion

The bigger the "warning" label the...better or worse?

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US strikes $1.525 billion deal to get 100 million doses of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine once it's approved

The Trump administration has reached a deal with Moderna Inc. to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company's Covid-19 vaccine once it is approved, according to a news release from the US Health and Human Services Department.

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The history of the women nominated for vice president

With Joe Biden selecting Kamala Harris, the senator from California becomes just the third woman to be selected as the vice president on a major party ticket and the first Black woman to be nominated

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Polls suggest slim Biden lead in key battleground of Wisconsin

Three new polls out this week find former Vice President Joe Biden leading or in a tight race with President Donald Trump in the crucial battleground state of Wisconsin.

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Watch SE Cupp's reaction to Biden's VP pick

After months of speculation, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden revealed that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will be his running mate. CNN's SE Cupp analyzes the decision.

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Opinion: Why Kamala Harris won the VP contest

It is a measure of these extraordinary times that Joe Biden's historic choice for vice president was also the most conventional.

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Harris has spent her career breaking barriers

Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday became the first Black and South Asian American woman chosen for national office by a major political party, when former Vice President Joe Biden named the moderate former prosecutor to be his running mate this fall.

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Watch Kamla Harris' intense interrogations on the Hill

During her time as a senator, Kamala Harris has made her mark not in legislation, but in the hearing room, CNN's Maeve Reston says.

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There was no one else on Biden's VP shortlist that checked as many boxes as Kamala Harris

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Anthony Ha

Daily Crunch: Android phones become earthquake detectors

Google is using accelerometers in an interesting new way, Twitter allows everyone to limit tweet replies and Mozilla announces major layoffs. This is your Daily Crunch for August 11, 2020.

The big story: Android phones become earthquake detectors

Google said that smartphone accelerometers are sensitive enough to detect P-waves, which are the first waves to arrive during an earthquake. So if your Android phone thinks it has detected an earthquake, it will communicate with a central server...

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Podcast: America In The World After Trump

The lack of US leadership "has opened up a massive vacuum around the world, that has been taken advantage of by all manner of forces.”

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Carter Sherman

A Cop Allegedly Groped a Dead Woman — and Gloria Allred Is Coming for Him

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Months after a Los Angeles cop was arrested for allegedly groping a woman’s corpse, her family has teamed up with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred to sue the officer and the city of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Police Department officer David Rojas fondled the breasts and nipples of the deceased woman, Elizabeth Baggett, after he came across her body as part of an investigation last October, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by...

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Taylor Lyles

Reddit bans racist subreddit after co-founder Alexis Ohanian calls it out on Twitter

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Reddit has banned another community dedicated to posting racist remarks on its platform — but only after co-founder Alexis Ohanian decided to report the subreddit. And not by actually reporting it to Reddit, but instead calling it out in a Twitter thread.

Ohanian tweeted out his disgust for the subreddit to his nearly 340,000 Twitter followers after multiple users on Twitter brought it to his attention, with Ohanian expressing that the subreddit...

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Russell Brandom

TikTok collected device identifiers for over a year in violation of Android policies

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TikTok’s Android app collected users’ MAC addresses for 18 months in violation of the platform rules, as discovered by a Wall Street Journal investigation on Tuesday. The addresses would have served as a unique identifier for each user’s device, making them valuable for both advertising and potentially more invasive forms of tracking.

By 2015, both iOS’s App Store and the Google Play Store had banned the collection of MAC addresses as a...

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Jay Peters

Watch Steve Wozniak’s celebrity-packed 70th birthday celebration tonight at 8PM ET

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak turns 70 years old today, and you can celebrate by attending his celebrity-studded virtual birthday party that’s happening in just a few hours at 8PM ET. Today’s party also kicks off an “11 Days of Wozdom” social media contest offering Woz-autographed Apple products as prizes.

The party isn’t just an excuse to celebrate an important figure in American technology history, however. It’s also a fundraiser to support...

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