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Why Google Is Strong-Arming Artists Into Signing With YouTube Music Key

Cello rock n’ roller Zoë Keating is really upset that Google is trying to force her to sign over the rights to her music for its new streaming service, YouTube Music Key. If she won’t play ball, she’ll lose all of YouTube’s monetization options, and her account will be demoted to a third-party account just like any other jerk on YouTube. In other words, YouTube will no longer treat her like a musician.


The Best Predictor Of Heart Disease Is...Twitter?

Normally, when doctors are trying to look at whether an individual is at risk of heart disease, they will look at classic indicators of health: smoking, diet, obesity and so on. But according to a University of Pennsylvania study, they might be better off taking a look at their tweets.


Amazon's Gold Box Forum Is A Beautiful Pocket Of Internet Insanity

It’s an inviolable rule of the internet that if you provide people with a place to type words in public, chaos will follow close behind. Nowhere is this more true than the Amazon Gold Box forum, one of the internet’s more delightful clearing houses of crazy.


US Bills Would Strip The FCC Of Its Power To Regulate The Web

Republicans in the US House and Senate have introduced net neutrality bills that would strip the Federal Communications Commission of its ability to effectively regulate the internet.


NSA-Led Panel Says There's No Alternative To NSA Data Collection

Surprise! An academic advisory panel, chaired by the United States’ director of national intelligence James Clapper — yup, the same guy who lied to Congress — has concluded that there’s no alternative to bulk data collection. Sorry, US citizens.


Evil Glitterbomb Genius Is Looking To Cash Out

Earlier this week, we brought you news of deliciously evil prank site ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com, which, for a modest fee, will ship your enemies glitter. Unfortunately, it seems the world has too many enemies and not enough glitter: the man behind the site is overwhelmed and selling out.


This Is How We Watch Movies Now: 95% Of Oscars Films Already Online

36 films have been nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. And, as of writing, just two of those haven’t been leaked in DVD quality online, most whilst they’re still in theatres. Whether you think piracy is a libertarian dream or criminal theft, it’s clear that this is how things work now.


Turkey Is Blackmailing Twitter Into Censorship (Again)

Twitter and Turkey have a bit of a love-hate-hate-hate-hate relationship, insofar as Twitter users love to publish unflattering facts about the government, and the government hates that and tries to get Twitter to censor messages. In this particular case, the government is threatening to outright block Twitter unless it takes down “offending” messages.


I Hope Miley Cyrus Made Entirely Out Of Emojis Is What I See When I Die

Emojis have hijacked our words, our social networks, and the general literacy of our nation’s youth. So while it feels like I should hate rapper Yung Jake’s absurdly skilled emoji-based portraits on principle alone — I can’t. They are grotesque, they are obscene, and they are incredible.