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3 billion Yahoo accounts in 2013

At Yahoo "data security" is an oxymoron as it's now come to light that all 3 billion Yahoo user accounts were hacked in the 2013 data breach.

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"Eid Mubarak!" from President Obama

"Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe."

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L.A. Weather Modification Project

This week, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works seeded clouds with silver iodide in an attempt to increase rainfall to the drought stricken area.

"County of Los Angeles Weather Modification Project Final Mitigated Negative Declaration" [125 page PDF created Oct 20, 2015]

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YouTube Music Key trademark refusal by U.S. office

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has refused Google's application to register "YOUTUBE MUSIC KEY" on the grounds it so resembles EMI's "MUSIC KEY" mark as to be likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, or deceive.

In a non-final refusal letter sent March 24, 2015 the USPTO's examining attorney wrote: "Trademark Act Section 2(d) bars registration of an applied-for mark that so resembles a registered mark that it is likely that a potential consumer would be confused or mistaken or deceived as to the source of the goods and/or services of the applicant and registrant. ... In this case, the following factors are the most relevant:  similarity of the marks, similarity of the goods and/or services, and similarity of trade channels of the goods and/or services." YouTube has 6 months to respond and try to convince the USPTO to reverse.

I never much liked the name "YouTube Music Key" anyway... so how about suggesting a better name.

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YouTube: Uncompressed video & Apple animation codec supported

YouTube now unofficially supports uncompressed (raw) video and Apple's animation codec (run-length encoding) for user uploaded MPEG-4 video files.  Tests were conducted using a 10 second, 1280x720, 30fps video clip from NASA and QuickTime Pro 7.7 from Apple.  Ten seconds of 720p 30fps uncompressed video was 1.03 GiB (887 mbits/s) and 685 MiB (574 mbits/s) encoded with Apple's animation codec.  Both uploads were compressed to 2.8 MB (2.3 mbits/s) for 720p playback on YouTube.

uncompressed video test:
Apple animation codec test:

Users should follow YouTube's recommendations for optimal playback results and keep files sizes to 128 GB or less.

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Keyframe frequency: do not exceed 4 seconds

I see YouTube changed Keyframe Frequency requirements from "must be less than or equal to 2 seconds" to "do not exceed 4 seconds."

DOJ seeks comments on ASCAP/BMI anti-trust Consent Decrees

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is currently seeking comments from songwriters/composers, publishers, licensees, service providers, and interested parties as to whether the Consent Decrees with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) continue to protect competition. The DOJ is most interested in comments on competitive concerns that arise from the joint licensing of music by ASCAP, BMI, and other Performance Rights Organizations and the remediation of those concerns. 

Specifically, the DOJ is seeking comments on the following issues:

 • Do the Consent Decrees continue to serve important competitive purposes today? Why or why not? Are there provisions that are no longer necessary to protect competition? Are there provisions that are ineffective in protecting competition?

 • What, if any, modifications to the Consent Decrees would enhance competition and efficiency?

 • Do differences between the two Consent Decrees adversely affect competition?

 • How easy or difficult is it to acquire in a useful format the contents of ASCAP’s or BMI’s repertory? How, if at all, does the current degree of repertory transparency impact competition? Are modifications of the transparency requirements in the Consent Decrees warranted, and if so, why?

 • Should the Consent Decrees be modified to allow rights holders to permit ASCAP or BMI to license their performance rights to some music users but not others? If such partial or limited grants of licensing rights to ASCAP and BMI are allowed, should there be limits on how such grants are structured?

 • Should the rate-making function currently performed by the rate court be changed to a system of mandatory arbitration? What procedures should be considered to expedite resolution of fee disputes? When should the payment of interim fees begin and how should they be set?

 • Should the Consent Decrees be modified to permit rights holders to grant ASCAP and BMI rights in addition to “rights of public performance”?

Send comments to by August 6, 2014. Information that parties wish to keep confidential should not be included in comments as all submissions will be posted in their entirety for public review on the DOJ's website Persons and entities outside the U.S. are welcome to comment.

The U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, is responsible for overseeing the enforcement of the Final Judgments in United States v. ASCAP, 41 Civ. 1395 (S.D.N.Y.), and United States v. BMI, 64 Civ. 3787 (S.D.N.Y.) (“Consent Decrees”). The Consent Decrees, originally entered in 1941, are the products of lawsuits brought by the United States against ASCAP and BMI under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, to address competitive concerns arising from the market power each organization acquired through the aggregation of public performance rights held by their member songwriters and music publishers. Since their entry in 1941, the Department has periodically reviewed the operation and effectiveness of the Consent Decrees. Both Consent Decrees have been amended since their entry. The ASCAP Consent Decree was last amended in 2001 and the BMI Consent Decree was last amended in 1994.

The Antitrust Division currently is undertaking a review to examine the operation and effectiveness of the Consent Decrees. The Department understands that ASCAP, BMI and some other firms in the music industry believe that the Consent Decrees need to be modified to account for changes in how music is delivered to and experienced by listeners. The Department’s review will explore whether the Consent Decrees should be modified and, if so, what modifications would be appropriate. As part of its review, the Department is seeking public comments.

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gbcali commented on a post on Blogger.
A new music show should be hosted by someone knowledgeable about new music rather than Jenna Marbles. Swedish Egil (radio personality, dj, and former programming director of MARS-FM) or Ken & Scott of The Crystal Method (recording artists, producers, djs) would have been a better choice.

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