Still, the song didn’t explode overnight. Two months after its release, a Spotify editor added it to the Danish version of the New Music Friday playlist. Listeners took to it, according to Spotify’s analytics that track how often people play a song, how much of that song they listen too, whether they add it to their own playlists, and more. Editors gave the song a little more exposure at the end of September when they added it to the Weekly Buzz and Pop Rising playlists, which count 1.1 million followers between them. When the song kept getting tens of thousands of streams daily, Spotify started peppering it into popular playlists worldwide, a strategy it calls “playlisting.” The numbers kept looking good. On October 14, when nearly a million people were listening to the bouncy ballad each day, Spotify’s editors added it to the Today’s Top Hits playlist and its 14.4 million followers.
PAX East was held in Boston last week, and conference attendees that took the time to dig through their conference swag bags discovered cardboard cut-outs of a futuristic controller. If rumor is to be believed, this innocuous controller serves as the trailhead to 42 Entertainment’s newest alternate-reality game for the film Real Steel.
The other major new feature in Tuesday’s release is Opera Turbo, a page-compression tool that will prove invaluable for anyone working with a 3G network card. Turbo automatically detects when network speeds drop and begins shuttling web pages through one of Opera’s page-compressing proxy servers, so less data needs to be transferred. The resulting pages will function as normal, though images will be heavily compressed and sometimes non-essential page elements will require an extra click to access. It’s a feature the company initially set up for its mobile users (Opera is a major player in the mobile handset space with its Opera Mobile and Opera Mini browsers) but added it to Opera 10 due to its popularity. Anyone surfing on a limited connection at their desks will certainly appreciate it.
It takes a lot of video poker play to stumble upon a bug like that. And Kane, according to his lawyer, played a lot of video poker. “He’s played more than anyone else in the United States,” claims Leavitt. “I’m not exaggerating or embellishing. … In one year he played 12 million dollars worth of video poker” and lost about a million, he says. “It’s an addiction.”
The decision will also affect states, such as California and Washington, that passed their own net neutrality rules after the FCC repealed its rules. Shortly after California’s governor at the time, Jerry Brown, signed a sweeping net neutrality bill into law in September, then-attorney general Jeff Sessions filed suit against the state. The state and the US Department of Justice later agreed to delay the case until after the lawsuit over the FCC rules is decided.
Now that the initial interest in OCR events has waned, mainstay companies like Tough Mudder and Spartan Race will have to figure out how to cater to their core fans while also connecting with new audiences, according to Matt B. Davis, editor of Obstacle Racing Media.
In just the first 10 days, Uwingu’s vox populi process assigned names to 7,000 Martian craters. Yes, they’re charging a bit of cash for the honor, but the proceeds go to funding grants for scientists working with organizations like the SETI Institute, Astronomers Without Borders, Mars One, and the Galileo Teacher Training Program.
While DeArment vows that “If we can make it here first, we’re gonna do that. Absolutely,” the commitment extends beyond his own company and employees. The company has gone overseas for parts of tools, but in one case, a foreign supplier was lost and Channellock had to scramble to find a replacement. Staffers worked with an old high school friend, who engineered a replacement and sourced it locally. “Then we can say that item is 100% made in the U.S.A,” DeArment proclaims proudly.
The Open Source embroidery exhibition also explores the history of computing as a craft. For example, the Jacquard loom is a mechanical loom invented in 1801 that used binary punch cards to design woven patterns. The loom is seen as the first programmed machine and one that inspired Charles Babbage in his design of the analytical engine.
A reproduction of that dialogue box was shown to jurors on a large monitor and to the handful of court watchers in the gallery. All the while, the 12 jurors and two alternates took notes and watched intently as Waldinger went over Korn/Ferry’s computer usage policy for hours.
For-profit machinimists have to understand legal issues, since they are making money with the game makers’ intellectual property. Legal scuffles are rare, however: Game companies generally support machinima – and often even fund it – because they see it as a tool for generating publicity, and as an incubator for cultivating new talent.