The Recording Industry Association of America and the National Music Publishers Association filed the suit on Friday in a New York federal court.
“I don’t think anyone is under the illusion that what the campaigns put out is evenly balanced, factual statements,” Jackson said. “They’re putting out spin and everyone knows they’re blowing smoke.”
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Beyond the obscurity of whatever equipment setup a utility may have, Lee points out that its physical processes can require real expertise to manipulate, as well as months more effort and resources—not just opening a few circuit breakers to cause a blackout. Even after hackers gain access to those controls, “I can confidently say they’re still not at a stage to turn off the power,” Lee says. “They could turn off some [circuit] breakers, but they’d have no understanding of the effect. They might be stopped by a safety system. They don’t know.”
At the same time, Spotify is investing more in personalized playlists, like the algorithmically generated Discover Weekly and Daily Mix. Over time, Mulligan says, even things like Today’s Top Hits or New Music Friday could be tuned to each user’s particular taste. “The idea of any playlist being the same thing to any person is going to become less and less as time goes on,” he says. Not to mention, as it learns more about what listeners like to listen to and when, the company could start to make tailored content—just as Netflix began making its own shows after discovering people really love Adam Sandler. What does the recording biz do then?
Jericho has compiled a list of miscreant firms whose shoddy security practices have exposed customer information. The hall of shame includes notables such as Amazon, Gateway, Hotmail and Verizon.
As police stand guard outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the Latin American government is expected to decide today whether it will grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum to prevent him from being extradited to Sweden.
One industry insider says the problem at the Ohio plant stemmed from a human failure rather than a mechanical one. Alex Marion, director of engineering for Nuclear Energy Institute, a nuclear industry trade and lobbying group, said if Davis-Besse operators had effectively implemented its aging-management program, they might have caught the boric acid leak sooner.
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McCloud is a longtime San Franciscan who says he’s “always been an artist” but that his “main hobby has always been the collecting and cataloging of LSD on paper.” He is a veritable trove of trivia. Upon learning that I grew up in Austin, Texas, he quickly tells me it’s the birthplace of psychedelic rock. “The first record to have the word ‘psychedelic’ on the album was The 13th Floor Elevators, from Austin,” he says. “The Psychedelic Sounds of The 13th Floor Elevators, who I just saw play on Halloween. And the first novel that had the word [psychedelic] was… Psychedelic 40, in 1964. It’s a new word, and the word hasn’t been with us very long.”