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YouTube CEO says EU regulation will be bad for creators

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

The European Union’s contentious copyright directive became a major talking point for YouTube creators last month, as people rushed to inform their audiences just how consequential the new directive could become.

Now, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is adding her concerned voice to the chorus. Wojcicki spent the first portion of her letter to creators addressing Article 13, a new requirement that would give YouTube the sole burden of preventing copyrighted content from being uploaded and shared by its creators. Right now, YouTube allows remixed copyright material to exist on its platform under the Fair Use Act. But critics of Article 13 suggest that as YouTube becomes more liable for any copyrighted content, a harsher filter will apply to…

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers are 30 percent off at Newegg

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con controllers are more than 30 percent off at Newegg. Normally priced at $79.99, you can get a pair for $55.99 with the offer code EMCEPRR37 used at checkout. At the time of writing, Newegg offers a few different color options to choose from, including blue, gray, red, or the red and blue controller combo that comes with some consoles.

Picking up an extra set of Joy-Con is something that most Switch owners will eventually do, or have already done (at full price, no less), and discounts on the controllers are rare and rarely this good. The Switch celebrates couch co-op and playing with or against friends, so you’ll be glad to have a few extra Joy-Con laying around once Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches in December.

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Saudi conference site apparently hacked to display image of murdered journalist

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

The website for the Future Investment Initiative, the annual Saudi investment forum, was shutdown after some users were redirected to a protest statement a day before the event is scheduled to take place.

“For the sake of security for children worldwide, we urge all countries to put sanction on the Saudi regime,” the website reportedly read. “The regime, aligned with the United States, must be kept responsible for its barbaric and inhumane action, such as killing its own citizen Jamal Khashoggi and thousands of innocent people in Yemen.”

The image accompanying the text displays the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wielding a sword, appearing as though he is poised to kill Khashoggi who is knelt down before him in an orange jumpsuit.

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Faraday Future hit with layoffs, salary cuts in attempt to stay alive

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

Faraday Future is cutting its employees’ salaries by 20 percent, and laying off some others, in an attempt to keep the electric car startup alive as it fights with its main investor, The Verge has learned.

The austerity measures were announced in an email to staff sent Sunday night and will go into effect next week. Faraday Future will also cut its hourly employees’ wages by 20 percent, and the same applies to the compensation of its management, according to the email, which was obtained by The Verge.

Jia will decrease his salary to $1, according to the email. The number of positions being laid off was not disclosed. A representative for the company declined to comment, and no layoffs have yet been filed with the state of California. The…

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YouTuber Marzia calls it quits in a personal video about mental health

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

YouTuber Marzia Bisognin is leaving the platform. The fashion and lifestyle vlogger announced in a video today that after much consideration and personal introspection, she’s ready to leave YouTube behind. “All I have is this feeling that it is time for me to try something new in my life,” she says. “This may seem so sudden to most of you, probably, but it is something that I knew for a long time. Especially this year I’ve struggled with finding a reason to keep going.”

On YouTube, Marzia has covered everything from makeup, fashion, travel, and personal vlogs. Currently, she has a following of 7.4 million YouTube subscribers, 5.4 million Instagram followers, and 3.94 million Twitter followers. In her video today, she recounts her journey…

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Netflix to raise $2 billion in debt to fund more original content

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

Netflix’s commitment to growing its original content collection will see the company again returning to debt markets to raise more financing, the company announced today. According a release published to its investors site, Netflix says it plans to raise $2 billion to help fund new content, including “content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions.”

The funds will be raised in the form of senior unsecured notes, denominated in U.S. dollars and euros, it said.

This debt offering is the sixth time in under four years that Netflix is raising $1 billion or more through bonds, noted Variety, which was among the first to report the news. As of September 30, Netflix’s long-term debt had reached $8.34 billion, up 71% from $4.89 billion in the year ago quarter, it said during its last earnings, Variety’s report also noted.

Netflix recently explained during its Q3 2018 earnings that it ..

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Square details compensation and promotion practices

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

When tech companies explore diversity and inclusion initiatives, there’s a risk that marginalized groups may feel “othered” and reduced to a number. That’s what Square has found, the company revealed in the first of a series of posts on Square’s diversity and inclusion efforts. So instead of emphasizing demographic data, Square is taking a new approach — one that entails deep dives into its inclusion efforts.

Regarding promotions and compensation — two key places where unconscious bias can often show up — Square has begun to implement three specific initiatives. One is pushing managers to consider promotion readiness for everyone on their team, explicitly highlighting the people who have been at their current job level longer than the median time for people in similar roles who were promoted in the past two promotion cycles.

“Although time in job level is just one metric in a multi-dimensional promotion consideration process, these primers help ensure that every team member is consid..

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YouTube CEO says EU’s new copyright legislation threatens jobs, smaller creators

October 22, 2018 Alex 0

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki published her quarterly letter to creators today, which included very strong language regarding the EU’s controversial copyright reform directive. Specifically, her letter focused on Article 13, the so-called “meme ban” that states that any site with a large amount of user-generated content – like Facebook or YouTube, for example – will be responsible for taking down content that infringes on copyright. Wojcicki says the way this legislation is written could “shut down the ability” of millions of people to upload to YouTube.

The legislation she’s referring to is Article 13 of the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which the EU Parliament just recently voted to back. The Directive contains several parts, including another concerning “link tax,” which gives publishers the right to ask for paid licenses when online platforms share their articles and stories.

But YouTube is most concerned with Article 13, which impacts sites wit..