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Court rules that musician wrongly suffered hearing loss while rehearsing music for Apocalypse Now attack scene

April 1, 2018 Alex 0

A British viola player has won an important case against London’s Royal Opera House, after the court sided with his claim that he suffered permanent hearing damage during a performance of Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”

Chris Goldscheider, 45, is a professional musician who spent 10 years with the Royal Opera House in London. But, he says, he was left with permanent hearing loss in 2012 after rehearsing “Ride of the Valkyries,” part of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, famously used by Francis Ford Coppola during the attack scene in Apocalypse Now.

Goldscheider retired two years later and today says that he has moved his family to the country and “avoids restaurants and other loud places,” according to the Washington Post.

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Snapchat throws shade at Facebook with Russian bot filter

April 1, 2018 Alex 0

Snapchat is taking full advantage of Facebook’s position in the news cycle on April Fools’ Day this year with a genius amount of shade. After trolling Facebook last year with a lighthearted Instagram-style filter, Snapchat is going one step further with a Facebook filter that’s designed to recreate Russian bots liking your posts. The filter places a Facebook UI around your photo with Cyrillic script-like text, and even includes likes from “your mum” and “a bot.”

The Cyrillic script is an obvious nod to Russia, and the news that more than 50,000 bots on Facebook, with links to the Russian government, were used to influence the 2016 US presidential election. The “your mum” like is also a hint at Facebook’s older user base, and Snapchat…

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Krablr’s ICO is cookin’ on gas

April 1, 2018 Alex 0

How many second acts can a startup have before its procession of unlikely pirouettes must raise more than a quizzical eyebrow?

It depends where you’re asking the question of course.

And as we sit here, contemplating the smooth-faced Krablr founder, Wilson Poney, gazing out at the Pacific ice blue from inside his underwater glass cube, it’s clear this company hasn’t had any such clouds of doubt fogging its public trajectory.

A large Sea Nettle wafts past Poney’s head, pausing momentarily to lend him a gelatinous hairpiece.

He breathes in with vast calm.

“We’re going to run the biggest token sale in blockchain history,” he announces. “We connect crab to the blockchain. Period.

“You read the whitepaper right? Bona fide golden ticket. You want to be cut in? I could pull some strings if you’re keen but you’ll need at least $100k for phase I. We’ll be going up to 100x or more in later rounds. We’re not after tiddlers or hodlers or whatever they’re called. Just top tier investment funds..

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Facebook plans crackdown on ad targeting by email without consent

April 1, 2018 Alex 0

Facebook is scrambling to add safeguards against abuse of user data as it reels from backlash over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now TechCrunch has learned Facebook will launch a certification tool that demands that marketers guarantee email addresses used for ad targeting were rightfully attained. This new Custom Audiences certification tool was described by Facebook representatives to their marketing clients, according to two sources. Facebook will also prevent the sharing of Custom Audience data across Business accounts.

This snippet of a message sent by a Facebook rep to a client notes that “for any Custom Audiences data imported into Facebook, Advertisers will be required to represent and warrant that proper user content has been obtained.”

Once shown the message, Facebook spokesperson Elisabeth Diana told TechCrunch “I can confirm there is a permissions tool that we’re building.” It will require that advertisers and the agencies representing them pledge that “I certify tha..