Friday, August 18, 2017

Google and Deezer promise to expunge racist music, too

Spotify-competitor Deezer told the publication that it’s now also in the midst of “swiftly and actively reviewing” the songs and on its platform has begun removing “any material that is in any way connected to any white supremacist movement or belief system.”

Google, one the other hand, isn’t actively seeking them out. Still, it told Variety that it will remove any YouTube and Play Music offering that violates its policies against hate speech and incitement to commit violent acts. It will only take action if users report them, though, which could be a problem, since it’s hard to report anything on Google Play Music. You’ll have to file a form within the “help & feedback” menu — there’s just no intuitive way to do so.

Other streaming services and stores like Amazon Music haven’t revealed whether they also plan to follow suit. Even if they don’t, they might get fewer and fewer new racist tracks going forward: CD Baby, one of the music distributors where the likes of Amazon, Google and Spotify get their content, has also sworn to delete racist tracks its own users flag. CEO Tracy Maddux also said that the company has the right to refuse submissions from artists if they promote hatred and violence against specific groups of people.

Maddux said:

“We believe hate speech is particularly odious, and we try not to carry it, per our hate speech policy. CD Baby does not intentionally distribute content that promotes violence against persons of a specific race, color, religion, nationality, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and we reserve the right to refuse submissions of this nature, or to cancel submissions that fall into this category at any time.

We carry over 8 million songs that hundreds of thousands of artists self-distribute on the CD Baby platform, and it is impossible to screen every song for objectionable content. Our practice has been to encourage our community to let us know if there is content available on our site that violates these guidelines. Reports of hate-promoting music are taken very seriously and we are making every effort to flag and vet tracks of concern. In the event we find content in violation of these guidelines, we will take it down.”

Music streaming platforms aren’t the only entities taking action against white supremacists after the tragic events in Charlottesville. Twitter suspended the account used to promote updates posted by the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, but only after GoDaddy dropped the domain and Google refused to host it — actions the EFF criticized, because it’s worried that the same tactic could be used against other groups of people, including ones whose opinions you agree with.

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PCB issues show-cause notice to Umar Akmal after his Mickey Arthur abuse claim

Umar Akmal and Mickey Arthur
Umar Akmal and Mickey Arthur

Pakistan Cricket Board today issued a show cause notice to Test batsman Umar Akmal after he alleged that head coach Mickey Arthur had abused him during an argument at the national cricket academy in Lahore.

An PCB official said the show cause had been issued since Umar had breached clauses of his player's contract which bars any player from talking to the media without first taking permission from the authorities.

"He (Umar) has been given seven days to respond to the notice," the official said.

When contacted, Umar said he would be responding to the notice as he had not done anything wrong.

"I am not at fault in this matter so I am not worried and I will respond with the truth. They are witnesses to what happened," he said.

Umar has claimed that Arthur misbehaved with him when he went to the National Cricket Academy for training and practice.

"I stand by what I told the media earlier today. Mickey Arthur first used poor language and then abused me. Inzamam bhai and Mushtaq bhai (Ahmed) are both witness to this incident at the NCA," Umar told PTI yesterday.

The altercation took place between Umar and Arthur after the former returned from England following a rehabilitation programme for a knee problem and went to the academy for training.

Umar said he went there after informing batting coach, Grant Flower about his need to practice.

"When I reached there first Grant and than our physio, Grant Luden refused to accommodate me saying they were only working with the centrally contracted players. I then went to Mickey and he told he was instructed only to work with the contracted players," Umar said.

"He then told me go and speak to Inzamam and Mushtaq. I went to them and spoke to them. They explained things to me about my status and reminded me I had failed the fitness test several times. They advised me to listen to what was being said to me. I said okay and than they told me go and talk to Mickey again," Umar recalled.

The Pakistan batsman said it was the second time when he went to Arthur to ask him to allow him to train with the coaches that he lost his cool.

"First he told me what I was doing at the academy. He then told me I should go and play club cricket. And then he used poor and abusive language. I can tolerate anything but I don't think anyone has the right to use such language," Umar said.

Arthur, who took charge of the Pakistan team last year, has denied the allegations.

"I did not use any abusive language with Umar, he is telling lies," Arthur said.

Arthur said he had only told Umar to play club cricket and work harder on his fitness and not come to the NCA just for practice.

The 27-year-old Umar, who has played 16 Tests, 116 ODIs and 82 T20 Internationals, has earned a reputation of being involved in controversies in recent years and was sidelined by the national selectors for nearly a year in 2015/16 before making a comeback to the national team.

He last played an ODI for Pakistan in Adelaide against Australia in January this year and his last Test match appearance was in September, 2011.

Umar's relationship with Arthur became sour after he was first dropped on fitness grounds for the tour to the West Indies in April and than sent back from the Champions Trophy in England after the coach claimed he had failed a fitness test.


Yuvraj Singh spotted entering Shah Rukh Khan's house; Bollywood on the cards?

Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh outside SRK's house. Pic/Nimesh Dive

Indian cricket all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is currently not alongside Virat Kohli and Co, who are currently on tour in Sri Lanka.

Yuvraj Singh was spotted in Bandra suburbs and where? Well, the stylish cricketer was seen entering none other than Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan's house 'Mannat'. Shah Rukh Khan is famous for being a great host, but the questions that pop up are these - Why is Yuvraj Singh meeting Shah Rukh Khan?

Is Yuvraj contemplating on retirinf from cricket? Is Yuvraj Singh planning to enter Bollywood? Well, for now all of this is just surface talk with no confirmation.

Also Read: Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina failed 'Yo-Yo' endurance test at the NCA

Earlier this week, Yuvraj Singh and his Indian teammate Suresh Raina were not considered for the Sri Lanka limited overs series. Reason? They failed the Yo-Yo' endurance test at the NCA. The 'Yo-Yo' test is an advanced version of the 'beep' test that was used by teams of earlier generations.

Also View Photos: The Ex Effect: 12 cricketers and their failed affairs with actresses

The Ex Effect: 12 cricketers and their failed affairs with actresses


New Apple videos explain how iOS 11 and its multi-tasking features work on the iPad

iOS 11, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system, is quite the game-changer for iPad owners.

We wrote that the software effectively turns an iPad into a mobile computer through a number of new features that go beyond previous limits with a focus on multi-tasking.

The new iOS is currently in beta, but when it is released to all it will bring a very different experience to millions of Apple customers. So it’s helpful that Apple itself has a released a series of videos that guide you through the new feature additions, some of which are not straightforward, with relative simplicity.

If you’re planning to get iOS 11 on your iPad then you’ll want to check them out, even if you think you have your head around the basics.

The six videos are arranged to play continuously below.

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Floyd Mayweather's revelation:I haven't had a lap dance in 20 years

Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather

British boxer Floyd Mayweather revealed he hasn't had a lap dance in two decades despite owning a strip club.

Mayweather made the surprising admission on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night.

"My strip club has got a collection of the most beautiful women in the world. I haven't had a lap dance in 20 years . Just because you own a strip club, it doesn't mean you have to get a lap dance. I got into the strip club business because I knew that music and alcohol will never go out of style," Mayweather said during the television show.


Monster’s headphones get their own voice assistant

World’s first or not, Melody adds a new level of hands-free convenience to Monster’s devices. You’ll have to download the Melody app from Google Play or iTunes and pair it with your device. But once that’s done, you can simply tap on the headphones when you want to tell Melody to play a specific song, album or artist. You can also tell it to skip/pause a track, turn the volume up/down or to access iHeartRadio, Spotify Premium, NPR and, in the near future, Tidal.

Monster says Melody relies on data connection instead of WiFi, so you can use the assistant anywhere you have signal. However, that also means you’ll have to leave your data on even at home. In addition, you can’t use Melody with the Monster cups you already have, even if the AI is already on the app stores. It can only pair with the voice-compatible versions of Elements, Clarity HD and iSport Freedom V2 fitness headphones that Monster is releasing later this month.

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Jonty Rhodes, Murali Vijay to take part in Covelong surfing meet

Jonty Rhodes
Jonty Rhodes

Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes and India cricketer Murali Vijay will be among the star attractions in the 5th three-day Covelong Point Surf, Music and Yoga Festival to be held at Covelong Point near here from August 25.

Murali Vijay. Pic/AFP
Murali Vijay. Pic/AFP

The surfing competition would see top men's and women's surfers from across the country vie for honours in seven categories apart from a men's and women's category for Stand Up Paddling, a press release here said.

Top surfers from Karnataka, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Orissa & Kerala alongside some from Sri lanka, Australia, France and USA are expected to take part in the event, recognised by Surfing Federation of India and presented by Chennai-based TT Group.


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