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Microsoft News launches on Android and iOS as a rebranded MSN app, also powers news on Windows 10, Skype, Xbox, and Outlook.com (Rob Bennett/Windows…

Rob Bennett / Windows Blog : Microsoft News launches on Android and iOS as a rebranded MSN app, also powers news on Windows 10, Skype, Xbox, and Outlook.com   —  Microsoft has been in the news business for more than 23 years.  When we launched MSN in 1995, the news industry was just beginning to provide content online.

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Recruitment marketplace Hired raises $30M Series D led by the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (Matthew Lynley/TechCrunch)

Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch : Recruitment marketplace Hired raises $30M Series D led by the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario   —  Recruiting is one of the latest industries to get a data science makeover through companies like Hired and Triplebyte, but the former hopes to turn it into a subscription business …

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Sources: Xiaomi plans to raise up to $6.1B from Hong Kong IPO launching this week by selling ~2.18B shares at a price range of ~$2.17-$2.80 per share…

Reuters : Sources: Xiaomi plans to raise up to $6.1B from Hong Kong IPO launching this week by selling ~2.18B shares at a price range of ~$2.17-$2.80 per share   —  HONG KONG (Reuters/IFR) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp is planning to raise up to $6.1 billion from a Hong Kong IPO launching this week …

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Loupedeck+ Custom Photo Editing Console

The new Loupedeck+ is now compatible with popular photo editing software Skylum Aurora HDR (in addition to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC), and is designed with more functionalities, control and increased customization options. The Loupedeck+ is available for purchase in the Loupedeck Online Store, B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $239. Loupedeck is also offering a cashback opportunity of $50 for current Loupedeck owners.

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Loupedeck+ Custom Photo Editing Console

The new Loupedeck+ is now compatible with popular photo editing software Skylum Aurora HDR (in addition to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC), and is designed with more functionalities, control and increased customization options. The Loupedeck+ is available for purchase in the Loupedeck Online Store, B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $239. Loupedeck is also offering a cashback opportunity of $50 for current Loupedeck owners.

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Loupedeck+ Custom Photo Editing Console

The new Loupedeck+ is now compatible with popular photo editing software Skylum Aurora HDR (in addition to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC), and is designed with more functionalities, control and increased customization options. The Loupedeck+ is available for purchase in the Loupedeck Online Store, B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $239. Loupedeck is also offering a cashback opportunity of $50 for current Loupedeck owners.

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EU Parliament committee votes for tougher copyright rules that could force tech firms to bear liability for copyright infringement in user generated…

Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch : EU Parliament committee votes for tougher copyright rules that could force tech firms to bear liability for copyright infringement in user generated content   —  In a key vote this morning the European Parliament's legal affairs committee has backed the two most controversial elements …

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Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content

In a key vote this morning the European Parliament’s legal affairs committee has backed the two most controversial elements of a digital  copyright reform package  — which critics warn could have a chilling effect on Internet norms like memes and also damage freedom of expression online. In the draft copyright directive , Article 11; “Protection of press publications concerning online uses” — which targets news aggregator business models by setting out a neighboring right for snippets of journalistic content that requires a license from the publisher to use this type of content (aka ‘the link tax’, as critics dub it) — was adopted by a 13:12 majority of the legal committee. While, Article 13; “Use of protected content by online content sharing service providers”, which makes platforms directly liable for copyright infringements by their users — thereby pushing them towards creating filters that monitor all content uploads with all the associated potential chilling effects (aka ‘censorship machines’) — was adopted by a 15:10 majority. MEPs critical of the proposals have vowed to continue to oppose the measures, and the EU parliament will eventually need to vote as a whole. #Article13 , the #CensorshipMachines , has been adopted by @EP_Legal with a 15:10 majority. Again: We will take this fight to plenary and still hope to #SaveYourInternet pic.twitter.com/BLguxmHCWs — Julia Reda (@Senficon) June 20, 2018 EU Member State representatives in the EU Council will also need to vote on the reforms before the directive can become law. Though, as it stands, a majority of European governments appear to back the proposals . European digital rights group EDRi, a long-standing critic of Article 13, has a breakdown of the next steps for the copyright directive here. It’s possible there could be another key vote in the parliament next month — ahead of negotiations with the European Council, which could be finished by fall. A final vote on a legally checked text will take place in the parliament — perhaps before the end of the year. Derailing the proposals now essentially rests on whether enough MEPs can be convinced it’s politically expedient to do so — factoring in a timeline that includes the next EU parliament elections, in May 2019. We can still turn this around! The #linktax and #uploadfilters passed a critical hurdle today. But in just 2 weeks, all 751 MEPs will be asked to take a stand either for or against a free & open internet. The people of Europe managed to stop ACTA, we can #SaveYourInternet again! pic.twitter.com/883ID7CKDE — Julia Reda (@Senficon) June 20, 2018 Last week, a coalition of original Internet architects, computer scientists, academics and supporters — including Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Bruce Schneier, Jimmy Wales and Mitch Kapor — penned an open letter  to the European Parliament’s president to oppose Article 13, warning that while “well-intended” the requirement that Internet platforms perform automatic filtering of all content uploaded by users “takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users”.

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The long Cocky-gate nightmare is over

I’ve been wanting to write about Cocky-gate for some time now but the story – a row between self-published authors that degenerated into ridiculousness – seems finally over and perhaps we can all get some perspective. The whole thing started in May when a self-published romance author, Faleena Hopkins , began attempting to enforce her copyright on books that contained “cocky” in the title. This included, but was not limited to, Cocky Cowboy, Cocky Biker, and Cocky Roomie, all titles in Hopkins oeuvre. Hopkins filed a trademark for the use of the word Cocky in romance titles and began attacking other others who used the word cocky, including Jamila Jasper who wrote a book called Cocky Cowboy and received an email from Hopkins . After taking up the cause on Twitter and creating a solid example of Streisand Effect, Jasper changed the title of her book to The Cockiest Cowboy To Have Ever Cocked . But other authors were hit by cease and desist letters and even Amazon stepped in briefly as well and took down multiple titles for a short time. From the Guardian : Pajiba reported on Monday that the author Nana Malone had been asked to change the title of her novel Mr Cocky, while TL Smith and Melissa Jane’s Cocky Fiancé has been renamed Arrogant Fiancé. Other writers claimed that Hopkins had reported them to Amazon, resulting in their books being taken down from the site. This went on for a number of weeks with the back and forth verging on the comical… Hubby: What ya doin' honey? Me: Working on a dystopian short story inspired by #cockygate . Hubby: Is it called The Cocky Were-Rooster? Me:… Me: Dammit! Now I have to write that! True Story. It wound up being "Diary of a Cocky Werecock" https://t.co/qU5XR4Ol4g — Lara Grey (@authorlaragrey) June 16, 2018 to the serious. I am so freakin' pissed. Candace Blevins' new book, Cocky Queen, was removed from B&N, iBooks, and Kobo

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Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount Review

The Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount is a very fast telephoto prime lens for full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras. The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for Sony features 14 optical elements in 12 groups and a HSM focusing system which provides quiet, smooth and fast autofocusing. Priced at £1099 / $1199, read our Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM for Sony E-Mount review to find out if it's the ultimate 85mm lens for Sony shooters...

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Leica M10 “Edition Zagato” Special Edition

Leica Camera have unveiled the Leica M10 “Edition Zagato”, a timelessly beautiful special edition set that combines the best of German craftsmanship and Italian design. Limited to 250 sets worldwide, the special edition set will retail for $21,600.

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Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF for Canon DSLRs

The Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF is a Full Frame Canon EF Mount lens that sets new standards for portrait lenses thanks to its compact size and light weight construction. The new Samyang AF 85mm F1.4 EF lens will be available from July 2018 for £599.99.

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