Holiday beard edges out the ugly sweater for festive silliness

By now, the ugly sweater has become ubiquitous — with even staid office parties now hosting ugly sweater contests. That means it’s time to move on to something more edgy. And, at least in London, that would be — no you did not guess this — the Christmas Beard. First conceived by London artist Katya Wildman, this bit of hairy holiday couture kicked off mid-month as a celebration of the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge (Xmas beards are edgy, get it?). Wildman (a name that may partially explain the affinity for beards) spent six hours creating four hirsute designs – The Reverse…

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Obama Downplayed Sony Hack In Exclusive CNN Interview

President Barack Obama told CNN’s Candy Crowley Friday that the unprecedented attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment was a mere act of “cybervandalism” rather than cyberterrorism or even an act of war.

Crowley landed an interview with Obama on Friday after a press conference that addressed a number of issues, including North Korean hackers’ cyberattack of Sony. That hack was an aggressive effort to get Sony to stop the release of the satire “The Interview,” which depicted the assassination of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un.

Obama’s comments to Crowley appeared to downplay the seriousness of the Sony hack, which released troves of sensitive and sometimes embarrassing internal documents onto the internet. During his press conference, Obama criticized Sony for canceling the theatrical release of “The Interview,” which was supposed to come out Christmas Day. 

Crowley’s interview with Obama will air in full this weekend, and she described the interview (and Obama’s “cybervandalism” description) in a teaser on the air Friday night.

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Pandora Claims The Turtles’ Lawsuit Violates Their First Amendment Rights

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Pandora is striking back at Flo and Eddie of the Turtles, who sued Pandora for “publicly performing” pre-1972 music without paying royalties. Flo and Eddie recently won a similar lawsuit against SiriusXM.

Pandora has now filed an “anti-SLAPP” motion to protect their “First Amendment right to publicly perform artistic works in a manner entirely permitted by California“.

SLAPP stands for “strategic lawsuit against public participation” and is meant to protect parties from costly lawsuits regarding constitutionally protected activities. Pandora is claiming that Flo and Eddie’s lawsuit is violating their First Amendment right to broadcast pre-1972 without paying a performance royalty. Even though Pandora is a digital service, they say they are covered by the same rules that apply to radio and television.

Pandora also says that Flo and Eddie’s claims would drastically affect anyone in California who has ever broadcasted a pre-1972 recording.

If the motion isn’t struck down, Flo and Eddie would have to prove that they have a reasonable probability of winning the case because Pandora violated existing laws. Even if the motion isn’t accepted, Pandora can appeal.

See Pandora’s full motion here.


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Google’s Android Had A Monster Year And It’s Time To Stop Underestimating It As A Commercial Platform


Android is underappreciated as a commercial platform — as a revenue driver for the e-commerce, advertising, and software industries. 

Too many analysts remain attached to an outdated idea of Google’s mobile operating system as fragmented, malware-ridden, and low-end. They believe Android users don’t spend money on mobile and lack lifetime value. This is no longer true.

In a new BI Intelligence report, we show how Android has translated its massive audience — an estimated 1.2 billion active users globally by the end of this year — into a solid platform for mobile-based businesses. 

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Here are the report’s main takeaways: 

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