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These Are The Female Music Executives on the Recording Academy's Diversity Task Force

These six female execs are turning the music business on its head.<p>In February, 21 female execs signed a letter calling for the resignation of Grammy's chief Neil Portnow after he told women in the industry to "step up." Five weeks later, the Recording Academy named Time's Up confounder Tina Tchen …

Music

'WITCH HUNT!' Tweets Trump As He's Banned From Blocking People On Twitter

A New York district court has ruled that Donald Trump’s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account is officially a public forum – meaning that he isn’t allowed to block people.<p>District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald was ruling in a case brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University on …

Donald Trump

Instagram Working on 'You're All Caught Up' Feature to Let You Know When All New Posts Have Been Viewed

Instagram has not used a chronological feed for years now, making it difficult to determine when you've seen all of the new content on the social network.<p>Instagram may be planning to fix this issue with a new "You're All Caught Up" feature that's designed to notify users when all unseen posts from …

Instagram

Instagram’s ‘mute’ feature hides annoying accounts

We've probably all been there: After a dating situation goes sour, you don't want to see your former flame's posts in your Instagram feed, but haven't quite ripped the Band-Aid off yet and unfollowed or blocked them. After all, there's still a chance you could patch things up. Well, to make things …

Dating

Betty Davis Was a Raw Funk Pioneer. Her Decades of Silence Are Over.

For a few short years in the 1970s, no one made funk as raw as Betty Davis did. She sang bluntly about sex on her own terms, demanding satisfaction with feral yowls and rasps, her voice slicing across the grooves that she wrote and honed as her own bandleader and producer. Her stage clothes were …

Janelle Monáe

Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself

“We’re all our own worst critics.” Ever heard that one before?<p>Yes, it’s an obnoxious cliché, but it’s not just self-help fluff. Evolutionary psychologists have studied our natural “negativity bias,” which is that instinct in us all that makes negative experiences seem more significant than they …

Mindfulness

Sony to Buy Additional 60% Stake in EMI Music Publishing

Seven years ago, Sony entered a complex deal with Abu Dhabi for control of the EMI Music Publishing catalog, a trove of more than two million songs that ranges from “Over the Rainbow” to hits from Beyoncé.<p>Now, Sony is buying out its partner in one of the biggest music deals in years.<p>Sony announced …

Music

The Last Poets: the hip-hop forefathers who gave black America its voice

You can trace the birth of hip-hop to the summer of 1973 when Kool Herc DJ’d the first extended breakbeat, much to the thrill of the dancers at a South Bronx block party. You can trace its conception, however, to five years earlier – 19 May 1968, 50 years ago this weekend – when the founding …

Literature

Twitter is going to make third-party apps worse starting in August

Twitter has long had a strange disdain for third-party Twitter apps, but it’s allowed many of them to pass under the radar for the last several years. That’s starting to change this summer, when Twitter will revoke a key piece of access that developers currently have to the service, replacing it …

Apps

Tidal is reportedly months behind on royalty payments

Remember how Jay-Z relaunched Tidal with the promise of treating artists more kindly than Spotify? If you believe <i>Dagens Naeringsliv</i>, just the opposite is true. The Norwegian newspaper is continuing a string of exposés with claims that Tidal is behind on payments to at least some labels, including …

Music Industry

Scarlett Johansson's Implausible 'Anywhere I Lay My Head,' 10 Years Later

For as long as there’s been a recording industry and a movie business in America, actors have been making albums. In plenty of cases, especially in …

Scarlett Johansson

Facebook launches 'Youth Portal' with privacy tips for teens

Facebook and other social networks can be a pretty toxic place for kids and teens, with at least one study coming to the conclusion that they deepen young people's feelings of inadequacy. Today, the social network has launched a Youth Portal, which it says provides a "guide to all things" teens …

Social Media

Watch Ariana Grande and The Roots make music with Nintendo Labo

Nintendo Labo presents new and innovative ways to use your Switch, and the musical aspect of this is on display in a video from <i>The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon</i>, along with The Roots and Ariana Grande. Ariana Grande sings "No Tears Left to Cry" and is accompanied by Fallon and members of The Roots …

Nintendo Labo

Facebook has already removed 583 million fake accounts this year

Last month, Facebook published its internal community enforcement guidelines for the first time and today, the company has provided some numbers to show what that enforcement really looks like. In a new report that will be published quarterly, Facebook breaks down its enforcement efforts across six …

Internet

Twitter Is Going To Limit The Visibility Of Tweets From People Behaving Badly

Act like a jerk, and Twitter will start limiting how often your tweets show up.

Jack Dorsey

Your Spotify History Could Help Predict What’s Going On With The Economy

New research suggests that what you listen to mirrors economic boom times and recessions.<p>The Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, has urged his colleagues to examine the musical mood of the nation when contemplating changes to the bank’s interest rate. How could an increase in Taylor …

Economics

Hospital sound design can be deadly

A new design system attempts to solve this intractable problem through music.<p>Illness isn’t the only threat that comes with being in the hospital. In a 2014 survey of 20 hospitals, all but one hospital reported that the constant alarms of hospital technology are a problem for patient safety. When …

Medicine

Inside Cumbia's New Wave: How Raymix, Becky G Are Updating a Classic Genre

Edmundo Gómez Moreno spent 11 months as a project manager and systems engineer helping NASA build nano-satellites in Mexico. But in 2015, he could …

Music

Tidal, Prince Estate Agree to Release New Prince Album

Tidal and the Prince estate announced Friday that, after a lengthy legal battle, the streaming service will debut a new and unreleased Prince album. …

Music

Snapchat's revised redesign is rolling out on iOS

Snapchat's redesigned redesign is rolling out to users on iOS. If you'll remember, critics of last fall's visual makeover hated how the refresh moved friends' stories in with #brand posts. It even apparently affected how many new users the app was attracting, hence the revision. Well, <i>The Verge</i> …

Snapchat

Facebook is reportedly considering its own cryptocurrency

Facebook is reportedly looking into creating its own cryptocurrency. According to <i>Cheddar</i>, it would be a way for the social network's billions of users to make electronic payments on the platform, as well as outside it. There are no real details about the project; all we know is that a source who …

Cryptocurrency

A Highly Percussive Fingerstyle Acoustic Cover of the Iconic Michael Jackson Song ‘Billie Jean’

Alexandr Misko, the remarkably talented Russian guitarist about whom we’ve previously written, performed a highly percussive, upbeat fingerstyle …

Guitar

Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot shows off its agility for the scouts

While the NFL draft is already over, the Boston Dynamics Atlas robot is angling for a free agent workout with its latest highlight video. We've already seen one backflipping, but considering the abilities necessary, it's nearly as impressive to see a robot running untethered across open terrain, …

Robotics

Tidal Accused of Faking Streams to Boost Beyonce and Kanye West

Tidal, Jay-Z’s oft-beleaguered music-streaming service, has been accused of tampering with its streaming data to score higher numbers and payouts for …

Apple Music

Feeling Burned Out? Here Are 3 Things That Can Help

<i>Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter. Editor Tim Herrera emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.</i><p>Here’s a confession: For the last week or so I’ve felt a little <i>drained</i>. Low energy, low motivation, a sense that something …

Mosquitoes

Beethoven’s 200-Year-Old ‘Fidelio’ Enters Today’s Prisons

Few opera choruses are as moving as the one a group of prisoners sings in Act I of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Released temporarily from their cells, the inmates almost whisper a hymnlike paean to liberty: “Oh, what a joy to breathe freely again in the open air.”<p>The transformation from oppression to …

Flute

Pandora nears 6 million paid subscribers as it chases profit

In the face of stern competition from the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, Pandora managed to show some growth in its latest earnings report. Paid subscribers for Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium, the on-demand feature that launched last March, hit 5.63 million in the first quarter, up 19 percent …

Pandora

Instagram adds video chat to its stable of social features

Live video has been a popular feature on Instagram, and now the social network is taking that one step further. Soon, Instagram will roll out video chatting, allowing a user to talk one-on-one or with a small group of people directly through the service.<p>Starting a video chat will be easy. All you …

Social Media

Facebook is moving Groups into the spotlight

At Facebook's F8 developers conference today in San Jose, California, Chris Cox noted that the use of Groups is on pace to outgrow the main Facebook experience itself, with 1.4 billion users currently. Cox revealed that Facebook has been working with leaders of large, one-million-plus groups to …

San Jose