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Sep 6

Man confesses in online video to killing another man in a wrong-way car crash

The video begins with Cordle’s face blurred as he describes how he has struggled with depression and was simply trying to have a good time with friends going “from bar to bar” the night of the accident. He then describes how he ended up driving into oncoming traffic on a highway. (via Man confesses in online video to killing another man in a wrong-way car crash | Toronto Star)



Sep 5
“As first covered by The Hollywood Reporter and followed by news outlets around the world, the plaintiff in the case has traced the origins of the popular composition to a schoolteacher named Patty Smith Hill and her sister Mildred Hill in the late 19th century. The plaintiff has provided evidence that much of what we know about the song was already published by the time a copyright registration was attempted. As such, the lawsuit seeks to confirm that ” ‘Happy Birthday,’ if there ever was a valid copyright to any part of the song, expired no later than 1921 and that if defendant Warner/Chappell owns any rights to ‘Happy Birthday,’ those rights are limited to the extremely narrow right to reproduce and distribute specific piano arrangements for the song published in 1935.”” Warner Music Aims to Keep ‘Happy Birthday’ Away From Public Domain (Exclusive)

Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat. (via BBC News - Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move)

Google is calling the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat. (via BBC News - Android KitKat unveiled in Google surprise move)


“We had a chance to spend a few minutes with the new Kindle Paperwhite, and while it’s definitely an iterative update, the tweaks Amazon made improve what is probably the finest e-reader we’ve ever used. The improved processor does the job, making the device feel much faster and more fluid than ever before, and the screen is the best we’ve seen on a Kindle. The light is brighter than before and the improved contrast makes it a superior option compared to the older model.” Amazon officially announces new Kindle Paperwhite, shipping on September 30th | The Verge

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