Streaming royalties are broken, Rashida Tlaib thinks Congress can fix them

There’s never been an easy time to be a musician, but for many in and around the industry, the 21st century has presented one calamity after another for those hoping to make a living through music. The turn of the century saw record labels implode at a staggering rate, and it would be some time before some salvation arrived in the form of streaming services, which finally offered an effective method to monetize music listening.

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 6:03pm
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Online-only home solar seller bags $23M, pledging ‘dramatically lower prices’

Project Solar doesn’t make solar panels, nor does it employ crews to plop them on roofs, but the startup argues it can shake up the residential solar business by steering clear of sales reps and automating parts of the ordering, design and installation process.

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 5:39pm
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Astra changes strategy and ditches current rocket in the wake of launch debacles

Astra CEO Chris Kemp told investors Thursday that the company will be no longer launch payloads with its current lightweight vehicle, Rocket 3, and will instead re-manifest all launches on a considerably larger rocket that’s still under development.

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 5:04pm
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That message from ‘Twitter Support’ is almost certainly fake

Users on Twitter have been receiving messages purporting to be from “Twitter Support” urging them to act quickly to avoid suspension, often even from users with a blue check. But these are almost certainly scams — here’s what to look out for and what it would look like if Twitter actually needed to contact you.

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 4:59pm
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SpaceX launches South Korea’s first moon mission, an orbiter named Danuri

South Korea is headed for the moon.

Last night, the country launched its first-ever lunar mission — in fact, its first-ever mission beyond low Earth orbit. Formerly called the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO), the mission, managed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), is now named Danuri, a play on the Korean words for “moon” and “enjoy.” Its primary goal is to test South Korea’s lunar spacecraft technology before it makes a bid to land on the surface, tentatively in 2030 if all goes well.

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 3:45pm
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The 4 Best Self-Hosted Google Photos Alternatives

Smartphone users take hundreds, if not thousands of photos every year, and many have relied on Google Photos to automatically upload and store their holiday snapshots for free. The service ceased to offer unlimited storage in 2021, meaning that users had to either fork over cash to Google or find another solution—either by moving to another provider or self-hosting.

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 3:45pm
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Why an Atlanta-based Black influencer collective swapped their collab house for a studio

From Los Angeles to Silicon Valley, a trend emerged among social media influencers and startup founders alike: move into a mansion with 10 or so collaborators, work day and night together to build fame and wealth, and hope that your new roommates do their dishes.

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 3:27pm
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Google’s ‘quantum supremacy’ usurped by researchers using ordinary supercomputer

Back in 2019, Google proudly announced they had achieved what quantum computing researchers had sought for years: proof that the esoteric technique could outperform traditional ones. But this demonstration of “quantum supremacy” is being challenged by researchers claiming to have pulled ahead of Google on a relatively normal supercomputer.

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Friday, August 5, 2022 - 2:36pm
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