GitHub takes down YouTube video download tools after an RIAA notice

You won’t find the source code for YouTube-DL, a popular tool that can be used to download videos from YouTube, and for some of its forks and copies on GitHub anymore. When you visit their pages, you’ll find a notice that says the “[r]epository [is] unavailable due to DMCA takedown” instead. That’s because the Microsoft-owned code hosting platform took them all down after getting a legal request from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

a screenshot of a cell phone: Tyumen, Russia - April 30,2019: YouTube App icon channel on iPhone XR

Tyumen, Russia – April 30,2019: YouTube App icon channel on iPhone XR

Public Knowledge Legal Director John Bergmayer explained on Twitter that the letter wasn’t exactly a DMCA takedown notice despite what GitHub posted on the source codes’ now-empty pages. The association said in its letter that YouTube-DL violates section 1201 of the US copyright law and hence is illegal in and of itself. It argued that the tool violates copyright law, because it’s clearly

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See inside the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in iFixit’s latest teardown video

In its latest teardown video, iFixit took apart an iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, and found that the devices look pretty similar to each other on the inside. The displays are interchangeable, iFixit found, and so are the 10.78 Wh batteries.

a stereo sitting on top of a wooden table

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a close up of electronics: The iPhone 12 is on the left, the iPhone 12 Pro is on the right.

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The iPhone 12 is on the left, the iPhone 12 Pro is on the right.

When they removed the camera shield on the iPhone 12, iFixit found a plastic spacer where the iPhone 12 Pro has its telephoto lens and LiDAR sensor. Both devices have 12 MP wide and ultra-wide cameras.

iFixit also examined an X-ray (courtesy of Creative Electron) of the insides of the phones, which show the MagSafe wireless charging array. The X-ray of the iPhone 12 Pro appears to have a black border, but it’s the stainless steel frame (the iPhone 12 has an aluminum

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Streaming service Quibi to end after six months [Video]

Only six months after going live, streaming service Quibi says its shutting down.

It offered up shows in five-to-10 minute chunks meant for a smartphone.

But its on-the-go viewing model struggled to take off in 2020.

The annoucement made on Wednesday (October 22) also highlights the dominance of streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon’s Prime, Disney+ and Apple TV+. elbowing out smaller streaming services that try to compete with their large budgets and vast libraries of shows.

In a statement, Qiubi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg said: “The world has changed dramatically since Quibi launched and our standalone business model is no longer viable.”

The service offered entertainment and news on mobile phone and boasted shows including “Chrissy’s Court” and talk shows like “Around the World by BBC News”.

The top executives penned a letter to employees and blamed the failure either on the idea itself not strong enough as a standalone service,

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Adobe tries using AI to fix blurry video footage

Between things like camera shake and poor lighting, the videos you take with your phone, DSLR or mirrorless camera can end up blurry for any numbers of reasons. Worse yet, it’s difficult to sharpen a photo or video after the fact, and more often than not, the results don’t look great. However, with the help of AI, Adobe thinks it may have the solution for blurry photos and videos.  

a blurry image of a street: Blurred background. Pedestrians hurrying to transport

Blurred background. Pedestrians hurrying to transport

During the Sneaks portion of its Max 2020 conference, the company showed off an experimental feature called Sharp Shots that’s powered by its Sensei AI. It uses machine learning to deblur each frame of a video. The results can be a bit hard to appreciate in a compressed YouTube clip, but they mostly speak for themselves. You can see in the videos that Adobe shared that there’s a significant difference in image clarity. It’s most

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Microsoft Earnings Ahead With Demand For Cloud, Teams, And Video Games In Focus Amid Pandemic

Key Takeaways:

  • Focus on Azure unit as businesses see cloud adoption key to operational resilience.
  • Xbox Series S and Series 3 release slated for November puts gaming in spotlight
  • LinkedIn ad revenue expected soft but seen growing as business ad spending recovers

This year handed the market and Main Street an unsettling flurry of ups and downs. But if you sift through it all—high hopes along with headaches—there’s been an important lesson: “Digital tech intensity,” a line from Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Satya Nadella, may be the key to resilience.

Nadella, whose company reports fiscal Q1 results Oct. 27, was talking about business resilience. But taking his lesson further, it can arguably apply to healthcare, education, and household living as well. If you want to emerge from the pandemic a bit faster, perhaps stronger, and even saner, then you may need to build up your digital capacity.

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Big tech companies like Google are ‘drunk on power’ [Video]

A long-time vocal opponent of the country’s biggest, most influential tech companies is ratcheting up his rhetoric.

“Big tech has made a conscious decision they don’t want to be the town square anymore or protect your free speech rights, or my free speech rights. Instead, big tech is, I believe, drunk on power. They are getting more brazen,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade. Cruz voiced displeasure over recent actions by Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) to stop the spread of a damaging New York Post story on the son of Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

Facebook reportedly sent the story to third-party fact checkers and limited the spread of the story on the platform. Twitter went onto mark the New York Post story link as “potentially unsafe” and blocked it.

“The New York Post has the fourth highest circulation of any newspaper

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drop Huawei ban, or face fallout [Video]

A day after Sweden banned Huawei from its 5G networks, comes the response from Beijing.

And a foreign ministry spokesman made it sound like a not-so-veiled threat:

“The Swedish side should, in an objective and fair way, correct the mistaken decision, and avoid bringing about negative impacts on business and trade between China and Sweden, and Swedish companies’ operations in China.”

Swedish regulators on Tuesday (October 20) banned the use of gear from Huawei and fellow Chinese firm ZTE.

The officials said that followed advice from the country’s armed forces and security service.

Now it’s local champion Ericsson that may have most to worry about.

The telecom gear maker has deals to supply all three of China’s main mobile networks.

Those could be in jeopardy if China retaliates.

On Wednesday (October 21) the firm reported better-than-expected operating earnings.

They jumped to about one billion dollars for the latest quarter, well

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Video Editing Software Market Forecast to 2027

The global video editing software market was valued at US$ 1. 94 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach US$ 3. 04 billion by 2027; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 5. 9% during 2020–2027.

New York, Oct. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — announces the release of the report “Video Editing Software Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis by Type and Application, and Geography” –
The global video editing software market is dominated by selected prominent market players who continue to lead the global market with strong competitive positioning, brand recognition, business offering, and prominent customer base across major countries.For instance, a few video editing software companies such as Adobe, Apple, Avid Technologies, CyberLink, Autodesk, and Corel continue to collectively dominate the overall video editing software market.

However, the cloud and mobile application-based video editing software solutions continue to remain

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Jury in Fredericton mass murder trial views video evidence from accused’s computer

FREDERICTON – Jurors in the Matthew Raymond mass murder trial in Fredericton are viewing video evidence of the accused from the months before the 2018 shootings.

Raymond, 50, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Donnie Robichaud, Bobbie Lee Wright and Fredericton police constables Robb Costello and Sara Burns.

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Jury hears about Matthew Raymond’s YouTube activity

On Tuesday, jurors viewed numerous videos of Raymond feedings and talking to animals such as squirrels and ducks, as well as videos of the accused biking on rails in Fredericton.

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Sweden bans Huawei; Ericsson risks blowback [Video]

Sweden is the latest country to ban Huawei.

On Tuesday (October 20) Stockholm said the Chinese telecom gear maker would not be allowed a role in its 5G phone networks.

The ban also applies to rival Chinese firm ZTE.

Swedish regulators said the move flows from security concerns.

They described China as one of the biggest threats to the country.

The ban follows diplomatic pressure from Washington, and comes after a similar move by the UK.

In July London said it wanted all Huawei gear purged from the country’s mobile networks by 2027.

But one of Sweden’s own industrial champions could now risk blowback.

Ericsson has won contracts to supply 5G gear to all three major mobile networks in China.

Analysts say those deals could be at risk if Beijing decides to retaliate.

Future sales could also be jeopardised.

For now though, Ericsson and Finnish rival Nokia look like the

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