RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos

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Microsoft-owned GitHub has removed today 18 projects from its code-hosting portal following a legal request filed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

All the code repositories removed today are related to the youtube-dl project.

Youtube-dl is a Python library that allows developers to download the source audio and video files behind YouTube videos.

In a letter sent to GitHub, RIAA argued that the “clear purpose of this source code [the youtube-dl library]” was to “circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube” and to allow users to “reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings […] without authorization.”

RIAA noted that the project’s source code “expressly suggests its use to copy and/or distribute the following copyrighted works.”

RIAA, a trade organization that claims to represent around 85% of all the US recording industry, requested that GitHub removed the youtube-dl

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United and American just got a chilling reality check (from a big flyer)

Not so many nice seats in the future?

It’s been like WWE, but with only one side snarling.

That’s why I’ve found this oddly mesmerizing.

Yes, I miss flying.

Not just because I’d like to see America from afar for once, but because there are people I want to talk to face to face.

Over the last few weeks, Zoom — and, of course, Microsoft Teams — have invaded people’s lives to such a degree that some people don’t know where the screen ends and their life begins.

Meanwhile, airlines have been spittling and snorting at the notion that Zoom and the like can replace the joys of business travel.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and United’s CEO Scott Kirby have chuckled, respectively but not respectfully, that Zoom calls are plain awful and that the first time a company loses a sale to someone who turns up in person is

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Project Endeavour gets in gear to begin first public autonomous vehicle trials

A key milestone is said to be been reached in the UK Government-backed Project Endeavour R&D programme, now beginning the first live trials of an initiative designed to accelerate and scale the adoption of autonomous vehicle services across the UK.

Launched in September 2019, the project has brought together autonomous software company Oxbotica, urban innovator DG Cities and Immense, a transport simulation company. Ahead of the public trials, which Project Endeavour says will bring the deployment of commercial autonomous vehicles in the UK one step closer, three new consortium partners have been added to Project Endeavour: the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), the British Standards Institution (BSI) and Oxfordshire County Council.

Project Endeavour is part-funded by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. It’s part of the government’s £100m Intelligent Mobility Fund, supporting the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge. It builds on the

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Singapore now has 1,000+ B2B fintech startups, up 70%+ YoY, after the city-state started luring foreign entrepreneurs with special visas and monetary support (Takashi Nakano/Nikkei Asia)

Takashi Nakano / Nikkei Asia:

Singapore now has 1,000+ B2B fintech startups, up 70%+ YoY, after the city-state started luring foreign entrepreneurs with special visas and monetary support  —  City-state lures foreign entrepreneurs with special visas and financial support  —  SINGAPORE — Singapore is striving to enhance … … Read More