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With $70M from Alphabet, UnitedMasters replaces record labels

Record labels are obsolete. They haven’t kept up as music evolved from selling CDs to streaming songs to promoting concert tickets and merchandise. Labels were meant to help artists generate albums, fame, and money. But now anyone can record themselves and no one “buys” music. So today that requires being a technology company, combining analytics with hyper-targeted advertising. And the old labels don’t have the engineering talent for it. That’s why last year, the former president of Interscope Records Steve Stoute secretly raised a $70 million Series A led by…

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This Clip of Clownfish Working Together Could Be Straight Out of a Disney Movie

In this exclusive clip from this Sunday’s Blue Planet II episode, we see Clownfish working together to move a coconut shell, which they will use to lay eggs on. This behaviour has never been filmed before. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/clownfish-working-together-is-straight-out-of-disney-movie/

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Incredible Ocean of Books Library Opens in China with Space for 1.2m Titles

Design by MVRDV Photograph © Ossip van Duivenbode   Incredible ‘Ocean of Books’ Library Opens in China with Space for 1.2m TitlesMVRDV in collaboration with local architects TUPDI has completed the Tianjin Binhai Library, a 33,700m2 (362,744 sq ft) cultural centre featuring a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade. The undulating bookshelf is the building’s main spatial device, and is used both to frame the space and to create stairs, seating, the layered ceiling and even louvres on the façade. Tianjin Binhai Library was designed and built in…

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6 Reasons Why Letting Go Of Friends Who Use You Is The Best Gift To Give Yourself

Letting Go Of Friends Who Use You Is The Best Holiday Gift To Yourself & Here’s Why The holiday spirit has many uplifting and cleansing qualities. It’s a time to be genuine and true to yourself and others. But as you get older, you realize that not everyone you’ve met is supposed to remain your friend. Letting go of friends who use you is the shiniest, most valuable gift you could give yourself, because you become unweighted by people who do not deserve your kindness. This gift is extremely fulfilling,…

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This Photo Of Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber Kissing Confirms The Two Are Back Together

Photo Of Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber Kissing Confirms The Two Are Back Together WELL IT’S FREAKING OFFICIAL, FOLKS. A photo of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber kissing confirms the two are back together. It’s all so much to take in, I don’t even know how I feel yet. It’s been an absolute whirlwind keeping track of Gomez’s romantic life ever since news broke in October that she was splitting up with The Weeknd. Now, it looks like Bieber is back and he’s here to stay, so everyone buckle the…

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‘No woman is safe’: Why hasn’t THIS political perv been blacklisted? [pics, video]

Since we’re on the subject of predators in politics, now might be a good time to highlight one particularly egregious repeat offender: It's time to talk about former Vice President Joe Biden, the open sexual predator. A thread/moment… — Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 13, 2017 In this clip, former Vice President Biden uses a candid moment to fondle the chest area of a little girl — in front of her entire family. Her visible discomfort is extremely obvious. pic.twitter.com/PXZx68KEGe — Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) November 13, 2017…

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Alibaba smashes its Singles Day record once again as sales cross $25 billion

Alibaba has set another Single’s Day record after the e-commerce giant sold over $25 billion of product on the Chinese biggest online shopping date. The full number comes in at 163.8 billion RMB, that’s roughly $25.3 billion, in GMV — that’s “gross merchandise volume” which is used to measure a dollar value for all sales on a platform. In Alibaba’s case, that predominantly means its Taobao marketplace and Tmall brand store although it does offer sales via its international services and it ships worldwide. All told, Alibaba handled 1.48 Billion transactions during…

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Seth MacFarlane Got There First Again See Family Guy’s 2005 Kevin Spacey Joke

What else does Now it turns out he hit at Kevin Spacey with a child molestation joke back in 2005 — a dozen years before he would be accused publicly by actor Anthony Rapp! Ch-ch-check it out (below): Damn! Over ten years ago! Could Seth have heard Rapp’s story before? Or someone else’s…? Maybe we should pay more attention to which celebs he’s making fun of for tomorrow’s news… Crap, does that mean we have to start watching The Orville?? [Image via FOX/Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.] Related Stories Kevin Spacey’s Brother…

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Getting Out Of Hand: The Children In This Sunday School Class Are Overwhelmingly Siding With Pontius Pilate

Well, here’s a situation that’s heading toward disaster. Trinity Christian Church in Chicago is normally a safe space for worship, but last weekend, things took a turn: When this third-grade Sunday school class learned about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the students overwhelmingly sided with Pontius Pilate. Yikes. These kids are missing the point in a big way, and they don’t seem like they’re going to change their minds anytime soon. Their Sunday school teacher, Ms. Cleary, had reportedly just explained that Jesus died on the cross for humanity’s sins,…

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You Gotta See the Before Pic to Really Appreciate This Mural

Artwork by CitéCréation At 40 Boulevard des Canuts in Lyon, France you will find this incredible trompe-l’Å“il mural by the French artist collective, CitéCréation. First completed in 1987, the monumental work has been updated several times since. However, to truly appreciate the impact and difference the mural has made you must see what the wall looked like before the artists gave it, its dramatic face lift. Trompe-l’Å“il (French for “deceive the eye”) is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist…

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Major Breakthrough: Scientists At MIT Have Trapped Cancer Underneath A Bowl

Well, this is officially the best news you’ll read all day! After decades of research, we’re officially closer than ever to finding a cure for one of the most deadly disease on earth: Scientists at MIT have made a major medical breakthrough and have trapped cancer underneath a bowl! So much yes! This could be the end of cancer as we know it! The miraculous development was reportedly made last week, when five scientists in MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research stood together and corralled cancer into a corner…

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SeungBeom Cho Breaks Rubiks Cube World Record with 4.591-Second Solve

Korean speedcuber, SeungBeom Cho, set the Rubik’s cube world record this past weekend in Chicago at the World Cube Association’s ChicaGhosts 2017. The 23-year-old solved the traditional 3×3 cube in a blistering 4.591 seconds, besting the previous world record time of 4.69 seconds, set last month by Patrick Ponce. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/seungbeom-cho-sets-rubiks-cube-world-record/

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