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88% of sound engineers and producers are asked to work for free. 42% of participants reported doing ‘on spec’ work ⁠— meaning they’re only paid if the client ‘liked the work.’ „Of course, people will do favors for friends, but it’s completely unacceptable for record labels and commercial studios to exploit professionals in this way. We don’t employ someone to put in a new bathroom and then decide to pay them if we feel like it.” ...Read More
As the US government is reconsidering what a monopoly means (and potentially breaking tech companies), Facebook is trying to change its behavior before the government forces it to change. For example they are backing off from potential acquisitions, including talks with video social network Houseparty, and further integrating previous acquisitions ...Read More
Megapixels covered in NYT - but also check out this incredibly blasé business model: "Clarifai used the images from OkCupid to build a service that could identify the age, sex and race of detected faces, Mr. Zeiler said. He said Clarifai had access to OkCupid’s photos because some of the dating site’s founders invested in his company. ...Read More
Horrific picture of how and where pharmaceuticals are produced. Not in the US. It makes the FDA look like a lobby, remise in their responsibility to safeguard our medicines.
Australia has slashed its use of plastic bags and made a significant difference in the ecology of the waters in and surrounding the continent.
"Under the current regime of so-called independence, dictated by an increasingly small number of platforms, we are divided and – as presaged by this recent cluster of closures – all too easily conquered." ...Read More
As sun sets on oil industry, how will global power realign? "If energy barons like the Koch bros. remain flush w/ cash, they can probably undermine initiatives like the Green New Deal. But [not so] if their businesses decline [...]"