Facebook Gaming looks to give content creators music options for streams

Facebook Gaming streamers don’t need to worry about whether they’ll get slapped with a DMCA for playing copyrighted music in the background of their stream, the platform announced today.

In a blog post, Facebook Gaming said it’s worked out deals with numerous music labels, including Universal, Warner, Sony, Kobalt, and BMG, among others. While details of those agreements are confidential, Facebook is boasting that most popular music across a plethora of genres will be usable. 

To start, the platform is going to hook up Facebook Gaming partners with the feature. But it expects to give “Level Up” creators, the lower tier streamers, access soon. 

Facebook’s move toward getting gamers access to licensed music comes shortly after many streamers, primarily from Twitch, were given DMCA notices for playing background music on their streams earlier this summer. 

Since the issue arose, causing mass panic from online content creators, many streamers have avoided

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Not enough? Filipinos question Bong Revilla’s plan to give away tablets to students on his birthday



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Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr‘s involvement in the controversial pork barrel scam reemerged anew after he announced that he will be giving away tablets to students for distance learning.

The lawmaker in a Facebook video uploaded Tuesday said that he will hand out 10-inch tablets to students as part of his educational program Karunungan Ating Palaguin (KAP) in celebration of his upcoming 54th birthday on September 25.

Revilla said that he will begin the initiative on September 20 which will be launched via KAP’s Family Game Show.

“Ito po ‘yung programa natin para makatulong tayo sa mga kabataan, mamimigay po tayo ng tablet at kung sino ‘yung mga first 1,000 na kabataan na matutulungan natin. Tapos may mga regalo pa tayo sa mga sponsors, mga kaibigan natin,” he said.

“Maging isa sa daan-daang mabibiyayaan ng 10-inch tablet para sa pag-aaral,” part of one of his

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Give The Gift Of Tech With These 9 Must-Have Gadgets

If you’ve got a tech-obsessed friend, you’ll know there’s nothing better than gifting them a brand new gadget that they can mess around with. But we also know that buying these new devices depends on the kind of person your friend is, which makes it a bit more difficult to give them something they don’t have or something they didn’t know they needed.

We’ve rounded up a few different gift ideas, so no matter what kind of friend you have, you’ll be able to grab a fun new toy for them to play with.

They also make pretty good gifts if you’re looking to treat yourself too.


Budget Options

Tile Mate ($35)

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If you know someone who is prone to losing their keys, it might be a good idea to gift them a Tile Mate. This handy tracker easily slips onto a keyring and can be located anywhere

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Coalition urged not to rush changes to conservation laws that give more powers to states | Environment

The Coalition is being urged to not push through changes to conservation laws that would transfer more development approval powers to the states unless it plans to also introduce promised new national environmental standards.

There is growing concern a bill due to be introduced to parliament this week will not include the new standards, which were promised last month by the environment minister, Sussan Ley.

National environmental standards were one of the key recommendations of the interim report from a review of Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

The review’s chair, the former competition watchdog head Graeme Samuel, said the standards could underpin a devolution of development approval powers from Canberra to the states and territories.

Ley said in July that prototype standards would be introduced in August at the same time as a bill to streamline the approvals system.

But in a meeting with environment groups this week,

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School Board rips failed communication, pushes to give teachers remote work options

In a meeting once again punctuated by their angry outbursts and frustration, Palm Beach County school board members demanded changes to a process that will sort requests from teachers and other staff who want to work remotely once students return to campus – even as the process has already begun. 



a man looking at the camera: School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri, left, and Superintendent Donald Fennoy listen to another speaker talk about coronavirus preparations during a Palm Beach County Commission meeting in March. [LANNIS WATERS/palmbeachpost.com]


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School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri, left, and Superintendent Donald Fennoy listen to another speaker talk about coronavirus preparations during a Palm Beach County Commission meeting in March. [LANNIS WATERS/palmbeachpost.com]

Chairman Frank Barbieri berated leadership for inept communication that has left parents and employees to rely on word of mouth and social media for answers to what a return to school will look like, and directed them to do better. 

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The trust of the community is on the line with school doors set to swing open fully by Sept. 21.

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How to give memorable presentations at virtual business events

Suffering ‘death by PowerPoint’ is as boring as listening to Coldplay. And that is even more true when hearing virtual presentations. So, it is critical for speakers to keep audiences engaged over remote talks during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This month, the fall business event season will begin with virtual marketing conferences such as the DMWF World Forum, Marketing Festival in Prague and Effie UK Leadership Summit. Agency executives and brand marketers making the rounds should learn online speaking’s best practices because they are different from presenting in the physical world.

In this column, I offer my insights and then interview fellow professional keynote speakers and other experts on how to present virtually. So, grab a glass of rosé and take a seat. We’ll have an online toast while you read.

Always deliver an emotional experience

First, a general rule. People do not attend events solely to learn information –

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Using the Power of Photography to Give Hope: Fstoppers Interviews Rich Johnson

Have you ever asked yourself why you picked up a camera? Learn about the inspiring and touching work of photographer Rich Johnson as he gives a voice to the incredible teachers who are fighting for their kids’ futures each day.

This week, students across the country will be going back to school in some way or another. They will be returning to a place completely changed by COVID-19 and will face new challenges along the way. While the educational landscape has changed, teachers’ commitment to their students’ education has not. This article highlights the teachers’ narrative as they continue their tremendous work in light of COVID-19.

The Backstory 

I had the chance to sit down with commercial and portrait photographer Rich Johnson and discuss his new series: Dear Students. 

Rich Johnson is a photographer based just outside Orlando, FL. Before exploring the “what” or the “how” of any project, Johnson

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Apple and Google give states new options for exposure notification software

The software, which is built into the operating systems on Google’s Android phones and Apple’s iPhones, uses Bluetooth to tell whether people have spent significant time near one another. If a participant in the exposure notification program tests positive for the coronavirus, that person’s close contacts may get a notification.

“I would say this is an improvement,” said Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Kahn, who has been studying the use of technology to fight the virus, said states have been hamstrung by indecision around which technology vendors they should use to build their apps, among other issues. He said this may help speed up adoption, but shouldn’t be considered a magic bullet. “It’s still not probably serving all the interests that public health would want, but it’s better than nothing,” he said.

First launched in May, coronavirus tracking software got off to a rocky

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