A little Shakespeare, Internet Fairness, Apple’s music program, and the healthy science of cat videos
Here’s What Happens to Your $10 After You Pay for a Month of Apple Music – Despite rumors circulating that Apple will only pay music rights owners 58% in revenue, well below the 70% industry standard, Apple confirms that the percentage will be closer to 71.5 – 73%, depending on whether the rights holder is insider or outside the US. Spotify, Apple’s main competition, is trying to convince artists and other rights holders that this isn’t a good deal
Could 2015 Be the Year for e-Fairness? – With the Internet Tax Freedom Act due to expire, retailers who have brick and mortar stores are hoping that they can now create parity with online services that are not required to tax consumers:
After last week’s passage of H.R. 235, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, by the House of Representatives, RILA, the Retail Industry Leaders Association, called for it to be linked with the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015. The act, which was introduced in March by Senators Alexander (R-TN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), is nearly identical to one that the Senate passed with strong bipartisan support in 2013. Both bills would allow states to tax online retailers just like bricks-and-mortar stores and provide an exception for small e-tailers that do less than $1 million in remote sales.–Publishers’ Weekly
Not-so-guilty pleasure: Viewing cat videos boosts energy and positive emotions, IU study finds – A study involving 7,000 participants involving what the researcher insists is “one of the most popular uses of the Internet today.” Is anyone surprised? If so, maybe you need to watch more cat videos…
Participants in Myrick’s study reported:
- They were more energetic and felt more positive after watching cat-related online media than before.
- They had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance and sadness, after watching cat-related online media than before.
- They often view Internet cats at work or during studying.
- The pleasure they got from watching cat videos outweighed any guilt they felt about procrastinating.
- Cat owners and people with certain personality traits, such as agreeableness and shyness, were more likely to watch cat videos.
About 25 percent of the cat videos they watched were ones they sought out; the rest were ones they happened upon. They were familiar with many so-called “celebrity cats,” such as Nala Cat and Henri, Le Chat Noir.–Indiana News
YOLO Juliet: A Tech Savvy Retelling of Shakespeare’s Classic – I will leave it to you to decide if this sounds amazing or horrifying: