A Bug Is Wreaking Havoc With iTunes 12.2 Music Libraries


iTunes Radio Logs Over 11 Million Listeners Since Launching 3 Days AgoApple users who accepted the update to iTunes over the past couple of days are none too pleased with a problematic bug.

The new version, iTunes 12.2, was meant to better maintain your music library.

But one key component, iCloud Music Library, has to be enabled.

And in doing so, this component that is meant to sync your tracks actually scrambles the music in your library heavily.

Signs of this are mismatched album art, along with repetitive artist listings.

The issue also impacts those who’ve installed Apple Music on their iPhones as well.

To compound the issue, the iCloud Music Library also affects the original folder where all your music files are stored as well, causing the same jumble.

Music files not purchased through the iTunes Store are especially vulnerable.

Some sources have narrowed down a possible part of the problem – those who signed up for iTunes Match in the past seemed to be the ones who were affected.

Numerous Apple users took to social media and Apple-related forums to vent about their difficulties with the bug.

Apple had no comment about the bug.

Christopher A. Smith



Facebook To Offer Video Creators A Piece Of The Action


FacebookFacebook is getting prepared to wrangle part of the premium content industry away with the promise of more shared revenue with their corporate partners that provide video content.

In a new agreement, the social media network will offer a share of the revenue it gets from ads shown in conjunction with videos estimated at 55 percent.

That matches the same amount that YouTube shares with its content providers.

It’s part of a test initiative that gives users recommendations on what to watch in between videos from other sites that are viewed on Facebook.

The deal is meant to lure major media outlets that provide consistent video content to upload their content to Facebook before any other platform, in addition to the fact that videos on Facebook are reported to gain 4 billion views daily.

The new offer has already caught the attention of Funny Or Die Inc., the comedy website co-founded by Will Ferrell, which will start uploading full videos to Facebook.

Previously, they had only uploaded short clips of their video skits with a link to their website for the full version.

Fox Sports and the Hearst Corporation have also agreed to start uploading more video through the new program.

Christopher A. Smith


Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Says Beware Of Government Regulation


Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Says "We Suck At Dealing With Abuse And Trolls"The outgoing chief executive officer of Twitter, Dick Costolo, had some choice words concerning government regulation.

In a farewell interview conducted by The Guardian on his last day at the head of the social media network, Costolo expressed his feeling that regulation may be threatening to free speech and that Twitter and similar services shouldn’t be regulated like other government institutions.

Costolo went on to say: “I can’t think of an example where regulation didn’t have unintended consequences, and I’m unable to conceive of a regulatory body that will be swift enough to deal with the constantly evolving issues of ethics, communication and technology. I just don’t think it’s possible.”

His stance falls in line with that of Twitter, long regarded as a herald of the right to free speech.

The company’s detractors have argued that the stance has led to their near non-involvement when it comes to the recent rise of online bullying and abuse of others on the platform, as well as the proliferation of highly violent and dangerous extremists.

To that point, Costolo stated that Twitter has taken steps to put a halt to those using abusive language on the social media network in addition to preventing former users who’ve been blocked from regaining access.

Christopher A. Smith


Zuck’s Q&A Session Interrupted By Technical Difficulties


Zuck Clicks Like Button For Bay Area Public Schools - Donates $120 millionA recent Q&A session by Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg went awry, in part due to the heavy interaction of its 1.3 billion users.

The session, held on Tuesday afternoon on Zuckerberg’s personal Facebook page, first encountered difficulties when it was opened up to questions.

An official with the company quipped that it was due to “an overload of likes.”

After being offline for several minutes, the Q&A resumed but some users responded that all they could see was a blank screen.

Another issue that arose was associated with mobile users unable to find responses by the CEO amid the multitude of questions asked on the app.

Zuckerberg did manage to provide answers for more than a dozen questions, some of which were asked by high-profile celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Hawking.

This Q&A session is yet the latest bit of interaction by Zuckerberg with the public on open forums; in the past he’s responded to queries made in town hall meetings and online.

The questions Zuckerberg answered ranged from the whimsical to more serious and timely issues like his company’s policy on using real names on the social media platform and how their Instant Articles feature will impact the journalism and publishing industries.

Christopher A. Smith


Facebook Gets Thumbs Down At Pride Parade


Video Ads in your Facebook Feed coming this FallMarchers during the Pride Parade held Sunday in San Francisco had a pointed message for Facebook.

Protesters and drag queens marching with the #MyNameIs campaign handed out stickers, buttons and fliers that took the social network to task over their policy that users with accounts have to have “authentic names” and provide proper identification if required in order to not be barred from their accounts.

The LGBTQ community has viewed this policy as highly discriminatory and potentially dangerous to the point of life-threatening for them since it was enacted last September.

They marched with the Harvey Milk group, ahead of marchers representing Facebook.

As they approached the judging platform, the marchers turned their signs around to spell “Shame On FB”.

The group had lobbied to ban Facebook from marching in the annual parade, but a personal phone call from Mark Zuckerberg and a narrow board vote gave the social media company the green light to march.

Since the uproar, Facebook has made slight adjustments to the part of the policy looking for identification, where users can now add bank information along with others as long as they match up.

Christopher A. Smith


Courtney Love Caught Up In Paris Uber Protest


Life_Ball_2014_Courtney_Love_CropOn Thursday, the city of Paris, France was caught in the throes of a vigorous and violent protest by the city’s taxicab drivers over Uber’s growing presence in the country.

One witness to the unrest?

American rock singer Courtney Love.

Love took to Twitter to give her account of fleeing Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport atop a motorcycle; she had to escape her chauffeured car after protesters attacked the vehicle by throwing rocks and slashing the tires in addition to damaging it with bats.

In the fashion that some of Courtney Love’s fans know her best for, she lit into French President Francois Hollande on the social media platform, stating: “This is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad.”

The taxi drivers took to the streets as part of a strike that no one can foresee an end to.

Drivers are incensed that Uber drivers aren’t required to get a license that costs other drivers 100,000 Euros to obtain.

The protests saw drivers blocking railway stations, burning tires and flipping over cars across the nation as well as obstructing the entrance to airports.

Uber has claimed that they have a million registered users including those signed up with their UberPop on-demand service in the country.

The French government has filed a complaint against the company via the Office of the Interior Minister along with the police, who have created a special task force assigned to issue fines to their drivers.

Christopher A. Smith


More Articles Are Coming To Your Facebook Newsfeed


FacebookFor those of you who may have noticed the presence of the latest “Instant Articles” feature on your Facebook newsfeed, get ready to see it increase.

The social media platform is gearing up for more articles to be published via the feature, and sources close to the inner workings claim that the number will be in the dozens on a daily basis.

The publishing project which allows media outlets to post their articles directly to the Facebook app debuted last month, but so far there have been only a few articles released to it.

Major publications like The Atlantic and The New York Times signed up, thanks to a fairly good deal that gives the publications 100 percent of revenue from advertising within the articles themselves.

Facebook is confident that as the articles rise in number, more users will flock to it in droves due to their increased loading speed, especially on mobile phones.

Christopher A. Smith


Here Are The Two Most Popular Brands According To Social Media Users


Top Social Media Trends for 2014A recent survey that recorded the opinions of social media users found two brands that were the most popular according to popular vote.

The survey, conducted by SurveyMonkey and the WPP Plc’s [email protected] agency, found that L’Oreal and Nivea were tops among brands that social media users would recommend to others.

The results were gathered from 5,600 people who used Facebook, YouTube and Twitter among other platforms in eleven nations.

The research was presented to audiences at the Cannes Lions advertising gathering held on Wednesday on the French Riviera.

Further information from the report revealed a disparity; while 84 percent of the users polled admitted to “liking” a brand online, just 58 percent were willing to elaborate and share why they did.

Users in the United States ranked highest in terms of brand quality being a factor in their choices that they would recommend, coming in at 93 percent.

The study is important information for an industry that rakes in approximately $544 billion yearly, and Internet-based marketing has become a dominant factor in driving corporate brands and ad agencies to get more insight from social media regarding their products.

Christopher A. Smith


Carl Icahn Cashes Out Of Netflix Investment $1.6 Billion Richer


Carl Icahn Calls eBay CEO "Incompetent"You don’t get to be a billionaire investor without having the ability to get a terrific return for your investment.

And Carl Icahn’s latest move demonstrates that principle fully.

On Wednesday, Icahn announced via Twitter that he had just sold the last of his Netflix stock.

The investor was the owner of 1.4 million shares since 2012.

Previously, he owned close to 5.5 million shares.

At that point, shares were valued at $58.

The sale is the reason that Icahn now enjoys the benefit of a $700 million profit that occurred in the three-year period and as a result, the shares now are worth $900 million.

Icahn believes that Netflix’s rapid ascent to household name and industry leader across the country is just a matter of the company realizing their goals from early on with success.

The investor did add one observation about Apple’s current situation with a tweet he sent out minutes later: “Believe $ AAPL currently represents same opportunity we stated NFLX offered several years ago.”

Icahn now owns about 53 million shares of Apple that are valued at close to seven billion dollars.

Christopher A. Smith


Facebook Soon Won’t Need Photos To Recognize You


FacebookThere may soon be no need for clear photographs to have someone be recognized by Facebook.

Recent reports state that the social media network is in the process of developing new technology that will be able to identify someone even if their face isn’t fully presented in the photograph that’s uploaded. In order to bring the process along, Facebook wound up scanning public photos from Flickr – 40,000 plus to be exact.

The pictures mainly had people’s faces in the frame and out of it.

The scanning was powered by an algorithm that assessed different attributes of the individuals that included hair and body type.

The testing results found that the algorithm identified people with an 83% rate of accuracy.

Facebook’s hope is that the algorithm will eventually get out of the testing phase with more success and become a part of the company’s growing application suite.

The company has shifted some of their development focus to photos of late, with their acquisition of Instagram being a prime example. So if this comes to pass, those late night photo mishaps with your buddies could be documented properly for all to share.

Christopher A. Smith