How Microsoft Quietly Became the World’s Most Valuable Company

Microsoft tried through the years to compete in a range of buzzy consumer businesses, but it was Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s focus on selling humdrum yet fast-growing computing services to companies that allowed it to reclaim the title of world’s most valuable company.
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How Microsoft Quietly Became the World’s Most Valuable Company

Microsoft tried through the years to compete in a range of buzzy consumer businesses, but it was Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s focus on selling humdrum yet fast-growing computing services to companies that allowed it to reclaim the title of world’s most valuable company.
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Disney-Backed VR Startup The Void Quietly Replaces CEO

The Void, a startup specializing in location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences, has a new CEO: Craig Watson, who has been chairman of The Void’s board of directors, stepped into the CEO role last month, a company spokesperson confirmed this week. Watson replaced Cliff Plumer, who had become CEO of the company in early 2017. “Cliff […]

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The Man Quietly Saving Heavy Metal

Andy Sneap is making classic heavy-metal stalwarts like Judas Priest and Accept sound cool again.
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Kellan Lutz Quietly Marries Fiancee Brittany Gonzales – See Their Sweet Instagram Announcement!

Kellan Lutz is officially off the market!

The former Twilight actor and his now-wife, Brittany Gonzales, announced they were married on Instagram  Thursday.  Gonzales shared a snap of herself and her husband smiling at the camera while holding up “Mr. & Mrs.” passport holders.

PEOPLE has reached out to representatives for Lutz but has yet to receive a response.

Gonzales also changed her last name on the social media site to Lutz. She couldn’t contain her excitement as she shared what she was most thankful for.

“If you know me at all you know Thanksgiving is my FAVORITE holiday of them all!!” she wrote in the caption. “While I try to live everyday grateful for everything and everyone in my life, this Thanksgiving one of the things I’m most grateful for is that I get to do life’s adventures with this guy aka my HUSBAND for the rest of our lives!!!!! I love you so much @kellanlutz❤
Happiest Thanksgiving to you all!! 🦃🍂🌾 What are you thankful for?!”

Lutz also wrote a heartwarming caption, sharing the holiday cheer.

“Thanksgiving by far is my most favorite holiday of all. I try to live a lifestyle of gratitude and appreciate everyone and everything I have every day. This year has been the best year of them all and I am extremely thankful and grateful to go on all of life’s adventures with my best friend and dream wife!!! Proverbs 18:22! 🙏Thank you God! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH @brittanybg. 😇 🦃Happy Thanksgiving Everyone 🦃!!! What are you grateful for??”

The couple also shared the news on their Instagram stories, with the TV host circling their photo and the actor superimposing emojis of a bride and groom of their faces, writing, “Guess what….”

Lutz confirmed his engagement in early October on Steve, saying, “yup” when Steve Harvey referred to Gonzales as his fiancée, following it with, “she is the light of my life.”

A few weeks later, Lutz told PEOPLE that he and Gonzales wanted a destination wedding.

“We’ve always wanted a destination wedding,” Lutz said, adding that they’ve looked into Puerto Rico, Siesta Key, and Hawaii. “We’ve been traveling to different places, just like when I’m working. We’re up to that step. We love sunsets, so we obviously have to be on the western side to see it. … We’ve just be slowly exploring. It’s not easy to find a Western facing beach that’s right!”


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Getty Is Quietly Charging Bloggers For ‘Socially Awkward Penguin’ Meme

Around the spring of 2009, some nerds began adding macro text to a photo of a penguin on the Internet. According to Know Your Meme, this became what’s now known as the Socially Awkward Penguin meme — a format for sharing two-line stories on cringeworthy social encounters

You’ve probably seen it on Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit, Twitter, Imgur, Tumblr, BuzzFeed or some other Internet culture-obsessed place. And Getty Images — which owns the rights to the original penguin photo — is apparently none too happy about that. If you run a blog, you might want to be careful about posting SAP.

In a written statement, Getty confirmed to HuffPost that it has “pursued and settled certain uses” of the photo “in instances where it has been used without a license.” (Disclosure: The Huffington Post is a Getty subscriber.) One affected blog, however, wants to get the word out.

GetDigital editors explained in a post on the site this week how Getty had contacted them about a three-year-old post featuring the SAP meme. After a few written exchanges, the image service requested €785.40 (around $ 875) in license fees — about twice what the blog says it would regularly cost for a publication its size to use the image for three years. They paid the hefty sum out of court and deleted the offending images, but Getty had one more request. GetDigital said the company forbade them from talking to others about the copyright issue or else risk official legal action.

“Apparently this method is very successful,” the editors wrote, “but of course it will not work on us.” In addition to sharing their experience, the editors created a new SAP meme for anyone to use. 

Getty clarified in another written statement that, in copyright situations, it usually requests specific details of the settlement to be kept confidential. The company referred HuffPost to image licensing information available freely on its website.

With the right Google search, the original image is easy to find. “An Adelie penguin struts its stuff” reads the caption for the photo, taken by now-80-year-old George F. Mobley for National Geographic. A handy “calculate price” button sits next to it — GetDigital used this to estimate its dues — with editorial fees ranging from a few hundred U.S. dollars to thousands. 

Internet memes, though, can pose sticky copyright questions. To whom does an image that’s been recontextualized and rewritten a billion times, privately and publicly, really belong? Reuters does not seem to have pursued legal action against any of the many, many sites that posted the “McKayla Is Not Impressed” meme during the Summer 2012 Olympics. The production company behind the 2004 film “Downfall” filed a copyright claim in 2010 against all the YouTube videos repurposing a scene showing Hitler’s rage. (Many of the videos remain online.) But later, the owners of two hugely famous memes — Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat — won a lawsuit against Warner Brothers in 2013, which used their images in a video game called Scribblenauts. (The meme creators were eventually paid.)

Getty represents more than 200,000 artists who, it points out in the statement, “are entitled to be paid” just as the owner of Keyboard Cat (RIP). And, as always, we can probably blame 4chan — the cesspool of filth and depravity that created many early Internet memes, likely including SAP — for starting this whole mess. But the reality of creative copyright is often hazy — just ask Pharrell — and it stands to reason that any and all conversation around the subject should be welcomed.

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