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Microsoft Surface wireless noise-canceling headphones get a $100 price cut

As the world around us gets louder, noise-canceling headphones are becoming a near-necessity. Brands like Bose and Sony have dominated the space, but the new Microsoft Surface headphones are a capable, affordable alternative.

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India's Modi appeals for calm as riot toll in capital rises to 24
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for peace in Delhi on Wednesday after days of Hindu-Muslim clashes over a disputed new citizenship law sparked some of the worst sectarian violence seen in the capital in decades.
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New helicopters to help California firefighters fight wildfires at night dubbed 'game-changer'
Firefighters in California are about to have a new piece of hardware to battle wildfires from the sky, around the clock.
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Cruise ship denied by Jamaica, Grand Cayman on coronavirus fears headed for Mexican port
A passenger cruise ship is headed for Mexico's port city of Cozumel after Jamaican and Grand Cayman authorities barred its passengers from disembarking due to fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus, ship operator MSC Cruises said on Wednesday.
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Suzanne Somers says her secret to staying fit at 73 is never dieting
Former “Three’s Company” actress Suzanne Somers explained how her food choices have helped her stay fit and healthy at age 73.
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As coronavirus crisis deepens, airlines slash costs
Airlines rattled by the coronavirus rushed to cut costs on Wednesday, as warnings of a pandemic deepened concern about the scale of the impact on aviation and other front-line sectors.
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Comedian Jimmy Failla pans Dem debate: It was a 'Real Housewives' episode
Comedian Jimmy Failla said on Wednesday that the "out-of-control" South Carolina Democratic debate was not “presidential" and compared it to reality television.
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‘Bachelor’ star Hannah Godwin’s engagement party dress costs just $59
Perfect for bachelorettes on a budget.
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Man hurt in machete attack at Hanukkah celebration shows improvement, but prognosis still unclear
The man most severely injured in a machete attack during a Hanukkah celebration in upstate New York last year is showing progress in his recovery, but whether he'll ever speak again or regain full consciousness remains unclear, his daughter said Wednesday.
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Coronavirus fears are spooking stocks, but here's how to keep a cool head and protect your 401(k)
U.S. stocks plunged this week. Protect your 401(k) by taking these four steps.      
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Smithsonian makes nearly 3 million pieces of art available online and free to use
The Smithsonian released nearly 3 million images from its vast catalog to an online repository available for anyone online.        
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Elizabeth Warren 'Hates Michael Bloomberg More Than She Wants To Win', Says Democratic Strategist James Carville
On Wednesday, Democratic strategist James Carville spoke about the recent Democratic debate and gave his take on Senator Elizabeth Warren's continued criticism of former New York City Mayor and 2020 rival, Michael Bloomberg.
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The Jury’s Still Out on Whether Love Is Blind But These Memes Prove It Sure Is Funny
The finale of the Netflix reality show is coming soon
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Chris Harrison calls Peter Weber’s relationship with ‘Bachelor’ producer ‘intimate’
Who will accept "Bachelor" Peter Weber's final rose?
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Coronavirus: 700 New York residents who traveled to China under voluntary quarantine
At least 700 travelers who returned to New York from areas affected by coronavirus since Feb. 3 faced voluntary quarantine. Here's what that entails.       
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Coronavirus lockdown in China prevents young boy from leaving home where grandfather died: report
A young boy in Hubei province in China — the epicenter of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak —  was found at home, where his grandfather died, unable to leave due to virus-related restrictions in the city, according to reports. 
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What’s the Point of Writing Every Possible Melody?
In an era when millions of songwriters upload music to the internet—and just about any song can find itself plucked from obscurity by TikTok teens--it seems inevitable that the same melodies end up in different songs. There have been a number of high-profile music copyright infringement cases, including a multimillion-dollar decision against Katy Perry for her song “Dark Horse.” A jury found that she’d infringed upon the copyright of Flame, a Christian rapper who’d posted a song with the same melody to YouTube, even though Perry insisted she’d never heard of the song or the rapper. For some musicians and musicologists and lawyers, it felt scary; after all, vast numbers of songs now live on Soundcloud and YouTube. It became thinkable to ask: Could the world run out of original melodies?Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin were two of those worried musicians. Riehl is a lawyer who has worked on copyright. Rubin is a coder. They were hanging out after a long day at work when a “a lark, a thought experiment” occurred to Riehl: Maybe they could exhaust all possible melodies—and in so doing, protect musicians from being sued for copying songs they don’t remember hearing.On the one hand, they can’t really. A melody, simply put, is a sequence of notes. If you’re talking about all the notes and all the traditions of music around the world, the combinatorics yield functionally infinite possibilities for the melodies that result. Take just the 88 notes on a piano and, for instance, 12-note sequences. You get 216 sextillion melodies. And of course, that’s only within the Western tradition in which these particular frequency ranges are considered notes.On the other hand, if we’re talking practically about Western popular music in the range in which hit songs are made, that is already a radically restricted domain. And within it, the number of melodies is in a more comprehensible part of finitiude. Popular music tends to use a more limited range of notes than an entire piano. And Riehl and Rubin figured that most pop melodies run less than 12 notes. If you generated every possible melody with just the eight notes of the C scale, that’d be 8^12 melodies, which is 68,719,000,000. That’s a big but thinkable number, considering Soundcloud receives tens of millions of uploads a year.Riehl and Rubin hatched a plot to create software that would write every melody, at least within this popular range. It wouldn’t be unlike dialing every possible telephone number: 111-111-1111, 111-111-1112, 111-111-1113, and so on: Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do, Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Do-Re.As it turns out, there were considerable complications to even writing 68 billion melodies within the team’s existing hardware, which amounted to Rubin’s computer. “It is true that the set of all melodies is finite. But finite is still large,” Rubin told me. “It’s quite large, with the current computing technology that we had access to. We’re not Amazon.”The duo built a simple system working with MIDI, the computer music framework, and started outputting melodies. They’d wanted to generate all possible melodies on the piano, but after some prototyping, settled for 12-note melodies in a popular range that Riehl had seen implicated in copyright litigation: the octave ascending from middle C. Even to complete this set, Rubin had to switch programming languages (from Python to Rust), he said, “and that gave us the speed increase we needed.” Soon, they had a hard drive filled with almost 69 billion melodies. In a conversation with Adam Neely, a YouTuber who helped spread the word about the project, Riehl alluded to previous copyright thought experiments. “This has been a concept that has been discussed,” he said. “But no one has ever brute-forced [it] in this way.”Now, Riehl and Rubin want to release the fruits of that brute-forcing into the public domain. They figure that in a future suit where a musician is hit with copyright infringement, she could point back to the melody on that hard drive as her un-copyrighted inspiration. Their point, ultimately, is that melodies could be seen as math, which is to say facts, and facts cannot be copyrighted. This is not to say that songs cannot be copyrighted, but that each possible series of notes is not a creation so much as a selection from a fairly limited set. (Information theorists might add that selection from a set of possibilities is the very nature of all information—but that’s beyond the theoretical scope of the melody project.)Riehl and Rubin’s work is provocative on several levels. One, it raises some of the same issues about originality that haunt many discussions of creativity. A recent 99 Percent Invisible podcast about the song “Who Let the Dogs Out” provided an especially evocative example of the possibility of unintentional duplication. Ben Sisto, an artist who spent a decade tracing the origins of the woof-woof-woof hook, found variation after variation of that horrible song throughout musical history, some seemingly connected by a chain of transmission, others not at all. “One of the big myths we tell ourselves about art is that it is made by individuals and that myth is what the art market is propped up on,” Sisto told the show’s hosts. He’s come to believe instead that it is impossible to reliably distinguish what people invent from what they borrow. “I think that all these ideas apply to every piece of creative work ever made,” Sisto concluded in the episode. “It’s just about the very nature of art and life.”On another level, the melody project asks some interesting questions about machine creation. Is writing some software to output MIDI melodies to a hard drive the same as if you’d created the song, played it on your xylophone, and uploaded it to Soundcloud? Did Riehl and Rubin free music from restriction, or did they infringe on millions of copyrights?At the very least, the work highlights the longstanding flaws of the current music copyright system. But legal experts were decidedly less enthusiastic about whether it would actually help musicians in a live-fire copyright case.“I just don’t get it,” Lawrence Lessig, an eminent copyright scholar at Harvard Law School, told me in an email. “Whether or not melodies can be represented in math, they are not just math. So that seems like a dead end.”Lessig did agree that it’s unfair that anyone can be dinged for “copying” work, even if they could not be shown to have consciously done so. “The whole doctrine of subconscious copying is absurd. So I get the motivation,” he said.Kristelia García, a law professor at the University of Colorado, saw things in mostly the same way. “It's an interesting thought experiment,” she told me in an email. “And I think it does a good job of exposing the absurd point we've reached in music copyright infringement.” But she didn’t think the project could prevent copyright-infringement suits over melodies. “I am not at all convinced it does what they hope it will do (i.e., give artists a free pass out of infringement suits) since so many of their melodies are almost certainly already ‘owned’ by someone else,” she said.Undaunted by the somewhat chilly responses of copyright lawyers, Riehl and Rubin are expanding their range of notes and starting to account for rhythm. Ultimately, Riehl hopes that legislation, not coding projects, can reform how copyright works in the United States. He would not want to see their melody project adjudicated in court. “A better place to do it is in Congress to modify the copyright law in a way that makes sense,” he said.
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Opinion: NBA rookie Zion Williamson is matching — perhaps surpassing — his massive hype
It's possible New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson isn't receiving enough attention for his accomplishments in the NBA.      
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Mets’ J.D. Davis avoids serious injury with shoulder scare
PORT ST. LUCIE – J.D. Davis is sore, but appears to have avoided the worst from the hard landing on his left shoulder the previous day. An MRI exam performed Wednesday on the Mets left fielder/third baseman revealed no new damage to his left shoulder, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. But Van Wagenen...
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George Clooney 'saddened' by allegations of Nespresso child labor
Oscar-winning actor George Clooney says Nespresso still has "work to do" after an investigation claimed to uncover child labor at six of its suppliers in Guatemala.
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Three-month estimate for coronavirus vaccine's human trials too aggressive: FDA
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration official said on Wednesday that the three-month estimate for coronavirus vaccine to enter human trials may be too aggressive.
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Trump finally sees a threat from coronavirus
And, of course, an opportunity.
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Cellino & Barnes partner’s girlfriend dragged into legal feud
There’s new collateral damage in the long-running feud between personal injury attorneys Ross Cellino and Stephen Barnes. Barnes’ longtime girlfriend claims Cellino is “using her to get back at Barnes” by withholding nearly $1 million in legal fees she’s owed for work on a lucrative case, a new lawsuit alleges. Attorney Ellen Sturm — who’s...
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Morgan Stanley asks conference-goers to report visits to coronavirus-affected countries
Attendees of an upcoming gathering are being asked to confirm they have not traveled to China, Italy, Japan or South Korea.
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Pete Buttigieg Cancels Several Campaign Events Citing Illness
Three of the four events were fundraisers aimed to help Buttigieg reach $13 million in donations by Super Tuesday
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Several dead after violent clashes in India
At least 24 people have been killed in violent clashes in the Indian capital territory of Delhi over the country's controversial citizenship law. CNN's Sam Kiley reports.
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Maria Sharapova retires from tennis at age 32
Five-time grand slam singles winner Maria Sharapova is retiring from tennis. The 32-year-old made the announcement in Vanity Fair on February 26.
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Ventura restaurants banned from using polystyrene food containers
The city voted 6 to 0 to require all restaurants to use biodegradable or recyclable food packaging.
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Influential House Democrat calls chaotic South Carolina debate a ‘disgrace’
Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan called the fiery debate in South Carolina overnight a "disgrace" and chided the Democratic candidates for trying to destroy each other rather than debate the issues.
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Clearview AI, the world’s scariest facial recognition company, can’t even keep its own data secure
With a database of over 3 billion images, Clearview AI works with law enforcement agencies to identify suspects. | Getty Images/iStockphoto Clearview AI has recently attracted criticism from Congress for its cavalier use of facial recognition technology. Clearview AI, the controversial and secretive facial recognition company, just experienced its first major data breach — a scary prospect considering the sheer amount and scope of personal information in its database, as well as the fact that access to it is supposed to be restricted to law enforcement agencies. According to a memo sent to its customers which was obtained by the Daily Beast, an intruder gained “unauthorized access” to the company’s client list, its number of user accounts, and a number of searches its customers have conducted. That client list might be particularly sensitive, as Clearview claims it works with hundreds of federal and state law enforcement agencies. (A BuzzFeed News report said those numbers are inflated.) The good news is that there is no evidence that Clearview’s database of three billion photos was hacked. But the fact that the company could be breached at all is worrisome enough. Clearview says it obtained these photos by scraping publicly available images from all over the internet. The company’s software uses proprietary facial recognition technology to help law enforcement agencies identify suspects by matching their images with those in the database. Clearview’s lawyer, Tor Ekeland, seemed blasé about the news in his response to the Daily Beast (he did not respond to a request for comment from Recode). “Security is Clearview’s top priority,” he said. “Unfortunately, data breaches are part of life in the 21st century. Our servers were never accessed. We patched the flaw, and continue to work to strengthen our security.” Sen. Edward J. Markey, who has been highly critical of the company, said in his own statement that Clearview’s comments would be “laughable” if its “failure to safeguard its information wasn’t so disturbing and threatening to the public’s privacy.” “This is a company whose entire business model relies on collecting incredibly sensitive and personal information, and this breach is yet another sign that the potential benefits of Clearview’s technology do not outweigh the grave privacy risks it poses,” Markey said. Though Clearview is playing the breach off as a minor and quickly solved problem, it brings up larger issues that have been bubbling under the surface since Clearview’s existence was made widely known last month in a New York Times report. Those include worries about what would happen should Clearview’s data fall into the wrong hands, and how much confidence we should really have in the cybersecurity practices of a private company we know little about and have no reason to trust. If security is indeed Clearview’s top priority, this data breach doesn’t bode well. Open Sourced is made possible by Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists.
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More than a third of military families said they have no one to ask for a favor, survey finds
Meghan Wieten-Scott, an Army spouse of 14 years, recounted her family's posting to Anchorage, Alaska, as one of the best times in her life.
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As Alabama shows, Bloomberg's ad spending buys him favor in often-overlooked states
As Michael R. Bloomberg spends freely on ads in Alabama and other states, he's had little competition from Democrats who've been tied down in early-voting states he skipped.
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Trump to hold news conference on coronavirus as concerns grow
President Trump and federal health officials will hold a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak at 6 p.m. ET tonight. His administration's response to the growing outbreak has come under fire. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid joined CBSN to discuss what we can expect.
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MLS 2020 top story lines: Atlanta United, LAFC chasing reigning champion Seattle Sounders
While David Beckham's Inter Miami finally will make its debut, established contenders Atlanta United and LAFC take aim at the Seattle Sounders' perch.      
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Twitter Users Mock CDC Safety Poster About Beards and Face Masks
A CDC infographic shows which facial hairstyles may interfere with an N-95 face mask, but the internet also want to know about how they named each style.
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Two Months After Child’s Disappearance, Mother of Missing Toddler Evelyn Boswell Arrested for Providing ‘False’ Information to Police
A Tennessee sheriff said the case of missing Evelyn Boswell is "unlike anything I’ve ever seen"
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NYCFC fans hurting the wrong targets with foolish stadium boycott
When NYCFC takes the field for the second leg of its CONCACAF Champions League tie Wednesday night, it may do so in front of a largely empty crowd. That’s not right. Various supporters’ groups plan on boycotting the match — which will be played at Red Bull Arena — as the club enters its sixth...
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Newt Gingrich: Trump vs. Bernie Sanders and the Democrats – The statesman beats the food fighters
It was a good week for team Trump, and a terrible week for Team Democrat.
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Virginia man killed when pickup broadsides tractor-trailer
Virginia State Police say a 95-year-old man has died after his pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 460 in Windsor
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Clemson opens up spring practice with another young team with goal of national title
Clemson football will enter the 2020 season with 78 players who are either freshmen or sophomores as it tries to win another national title.        
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Trump Administration Pressed On Coronavirus Preparedness
Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says there is "no plan" for potential outbreaks in the U.S. The White House says it has the situation "contained" and has requested emergency funding.
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Voters react to fiery Democratic debate in South Carolina
Democratic presidential hopefuls clashed on the debate stage Tuesday night ahead of South Carolina's primary this weekend. CBS News campaign reporter LaCrai Mitchell spoke with voters after the debate and joined CBSN to discuss who they think came out on top.
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Pope Francis Marks Ash Wednesday Mask-Free as Some Italian Towns Cancel Services Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The Pope sent his prayers to victims of the virus and the medical personnel treating them
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BTS jams out in 'Carpool Karaoke' debut
BTS totally rocked Tuesday night's episode of of James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke."
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12 top-rated Wayfair couches shoppers love, all under $800
When it comes to home décor, nothing is more important than a good sofa. And these 12 picks aren't just beloved by Wayfair shoppers, but all cost less than $800.
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Garth Brooks will receive 'Icon' award at Billboard Music Awards
Millions of country fans already consider him one, but Billboard's making it official: Garth Brooks is an "Icon."        
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Strange Images of 'Blood Snow' in Antarctica Shared by Scientists Working at Research Station
The unusual red coloring can cause snow to melt faster.
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MLB 2020: Sleepers and players set to break out this season
Can Oakland A's first baseman Matt Olson hit 40 homers? Can Boston Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez take his game to an even higher level?       
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Clearview AI has billions of our photos. Its entire client list was just stolen
Clearview AI, a startup that compiles billions of photos for facial recognition technology, said it lost its entire client list to hackers.
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