first_imgSPIN Media announced three new changes to its editorial staff: Caryn Ganz as online editor-in-chief, Christopher R. Weingarten as senior editor and David Bevan as associate editor. The announcement comes after other editorial shifts were made by SPIN this past June, where editor-in-chief Doug Brod and publisher Malcolm Campbell were released and Jeff Rogers joined the company as digital general manager. SPIN stated the staffing modifications would aid in better serving SPIN’s cross-platform campaign, which was put into effect in March after the iPad SPIN Play app was released.  In the newly created position of online editor-in-chief, Ganz will supervise multimedia content on SPIN.com as well as similar outlets. She is scheduled to redesign the site in early 2012. Ganz joined SPIN in 2001 as an editorial assistant and went onto become associate editor. Weingarten, a music critic who often contributes to SPIN, the Village Voice, Revolver and Rolling Stone comes from serving as Paper Thin Walls editor. Bevan, SPIN’s new associate editor, most recently served as a full-time staff writer for Pitchfork. Before that he was associate editor at The Fader. In addition to the key role changes in the integrated editorial staffing, Peter Gaston, former interactive director, will become special projects director in a newly created role overseeing advertiser-driven programs. The company’s editorial staff changes follows SPIN’s announcement that it would be reducing its frequency from monthly to bimonthly beginning with the March 2012 issue. It was also reported that it would be adjusting its rate based downward from 450,000 to 350,000.last_img

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first_imgAt least 22 people died when they became trapped in a bus that caught fire after it collided with a truck in northern India on Monday.Police said the doors of the government-run bus jammed in the collision, trapping the passengers insiders as it caught fire after the fuel tank burst.Some passengers were able to escape by breaking the windows, but police found 22 charred bodies inside the bus once the blaze was finally extinguished.Authorities have launched an investigation into the accident in Bareilly, a town in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.”The case is under investigation and the cause of the accident and subsequent burning of the bus will be looked into,” Bareilly traffic police chief Om Prakash Yadav told AFP.India has some of the world’s deadliest roads with more than 230,000 fatalities annually, according to the World Health Organization.Transport analysts attribute the huge number of accidents to poor roads, ill-trained drivers and reckless driving.The national government has put forward proposals for new legislation to make roads safer by stiffening lax traffic regulations.last_img

first_img Popular on Variety Reps for all three services did not immediately provide further details. A rep for Spotify confirmed that the record had been broken by a large measure, but did not confirm the numbers officially, noting that its SpotifyCharts page may not be fully accurate. The numbers on that site at press time were slightly different than the ones first reported by Music Business Worldwide early Saturday. Variety will report the official numbers when they are released.If the album’s streaming numbers were to continue at this rate — which seems unlikely — it would easily top 1 billion streams in its first week, obliterating the previous record. That mark was also set by “Beerbongs & Bentleys” last month, with 236,500,546 streams in the U.S. and 411,816,710 globally in its first week. Guess whose record that last number broke? Drake’s, for last year’s 22-track mixtape “More Life,” which set the record with 385 million streams.On other services, “Scorpion” became the No. 1 album on the Apple Music charts in 92 countries almost instantly upon release, and at presstime its 25 songs occupy the top 25 spots on Apple Music (with XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” at No. 26). Amazon and Tidal had not posted numbers at press time.The labels involved (Republic, Cash Money and Young Money) seemingly have launched a full-scale campaign to break as many streaming records as possible, something that the album’s length makes a lot more likely than, say a seven-track album. In an unexpected move, given Drake’s long history with Apple Music, they’ve also gone big with Spotify, teaming up with the service for its first-ever global dedicated artist takeover, called “ScorpionSZN,” whereby Drake takes over multiple playlists on the same day. The MC is on the cover of RapCaviar, Beast Mode, Today’s Top Hits, Morning Commute and others — including ones where his music isn’t even featured.Late Friday afternoon, the RIAA announced that Drake has become its top certified digital singles artist, with 142 million to date — a number that’s sure to grow in the coming days. Stats will be updated through the coming hours and days. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 UPDATED: In its first day of release, Drake’s “Scorpion” shattered Spotify’s one-day global record for album streams, according to data on SpotifyCharts.com. According to those figures, the album’s individual track totaled 132,450,203 streams, more than 50,000,000 greater than the previous record, set just weeks ago by Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” which was streamed 78,744,748 times globally on its first day of release.A rep for Apple Music confirmed that the album shattered its single-day record as well, with more than 170 million streams. Drake’s 2017 mixtape “More Life” held the previous record, with 89.9 million streams on its first day.Late Sunday, a rep for Amazon confirmed that that “Scorpion” had more first-day streams than any other album on Amazon Music Unlimited, breaking a record previously held by Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods.”last_img

first_imgStay on target Virginia Outlaws Deepfake Revenge PornIt May Soon Be Illegal For NYC Bosses to Contact Employees Out of Hours A federal jury last week awarded Minnesota police officer Amy Krekelberg $585,000 after colleagues unlawfully accessed her private information online.Officers from the Minneapolis Police Department searched for Krekelberg’s photograph, address, age, height, and weight via the state’s driver’s license database, the Associated Press reported.She suffered years of harassment and emotional distress; in at least one instance, other cops refused to provide Krekelberg with backup support, her lawyers said.Sadly, Krekelberg is not alone: This is one of several federal lawsuits against police departments for unlawful access of a co-worker’s intimate details in driver’s license directory.“The Minnesota case shows that without strong protections, police officers may abuse their data access—even by invading the privacy of their fellow officers, particularly women,” according to Sarah St. Vincent, US surveillance and law enforcement researcher at non-profit Human Rights Watch, who observed the trial.“As Congress and states consider adopting stronger data protection,” she continued, “they should limit what police can do with personal information.”Krekelberg filed her lawsuit in 2013, after receiving a notice from Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources, alerting her that an employee had abused his access to a government driver’s license database and snooped on thousands of people in the state—mostly women.When she asked for an audit of accesses to her DMV records, Krekelberg learned that her information had actually been viewed nearly 1,000 times over the previous decade, Wired announced.More than 500 of those lookups were conducted by “dozens” of other cops—many of whom searched for her in the middle of the night, the magazine said.The invasions of privacy occurred while Krekelberg was a Minneapolis Park Police officer, and after she joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 2012.As noted by the AP, court records show that Krekelberg reached earlier settlements with several other Minnesota communities—including St. Paul, which agreed to pay $29,500 in 2017.Her case against the city of Minneapolis came to a close last week, when a jury awarded her $585,000. More than half of that is punitive damages from two defendants, who supposedly looked up Krekelberg’s information after she rejected their romantic advances.“We are disappointed in this verdict, but the city takes very seriously the importance of data privacy,” Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal told Wired.“We are exploring options for challenging the verdict,” she added in a statement to the AP. “The allegations in these cases involve lookups that happened many years ago, and the city and the police department in particular have taken many measures since then to make sure that we are protecting data privacy.”Krekelberg now works a desk job.The problem, Wired pointed out, goes beyond DMV databases: Law enforcement officials and private tech companies have abused their access to sensitive information for years, tracking people’s cell phones and spying on users without their consent.More on Geek.com:NY, Canada Gunning for Facebook Over Data ProtectionMassive Data Breach Leaks 772M Emails, 21M PasswordsYou Know Your Smartphone Is Spying On You, But It’s Worse Than You Thinklast_img

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