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‘Genius’ accuses Google of scraping Song Lyrics content from them

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Genius accuses Google of stealing content

There have been instances when scraping content is used by various companies to extract data out of websites or other sources. However, Content Scraping has to be done for a purpose otherwise it is illegal. Now, it is known that Genius.com which is a Song Lyrics website has accused Google of Scraping content from their website.

Genius says that their content has been stolen via Google with the help of scraping techniques which is then found inside Google Search Results. We know that Google has started showing music lyrics inside Search Results but the company has not partnered with Genius for doing so.

However, it is also revealed that this is not a new issue. The complaints from Genius against Google are continuing from several years back and the search engine giant was first notified about this in 2017. In that notifications, Genius told Google that their transcriptions were copied and have appeared in search results.

Again, Genius has sent a letter to Google for the same reason as they were in 2017. However, Genius has approached Wall Street Journal this time around. This is because Genius now wants the world to know about this issue as well. Genius sent details to Wall Street Journal about how Google was caught “red-handed”

Here is the explanation from Genius about this issue:

“Starting around 2016, Genius said, the company made a subtle change to some of the songs on its website, alternating the lyrics’ apostrophes between straight and curly single-quote marks in exactly the same sequence for every song.

When the two types of apostrophes were converted to the dots and dashes used in Morse code, they spelt out the words “Red Handed.”

On this issue and claims by Genius, Wall Street Journal said that they were able to verify the song lyrics site’s claim:

“The Journal randomly chose three of the more than 100 examples Genius says it found of songs on Google containing these watermarks and verified the pattern of apostrophes was the same.”

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Google now lets you share your search results

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One thing that everyone does when they want information about something is to Google it. This basically means that you type your required information inside search box on Google and the search engine will give you results. However, there are people all around the world that don’t bother to search on Google and rather ask everyone on social media about it. For them, we have to often reply with an advise to “just google it”.

However, it is also known that some people who are elderly do not understand the technology that well. So they often rely on the younger generation to do the task of searching on Google. But for those who know how to Google and just don’t, we have to give them some passive aggressive replies. One of them is to send a link to LMGTFY which is Let Me Google That For You.

Basically, it is a link which sends a particular search query to people and if they click on the link, they will be redirected to Google and see the search results. Now, that task will be possible from the Google Search app itself. Because Google app as well as website now gets a new share button. This means that you can share your Google Search Results.

All in all, you can now just google something for someone and then share the search result with them so they can see the results instead of bothering to search themselves. Also, this functionality is available for every app so you can send the results by sharing on any application as well as copy it to clipboard as well.

You just have to click on the Share button that is seen next to the search bar and it will share the search results for you. Then, you can select any app or service and just share it with ease.

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Mike Mann reports selling of 9 domains in May for $179, 828

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Mike Mann who is known to be a big domain investor as well as a sharp mind in the industry has reported sales of some premium domains for a lot of money. Mike Mann’s report reveals that he sold a total of 9 domains last month. The total amount that was paid by different buyers for these 9 domains was $179,828. It is reported that the average domain sales price was $19,981.

Before getting to know which were these domain names and what they were sold for, we should have a look at who MikeMann is. Basically, MikeMann is the owner of a website called DomainMarket.com which is famous for offering premium domains to the tune of more than 350,000. Now, it does not mean that MikeMann reports every domain sale that DomainMarket makes. Instead, Mike reports what he wants to report and hides others.

Also, it is known that he purchases and sells hundreds of domains every month through market research and other factors. Yet, he only discloses details about the ones that get the highest price for obvious reasons. One more thing to consider here is that Mike Mann needs to sell more than $2.5 million worth of domains so that he can break even in terms of returns on investment.

Talking about the 9 domains that he has reported for May 2019, the highest sale out of those domains has been for Dermacor.com which has collected $29,888 on its own which was purchased for just $7 from Purch in 2009. Other domains include aitko.com, rebelrealestate.com, avoro.com, sundayservice.com, jazzyou.com, havuzlu.com, fancyfarmer.com and pandacloud.com.

Now, one thing that you would have noticed here is that all the domains are having .com TLD which shows that this TLD has the most value which is even more than .net domains. It should also be noted that DomainMarket.com is reporting its monthly reports since 2016.

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Microstrategy announces the sale of Voice.com domain name for $30 million in Cash

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Microstrategy has just announced what is one of the biggest news in Domain industry. This could also be one of the biggest deals done fully by cash as well. Microstrategy has informed the world that it has made the sale of Voice.com domain name. This deal was done in cash and the domain name was sold for $30 million. The company says that the deal was facilitated by GoDaddy which means that the transfer process was done on GoDaddy. And the deal was completed on May 30, 2019. This domain name has been used by block.one who have made the use of Voice.com for its social media platform based on blockchain.

Voice.com is an 18-year old domain as it was first registered in 2001 and it is assumed that the domain expired and was dropped later. Later, Microstrategy bought this domain from a person owning this domain in China for a price which is not disclosed.

Here is MicroStrategy’s statement on this deal:

“Block.one has made a smart strategic decision in choosing Voice.com to be the internet domain name for its new social media platform. The word ‘voice’ is simple and universally understood. It’s also ubiquitous ― as a search term, it returns billions of results on the internet. An ultra-premium domain name like Voice.com can help a company achieve instant brand recognition, ignite a business, and massively accelerate value creation. MicroStrategy holds more than a dozen evocative and powerful domain names. While our focus continues to be on our core analytics and mobility business, we are open to leveraging these domain names in equity or other strategic transactions with well-funded parties”

MicroStrategy also holds many ultra-premium domain names apart from Voice.com which include Wisdom.com, Alert.com, Strategy.com, Hope.com, Courage.com, Speaker.com and iDream.com including others. You can also visit Strategy.com where MicroStrategy has listed all the domains in its possession and you can express interest in any of the domains.

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