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Sherlock Holmes original works enter Public Domain

Sherlock Holmes original works enter Public Domain

Copyright has officially expired for the original set of works surrounding the sleuth known as Sherlock Holmes according to a US Federal Judge this week. This includes the original 50 Holmes stories published before January 1st, 1923 covered by United States copyright law. This allows writers and creators of media of all types to use any and all bits and pieces of these original stories to use the ideas included in these works without paying licensing fees to the original Conan Doyle estate.

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Kanye and Kinect: Yeezus tour utilization and live motion capture

Kanye and Kinect: Yeezus tour utilization and live motion capture

For those of you lucky enough to have caught Kanye West’s Yeezus tour as it came down upon the earth over the past few months, you’ll have witnessed the world’s first live concert utilization of Microsoft’s Kinect. The piece of the concert in question here was when West sang Black Skinhead, heading to the front of his architectural wonder to a piece of the stage that bounced. Up in front of this piece of the stage was a Kinect.

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Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy cast filled out: Vin Diesel joins as Groot

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy cast filled out: Vin Diesel joins as Groot

This week the final member of the Guardians of the Galaxy has been announced, bringing Marvel Comics’ high-flying space-bound superhero movie forward for 2014 with Vin Diesel as lead character Groot. This character is the largest in the bunch, existing as a sentient tree, and one of five members of the diverse alien group. Also here - in order - are Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Star-Lord (aka Peter Quill), and Rocket Raccoon.

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Iron Maiden using piracy to target concert tour with great success

Iron Maiden using piracy to target concert tour with great success

It would appear that bands that have gotten over the madness hump that is the realization that their music is being pirated have begun taking advantage of that fact. One perfect example is Iron Maiden, a band that this week has revealed that they take the data they’ve gathered on where their music is being pirated, and instead of taking the massive time and resources involved in persecution to punish these areas, they’ve aimed their concert series directly for them.

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Tribune acquires Gracenote from Sony for one big smart media data stream

Tribune acquires Gracenote from Sony for one big smart media data stream

Two major sources for technology that organizes and mades sense of your media have, this week, combined into a single entity. What’s happening here is a transaction between Tribune Company and Sony Corporation of America in which the former will acquire “the global leader in music technology and metadata” from the latter: Gracenote. This data will be added to Tribune Media Services, making this one entity into “one of the largest entertainment metadata companies in the world.”

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Pharrell Williams interviews Spock

Pharrell Williams interviews Spock

As part of a creator series of interviews called "ARTST TLK", the multi-platform artist known as Pharrell Williams has brought aboard none other than Leonard Nimoy for a chat. While this actor, synonymous with his iconic half-human/half-alien Star Trek character Spock, has had many chats on the subject, this one is unique. This one is like watching the world's biggest geek speak with an unnatural amount of restraint while asking questions so well thought out, you'd swear he'd written them over the course of a lifetime.

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U2 joins Google+, high-fives Vic Gundotra

U2 joins Google+, high-fives Vic Gundotra

You know the feeling you get when you walk past a Google executive and just casually say hello as you enter their social network for the first time? That's the feeling Bono-led U2 got this week as their presence on Google+ becomes news enough to cover in the ever-so-important cross-brand collaboration war between the social networks. Here U2 appears, and they appear official from the start.

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Xbox One and 360 exclusive documentary series starts in 2014 with Atari Burial

Xbox One and 360 exclusive documentary series starts in 2014 with Atari Burial

There's a documentary series approaching the world which will cover a collection of oddities in our modern technological landscape, entirely exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 and beginning with the Atari landfill. These folks begin with another exclusive - rights to the upheaval of a landfill stocked with massive amounts of the video game "ET the Video Game" tossed there after Atari saw "overwhelmingly negative" feedback in 1983. If this all seems interesting to you already, you'll be in for a real treat.

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Dawn of The Planet of The Apes trailer brings death

Dawn of The Planet of The Apes trailer brings death

There's a big possibility that you'll want to skip watching the first trailer for The Dawn of The Planet of the Apes movie if you've not seen the first Planet of The Apes film with "Rise" in the title. This first full paragraph will be your warning: spoilers are not included for this new movie, but if you've not seen the first one in this reboot series, you'll want to do that first. This new trailer is for the film that'll be released inside 2014.

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Beyonce album Target store skip enlivens digital media war

Beyonce album Target store skip enlivens digital media war

If the fact that Target announced that they wont be carrying Beyonce's 2013 self-titled album weren't enough, the writing on the wall should be. Here we're seeing another big push in the war waged between artists, record labels, and those that would stand to lose profit at the hands of the oncoming digital revolution. While the release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" had the record industry in a tizzy with its "pay whatever you want" model, Beyonce's "release as a surprise to iTunes first" model seems to be taking retail stores out a whole new door.

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