The Daily Populous

Thursday March 8th, 2018 day edition

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(CNN) Pepe the frog, the once-innocent cartoon that was appropriated as a mascot of the alt-right, is at the center of a new legal battle.

Matt Furie, the character's creator, is suing Infowars, the media company helmed by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, Furie alleges copyright infringement stemming from a stylized poster sold on the Infowars website.

The $29.95 poster features a depiction of Pepe alongside other MAGA "heroes" drawn by artist Jon Allen, including Donald Trump, Roger Stone, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and Jones himself.

"The establishment wants this taken down," the description of the poster reads.

"Instead, celebrate the historic victory and frame this conversation starter in your home!''.

The poster, as shown in the Infowars online store. »

Let Guillermo Del Toro finally make ‘At the Mountains of Madness’

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The most cherished attempt to bring Lovecraft to the big screen is a movie that was never even made: Guillermo Del Toro’s long-developed, eventually-abandoned take on “At the Mountains of Madness”, one of Lovecraft’s most iconic stories.

Del Toro, too, has always been open to the possibility that the movie could come back, given his years-long passion for making this work. »

Fyre Festival Promoter Billy McFarland Pleads Guilty To Fraud

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Fyre Festival Promoter Billy McFarland Pleads Guilty To Fraud.

Concert promoter Billy McFarland, who promised to stage a "life-changing" Caribbean music festival in the Bahamas last year and instead presided over a fiasco, pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and faces up to a decade behind bars.

A contrite McFarland admitted in a Manhattan federal court that he had defrauded 80 investors and falsified documents to secure more funds to put on the 2017 Fyre Festival. »

Terry Crews’ Sexual Assault Case Against Adam Venit Rejected by City Attorney

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Prosecutors will not file charges against Adam Venit, the WME agent accused of groping Terry Crews, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Crews filed a sexual assault complaint against Venit with the Los Angeles Police Department in December, and the case was referred to the district attorney’s office, which subsequently referred the case to the city attorney’s office for misdemeanor filing consideration.

Also Read: Terry Crews Sexual Assault Accusation Sent to District Attorney by LAPD. »

Amazon has a fix for Alexa’s creepy laughs

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Amazon responded to the creepiness today in a statement to The Verge, saying, “We’re aware of this and working to fix it.”.

Later on in the day, Amazon said its planned fix will involve disabling the phrase, “Alexa, laugh,” and changing the command to “Alexa, can you laugh?”

Update at 7:05PM ET, 3/7: Added new statement from Amazon clarifying how the company plans to fix Alexa’s creepy laugh. »