The Daily Populous

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 day edition

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Spotify has deleted several episodes of the podcast hosted by Alex Jones, an Austin, Texas-based right-wing conspiracy theorist and founder of Infowars, after a backlash on social media this week over the distribution of his episodes as other websites removed some of his content.

The specific podcast episodes deleted by Spotify were determined by the music streaming service to include hate speech.

Dozens of episodes of Jones' podcasts remain available on the site.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community.

Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of 'The Alex Jones Show' podcast for violating our hate content policy," the company said in a statement late Wednesday.

Once a fringe figure of the internet's far right, Jones has become a prominent media presence in recent years.

He has been praised by President Trump, who gave an interview to Jones in 2017. »

Judge Rules Albuquerque Civil Forfeiture Law Unconstitutional, Upholds Innocent Until Proven Guilty

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Judge Browning’s ruling is the latest flashpoint in the battle against civil forfeiture in New Mexico, which has been a surprising hotbed for reform.

Spurred in part by those Kinsley gaffes, lawmakers unanimously approved legislation to abolish civil forfeiture throughout the state.

Those municipal forfeiture programs also violated New Mexico’s sweeping reform: When the state voted to abolish civil forfeiture, it required all forfeiture proceeds to be deposited in the general fund. »

Netflix Acquires George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’; Andy Serkis Directs & Matt Reeves Produces

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EXCLUSIVE: Days after acquiring his film Mowgli from Warner Bros, Netflix has doubled down with Andy Serkis by acquiring rights to the George Orwell novel Animal Farm.

6th & Idaho’s Matt Reeves, Rafi Crohn and Adam Kassan will produce with The Imaginarium’s Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish.

The Netflix deal reunites Serkis with Reeves after they worked together on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes. »

Keeping Up With The Kardashians may make viewers cold-hearted towards poor, study suggests

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Television shows which glamourise fame, luxury, and wealth accumulation such as Made in Chelsea or Keeping Up With The Kardashians, make viewers cold-hearted towards the poor, a new study suggests.

New research from the London School of Economics (LSE) found that even 60 seconds of exposure to materialistic media is enough to significantly increase anti-welfare sentiment.

Study author Dr Rodolfo Leyva of LSE’s Department of Media and Communications said: “Humans are inherently materialistic but also very social and communal. »

RED’s holographic Hydrogen One phone gets even closer to release with FCC approval

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RED’s upcoming Hydrogen One smartphone still doesn’t have a concrete release date, but we’re presumably getting even closer to launch, given that the phone has cleared the FCC’s approval process this week, via PhoneScoop.

That said, both AT&T and Verizon pledging to offer the device whenever it does launch (AT&T’s page now claims a fall 2018 release window.).

Update August 1st, 5:10pm: Added details of further delays as announced by RED founder Jim Jannard in RED’s forums. »