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Kanye West resolves fan’s ‘Life of Pablo’ lawsuit

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Kanye West resolves fan's 'Life of Pablo' lawsuit

FILE PHOTO: Entertainer Kanye West poses for a portrait while promoting his new collaborative book named “Thank You and You’re Welcome” in New York May 22, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kanye West has resolved a lawsuit accusing the rapper and entrepreneur of fraudulently inducing fans into subscribing to Jay-Z’s online streaming service Tidal by tweeting that it was the only place to obtain his 2016 album “The Life of Pablo.”

West, Tidal’s corporate parent and the plaintiff Justin Baker-Rhett on Wednesday filed a joint stipulation with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to dismiss the proposed class-action case, which was originally filed in San Francisco in April 2016.

Terms of the resolution were unclear. Tidal and lawyers for all of the parties did not respond to requests for comment.

Baker-Rhett claimed to sign up for the $9.99-a-month Tidal service after West tweeted on Feb. 15, 2016, that “Pablo” would “never never never be on Apple. And it will never be for sale … You can only get it on Tidal.”

The plaintiff called that a ploy to add subscribers to a struggling Tidal, and said the ploy became clear when West released “Pablo” 1-1/2 months later on Apple, Spotify and his own website.

“Pablo” was streamed 250 million times within 10 days of its release, the complaint said, citing Tidal.

Last June, U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods allowed Baker-Rhett to pursue a fraudulent inducement claim, because he had plausibly pleaded that West’s tweet was false. The judge dismissed other claims on jurisdictional grounds.

The case is Baker-Rhett v Aspiro AB et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-05801.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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Joy Reid blog ‘hack’ remains a mystery 1 year later

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One year after she claimed to be a victim of a cyber attack targeting her now-defunct blog, it seems MSNBC host Joy Reid never found the alleged perpetrators.

In December 2017, Mediaite discovered a trove of anti-gay articles written by Reid from 2007-2009 on a political blog called “The Reid Report” years before she was hired by MSNBC. At the time, Reid issued an apology, calling her remarks “insensitive, tone deaf and dumb” and vowed to “do better” going forward.

However, after Mediaite found even more homophobic articles in April 2018, Reid claimed that an “unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material” on her old blog and “fabricated” the offensive entries and that she was working with a “cyber-security expert” and “notified federal law enforcement officials.”

Days later, Reid’s attorney John H. Reichman confirmed that the FBI had “opened an investigation into potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts” belonging to the MSNBC host.

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Upon scrutiny, skeptics have said Reid’s claims don’t pass muster. The Daily Beast, which had suspended Reid as a contributor, conducted its own investigation and concluded that claims made by Reid’s cyber-security expert Jonathan Nichols that “screenshot manipulation” took place were false. Critics have pointed to the Internet archival service The Wayback Machine, which showed that the anti-gay articles were preserved at the time they were written and refuted the suggestion that hackers could have manipulated their archives.

Reid addressed the controversy the following week on her show. Although she did offer an apology, she did not take ownership of her blog posts like she did in her first apology, telling her viewers, “I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me.” Many of her MSNBC colleagues expressed their support for her at the time.

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Washington Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold commemorated the one-year anniversary with a satirical piece, noting that he had reached out to Reid’s attorney last week regarding the status of the FBI’s investigation into the alleged hacking and got no response but received an auto-reply on Monday with Reichman saying that he would “be overseas” until April 29. Fox News received the same response when reaching out for comment.

MSNBC also did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Critics gush over the spectacle and story of ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Film critics unleashed overwhelmingly positive reviews on Tuesday of “Avengers: Endgame,” the highly anticipated final installment in a decade-long superhero story from Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios.

Actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige pose for a picture during a ceremony to place their handprints in cement, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S. April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

As of Tuesday afternoon, all but one of 56 “Endgame” reviews collected by the Rotten Tomatoes website were rated as positive.

USA Today’s Brian Truitt called the three-hour film “Marvel’s glorious greatest-hits package” with callbacks to previous adventures that will thrill fans who have faithfully followed characters such as Iron Man and Thor.

“It’s also a singular, sprawling and hugely satisfying tale that begins with a brutal, emotional gut punch and takes you on quite the trip with the original Avengers crew,” Truitt said.

“Endgame” concludes a story that has unfolded over 21 previous films since 2007 and become the highest-grossing franchise in movie history. It picks up where last year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” left fans hanging when several beloved heroes appeared to turn to dust.

CNN’s Brian Lowry said “Endgame” delivered a worthy finale.

“The filmmakers have sought to reward movie-goers with a spectacle that’s epic in every way,” Lowry said.

“The overall journey not only produces several genuine surprises – no small feat in this context – but plenty of humor, with an assortment of lighter moments to augment the stirring and, yes, emotional ones,” he added.

A.O. Scott of The New York Times said the movie provided the “sense of an ending,” even though many characters are expected to return in future films, and “a chance to appreciate what has been done before the timelines reset and we all get back to work.”

“We’ve lived with these characters and the actors playing them for more than a decade,” Scott wrote. “For the most part, it’s nice to see them again, and a little sad to say goodbye.”

Box office experts say “Endgame” may break the opening weekend record for ticket sales in the United States and Canada, which now stands at $257.7 million for “Infinity War.”

Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Chris Reese

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‘Jeopardy!’ champ breaks record, surpasses $1 million in shortest time ever

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“Jeopardy!” champ James Holzhauer has just broken another record.

On Tuesday’s episode, the 34-year-old surpassed $1 million in the shortest time ever.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

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