Pandora now officially supports Chromecast

Chromecast on Pandora

What a difference a day can make, apparently. Just 24 hours after Pandora unveiled a new tablet design for its Internet radio app, it's flipped the switch on Chromecast support. The sharing icon (which I swear wasn't there yesterday when I was kind of going off on a rant) is now live, and it connects as you'd expect to Chromecast.

Earlier this month, Hulu Plus joined the ranks as the other third-party member of the Chromecast streaming community. 

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No brainer: Congressmen knock Sebelius with ‘Wizard of Oz’ jokes

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before Congress Wednesday about the shaky rollout of the Obamacare online exchange website.

Sebelius was once the governor of Kansas, so pretty much everyone made “Wizard of Oz” jokes at her expense while she sat there answering questions about President Barack Obama’s signature legislation that will affect millions of people.

(Gordon Donovan/Yahoo)

It all started when Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton took the microphone and said:“There is a famous movie called ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ And in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ there is a great line. Dorothy at some point in the movie turns to her little dog, Toto, and says: Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Well, Madam Secretary, while you’re from Kansas, we’re not in Kansas anymore. Some might say that we are actually in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ land given the parallel universes we appear to be habitating.”

(Gordon Donovan/Yahoo)

Great joke! Because she is from Kansas!

Well, not quite from Kansas. Later on in the hearing, Texas Republican Rep. Ralph Hall asked her: ”Were you born in Kansas, made in Kansas?” (Wait, “made” in Kansas? What is this guy, 90 years old? Yes.) Anyway. Sebelius replied, “I was not. I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. I married a Kansan and went to Kansas.” (Then became governor of it.) Good enough!

Onward with the wisecracks.

So then, New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone decided to make the same bad gag.

“I know we’re not in Kansas, but I do believe increasingly we’re in Oz because of what I see here. So this Wizard of Oz comment by my colleague from Texas, I think, is particularly apropos given what we hear on the other side of the aisle. I don’t know how you keep your cool, Madam Secretary.”

(Gordon Donovan/Yahoo)

How about another? Take it away, Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley:

“One of the things that keeps coming up in this hearing because you are from Kansas is references to ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ And people went to see the wizard because of the wonderful things that he did. And the Affordable Care Act is doing a lot of great things in Iowa!”

(Gordon Donovan/Yahoo)

OK this is getting out of control. Could someone please drop a house on these guys already?

But wait, Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo saves the day:

“It won’t surprise you that I would like to talk about Kansas a little bit today. Much like with — some of my colleagues have made references to ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ I don’t think anybody not from Kansas should be able to do Oz allegories.”

(Gordon Donovan/Yahoo)

Oh wait, he kept talking. Drat.

“But,” he added, “my story — the way I think about it is those folks worked awful hard to go down that yellow brick road. At the end of the day, when they got there and pulled back the curtain, they found there was nothing that they didn’t already have. And as we pull back the curtain on the Affordable Care Act, I think people are finding that it’s not exactly what they’re going to have worked so hard to find their way to as well.”

And that — praise Oz — ended it once and for all.

(Stephen Gutowski)

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Referee Marc Goddard ‘100 percent confident’ in Guillard-Pearson no-contest ruling

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Veteran MMA referee Marc Goddard was thrown into a tough situation on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 30. Fighting in the night’s co-main event, lightweights Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson traded blows for less than two minutes before Guillard trapped Pearson against the fence and unloaded a pair of devastating knees to the Englishman’s forehead.

Pearson’s right hand appeared to be downed during the salvo, casting the legality of Guillard’s strikes in question, and Goddard immediately stopped the action, before ultimately ruling the bout a ‘no contest’ due to a massive cut which had opened across Pearson’s brow.

Looking back on the messy situation during Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Goddard stated “100 percent” confidence in his decision.

“It wasn’t the first knee that Melvin delivered,” Goddard explained. “It was actually the second knee, and it was the second knee that opened up the cut.

“I saw Ross’ hand, and when I say hand, I mean his palm. His entire hand. It wasn’t what we’re used to before with the fingertips and playing the game, as me and a couple of other refs will allude to. This was a deliberate action, in terms of Ross making himself safe, putting his full hand down on the mat. The knee came in, connected with the forehead. That’s what caused the cut. That’s exactly what I saw, and that’s why I stopped the fight at that time to deal with it.”

The severity of Pearson’s cut ultimately led to the fight’s premature conclusion, though afterward many observers questioned Goddard’s decision to rule the bout a no contest rather than a disqualification win in Pearson’s favor.

To that end, the crux of Goddard’s decision came down to intent.

“It was very clear to me that Melvin delivered the two knees in quick succession, and he didn’t have time to assess or see the position of Ross Pearson,” Goddard explained.

“Ross’ hand went down, the second knee connected, and I think it was only fair and only just [for] both parties to rule it a no contest. There was certainly no, in my mind, intention from Melvin there to foul his opponent intentionally. And there was certainly no intention in my mind that Ross was playing a game. He was trying to be afforded the protection of being a downed fighter.”

The three-point stance rule, which allows a fighter to ‘play the game,’ as Goddard says, and place his or hers fingertips on the canvas to prevent knees or kicks to the head, fell into question earlier this year in the aftermath of its role in Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight title defense against John Dodson at UFC on FOX 6.

The controversial rule has yet to be changed, though a new wrinkle is apparently already in effect.

“What came out of [2013 ABC conference] was they understand that it goes on, but the defining factor came that it’s up to the referee,” Goddard revealed. “It’s (up to) the referee’s discretion to call whether a fighter is playing the game or not.”

With that knowledge in mind, Goddard defended his ruling at UFC Fight Night 30 by stating that in the process of placing his palm fully down on the canvas, Pearson made it clear that he wasn’t attempting to ‘play a game.’ Rather, he was simply taking advantage of the protection afforded to him by the Unified Rules of MMA.

“If a fighter is in danger of being (hurt), they know what they’re afforded to do,” Goddard explained. “If you want to be a downed fighter, be a downed fighter. If it goes down to one knee, put your hand flat.

“What I won’t do, what I won’t allow, and some fighters will testify, is if you’re going to start playing the fingertip game, because that is playing a game. If you want to be afforded the protection of a downed fighter, then become a downed fighter. And quite clearly to me, that’s what Ross Pearson did. When the first knee came in, he could see the danger of repeated knees. He put his hand flat on (mat), and unfortunately … Melvin didn’t have time to see that. He didn’t have time to react, and I had to do what I had to do.”

Guillard and Pearson are now scheduled to rematch their lightweight tilt on March 8, 2014 in London, England. And while Goddard is positive he made the right call, he added that due to system in place, it was a call he had to make in real time, without the extensive use of instant replay.

“I think the obvious answer is yes, because there are things we all miss. We’re human beings,” Goddard responded when asked if instant replay belongs in mixed martial arts.

“Sometimes something can happen on the blind side of us. [Referees] can’t take the word of someone on the outside or someone from an opposing camp, or the fighter’s camp themselves. So I think video replays do have their place in MMA, certainly when there’s a lot at stake.”

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UK phone-hacking trial opens for top Murdoch aides

LONDON (AP) — The trial of two former top editors of Rupert Murdoch’s shuttered News of the World tabloid began Monday with the selection of a jury to hear the lengthy, high-profile case sparked by Britain’s phone-hacking scandal.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson — both former senior Murdoch aides and associates of British Prime Minister David Cameron — are charged with phone hacking and illegal payments to officials. They sat in the dock at London’s Central Criminal Court alongside six other defendants on the first day of a trial that Judge John Saunders said could last up to six months.

This is the first criminal trial stemming from a tabloid phone-hacking scandal that erupted two years ago. Revelations of illegal eavesdropping by the News of the World sparked the closure of the 168-year-old newspaper and led to a judge-led media-ethics inquiry and several wide-ranging criminal investigations that have seen dozens of journalists and officials arrested.

The judge told about 80 prospective jurors, from whom a 12-member jury will be chosen, not to discuss the case or seek information about it so they could hear the arguments “free from any preconceptions.”

Brooks arrived early for the hearing alongside her husband Charles, who faces a related charge of obstructing justice.

The eight defendants — all former Murdoch employees except for Charles Brooks — chatted in the glass-enclosed dock in a windowless courtroom dotted with more than a dozen bewigged lawyers set to argue the complex case. All the defendants deny the charges.

The prosecution is expected to begin opening arguments on Tuesday.


The three highest-profile defendants are: Brooks, 45, a former editor of the News of the World and former chief executive of Murdoch’s British newspapers; Coulson, 45, another former News of the World editor who was Cameron’s communications chief until 2011; and Brooks’ 50-year-old husband Charles, a racehorse trainer.

Coulson and Rebekah Brooks have become the faces of the scandal, though neither has been convicted of wrongdoing.

He was the elusive figure — rarely photographed — behind Cameron’s canny media strategy. She was the flame-haired, high-flying editor who exchanged text messages with her friend and neighbor Cameron while overseeing Murdoch’s politically powerful British newspapers.

They face trial alongside former News of the World managing editor Stuart Kuttner;, ex-news editor Ian Edmondson; former royal editor Clive Goodman; Rebekah Brooks’ former assistant Cheryl Carter; and Mark Hanna, former security chief at Murdoch’s News International unit.


Brooks and Coulson are charged with conspiracy to intercept communications — phone hacking — and with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, which covers bribing officials such as police or prison guards. The other former News of the World journalists face related charges.

Rebekah Brooks, Charles Brooks, Carter and Hanna are also accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by removing material from the company’s archive and withholding computers and documents from the police.


The charges stem from the scandal that erupted in 2011, when it was revealed that journalists at the News of the World eavesdropped on the cellphone voicemail messages of celebrities, politicians, crime victims and others in the public eye.

The furor led Murdoch to close the News of The World and triggered police investigations into phone hacking, computer hacking and the bribery of officials, probes that have expanded to take in possible wrongdoing at other British newspapers.

More than 30 people have been charged, including senior journalists and editors from the News of the World and its sister paper, The Sun.


The central questions are: What did Brooks and Coulson know, and how widespread were the illegal practices when they ran the newspaper? Brooks edited the paper between 2000 and 2003; in 2002, it hacked the mobile phone voicemails of a murdered 13-year-old, Milly Dowler, while police were searching for her. (Brooks denies knowing about any of the hacking). Coulson was in charge from 2003 to 2007.


The maximum sentence for phone hacking is two years in prison, while the other charges carry a maximum life sentence, although the average term imposed is much shorter.


Not likely. The hacking scandal convinced many politicians and members of the public that Britain’s press was out of control. Cameron ordered a judge-led inquiry into media ethics, which recommended an independent press regulator be set up with state backing. Many editors and journalists fear that could lead to state regulation but they may find it hard to resist amid a new blare of publicity about media misdeeds.

Revelations at the trial also could heap new pressure on Murdoch, who remains atop his now-fractured media empire. The scandal led him to shut down his best-selling newspaper, pay millions to settle lawsuits from hacking victims and split his News Corp. media empire into two businesses, a publishing company and a media and entertainment group.


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iPad art gains recognition in new Hockney exhibit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Happily hunched over his iPad, Britain’s most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, turning his index finger into a paintbrush that he uses to swipe across a touch screen to create vibrant landscapes, colorful forests and richly layered scenes.

“It’s a very new medium,” said Hockney. So new, in fact, he wasn’t sure what he was creating until he began printing his digital images a few years ago. “I was pretty amazed by them actually,” he said, laughing. “I’m still amazed.”

A new exhibit of Hockney’s work, including about 150 iPad images, opened Saturday in the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, just a short trip for Silicon Valley techies who created both the hardware and software for this 21st-century reinvention of finger-painting.

The show is billed as the museum’s largest ever, filling two floors of the de Young with a survey of works from 1999 to present, mostly landscapes and portraits in an array of mediums: watercolor, charcoal and even video. But on a recent preview day, it was the iPad pieces, especially the 12-foot high majestic views of Yosemite National Park that drew gasps.

Already captured by famed photographer Ansel Adams, and prominent painters such as Thomas Hill and Albert Bierstadt, Hockney’s iPad images of Yosemite’s rocks, rivers and trees are both comfortingly familiar and entirely new.

In one wide open vista, scrubby, bright green pines sparkle in sunlight, backed by Bridalveil Fall tumbling lightly down a cliff side; the distinct granite crest of Half Dome looms in the background. In another, a heavy mist obscures stands of giant sequoias.

“He has such command of space, atmosphere and light,” said Fine Arts Museums director Colin Bailey.

Other iPad images are overlaid, so viewers can see them as they were drawn, an animated beginning-to-end chronological loop. He tackles faces and flowers, and everyday objects: a human foot, scissors, an electric plug.

Some of the iPad drawings are displayed on digital screens, others, like the Yosemite works, were printed on six large panels. Hockey’s technical assistants used large inkjet prints reproduce the images he created on his IPad.

Exhibiting iPad images by a prominent artist in a significant museum gives the medium a boost, said art historians, helping digital artwork gain legitimacy in the notoriously snobby art world where computer tablet art shows are rare and prices typically lower than comparable watercolors or oils.

“I’m grateful he’s doing this because it opens people’s mind to the technology in a new way,” said Long Island University Art Historian Maureen Nappi, although she described Hockney’s iPad work as “gimmicky.”

Writing about the historic shift of drawing from prehistoric cave painting to digital tablets in this month’s MIT journal “Leonardo,” Nappi said that while iPad work is still novel, the physicality of painting and drawing have gone on for millennia.

“These gestures are as old as humans are,” she said in an interview. “Go back to cave paintings, they’re using finger movements to articulate creative expressions.”

Hockney, 76, started drawing on his iPhone with his thumb about five years ago, shooting his works via email to dozens of friends at a time.

“People from the village come up and tease me: ‘We hear you’ve started drawing on your telephone.’ And I tell them, ‘Well, no, actually, it’s just that occasionally I speak on my sketch pad,'” he said.

When the iPad was announced, Hockney said he had one shipped immediately to his home in London, where he splits his time with Los Angeles.

He creates his work with an app built by former Apple software engineer Steve Sprang of Mountain View, Calif., called Brushes, which along with dozens of other programs like Touch Sketch, SketchBook Mobile and Bamboo Paper are being snapped up by artists, illustrators and graphic designers.

Together, the artists are developing new finger and stylus techniques, with Hockney’s vanguard work offering innovative approaches.

“David Hockney is one of the living masters of oil painting, a nearly-600-year-old technology, and thus is well positioned to have thought long and hard about the advantages of painting with a digital device like the iPad,” said Binghamton University Art Historian Kevin Hatch in New York.

Hatch said a “digital turn” in the art world began about 25 years ago, as the Internet gained popularity, and he said today most artists have adapted to using a device in some way as they create art.

A similar shift happened almost 100 years ago with the dawn of photography, he said, when innovations such as the small photograph cards and the stereoscope captured the art world’s imagination.

And Hatch said there are some drawbacks to the shift to tablet art.

“A certain almost magical quality of oil paint, a tactile, tangible substance, is lost when a painting becomes, at heart, a piece of code, a set of invisible 1’s and 0’s,” he said.

Hockney, who created 78 of the almost 400 pieces in the de Young show this year, isn’t giving up painting, or drawing, or video, or tablets, any time soon. When asked where he sees the world of art going, he shrugged his broad shoulders and paused.

“I don’t know where it’s going, really, who does?” he said. “But art will be there.”

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Shooting at Conn. nightclub kills woman, hurts 5

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Police say a shooting inside a Connecticut nightclub has left one woman dead and five people injured.

New Haven police say gunfire rang out inside the Key Club Cabaret at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, sending more than 100 patrons rushing out through the main doorway.

Police say 26-year-old Erica Robinson, of West Haven, died. Twenty-nine-year-old Jahad Brumsey, of West Haven, was critically injured. Four others, ages 19 to 34, were treated for injuries that aren’t considered life-threatening.

No suspect has been identified. Police have been interviewing several witnesses.

Police say the interior of the club was littered with drug paraphernalia and smelled of marijuana.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman issued a statement saying, “Connecticut cities still suffer too often from the plague of gun violence.”

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