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It’s quite the year to be a Star Wars fan! In celebration of Star Wars: the Force Awakens owning this month at San Diego Comic-Con, Geek.com is going to bring you a Star Wars trivia question for the entire month of July. No, not your easily Google-able Star Wars trivia either. We’ve assembled 31 questions from the new Disney canon and the old Legends continuity that recognize astromech droids are too colorful for their own good.

Check out each day’s question, and answer it in the comments section. On August 1, we’ll post all the answers along with shoutout to each question’s first correct commenter. You can find the previous questions at the “Star Wars Trivia” tag.

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Earlier this week, we wrote about fairly damning new evidence that almost certainly shows that the song "Happy Birthday" is in the public domain, and not, as Warner Music's Warner/Chappell claims, still covered by a copyright that it holds (and ruthlessly enforces). The evidence was in the form of a 1922 songbook that published the music and lyrics to Happy Birthday, noting that it was via "special permission through courtesy of the Clayton F Summy Co." The Summy company is who registered the copyright in 1935, and which Warner eventually bought. Warner has long argued that there was no pre-1935 publication. As the lawyers for the plaintiffs ("Good Morning To You Productions" -- who are making a documentary film about the song) pointed out, the publishing of the song and lyrics in 1922 without a copyright notice pretty clearly establishes the song is in the public domain. Even if there were a copyright on the original songbook, it would have expired.

It seemed pretty damning, but Warner/Chappell has quickly responded by basically trying to muddy the waters with a "well, who really knows what 'special permission' really meant" line, along with lots of other FUD about how Summy wouldn't have even owned the copyright at that point in the first place. Basically, Warner is just going to claim that none of this matters for as long as it possibly can. Watch the tap dancing:

Plaintiffs instead assert that it was Summy that authorized the 1922 and 1927 publications. Plaintiffs base this on the one-line statement that The Cable Company included in The Everyday Song Book. But that statement does not say what the “Special permission” was for—was it for Good Morning to All only? Was it for that work in combination with the Happy Birthday lyrics? The statement also does not say when such permission purportedly was provided or any other facts about that would show authorization divesting the Hill Sisters’ copyright.
Let's see just how much we can confuse everyone by twisting this into knots. The longer we keep up the illusion, the longer people have to pay... so it's worth it...
Plaintiffs’ evidence does not show the consent of the copyright owner. Plaintiffs argue that, because The Cable Company’s 1922 publication contained the statement, “Special permission through courtesy of The Clayton F. Summy Co.,” the 1922 publication must have had the necessary authorization from the copyright owner to divest the common law copyright.

In 1922, however, the Clayton F. Summy Co. (“Summy”) did not own the copyright to Happy Birthday to You! Summy likewise did not own the copyright to Good Morning to All. In 1922, the copyrighted work Song Stories for the Kindergarten, which contained Good Morning to All, was in its renewal copyright term.... Jessica Hill, who had inherited part of Mildred Hill’s interest in the renewal copyright term of Song Stories for the Kindergarten, timely filed a registration for the renewal term on September 3, 1921.... There is no evidence that the Hill Sisters (Jessica or Patty) granted anyone the right to publish the Happy Birthday to You! lyrics until 1935. The evidence instead shows that Summy sought and obtained a license to publish the Happy Birthday to You! lyrics from Jessica Hill in 1935.... Summy would not have had to secure a license from Jessica Hill if it already had the rights to Happy Birthday to You! or if the work had fallen into the public domain.

This seems like a lot of complexity for the sake of complexity -- just to come up with some sort of argument for why a clearly public domain work might not be in the public domain. Now we wait for the judge's ruling on all of this...
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Reddit's executives are still walking a thin, shaky tightrope as they update the site's content policy. Today, CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman posted a small update on Reddit's new moderator tools and rules for policing the site's worst communities — which could spell one of the biggest shifts in the site's history. He stayed to chat about what the changes would mean.

And the inevitable question came up: "How do you feel about hosting what may soon be the biggest white supremacist forum on the internet?"

Horrible, actually, but I don't think you can win an argument by simply silencing the opposition.

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Windows 10 is happening, and you may or may not be running it by this evening, depending on whatever magical factors are used by Microsoft to determine availability. Upgraders will experience what our own Peter Bright calls a not-quite-perfect Start Menu and (at least eventually) some hot DirectX 12 gaming action, but something else is missing from the launch.

See, in years past, as a new version of Windows charged toward release, Microsoft always released a little something extra—a promotional video.

This is not a Microsoft-exclusive idea. Every company releases marketing-driven promotional videos, and they range from ludicrously overblown ballads to hilariously insulting and condescending how-to videos. But Microsoft’s promo efforts stand out even in this sea of crap.

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Similitudes incroyables entre le flaperon d'un #B777 et le débris retrouvé ce matin à #LaReunion#MH370 ? pic.twitter.com/GDkzRLwi2h

— Xavier Tytelman (@PeurAvion) July 29, 2015

A chunk of airplane wing that may match the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing more than a year ago was found on the island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. Xavier Tytelman, a French former military pilot, was contacted today by a man on the island who found the piece, according to The Telegraph, and says it looks like it could be from the long disappeared Boeing 777, in part because it appears to have spent at least a year in the ocean.

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This article takes a closer look at the emerging crowdfunding platform Sprked, which aims to follow the Patreon support model, but exclusively for video game modders. The service is currently in its early stages, but by crafting a system of appreciation and support that acknowledges the loyalty of the modding community, Sprked has the potential to promote and foster the creativity that is so integral to modding, instead of hampering it with the murky baggage of a mandatory economy. Valve's attempt to let modders make some money for their efforts backfired within the community — there are four demons the paid mods plan must slay to actually work.

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Making use of the latest touchscreen applications in Microsoft's Windows 10, Walt Mossberg, co-executive editor, Re/code, gives his take on the new OS on Monday July 27, 2015 in Potomac, Maryland.

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Making use of the latest touchscreen applications in Microsoft’s Windows 10, Walt Mossberg, co-executive editor, Re/code, gives his take on the new OS on Monday July 27, 2015 in Potomac, Maryland.

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Windows 10 brings a lot of good stuff to the table, but it also takes away some key functionality that Windows 7 users might miss. In Windows 10, you have to say goodbye to Windows Media Center and with it, the ability to play DVDs natively. Microsoft said in May it would have a native solution for DVD playback to make up for those who lost it.

Originally this app was supposed to show up later in the year, but Microsoft’s solution is already available. In my tests, however, the app doesn’t work perfectly. Luckily, there are other options.

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Windows DVD Player in Windows 10.

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IraqheatwaveAn Iraqi man cools himself with water in central Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 16, 2015

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With temperatures expected to soar above 123 degrees Fahrenheit this week, the Iraqi government declared a four-day holiday, according to state-run television reports.

This is the second time this has happened this summer, and is due to the combination of high heat and power and water shortages that can cut air conditioning at the hottest times of the day and leave people more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

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It’s important to pull yourself away from work every now and then. Breaks are one thing, but distractions are another. Breaks are focused and deliberate. Distractions catch you off guard and derail your task entirely. In fact, one study shows it takes about 25 minutes to get back into the swing of things after you’ve been interrupted.

We’ve told you how distractions can cause errors. Even after you’ve removed the interruption, you’re not working at the same capacity you were pre-distraction. In a study from the University of California Irvine, researchers shadowed workers on the job, studying their productivity. Here’s what study lead Gloria Mark told Fast Company of the findings:

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HP's Helion Development Platform is based on Stackato, one of the few commercially supported versions of Cloud Foundry.
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HP will acquire Stackato, an early, commercially supported version of the Cloud Foundry developer platform with its own user interface, for an undisclosed price.

Stackato, which was founded by ActiveState, underpins HP's Helion Development Platform -- HP's public cloud version of platform-as-a-service launched last October. Although neither HP nor ActiveState advertised that fact, HP selected Stackato because it included a user interface designed around ease of use, while Cloud Foundry (the open source project) offered only a command line interface.

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A Cup-Holding Device Mount Makes Flying Slightly More Bearable

Gone are the days when flying was like taking a luxury cruise. Passengers are now herded onto planes and into seats that barely leave enough room to breath. There are ways to make flying slightly more enjoyable, though, like a tablet mount called the Airhook that also holds a drink so you can leave your tray table folded away.

How often have you passed on a free drink while flying because you didn’t want to have to unfold your tray table and make your seat even more cramped? The other option, just holding your drink the entire time, is no better because in no time your ginger ale will be luke warm. But the Airhook, which rests atop a tray table while it’s in its upright position, features a cup holder that keeps your drink secure and out of the way.

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange is next November’s entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By that time, we will have kicked off “Phase 3” of the MCU with Captain America: Civil War in May and be steeped in other superhero movies with Batman V. Superman in March, X-Men Apocaylpse in May, Suicide Squad in August, and Gambit in October. Doctor Strange from Sinister’s director Scott Derrickson has to be more than the Benedict Cumberbatch superhero movie, it has to be weird. Weird like Guardians of the Galaxy was weird.

Already Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has talked up Ant-Man’s climax shrink to the quantum level as a brief taste of the weirdness in store once the MCU introduces magic into the world already populated by super-science and Asgardian gods.

Benedict Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former arrogant neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme, master of all Marvel magics. Casting Cumberbatch was a good first step, kickstarting a trend of interesting choices Derrickson and the pre-production team have kept rolling as Hollywood trades and superhero movie blogs keep ferreting out candidates.

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NASA's InSight Lander won't be reaching the red planet until 2016, but the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is already preparing for its welcome party. In order to make sure that it's at the right place to be able to receive radio transmissions from InSight during the landing process, the MRO is firing six intermediate-sized thrusters (it has one set of bigger and another set of smaller ones) for 77 seconds today, July 29th. Those thrusters are capable of producing five pounds of thrust each, and firing them will adjust the spracecraft's orbit timing from crossing the equator every 3PM local solar time to 2:30PM. The last time the MRO performed a maneuver of this magnitude was in 2006, and the next instances are scheduled to happen in 2016 and 2017 to return it to its original orbit timing.

When the Insight lander lifts off in March 2016, it will come with two CubeSats that will act as communications-relay satellites that can instantly transmit messages to the ground team. However, the MRO will also record those radio transmissions for later playback, just like it did for Curiosity and the Phoenix lander. That will serve as the official documentation of those critical minutes before InSight touches down and starts digging into the planet's surface.

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You know GoPro, and you know Sony, but what about Drift? The name may not be as familiar, but the U.K.-based company has been making action cams for some time, which are available online or at special camera stores.

The company’s latest camera, the Stealth 2, is its smallest and lightest yet. It shoots video at Full HD 1080, and captures photos up to 12 megapixels. But in a now highly competitive action cam market, is size and weight enough to make the Stealth 2 stand out?

Features and design

The Stealth 2 has a signature design that Drift uses: a rectangular shape with curved edges, and a tapered end that leads to the 135-degree field-of-view lens. The camera has a rubberized texture and a sealed rear compartment that suggests some ruggedness. Indeed, it’s weather-resistant against rain, snow, dust, and mud, but it isn’t waterproof; you’ll need to purchase an optional underwater housing.

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Diane Keaton is to join Jude Law in " The Young Pope," the first TV series co-produced by UK broadcaster Sky and US broadcaster HBO.

The international co-production marks the latest series to be produced by broadcasters from different countries and peopled with international stars to appeal to audiences around the world. This is especially important as broadcasters in individual countries face competition from global players like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, which are sinking money into new shows like "House of Cards" and "Transparent" and releasing them to a global audience, free from the territorial constraints of local broadcasting.

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TWITTER'S LATEST FINANCIAL RESULTS show that the short messaging social media advertising business is good.

The firm reported revenue of $502m in the second quarter of 2015, boasting a 61 percent swelling in the area against the same period last year.

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Alibaba Group announced today that it will invest a further $1 billion into Aliyun, its cloud computing unit. The capital will be used to expand Aliyun, which currently has data centers in China, Hong Kong, and Silicon Valley, into other international markets.

The company plans to target the Middle East, where it recently formed a joint venture with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, Singapore, Japan, and Europe.

Aliyun, which spun off from Alibaba in 2012, also disclosed that it formed a new strategic partnership with Yonyou Software, which claims to be the largest software vendor in China, as well as the largest independent enterprise software vendor in the Asia Pacific region. Working with Yonyou can help Aliyun score more enterprise customers in Asia who need cloud computing, big data, digital marketing, and e-commerce solutions.

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You just can't have a little clever fun anymore. With all the hoops cover bands have to jump through just to ply their craft, I had never really considered that one cover band might get into a trademark scuffle over the band's name. Yet, that's exactly what has happened to the Doobie Decimal System, a cover band now being sued by The Doobie Brothers, who claim that the band's name is confusingly similar to their own.

The Doobie Brothers trademarked their band name — as well as the use of “Doobies” for musical performances — in 1982, and their suit argues that the Doobie Decimal System’s moniker is “highly phonetically and visually similar” to their own, a similarity further compounded by the larger font used for the word “Doobie” in the Decimal System’s website and concert posters.
Ah, yes, an enormously popular classic rock band with the kind of name recognition most bands only dream about is going to be confused with the Doobie Decimal System, a cover band whose name is a play on an organizational system for libraries. Congratulations, trademark pushers, this is where you've brought us. I contend that no amount of doobies could actually result in this doobie-confusion, but some of the supporters of this lawsuit are really stretching themselves to argue that there would indeed be such confusion.
Although the story is being spun in some quarters as though the Doobie Brothers are claiming to own the word “doobie,” they’re really just defending the trademark they own — and as Billboard‘s report points out, since the Doobie Decimal System performs hits from the same decade that produced most of the Doobie Brothers’ bestselling albums, they’re not entirely out of line in viewing one another as indirect competitors.
Yeah, actually, they kind of are out of line of direct competition. Nobody is confused here and the cover band is competing with The Doobie Brothers about as much as a little league game competes with Major League Baseball. Sure, they're both baseball, but nobody is trying to figure out how to spend their baseball dollar and deciding between the two. In the meantime, even if The Doobie Brothers felt some kind of fearful obligation to protect their trademark, they could certainly be going about it more amicably than this suit.
They’re seeking “an accounting, an injunction and punitive damages for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition.”
Our only hope here is that the folks that own the IP on the Dewey Decimal system (yes, seriously, someone owns it) can be brought into the mix, causing the sitting judge's head to explode in frustration so everyone can just go home.
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