How Taylor Swift Got To Change Apple Music Policy

Richest company in the world, Apple Inc, said it would now pay artists during the 3-month free trial of their upcoming music streaming service ‘Apple Music’, after superstar Taylor Swift said she would withhold her album ‘1989’ from the service in this Tumblr post:

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‘Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months’, she wrote. ‘Apple’s policy of not paying artists during free trial is shocking and disappointing as it would hurt young artists just starting out.’ She continued.

Apple replied to Taylor late Sunday night, in tweets from Eddy Cue, a key lieutenant of CEO Tim Cook, saying ‘#AppleMusic will pay artsts for streaming, even during customber’s free trial period’, ‘We hear you @TaylorSwift and indie artists. Love, Apple’.

Taylor Swift turned to Twitter to thank Apple and her supporters: ‘I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us’.

Noe I. for Windows of the World


Sofia Vergara Engaged

Sofia Vergara is getting married. The “Modern Family” star got an early birthday present Monday when she got engaged to her longtime businessman boyfriend, Nick Loeb.

Mr. Loeb popped the question Monday night in Mexico, where Vergara is in the midst of a week-long celebration of her 40th birthday with family and friends, including “Family” costars Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Wonderwall was the first to report the happy news that Loeb, who is the founder and creator of a food topping called Onion Crunch, put a ring on it while the birthday entourage was sightseeing at the Mayan archeological ruins of Chichen Itza.

Later, Vergara was spotted at the Rosewood Mayakoba resort, where “she was bouncing around and showing everyone the ring,” a source tells E! News. You can even see the engagement bling on a pic posted to Twitter by one of her friends.

Vergara has been holding court at the posh Rivera Maya getaway since the weekend. There was a dinner at Casa del Lago on Friday followed by drinks at Agave Azul. Sunday included a boat ride to Cozumel and another dinner at Punta Bonita.

In just a few hours, more than 90 guests will gather for a big party at the resort to toast Vergara, whose actual birthday is Tuesday.

This will be Vergara’s second marriage. She has a 20-year-old son, Manolo, with her first husband.

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Lindsay Lohan Tweets Note to Self

Lindsay tweeted a reminder to herself today, hours after paramedics were called to the starlet’s Marina del Ray, Calif., penthouse by producers of her new movie, “Liz and Dick,” who feared the actress was unconscious after she did not come out of her room as scheduled.

“Note to self…after working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion + 7 paramedics MIGHT show up @ your door…Hopefully theyre cute. Otherwise it would be a real let down,” @lindsaylohan tweeted.

Lohan’s rep, Steve Honig, said the actress was asleep when the call was made. He blamed her inability to wake up on exhaustion and dehydration from long days on set.

“She was on set last night at 7 p.m. and worked through the night until 8 a.m. this morning,” he said. “She took a nap before shooting her final scene. Producers were concerned when she did not come out of her room and called paramedics as a precaution. Lindsay was examined and is fine, but did suffer some exhaustion and dehydration.”

Honig added, “Lindsay was never taken to a hospital; reports to the contrary are false. She is resting now and is hoping to be back on set later this afternoon.”

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Twitter protects Occupy protester’s privacy

Twitter filed a motion Tuesday requesting that New York state court to overturn an order requiring that the social network provide user information to prosecutors. The user was an Occupy Wall Street protester who was arrested last Oct. 1 in New York City.

Twitter’s legal filing accuses prosecutors of asking the company to violate the Fourth Amendment, the Uniform Act and its own Terms of Service. It’s a move the American Civil Liberties Union heralds as a strike against the “increasingly aggressive attempts” by federal and state law enforcement officials “to obtain information about what people are doing on the Internet.”

In late April, a judge ruled against defendant Malcolm Harris, whose attorney attempted to quash a subpoena requesting his Twitter activity. Harris, along with hundreds of others, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct during a protest march on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Harris, who is protesting the charge along with many others, contends that police officers directed the crowd to march on the roadway, then arrested the marchers for obstructing traffic. Manhattan prosecutors contend that the Twitter records will show that Harris knew about the police order not to walk on the roadways, but did so anyway.

“Defense attorneys have said subpoenas have been issued for at least four protesters’ Twitter accounts,” the Wall Street Journal noted in April, after the court ruled in favor of the Twitter subpoena. Prosecutors requested the records because protesters “use Twitter to coordinate activities and warn others of law-enforcement efforts. In doing so, prosecutors believe some have revealed intent to break the law.”

Read more on NBC News.

20th Century Fox Executive Missing; Son Uses Twitter To Spread Word

Authorities in Los Angeles are seeking the public’s help in the search for a20th Century Fox distribution executive and former UCLA basketball player, Gavin Smith, who disappeared last week.

Smith, 57, was reported missing by his wife on Wednesday morning. According to authorities, he was last seen driving away from a friend’s home in Oak Park, California.  Family members haven’t heard from him since, and his sister says Smith would never have abandoned his family.

“My biggest concern is that he did not pick up his son, which he was supposed to pick up on Wednesday morning to take him to school, and that is a concern for me,” said Tara Addeo, Smith’s sister told KABC-TV.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Public Information Officer Steve Whitmore told ABC News it’s an active missing-person case and ongoing investigation.

Authorities say he was driving his black 2000 Mercedes-Benz 420E with a storage rack on the roof, tinted windows and a California license plate number 6EKT044. Evan Smith, a forward for the University of Southern California basketball team and Gavin’s son, has been using Twitter to spread the word on his father’s disappearance.

“Still looking for him, I’ll never stop,” Evan Smith tweeted on Sunday.

Today he tweeted, “WOW. So many people have come to my family’s side in these times of despair and confusion. i thank each and everyone of you for your support.”

Zac Efron Shows Puppy Love With Dog Photo

Thumbs up, dog lovers! Zac Efron shared a picture via Twitter that is sure to boost the heartthrob’s status among his fans.

“I’ve got a dog named Puppy,” Efron Tweeted on Friday. “He’s an Australian Shepherd.”

On his @ZacEfron feed, the actor wrote: “Here’s the photo of Puppy I promised earlier. It’s from last Christmas morning. Hilarious! Cheers & thanks again!”