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Planned Parenthood Targeted by Hackers

"We are taking every measure possible to mitigate these criminal efforts"

Planned Parenthood says it has informed the FBI and Department of Justice of a malicious attack on its servers by activist hackers who are threatening to leak the personal data of its staff.

The activists have “called on the world’s most sophisticated hackers to assist them in breaching our systems and threatening the privacy and safety of our staff members,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president at PPFA.

The hack, originally reported by the Daily Dot, appears to have been motivated by anti-abortion sentiment. “Trying to mold an atrocious monstrosity into socially acceptable behaviors is repulsive,” one of the supposed hackers told the website. “Obviously what [Planned Parenthood] does is a very ominous practice. It’ll be interesting to see what surfaces when [Planned Parenthood] is stripped naked and exposed to the public.”

Laguens called the hackersextremists who oppose Planned Parenthood’s mission and services” and said Planned Parenthood was “working with top leaders in this field to manage these attacks.”

The reported breach comes as the organization defends itself against videos from an anti-abortion group that show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating the sale of fetal tissue. Planned Parenthood has said the videos are edited and are part of a “smear campaign.”

TIME Media

Facebook Is Reportedly Adding Music Videos

The move would be another blow to YouTube's dominance of video

Facebook has quickly become an online video powerhouse, with its users watching four billion videos per day. Now the company is looking to expand its control of the sector by bringing music videos to the News Feed, the New York Times reports. Facebook is in talks with record labels to add a limited number of music videos to its site before the end of the year.

Such a move would put Facebook in even more direct competition with YouTube, which is the most popular platform for young people to listen to music. Almost all of YouTube’s most popular videos are music videos, and the site now has its own music streaming service and music awards show.

On Thursday Facebook denied reports that it was planning to launch its own music streaming service. For now, video seems to be the company’s top priority.

[NYT]

TIME Television

Humming the Game of Thrones Theme Tune Can Have Serious Consequences

To Westeros!

Every office seems to have at least one person who hums and it’s always distracting to hear bars of Beethoven, the Beatles or Berlin floating through the air while you are trying to work. But when someone starts humming the theme song to Game of Thrones it’s not just distracting, it’s a noble and glorious disruption — at least according to a new video from College Humor.

There’s something about the show’s long opening theme song that stirs the blood and makes you yearn for Westeros. The tune could also lead you to believe that “Winter is Coming” to your cubicle and the only option is to march into war and/or the conference room.

While work day disruptions are usually frowned upon by HR, reenacting the Game of Thrones opening sequence is the best way to kill time until the new season starts next year.

TIME movies

This Video Puts All the Studio Ghibli Easter Eggs in One Incredible Supercut

Including Easter eggs from My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle

Hayao Miyazaki is a master animator, but he’s also a master of guerrilla marketing. A new video from YouTube channel Movie Munchies shows how Miyazaki subtly snuck the name of his animation studio, Studio Ghibli, into his films, including on a bus billboard in Kiki’s Delivery Service and multiple times into Porco Rosso.

Miyazaki also planted little reminders — or Easter eggs — of his past work into his films, which until now, were only there for eagle-eyed fans and repeat viewers. Examples of Miyazaki playing homage to his past work include a Jiji the Cat pillow in a bedroom in Spirited Away, a Castle in the Sky character walking down the street in Howl’s Moving Castle and a Totoro book on the shelf in the library in Whispers of the Heart. He even managed to take a page out of Alfred Hitchcock’s and Stan Lee’s books and inject a little caricature of himself into the films.

TIME Innovation

Five Best Ideas of the Day: April 7

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

1. It’s time to give up the uniquely American institution of the network anchorman.

By Frank Rich in New York magazine

2. On Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday, her “spiritual endowment” endures.

By Wynton Marsalis in Time

3. How to save crowdfunding from scammers and flakes.

By Klint Finley in Wired

4. Here’s how Putin could lose power.

By Amanda Taub in Vox

5. What if the secret to racial harmony is more uplifting internet videos?

By Katie Jacobs at Penn State News

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.

TIME Ideas hosts the world's leading voices, providing commentary and expertise on the most compelling events in news, society, and culture. We welcome outside contributions. To submit a piece, email ideas@time.com.

TIME Appreciation

Watch The Matrix Lobby-Fight Scene Re-Enacted With Legos

A Redditor spent at least 160 hours re-creating this scene

Matrix franchise aficionados and Lego geeks can revel in a new YouTube re-enactment of the famous lobby-fight sequence from the original 1999 sci-fi action film. Shot scene-for-scene with Legos plastic toys, Reddit user Snooperking animated every minute detail from Trinity running up walls and Neo cartwheeling while volleys of plastic bullets knock cubic chunks out of the walls.

On Reddit, Snooperking said he toiled for approximately 160 hours to re-enact the iconic scene over three months. “I could only do like up to two hours a day before I got sick of it and had to play Battlefield,” Snooperking said. He selected the complex fight sequence to challenge himself to improve his animation skills, after creating a Star Wars Lego video in 2014.

To get a sense of the sheer patience required to reconstruct the Matrix scene with plastic Legos, Snooperking also offers a behind-the-scene video.

TIME Food & Drink

See Why ‘Kawaii Cooking’ Has Become the Hottest Food Trend

Stop everything you are doing and look at these tiny dishes!

It’s the cutest culinary trend ever: videos of tiny meals are exploding online.

Old collectible miniature stoves, pots, pans and other cooking utensils, that wouldn’t be out of place in a Victorian dollhouse, are used to create mini edible cuisine, in an art form known as kawaii cooking. (Kawaii is the Japanese word for cute.)

The recipes use real-life ingredients and are cooked over a small candle or flame so you can actually eat them.

The craze started in Japan but has caught on worldwide, with thousands of followers posting videos of their creations and a host of YouTube channels dedicated to the pastime.

It won’t fill you up, but it sure is satisfying to watch.

[Daily Dot]

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TIME viral

This Puppy’s Devotion to a Broom Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

Watching him squeeze the cleaning tool through the dog door will make you feel even worse about slacking off on chores

If Monday is getting the best of you, and you find yourself out-of-sorts and struggling to make it through your inbox, then let this 10-week old Dutch Shepherd puppy help you get through the day.

In this video YouTube video, a little dog named Tex struggles to solve a big problem. The adorable fluffball must have watched a few too many Disney films, because this puppy really wants to help clean house. (What’s next, tying a ribbon in his owner’s hair?)

To get in on the housecleaning action, he grabs the broom and heads inside until troubled strikes: The pup quickly realizes that the broom will not fit through the doggy door. Luckily, Tex is a clever little dog whose helpfulness is only matched by his resourcefulness.

After solving that problem, the only question left is whether Tex’s housecleaning services are for hire.

TIME Media

3 Ways ‘YouTube Kids’ Will Be Better For Your Children

New app has a streamlined interface and parental controls

If you’ve hung around kids at all in the last few years, you know they love YouTube, even though the video site is only supposed to be for people 13 and up. Now, Google is planning to roll out a YouTube app specifically aimed at kids.

The new app, which launched Monday, is the first in a suite of kid-friendly versions of Google services that the search giant is planning to launch. Here are the child and parent-friendly features of YouTube for Kids that Google has revealed thus far:

A more streamlined interface (and no comments!)

Regular YouTube has at least a dozen different channel categories across a broad variety of topics. YouTube Kids has just four: Television shows, music, educational content and exploring top videos. Comments are also stripped out of the videos, according to USA Today, and images and links are larger than on regular YouTube to make them easier for kids to tap.

Mobile-first design

With more than a third of children under two years old now using smartphones or tablets, it makes sense that Google is building this service for mobile devices instead of desktops. YouTube Kids is available on Android and iOS.

Parental controls

Parents can make sure YouTube doesn’t become a timesink by setting time limits on how long the app can be used. When the limit is reached, the user has to enter a parent-set password to reopen the app. The app will also automatically censor words like “sex,” prompting the child to input a different term.

YouTube Kids will have advertising at launch, but the commercials will be vetted by YouTube’s policy team to ensure they are family-friendly. The app won’t be tied to Google accounts, so kids’ personal information won’t be collected and stored.

TIME viral

This Beck/Beyoncé Mashup Is What Really Should Have Won a Grammy

Screenshot Soundcloud

It was inevitable

One of the biggest upsets at this year’s Grammy Awards was when Beck’s Morning Phase beat out Beyoncé’s self-titled tour de force for Album of the Year. Kanye West was so shocked by the upset that he almost pulled another “Imma let you finish” Taylor Swift moment, going so far as to wander onstage before thinking better of it.

While the Internet continues to debate whether Beck or Beyoncé deserved the award, one clever sound engineer has taken the matter into his or her own hands. Working under the moniker “Beckyoncé,” the song blends Beck’s “Loser” with Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” into an Internet-worthy earworm.

Wonder if Kanye has heard this yet.

[via Stereogum]

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