fine bros react trademark Fine Bros. Apologize After the Internet Points Out That Trying to Trademark the Word 'React' is a Bad Idea
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Recently Youtubers the Fine Brothers announced a "React World" program where anyone could use resources they supplied to create their own versions of their famous "React" videos, provided they follow through with the legal requirements to license the use of that "style" of video from them.  When the Fine Brothers announced that they planned to trademark the word "React" and framed it as an action "for the community", that community got pretty upset. They are well known for making their name from reaction videos from Kids, Teens, Elders and an assortment of other groups, which they also applied to trademark reacting to stuff in addition to just "react" in general. 

Youtube is full of 'reaction' videos, as angry Youtubers were quick to point out, pretty much everyone has done it at least once. That's why it could be pretty annoying when one company decides to try to trademark such a general idea for their own use.  

That's probably what began this steady decline in subscribers and a PR disaster. 


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Eventually, they decided to cancel their program and issue an apology on Medium to appease the people:

We realize we built a system that could easily be used for wrong. We are fixing that. The reality that trademarks like these could be used to theoretically give companies (including ours) the power to police and control online video is a valid concern, and though we can assert our intentions are pure, there’s no way to prove them.

We have decided to do the following:

1. Rescind all of our “React” trademarks and applications.*

2. Discontinue the React World program.

3. Release all past Content ID claims.**


Obviously the original video announcement has been taken down but if you didn't get to see it, this video parody will give you a pretty good idea of what it was like: 

power rangers reboot Elizabeth Banks Will Be Rita Repulsa in the New 'Power Rangers' Movie
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Elizabeth Banks just made a promise to bring Rita Repulsa, the most memorable Power Rangers villain, back from the dead. 



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Mystery surrounds the nature of the new Power Rangers reboot but it probably won't be very similar to the well recieved "gritty" NSFW short unauthorized reboot everyone was talking about last year. 

cute dogs rescue This German Shepherd With a Shortened Spine Is a Champion for Special Needs Pets Everywhere
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Quasimodo has Short Spine Syndrome, a very rare condition among dogs. It's exactly what it sounds like, he was born with a spine that's shorter than a normal dog because he is missing some vertebra. 



His condition doesn't cause him pain but he does need special medical attention for other health conditions. He's been getting lots of love from foster homes since being rescued. Now that he's in the care of Second Hand Hounds he's managed to bring some much needed attention to the organization that rescues dogs (and cats) in dire need and places them in foster homes.

 

art potato This Picture of a Potato is Worth €1 Million
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This isn't just any potato, it's a potato photographed by Kevin Abosch. This piece, according to his website, is called Potato #345.  One of only three prints of this exclusive work of art has just been sold to an unnamed businessman for €1 Million. According to Abosch, as he told the Sunday Times, the transaction started like this:

“We had two glasses of wine and he said, ‘I really like that’. Two more glasses of wine and he said: ‘I really want that.’

Abosch is known for stunning portraits of famous people, like Malala Yousafzai, and now also potatoes. 


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Kate Winslet, Rose herself, agrees that Jack didn't need to die in 'Titanic'. It's something most people have secretly known since the first time they watched that heartbreaking moment.

Now, finally someone associated with the movie has admitted that Jack died for nothing. Not that James Cameron will ever agree with that.

groundhog day image The Groundhog Has Spoken, Apparently We're in for an Early Spring
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Hooray! North Americans get ready for warmer weather.  Tradition holds that today is the day a groundhog comes out of his hole. If he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter but if he comes out and doesn't see his shadow, like today, then an early spring is just around the corner. 

Although...


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Great. 


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The Presidential race that you've heard so much about is finally starting for real. The Iowa Caucus is over. Ted Cruz beat Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton just barely beat Bernie Sanders. Here is the most important and interesting news from the fallout after the first caucus on the campaign trail.

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