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The NFL's Seattle Seahawks announced Friday that Alice In Chains will perform at halftime of Sunday's NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. The team also announced that the National Anthem will be performed by 2005 American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee, who currently stars in the CBS dramatic series Scorpion.
Scientists Say 2014 Was Hottest Year Ever
Google introduced a change to its search website Thursday that will make it easier for music fans to find tour dates and retrieve ticket information. In the past, fans searching for tour dates would have to type in “Soundgarden Tour Dates”, for example, and then click on one of the results to obtain the info they wanted. As of Thursday, tour dates and ticket info will be displayed on the Google site. The Mountain View, California-based tech giant has reportedly been working on the process for several years. In addition to finding and negotiating with partners on the tour dates feature, they've also been developing HTML code and a widget to allow partner sites to feed the information directly into Google results.
Jobless Claims Slip Back Below 300,000
Initial claims for unemployment assistance fell back below 300,000 last week, after climbing above that threshold for the first time in almost three months in the week prior. According to a report issued Thursday by the US Labor Department, first-time filings fell by 17,000 in the week ended November 28 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000. With the latest report, claims have now been under 300,000 for eleven of the past twelve weeks. The trend is encouraging to economists, as it suggests employers are holding on to more of their workers and even considering ramping up hiring as the economy continues to improve. In year-over-year terms, the so-called four-week moving average of claims has dropped nearly 10 percent, suggesting the trend is becoming long-term.
Spain last week became the latest nation to pass legislation aimed at charging news aggregators and search engines each time they display news content originally reported by another publisher. Known as the "Google law," the law was passed last week and goes into effect January 1st, though the law does not yet contain specifics about how much Google and other Internet search engines will be required to pay. The law was lobbied for heavily by the AEDA, a collective of Spanish news organizations, who claim that Google's news search results equates to republishing news content and costs the news outlets revenue. A similar complaint was made earlier this year by several German publishers. Google's German division responded by removing summaries and thumbnail images from search results, showing only headlines linked to the original publishers' stories. The same issue made headlines late last year in France, but legal proceedings were avoided when Google agreed to help news outlets to increase Web-related advertising revenues and fund digital publishing innovations. In response to the ruling in Spain, a Google spokesman said the company was disappointed with the decision, but will gladly assist news services in the country in any way they can. While no specifics have yet been revealed concerning how much Google and other search engines will be charged for publishing news content, those details will likely be announced in the coming weeks as the law goes into effect in just 8 weeks.