☁️ Google Cloud outage takes major websites down

Resolved within a few hours

Hey Waivly Crew! 🌊 Film studio Miramax has filed a lawsuit against Quentin Tarantino, accusing him of copyright infringement by selling NFTs based on the screenplay for Pulp Fiction. Yesterday, Riot Games unexpectedly launched its turned-based single-player RPG, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story.

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Google Cloud outage takes down Spotify, Discord, and many more sites

Last night a Google Cloud outage took down a handful of popular platforms, including Spotify, Snapchat, Etsy, and Discord.

Users began reporting issues with multiple sites on Tuesday, and of course, went to Twitter to share memes about the situation. At around 6 PM GMT, Google Cloud confirmed the networking problem.

A networking issue was to blame for the outage causing apps using the service to go offline. It’s not the first time we’ve seen something like this happen, as, in October, all of Meta’s platforms, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, went down in a seven-hour-long global outage.

By 8:18 PM GMT, Google announced that the issue was fully resolved. “We will publish an analysis of this incident, once we have completed our internal investigation," the company wrote.


Miramax sues Quentin Tarantino over ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFT collection

Miramax, the film studio behind Pulp Fiction, is suing the movie’s director, Quentin Tarantino, over his plans to launch a Pulp Fiction NFT collection.

Miramax claims it was left in the dark about the collection until after it was revealed, causing the company to fire a cease and desist letter to the director that stated Miramax had the rights to everything media-related involving Pulp Fiction.

“Tarantino’s conduct has forced Miramax to bring this lawsuit against a valued collaborator in order to enforce, preserve, and protect its contractual and intellectual property rights relating to one of Miramax’s most iconic and valuable film properties,” Miramax wrote in its lawsuit. “Left unchecked, Tarantino’s conduct could mislead others into believing Miramax is involved in his venture. And it could also mislead others into believing they have the rights to pursue similar deals or offerings, when in fact Miramax holds the rights needed to develop, market, and sell NFTs relating to its deep film library.”

The director first announced the Pulp Fiction NFT collection at an NFT.NYC event earlier this month. The collection consists of seven uncut scenes from the movie, all with exclusive bonus content included, such as handwritten scripts from the film and exclusive audio commentary from Tarantino himself.


The Waves

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💨 Microsoft is increasing the pace of Windows 11's rollout


Tech Special

Balmuda launches its first smartphone

Balmuda, the Tokyo-based creativity and technology company, has announced its first ever smartphone.

The smartphone is the debut product from Balmuda Technologies, a new division of the company separate from its well-known home appliances, including its expensive steam-powered toaster, kettle, lantern, and more.

Balmuda first revealed it was entering the smartphone market in May, and since then, has teamed up with Kyocera to manufacture its Android device. The phone has a 4.9-inch screen with 1080P resolution, along with a 48-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and a fingerprint sensor.

The "Balmuda Phone" will cost you 104,800 yen ($920) and come with 5G connectivity and wireless charging support.

At the phones launch event, CEO Gen Terao announced that the 5G enabled Android device is predicted to contribute 3 billion yen ($26 million) to Balmuda's sales in the current financial year.

Windows 11 is getting a new Media Player

For Windows 11, Microsoft has created a new Media Player app which they have recently begun to test out with Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.

Microsoft has redesigned the app to support both audio and video as well as include a better design to fit their Windows 11 UI improvements. According to a senior program manager lead for Microsoft's Windows inbox apps team, Dave Grochocki has explained in a blog post. "At the heart of the Media Player is a full-featured music library that will allow users to quickly browse and play music as well as create and manage playlists."

The new Media Player will essentially be replacing Microsoft's Groove Music app. The redesigned app will be supporting video, unlike the Windows 10 media player, which is handled in a separate Film & TV app. The Media Player app will have all the user's contents, such as music and video folders will automatically appear on a singular app.

As of right now, Microsoft has not revealed a specific date on which the new Media Player app will be accessible to everyone, so stay tuned for updates.


Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is out now

On Tuesday, Riot Games unexpectedly announced the launch of its first games from its Riot Forge publishing arm.

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Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is out now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store for $30.

Ruined King is a turned-based single-player RPG developed by Airship Syndicate that allows players to immerse into the lore of League of Legends while exploring Runeterra through Bilgewater and the Shadow Isles.

Originally, Ruined King was scheduled to launch at the start of 2021, but it got delayed until an unspecified time. Riot never announced its release date, so its launch was a big surprise to League of Legends fans.


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