YouTube blocks most music videos in Finland, including the national anthem


In a bizarre turn of events, today Google blocked thousands of music videos on YouTube in Finland after the company failed to immediately reach a licensing agreement with local performance copyrights agency, Teosto. “We were unable to reach a new licensing agreement with TEOSTO. Because of this, some videos containing music will be blocked in Finland,” YouTube warned on its website. The news comes only days before the nation will be celebrating 100 years of independence on December 6. But due to these unforeseen circumstances, thousands of Finnish netizens might be unable to stream the national anthem on this memorable day, because…

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Siri Believed Smash-Hit ‘Despacito’ Was Bulgaria’s National Anthem

Thankfully for the country of Bulgaria, Siri apparently no longer thinks its national anthem is “Despacito.”

Before today, if you asked Siri what the European country’s national anthem was, the digital assistant would respond with “the national anthem of Bulgaria is Despacito.” 

In fact, the country’s anthem is not the chart-topping single by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which utterly dominated the airwaves over the summer.

The error was first discovered by Reddit user wandreylust, who shared the discovery yesterday, according to CNET.

Of course, the amusing flaw quickly gained a lot of media attention. But it’s currently unknown how long Siri has been giving the flawed answer before the glitch was unearthed.

Apple has apparently realized and fixed the issue sometime between yesterday and today, as Siri now gives the correct answer: “Mila Rodino,” which roughly translates to “Dear Motherland.” The song, first composed in 1885, has been Bulgaria’s anthem since 1964. And for the record, it sounds nothing like Despacito.

As for why Siri consistently gave the wrong answer, that’s currently up in the air. Some outlets have theorized that it was a leftover glitch from Microsoft’s Bing search engine, which has always been used to feed Siri’s results until Apple replaced it with Google’s search engine last week. The same issue reportedly didn’t affect Google Assistant.

Siri also sometimes surfaces results from Wikipedia, which is an open-source platform and is vulnerable to vandalism. Presumably, someone could have edited the Wikipedia page for Despacito or Bulgaria. Even if that was fixed shortly after, it could have still affected Siri’s answer.

Of course, it could also be due to the track’s sheer popularity. The Puerto Rican reggaeton hit became the most watched video on YouTube back in August — a position it still holds with just under 4 billion views. The remixed version featuring Justin Bieber, which became popular in the U.S., only has about 545 million views on YouTube. It also currently holds the record as the most streamed song of all time.

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Why does Siri think the national anthem of Bulgaria is ‘Despacito?’

A curious case of artificial intelligence wire-crossing has popped up, causing Apple’s Siri to erroneously think the Bulgarian national anthem is Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” according to CNET.

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It is entirely unclear why this is happening, considering the national anthem of Bulgaria is “Мила Родино,” transliterated as “Mila Ridino” or Dear Motherland. But it sure is consistent — take your iPhone out right now, fire up Siri, and watch as history is rewritten by Apple’s digital voice assistant to favor a Puerto Rican reggaeton hit that became the most watched video on YouTube back in August.

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An afternoon with one of Spotify’s ‘Badass Women,’ a 20-year-old New Yorker with one pop-rock anthem

Twenty-year-old singer-songwriter Samia has three songs on Spotify, and each has basically nothing to do with the others.

One is a folk ballad about friends dying young from drug abuse, painted with broad strokes Biblical imagery. Another’s a life-or-death torch song for Father John Misty, titled “The Night Josh Tillman Listened to My Song.” The third, released this April, is “Someone Tell the Boys,” a bubbly pop-rock tirade about dudes who won’t stop talking. You could call it an anti-mansplaining anthem — one that offers up a handful of pretty good burns. The chorus is simple enough to be immediately satisfying, and the first time it hits, its delivered in a flat, pleasantly rude monotone: “someone tell the boys they’re not important…

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BioWare’s ‘Anthem’ trailer shows off shared-world sci-fi mayhem

Ready for another look at Anthem? The new game from BioWare was formally announced at EA's press conference yesterday with a short CG trailer. But beyond the setting, a futuristic planet filled with mountains and tropical forests, and the heroes, som…
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