5 Things to Talk About Today

  • Jimi Hendrix's famous Electric Lady Studios turns 45 today. The famed singer-songwriter opened the doors of the studio in 1970, and iconic musicians Patti Smith, Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, and Blondie all recorded there. A decade ago the place was almost closed down, when 10 months went by without a single booking. To celebrate Electric Lady’s 45th anniversary, Patti Smith will kick off a concert series, which will be pressed onto the debut Electric Lady Studios LP. — The Wall Street Journal
  • If you want to get back to Sesame Street, switch over to HBO. The network has picked up the iconic children's educational show, saying it would license the next five seasons. Now a mainstay of popular American television, Sesame Street has taught millions of children across the world about numbers, letters, and emotional development. New episodes will kick off on the station this fall. — Variety
  • A student lost his Facebook internship after he drew attention to the company's extensive location tracking. Harvard student Aran Khanna launched the “Marauder’s Map” Chrome extension that can closely track your movements. The app uses data from Facebook Messenger to "map where users were when they sent messages" and show their location within three feet. He was able to do this with people he barely knew. When Khanna used the app, it exposed a huge privacy flaw that apparently Facebook has known about for three years: The "Facebook Messenger app automatically shared users’ locations with anyone who they messaged." — Boston
  • A federal judge has ordered a Kentucky clerk to issue gay marriage licenses. Rowan County clerk Kim Davis publicly refused to marry gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June. Since then, two gay couples and two straight couples have sued Davis. Despite the federal order, Davis's lawyer has said she won't issue them immediately, stating the lawsuit is "forcing Kim Davis to violate her religious liberty." — ABC News
  • Are you secretly a BlackBerry fan simply because you love the keyboard? Well, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gives you both a case and the keyboard hardware. The new "phablet" is the brand’s most powerful yet, with four cores that run at up to 2.1 GHz and 4 GB of RAM, with a 16-megapixel camera. — Engadget