Genius claims it caught Google stealing from its site by hiding a secret Morse code in song lyrics

Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud breaks down the ongoing dispute between Genius and Google and tells us how AirDrop has become the new Snapchat among teens.
The Wall Street Journal corroborated Genius’ accusations by matching the results of three randomly chosen songs from a list of the 100 instances. One example included Alessia Cara’s song Not Today. (Genius screenshot, Google screenshot)

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is Buzzfeed's social media editor and q's online columnist. Every week, he brings us up to speed on the big headlines taking over the internet right now. This week, he joins host Tom Power to break down the ongoing dispute between Genius and Google.

The lyrics annotation service has accused Google of scraping its site, stealing its content and publishing it in search results, thereby hurting its web traffic. According to Genius, the evidence is in the apostrophes of its lyrics. By alternating between straight and curved apostrophes, the music site was able to determine if Google's lyrics matched its own down to the character. Converting the pattern into Morse code reveals the words "red handed."

Abdelmahmoud also covers how AirDrop has become the new Snapchat among teenagers and shares his online recommendation for this week, Eva Victor's Twitter account @evaandheriud.

Click 'listen' above to hear the full conversation with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.

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