As Golden State finds its ‘joy’, Kevin Durant is playing with anger

first_imgA Boogie breakthrough?(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)I don’t think we’re there yet.But we could be getting close. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Warriors beat the Charlotte Hornets 121-110 Monday in North Carolina. Klay Thompson led the way for the Warriors with 26 points.Here are my three big takeaways from the contest: The Hornets aren’t a good team, but they’re no slouches, either — they’re an appropriate control for …last_img

The Real-Time Web: A Primer, Part 3

first_imgThis is part 3 of a three-part series on the fundamental characteristics of the real-time Web.In part 1 and part 2, we looked at how the real-time Web is a new form of communication, creates a new body of content, is real time, is public, and has an explicit social graph associated with it. A final characteristic of the real-time Web is that it carries with it an implicit model of federation.A number of sources both generate and consume real-time streams. As a result, many of these new companies are becoming communication carriers, passing their users’ real-time threads through their networks to other networks. This is more than simply being open (i.e. more than allowing data to be imported and exported). Just as in shipping and transportation and other communication industries before it (telephone, Internet packets, and email, to name a few), the real-time Web is developing a federated model of transmission whereby companies formally or tacitly agree to facilitate transmission and perform actions on behalf of end-users within the eco-system.It’s hard to say whether this model has arisen because of a conscious strategic effort to build a new industry, or because building a fully closed world would have required just too many resources, or because of a collective effort among business friends and acquaintances to develop open products and open interactions so that cool new things could be created. It’s probably a combination of all three, but considering the history of the people at Twitter and FriendFeed (Paul Buchheit, one of FriendFeed’s founders, is credited with coining Google’s unofficial “Don’t be evil” slogan), the open and cool factors are probably a big part of the equation.At this point, there seems to be a general willingness to accept and transmit messages from outside sources (carrying costs are not significant, and transmission is automated via APIs, and so overhead is minimal). That said, infrastructure costs are bound to increase, competition will heat up, illegitimate companies will spot opportunities, and monetization strategies will be devised, which will all put strain on this truly open exchange.As in the past, formal carrier agreements could be set down, governments could decide to regulate markets, or other forces could come into play that would transform what is now essentially a free-for-all bazaar into a marketplace with hierarchy. All the same, the expectation of openness and transparent transmission will be difficult to counteract or stop. So, new companies that enter the space, even bigger and better funded ones, will have to adhere to the same model of federation that these pioneering companies have established.SummaryWhether Twitter will remain the focal point of the real-time Web or be supplanted by another or several companies (as happened in the social network space, first with Friendster, then MySpace, and now LinkedIn and Facebook) is unclear. The underlying characteristics of the real-time Web, however, are defining the next major stage of the Internet and will spread throughout its infrastructure in years to come.Broader trends on the Web point to users having discrete data and services follow them as they move around the Web. Fred Wilson, a principal of Union Square Ventures, has called this the “de-portalization of the Web,” and John Borthwick, CEO of betaworks, has co-opted Chris Anderson’s phrase “smallpieces, loosely joined” to describe the fast-moving risk-taking small companies that work in the space. Both individuals are leading investors in Twitter and other real-time Web companies.The Internet is shifting from discrete units of websites and Web pages to discrete units of information (e.g. people, organizations, articles and videos, product offerings, store listings, and blog posts) and associated meta data (e.g. images, addresses, reviews, ratings) that move seamlessly around the Web, being slotted where appropriate. These units of information can be organized in ways that are relevant and personal to each individual, using data gleaned from social graphs as well as recommendation and personalization services that allow users to set their preferences.In some cases, locations are integrated into these units as supplementary information. For example, Google and Yahoo now include map locations and reviews as part of their search listings. Their search engine algorithms read markup formats in the form of microformats and RDFa that are embedded on Web pages. These formats contain tags denoting names of people and organizations, geo-locations, and ratings and reviews. Both companies report great results from the inclusion of this data, both in increased click-through rates and reduced bounce rates. Support for other structured data is almost sure to follow. Reading tags on a page and doing something useful with them in a search result is not a novel concept, but the rapidly growing support of these tags across the Web is a clear sign that data is becoming much more identifiable and actionable.This trend towards open and accessible data is even more obvious when you consider the real-time stream for all of the reasons mentioned above: atomic real-time messages, public accessibility, attached social graphs. In a sense, this is similar to the vision of the semantic Web. Tim Berners-Lee said at the TED conference in the fall of 2008, “Twenty years ago, I asked everyone to put their documents on this Web thing… Now I want you to put your data on the Web.” The difference is that the effort to make data accessible and more actionable on the real-time Web is being made through methods and interactions not necessarily prescribed by the W3C.Tim Berners-Lee and the W3C use the term “linked data” to refer to the latter’s initiative to expose data and make it accessible. “Actionable data” might be a better term to use for the real-time Web because it doesn’t imply a particular approach but merely refers to the concept of making data more identifiable and independent. Linked data refers specifically to using RDF and other W3C protocols to link important concepts, a prescription that is overly complex and not likely to address many of the usage cases on the Web.The real-time stream is a massive body of continously created and authentic content that by itself would be significant. But when it is added to and integrated with other information on other sites, and when derivatives can be created in a number of dimensions, this concept of actionable data reaches the tipping point. In non-Silicon Valley business circles, Twitter is criticized for not having a solid revenue model. Those on the inside (investors and advisers), however, believe the criticism is short-sighted. As with most communication platforms, the value of the network increases exponentially as the size of the network increases.By having a low barrier to adoption, the network is able to grow quickly. Only after a critical mass has been reached, and after other companies and communities of interest have helped shape how the platform is used, will it become clear what people are willing to pay for. While they may not have a solid grasp yet of exactly how to make money, those who are building companies and investing in the space do know there will be opportunities. In their minds, the real-time stream is at an early stage in its cycle, one that will likely last 5 to 7 years.If the real-time Web and its fundamental characteristics are widely understood, its benefits and opportunities can extend throughout the Internet and across all industries.Read part 1 and part 2 of this series.Guest author: Ken Fromm is a serial entrepreneur who has been active during both the Internet and Web 2.0 innovation cycles. He co-founded two companies, Vivid Studios, one of the first interactive agencies, and Loomia, one of the top recommendation, discovery, and personalization companies. He has worked at the leading edge of recommendations and personalization, interactive development, e-commerce and online advertising, semantic technologies and information interoperability, digital publishing, and digital telephony. He is currently advising a number of startups and looking at the next big thing in Web 3.0. He can be found on Twitter at @frommww. Related Posts guest author 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#Real-Time Web#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Civil society cries foul over rewards

first_imgWhen it rains, it pours – at least for Indian cricket.The awards began coming in for the cricketers from various corners of the country much before the realisation of having won the most coveted trophy in the world had even sunk in. And what began as a trickle of awards soon fattened into a pattern with crores being added to the bank accounts of the members of the winning team as chief ministers of various states tried to go one up on each other in bestowing monetary benefits on the team.The politicians, as they are wont to do, have once again extracted crores of rupees from the tax payer’s hard-earned money, to give to players who, even though they deserve it, don’t need such performance bonuses. The cricketers mint money from various sponsorship and endorsements deals in any case and, throw in their fat Indian Premier League contracts, and their income becomes astronomical.The BCCI is also one of the richest sports bodies in the world and it is no secret that it controls the flow of money into international cricket. One would assume that in this era of annual contracts and big match fees, the cricket board’s bonuses would serve as a great performance bonus anyway.And yet, the Delhi government, which is already reeling under the multi-crore scam related to the Commonwealth Games, announced Rs 2 crore for captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rs 1 crore each for the four Delhi players who were part of the World Cup-winning team.advertisementNot to be left behind, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chauhan announced an award of Rs 1 crore each for Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan. Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh will be given cash awards of Rs 1 crore each, while Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa announced the cricketers will be given a residential plot each from the Bangalore Development Authority.Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhrayal Nishank promised a residential plot or a house in Mussoorie for Dhoni and Tendulkar while the Tamil Nadu government announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore to the team and Rs 1 crore for Tamil Nadu player R Ashwin.The civil society, however, is indignant over these bonuses. Activist/photographer Parthiv Shah said: “The cricketers can’t be blamed for this as they are not asking for all these rewards. We should ask the chief ministers of states to tell us as to what protocol they have followed? They all want to draw mileage out of this big victory. A better way of celebration would have been to pool all this money into a fund to take care of cricketers and other sportspersons who have fallen on bad times. It would be better if cricketers could appeal that they don’t want any reward.” Activist Shabnam Hashmi labels the jamboree surrounding the World Cup win as vulgar.”There is a whole lot of truth to the rumours about matches being fixed. The whole business of cricket is vulgar,” she told Mail Today. Speaking on her way back from Barabanki, Hashmi added: “Weavers in Barabanki are living at starvation levels but no chief minister would come forward and announce some monetary assistance for them. I’ve nothing against honouring sportspersons but then, players of other disciplines too should be rewarded.” Artist Ram Rahman said: ” This sudden gifting is unexplained. No politician comes forward to help people like AK Hangal and we all know the state of penury that Ustad Bismillah Khan was reduced to.” Rahman feels that Sonia Gandhi’s rushing out to join celebrations at ITO was a better way of celebrating than distributing bounty.LARGESSE POURS INTamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi announced a cash award of Rs 3 crore for the team while a special award of Rs 1 crore was meant for offspinner R Ashwin, who hails from the state Four players working with Air India – captain MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina – would be promoted to the next rank Rs 2 crore for Dhoni and Rs 1 crore each for Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Ashish Nehra from the Delhi government Rs 1 crore each for Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan from Maharashtra Rs 1 crore each for Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh from Punjab Players to get a residential plot each from the Bangalore Development Authority Residential plots in Uttarakhand for Dhoni & Tendulkar.last_img read more

Miss Bahamas represents at Miss Universe

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MissUniversepageant2017, #YasmineCooke Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMiss South Africa, Demi Leigh Nell Peters#UnitedStates, November 27, 2017 – Las Vegas – Miss Bahamas Universe Yasmine Cooke should have had a wonderful time in Las Vegas at the Miss Universe Pageant despite being unable to bring the coveted crown home to the 242.    Cooke, a medical student at the University of the West Indies was a part of a stellar constellation, the largest competition ever for Miss Universe with 92 women entered as beauty ambassadors for their countries.The show unfolded at Planet Hollywood on  Sunday night and creeping close to taking the crown, once again was Caribbean country, Jamaica.   Davina Bennett got 2nd runner up in the pageant.    First runner up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez and winning the title of Miss Universe 2017-2018, was Miss South Africa, Demi Leigh Nell Peters.#MagneticMediaNews#MissUniversepageant2017#YasmineCookelast_img read more

Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair is underway

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Fair may be a couple weeks away but the Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair just got underway.The Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair (ESDCJF) was started around 1947. The history of the fair spans locations across Eastern San Diego County beginning in El Cajon, then moving to Gillespie Field, and finally to its current home at the Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair grounds located in Lakeside, California.The fair has withstood the test of time and brings together important skills and trades to provide a venue for competition and exhibition to the members of 4-H and Future Farmers of America (FFA). It is a unique variety of livestock, small animal and home arts shows where the exhibitors can compete and families and community members can visit to see what agriculture and the youth of 4-H and FFA are all about.Fair week culminates with the junior livestock auction where exhibitors can sell their animals. Please see the auction information if you are interested in attending the auction and possibly purchasing an animal.The fair is proud to be a non-profit organization supported 100% through volunteer labor and fundraising. Their efforts are a labor of love. The fair board would like to encourage everyone to become involved in the fair as it is a worthy cause Allie Wagner Updated: 8:52 AM Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair is underway May 14, 2019center_img Posted: May 14, 2019 Allie Wagner, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more