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Warriors keep their cool this time to hold off pesky Atlanta Hawks

first_imgOAKLAND — Jonas Jerebko helped the Warriors pull through on a night with no Stephen Curry and no Draymond Green.The 6-foot-10 forward and instant fan favorite replaced some of Curry’s sharp shooting by nailing four 3-pointers. Jerebko also provided some of Green’s typical ruggedness by securing a game-high 13 rebounds.In all, Jerebko’s contributions helped the Warriors pull away from the Atlanta Hawks, 110-103, on Tuesday night and helped soothe an Oracle Arena crowd after a night of …last_img read more

Video: San Francisco 49ers John Lynch on team releasing Reuben Foster after domestic violence arrest in Tampa

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.San Francisco 49ers General Manager John Lynch discusses the team’s release of linebacker Reuben Foster after a domestic violence arrest in Tampa on Saturday night.The 49ers released linebacker Reuben Foster on Sunday morning, about 12 hours after after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at the team hotel. The charges were brought by the same woman at the center of a previous case against …last_img read more

Raiders make Rivers’ last dance in Oakland an unhappy one?

first_imgThe language directed toward Rivers by Raiders fans over the years has had its share of four-letter words, and worse. When the Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers … OAKLAND — Derek Carr and Philip Rivers speak the same language.They just happen to leave out some of the same words.Wide receiver Tyrell Williams played his first four season catching passes from Rivers and now plays for the Raiders.“It’s amazing,” Williams said. “As competitive as they are, they don’t curse.”last_img read more

Methionine could help in calf survival rates

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Research at the University of Illinois has shown that adding methionine to the diets of Holstein cows during the prepartum and postpartum periods may impact the preimplantation embryo in a way that enhances its capacity for survival.“Methionine is the first limiting amino acid for dairy cattle,” said Phil Cardoso, U of I animal scientist. “We know that the lack of methionine limits cows in producing protein in the milk. Now we’re beginning to understand that it affects more than just the milk protein. We want to learn more about the biological effect it has on the cow, and in this case, on the embryo.”Because cows cannot produce methionine, it needs to come from the diet.“But anything I feed to a cow is first going to come in contact with, and be digested by, the bacteria in the rumen,” Cardoso said. “If I give crystal methionine to a ruminant animal, it gets used up by the bacteria. So we supplement the diet with rumen-protected methionine (RPM), and 85% of that is absorbed in the duodenum and goes into the blood stream; 15% still gets used by the bacteria, but now the cow has methionine.”In the study, researchers began supplementing the diets of one group of cows 21 days before they gave birth and continued the supplement through 72 days after birth. The control group did not receive methionine.“Sixty days after the cows gave birth, we artificially inseminated them,” Cardoso said. “In the first group, the oocytes that came into contact with the semen came from an environment with higher blood methionine concentration than the second [control] group. Approximately seven days later, we harvested the preimplantation embryos of both groups.”The team at Illinois then sent half of the embryos to their colleagues at the University of Florida. Their analysis showed that the preimplantation embryos from cows that were fed methionine had more lipid droplets inside the embryo. Lipids are molecules that contain hydrocarbons and make up the building blocks of the structure and function of living cells. Examples of lipids include fats, oils, waxes, certain vitamins, hormones, and most of the non-protein membrane of cells.“It gets interesting when we attach our findings to other research,” Cardoso said. “A study done at the University of Wisconsin showed that cows, treated or untreated, became pregnant at the same rate, but in the cows treated with methionine, embryonic death was much lower. In untreated cows, embryonic death was around 19%, but in treated cows, it dropped to around 6%. We think the methionine is allowing the embryo to have more lipids which can be used as energy to help them survive more stress.” Cardoso says the research also showed that the embryos of the treated cows were larger, which could also be a result of lipids used as energy.The team at Illinois now hopes to study the remaining embryos to try to determine why the treated embryos have more lipid droplets. “What are the processes that may be changing in that embryo that allows it to have more fat? Gene expression analysis will allow us to go more in depth on why this is happening.”This research has been funded in part by Adisseo NACA, in Alpharetta, Georgia, and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Washington, DC; W-2112). The study, “Effects of rumen-protected methionine and choline supplementation on the preimplantation embryo in Holstein cows,” has been published in the June issue of Theriogenology and can be found at http://bit.ly/methionine.last_img read more

4 Key Take-Aways From Goldman’s Huge Facebook Investment

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web Banking giant Goldman Sachs has invested $500 million in Facebook, buying shares at a price that puts the value of the entire company at $50 billion. If all shares in the company were priced equally (they are not) then we could assume that Goldman, and co-investor Russian giant DST, bought 1% of Facebook. What’s most important isn’t the amount of literal control over the company that the banks bought, rather it’s the valuation this gives the company and the relationship the investment fosters between Goldman and Facebook.ReadWriteWeb readers, probably more concerned with technology and innovation implications than the business end of this deal, may benefit from a summary of the flurry of news coverage that began last night with the scoop by Andrew Ross Sorkin and Evelyn M. Rusli at The New York Times. 1. ScaleGoldman and Digital Sky Technologies, the Russian firm that has invested big in Zynga, Groupon and Facebook, are pooling together the funds of wealthy clients to invest $500 million now and up to $1.5 billion total. That investment prices Facebook’s total value at $50 billion.For perspective, Goldman has $900 billion on its balance sheet of all its investments. Apple is the world’s second single most valuable company behind Exxon, having just passed $300 billion. Google has a $200 billion market cap (is Facebook worth 25% what Google is?) and Twitter is now reported to be looking at raising still more money (beyond its $200 million last month) from Kleiner Perkins and Digital Sky at a valuation of $3 billion.In other words: This deal is in some ways a big move by Goldman but in other ways, for people like this it’s just another day in the office. The company hopes this will help them pocket larger sums when Facebook goes public on the stock market, when its wealthy leaders are looking for a bank to run their personal investments and when Goldman can impress everyone with how prestigious they are to land this deal. For more perspective see The New York Times analysis piece here and Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon.More Facebook may mean better feature development for users in the short term, and it may mean more ubiquity for Facebook in the medium term, but in the long term it could mean trouble for the Web in general. There is already far too great a risk that as Facebook policies and procedures go, so will go the rest of the Web, whether that’s what’s best for the Web and its users or not.2. From Disruption to Co-OptationFacebook, Twitter, Zynga and Groupon moved quickly in 2010 to go from culturally disruptive outsiders to being welcomed as small players in the world’s economy. None have been as economically disruptive as Craigslist and the Internet in general have been for example to the media economy, but even the media economy is tiny compared to the real economy: trading in liquid money, like natural resources, intellectual property and money.Whenever these companies take money to grow, of course, it comes at some expense to them in terms of independence. Big, traditional money puts cash into an upstart technology company and suddenly conversations around big decisions become very different. The golf course conversations about Facebook around the country will change too; they’ll be about buying shares pre-IPO from Goldman instead of about how confusing the kids are these days. Most likely, both types of conversation will go on.If you were hoping for Facebook to do something really risky, really culturally disruptive (I have been), the odds of that are getting slimmer fast.3. More Money for the Tech EcosystemGoldman’s investment in Facebook is going to be great for all the industries the company’s young leaders are likely to spend their money in, including tech startups. From early Facebookers becoming angels backing tiny new companies (some of which may be acquired later by Facebook) through Facebook backers Accel Capital turning its 5-year-old investment of nearly $13 million into a whole lot more. Much of that will go to the fund’s clients, but it should end up being good for future startups as well.On the other hand, hundreds of millions more dollars running through Facebook will also mean that many more engineers will end up working there – instead of innovating independently. Facebook (and Google) swallowed up big portions of the Silicon Valley bleeding-edge consumer software engineering scene in 2009 and 2010. Expect to see that trend continue.4. More Control for FacebookThank goodness for Google and Twitter. Without them, Facebook’s control over peoples’ identities online would be virtually unchallenged. The challenge those two companies pose isn’t very strong, either. Facebook is pushing fast to make itself the default login and identity system on sites all around the Web. From little sites happy to rid themselves of the risk of a Gawker-style security breach to big big media sites that Facebook is visiting the offices of and woo-ing with promises of big social distribution.It’s not good for any one company to have so much control over something so essential as our online identity. Imagine if there was one credit card company, or one bank. Bad news. More Facebook may mean better feature development for users in the short term, and it may mean more ubiquity for Facebook in the medium term, but in the long term it could mean trouble for the Web in general. There is already far too great a risk that as Facebook policies and procedures go, so will go the rest of the Web, whether that’s what’s best for the Web and its users or not.Presuming you’re not a Goldman customer looking to buy pre-IPO Facebook stock – but rather a Web user and lover – what does this mean to you? It’s hard to say. There will be upsides and there will be downsides. On balance, I don’t think it’s good news, though.last_img read more

#sidibouzid: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgTags:#TWiOT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting curt hopkinscenter_img Media missing in action for Tunisian protests, social media takes over. As protests over brutality, repression and economic neglect intensified in Tunisia over the past week, social media users kicked into gear. Traditional media neglected most of the news, including the killing of about 50 civilians by government forces. Social media users, both inside Tunisia and outside, reported news of protests, riots, arrests, government actions and deaths via Twitter and YouTube. The hastag #sidibouzid was omnipresent on the social web. This hashtag was the town where the protests started, in the wake of a suicide by a despondent young man named Mohamed Bouazizi. There was something iconic about it, nearly religious, a rallying cry not just for justice to be done in Tunisia, but as a way of its users assuring themselves that none of them were altogether alone. At about 3:00 p.m. (PST), news arrived – via Twitter, of course – that one of the detainees, and a writer for ReadWriteWeb France, Slim Amamou, had been released, along with another detainee, Azyz Ammami.A number of concessions are said to have come from these electronically-amplified protests. Few to none can be considered to be confirmed. The firing of the Tunisian interior minister, Minister Rafik Belhaj Kacem, for allowing the police to use “excessive force.” (Cute phrase for the deaths of dozens of civilians.)The end of web censorship.The promise by prime minster Mohamed Ghannouchi not to run for election again.The promise the police would not allowed to use live ammunition except in self-defense. (At the time of this writing, reports of live firing on civilians were still coming in.)Li Hong has become second online writer to die in detention. Li Hong’s death in Ningbo, China, was the second, after Omid Reza Mir Sayafi‘s death in Iran on March 18, 2009, involving a blogger in prison. Like Omid, Hong’s death was a direct result of untreated medical conditions. Hong had spent three years in prison where treatment for a degenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, was withheld. Like Omid, Hong was tortured to death over a period of years. Shame, China, SHAME!U.S. government to create “verified ID” for the internet. A largely undefined program to create an “identity ecosystem” for verified online identities has been turned over to the Commerce Department. While some find it vaguely unsettling, others believe it to be a safe and useful idea. Court subpoenas Twitter for user info in Wikileaks case. The document demanded data for half a dozen people associated with Wikileaks and its release of war and diplomatic documents. Twitter pushed back at the subpoena, requesting, and receiving, permission to inform the targets of the inquiry what had been asked of them. Russia moves toward national internet. Former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently signed an executive order requiring all Russian governmental organizations and departments to go open source by 2015. Proprietary software – from Microsoft, Google and so on – puts Russia in a state of dependence on a sector that is overwhelmingly American. Russia joins Iran, China and Turkey as nations that have been exploring the possibility of walling off their national internet from the world. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Despite International Expansion, Amazon’s Appstore Will Struggle To Compete

first_imgbrian s hall Despite not being readily available on most Android devices, Appstore continues to gain traction. A new report from app analytics firm Distmo reveals that in the U.S., at least, the “Amazon Appstore is rapidly becoming more and more competitive with Google Play” especially for paid apps.For raw numbers, Google Play has about 800,000 apps. Apple’s’ App Store is about the same. The Amazon Appstore? 75,000. Yet, app volume is a bit of an inconsequential argument. Downloads are what matter. In that area, Amazon is not fairing poorly. For example, Distmo found that Google Play is “ten times” bigger than Amazon’s Appstore in terms of total app downloads. The graph below shows the large gap in free downloads between Play and Appstore: Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In paid downloads, however, Google Play is only twice as big as the Appstore.  Tags:#Amazon#Android#Google#iPhone Most people would agree that Amazon has turned itself into a pretty amazing company. It has turned itself from an e-commerce bookseller into one of the most dynamic companies in the world, providing content for the masses, infrastructure for the Internet and a manufacturer of an array of tablets and e-readers that have helped change the way we read books.Yet, there is one battle where Amazon has little chance of winning. The battle for App Supremacy.The Amazon Appstore for Android expanded its global footprint this week, spreading its reach to 200 countries. One might think that Amazon, considering its acumen at selling content like books, movies and music, would be a perfect fit to dominate the app space. But, if Amazon is going to climb to king of App Mountain, it has a long, hard way to go.(See also Do We Really Need Amazon TV? No, But Amazon Does.)Appstore Gaining TractionAmazon’s value proposition for its Appstore is pretty clear: if you own a Kindle Fire, you get a curated set of apps that work specifically with your tablet. It is when Amazon tries to extend beyond its own gadgets is where potential is stifled. Amazon Appstore for Android can be downloaded to just about any Android device, but as we have seen with other secondary app stores (Samsung or Verizon), being the second app store is not a recipe for success.  Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The gap is even narrower when comparing revenues. “The top 200 paid applications in Google Play in the U.S. made $5.2 million in March 2013. This makes Google Play 1.7 times bigger Amazon Appstore.”Amazon is also continuing to expand the Appstore’s reach. In 2012, Amazon launched Appstore in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Japan. Earlier in April, Amazon announced it was expanding Appstore to 200 countries.  Does that mean Amazon’s Appstore could someday unseat Google Play? Not likely.Amazon’s Reality CheckApps and developer relations are not a core competency for Amazon. The first year of the Appstore was marred by controversy and setbacks with developers, especially concerning the “free app of the day” promotion that gives the Appstore its biggest value bet for consumers.Update: Amazon refutes the claim that developer relations are not a core competency. Through Amazon Web Services, the company does have significant developer relations in its corporate blood.  Yet, when it comes to developer relations in regards to the Appstore, that has not always been the case. From Amazon communications, Rena Lunak: “Amazon has very deep experience and success with developers via Amazon Web Services, specifically.  In fact, the web scale computing services that Amazon Web Services offers today are based on Amazon’s own back-end technology infrastructure which we’ve spent over a decade building into one of the world’s most reliable, scalable, and cost-efficient web infrastructures.  TinyCo, EA, Halfbrick (makers of Fruit Ninja), Red 5 Studios (makers of FireFall), are just a few well-known app and game developers using AWS to ensure they can scale quickly and cost-effectively to meet customer demand.”Developers are still wary of the Amazon Appstore. Greg Raiz, founder of Raizlabs, an independent app studio in Boston, said that his firm has “experimented with the Amazon store and found minimal traction with apps that are deployed there. Consumers don’t feel they need an alternate store so they don’t actively install it. Amazon did get some consumers to install their store experience by offering a “free app a day” promotion. This had some novelty but hasn’t impacted developer mindshare in any significant way.Only Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet line comes pre-loaded with Appstore. For everyone else, Amazon’s Appstore requires users follow the company’s “detailed instructions” to determine if their specific Android device can even support Appstore, then to download and install it.Just as important, mainstream Android apps require additional coding to ensure compatibility with Amazon’s forked version of the Android operating system for Kindle Fire, and integration with Amazon’s store and payments services. It shouldn’t come as surprise that a recent survey of 1,500 app developers by app analytics firm App Annie, found that only 22.5% of respondents were publishing to the Appstore. Google’s Android Strategy WorksAmazon has done well to create a market for its Kindle Fire tablets and, by extension, its own Appstore. Yet, a limited market share makes for limited potential. At the same time, Amazon faces stiff competition from the likes of Samsung and other Android manufacturers for consumer mindshare. The most used Android tablets are not made by Amazon. They are made by Samsung.Amazon is a digital content powerhouse, particularly in the U.S. In its official earnings statement this week, the company noted its extensive content creation and distribution prowess – in theory, apps shouldn’t be any different – it’s all just digital content to be packaged, sold and delivered. But Google’s Android strategy – giving away the operating system pre-packaged with Google services like Search, Maps – and Play – gives the search giant a level of scalability and device compatibility that Amazon simply cannot match.Lead image courtesy App Annie last_img read more

Windows XP Gets A Surprise Patch From Microsoft

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet Explorer#Microsoft#security#update#Windows XP Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Oh, how Microsoft must wish it could quit Windows XP.The software giant officially stopped supporting its 13-year-old operating system in April, technically leaving its legions of hangers-on stranded with no hope of future security updates. But even Microsoft couldn’t leave users in the lurch in the face of an Internet Explorer vulnerability considered so harmful that the U.S. government warned users to avoid the browser until it was fixed.So Microsoft has issued an emergency patch to Windows XP. Both IE and Windows XP received what Microsoft calls critical out-of-band security updates today, May 1, and all users that still have automatic updates enabled will get it straight away and don’t have to take any action.Windows XP and IE users who are updating manually should do so immediately, a Microsoft Security Response Center blog post urges. Windows Update will download the patch automatically; you can also find manual updates on the Microsoft Update website.Windows XP users shouldn’t take hope that Microsoft might actually reconsider extending XP support. Adrienne Hall, Microsoft general manager of trustworthy computing, made a point of noting that XP users should update to Windows 7 or 8, and IE users should update to version 11, in a post on Microsoft’s official blog.Image of Terry Myerson, executive VP of the Microsoft operating-systems group, by Owen Thomas for ReadWritecenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts anthony myerslast_img read more

Revamped IPL rules stump Shah Rukh Khan

first_imgThe new rules of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will be applied from next year, have left Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Rukh Khan a bit confused and the bollywood superstar said that it would be fair for everyone if all the players are put up for auction in November.”New IPL rules are a bit confusing. Two new teams added (good). All players should go into pool to make it fair for everyone. Simple & straight,” Shah Rukh wrote on his Twitter page.With the inclusion of two new teams – Sahara Pune Warriors and Kochi – in the IPL, the league’s governing council (GC) proposed a revised structure on Sunday but it has not gone down too well with some of the franchise owners who later voiced their concerns publicly.The new rules state that the 10 teams will be divided into two groups and there would be 74 matches in the next three IPL seasons.Out of the 74, 70 would be league matches plus four playoff matches with each team playing the same number of matches (14 of which seven would be home and the other seven away), as in the previous IPL editions.According to the previous format, the number of matches were 94.The IPL GC also decided that the eight original franchises would be allowed to retain a maximum of four players, including a foreigner and three Indians. Besides the four players, the rest of the squad would be selected through open bidding.It has also been made mandatory for the retained players to be registered for the 2010 season.advertisementThe fee of the retained players would be decided after mutual agreement between the stakeholders.Player contracts will be for a period of two years plus oneyear right of extension by the franchise. The salary cap of the franchisees has also been raised to $9 million.But if any franchisee retains all the four players, it will have to spend $4.5 million per year on other players.The new rules have limited the number of players to 30 for a squad.The two new teams Pune and Kochi, who did not participate in the 2010 season, can sign up to four players from the list of players who were not a part of the squad of any of the teams in the past three IPL editions.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Chesterfield Drive to close for three weeks for improvements

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents Updated: 5:58 PM Posted: January 2, 2019 January 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Chesterfield Drive to close for three weeks for improvements KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsENCINITAS (KUSI) – Construction crews will begin a three-week closure of a section of Chesterfield Drive Wednesday to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.Chesterfield Drive will be closed to drivers in both the eastbound and westbound directions between Coast Highway 101 and San Elijo Avenue. According to SANDAG, the closure will extend through Jan. 23 to complete a new bikeway and pedestrian path, an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk and ramps, new traffic signals and new rail crossing equipment such as signals and gates.During the closure, northbound motorists will be detoured to D Street and southbound motorists will be detoured to Lomas Santa Fe Drive. The intersection will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists during the closure but will be closed to motorists 24 hours per day, seven days a week. According to SANDAG, roughly 17,000 drivers use the intersection each day.The closure is the second phase of improvements to the Chesterfield Drive rail crossing and part of San Diego County’s Build NCC (North Coast Corridor) project, a 40-year, $700 million effort to repair and expand vehicle and rail transportation infrastructure around the county. The $6.2 million Chesterfield Drive project and the Build NCC program are funded by TransNet, the county’s half-cent sales tax on transportation,Once completed, the county expects to add 13 miles of new carpool and high-occupancy vehicle freeway lanes, 1 1/2 miles of doubled railroad track, seven miles of bike and pedestrian paths and more than 1,200 acres of restored and preserved coastal habitat land. FacebookTwitterlast_img read more