Thursday, June 30, 2011

extreme sailing series start in Boston today


For the first time, every minute of the racing action from Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Boston will be available live on the internet. Sailing Anarchy’s innovative “On-The-Water Anarchy” team will produce and stream coverage of all five days of racing, and their coverage will include the Extreme 40 and 49er racing action, the opening press conference, daily prizegivings, numerous interviews, and a daily live talk show with the sailors. Racing commentary will be by two-time US Multihull Champion John Casey. The streaming video feed will also be available to iPhone, iPad. Android users via the dedicated Justin.TV app [download fee applies].

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The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village at Fan Pier, the 21-acre site on Boston’s waterfront spanning nine city blocks, owned by the Fallon Company, the official host venue partner to the Boston Act, is rapidly under construction for the public and VIPs. Every day of the Boston five-day event – the first time the circuit has held an official event in the USA – from Thursday, 30th June until Monday, 4th July is open to the public and is part of the Boston Harborfest – the nation’s largest 4th July celebrations.
And the public will have plenty to cheer about with leading US sailor Terry Hutchinson at the helm of Artemis Racing: “I am really looking forward to racing in my home country over the July 4th holiday weekend which is going to be a big celebration,” said Terry. “The Boston Red Sox's will be midway into their summer season at Fenway Park which is a nostalgic place with so much history. Then to have the Extreme Sailing Series racing over one of the biggest celebrations of our countries history, I suspect it is going to be outstanding.” Watch video of Terry HERE

Terry Hutchinson, Artemis Racing © Lloyd Images
Two other American sailors Bob Merrick and Mark Ivey will be competing alongside the 11-boat Extreme 40 crew in the Boston Act. Merrick, who won a silver medal in the 470 dinghy class at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, will be joining the crew of Roland Gaebler’s Team Extreme; whilst Mark Ivey, ISAF Team Race World Champion in 2005 and US Sailing Coach of the Year 2009, will be racing with Britain’s Ian Williams on Team GAC Pindar. And Red Bull Extreme Sailing, headed up by two-time Olympic gold medalist Roman Hagara, carries the mantle of ‘home’ team as Red Bull come on board as the main local event partner to the US event, heavily promoting the team and the event in and around Boston. And if visitors cannot make it to Fan Pier they can catch up on all the latest action via Fox TV 25 who will be broadcasting live from the Race Village on Thursday and Friday (see schedule below) including coverage of the Red Bull Air Force skydivers.

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The weather outlook from official weather provider, WetterWelt, forecast that Saturday, 2nd July could see the most breeze of 13-15 knots with stronger gusts with the breeze light to moderate for the remainder of the event: “I think we are going to have tricky conditions like we have had at previous events,” said Terry. “Hopefully, we will get in as many races as we have at the previous events.”
Other crew changes of note are Leigh McMillan taking over as skipper of The Wave, Muscat, Adam Beashel tactician for Emirates Team New Zealand at the 2007 America’s Cup sitting alongside Dean Barker, and Andrew Walsh joining Team GAC Pindar as tactician bringing with him some valuable experience from his days racing the BT Extreme 40 in previous years.
The official charity for Act 4 at Fan Pier is Courageous Sailing, a center of sailing excellence committed to removing barriers to access for all Boston youth, the public and people with physical and intellectual challenges.
www.courageoussailing.org

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gaikai, a privately-held cloud gaming firm


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Gaikai, a privately-held cloud gaming firm whose backers include Electronic Arts and Intel Capital, expects to sign deals with major publishers and video game makers, as the market shifts from console-based games to online titles.
Chief Executive David Perry, 44, who founded Gaikai in 2009, said he is "going back and forth with at least 20 major companies" over a licensing contract.
Like larger rival OnLive, Gaikai -- a Japanese term for "open ocean" -- streams game content directly to any internet connected device, without the need for additional hardware like a console or a graphics processor.
OnLive, backed by AT&TTime Warner's venture capital arm, Taiwan's HTC Corp and others, offers annual subscription based games in the United States and is expected to launch in Britain later this year.
Gaikai has licenses for most of EA's game catalog and has signed with Wal-Mart to stream games on the retailer's web store. The company charges video game publishers based on minutes of game play on its network.
"We're building a content distribution company here, like Akamai -- but how we're different is that the technology is bi-directional. It's data being sent and received constantly," Perry said in a telephone interview.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sprint announced it is offering businesses Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN

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Network operator Sprint announced it is offering businesses Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN, a fixed wirelessaccess solution that provides wireless connectivity to the Sprint Global MPLS network. The company said the 4G service can help enable businesses to replace or improve on traditional "wired" options with a fast and flexible solution that can be deployed without compromising bandwidth and network reliability, available within all Sprint 4G markets.
Using business-class outdoor modems, Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN provides secure 4G and 3G wirelessaccess as primary and secondary network connectivity, backed by a 99.95 percent availability service level agreement (SLA). With faster time-to-deployment, 15 business days in contrast to what can be a lengthy process of ordering traditional wireline circuits, Sprint 4G Enterprise WAN is an alternative to the traditional T-1, or a new way to bring dataconnectivity to remote locations where the installation of traditional dedicated circuits is problematic.
“Sprint understands the critical challenges facing businesses today, which demand innovative solutions to address higher bandwidth needs, business continuity, and cost reduction in a recovering economy,” said Tom Roberts, vice president of business marketing, Sprint. “With 4G Enterprise WAN, Sprint delivers customers increased flexibility for their branch locations or retail operations through high-speed wireless connectivity and more built-in reliability than typical wireline – creating a real competitive advantage for their business.”

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Monday, June 27, 2011

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Facebook eroding

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Last week, Forbes published an interesting article on why Facebook's audience has been eroding: because teens don't want to be online friends with their parents, and have all their personal information served up nice and easy. Now Retrevo has published a study that shows that yes, parents really are using Facebook to keep track of their kids. The study found that 47 percent of parents with kids under 19 have used Facebook to learn more about their kid's friends.

Parents even use Facebook to check up on other parents. Up to 34 percent of parents with kids between 13 and 24 have used Facebook to check on their kid's friend's parents. They even use it to check up on their kid's dates.

The writing is on the wall, kids. If you want privacy, you'll need to leave Facebook and find a social network that's far harder to crack.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Rocketmelt launched beta 3

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Facebook and RockMelt won't admit that their recent integration agreement is not a prelude to an acquisition, but it's not hard to find the value in such an arrangement if the companies decided to pursue a deal.
Why do this? For RockMelt, it would be a matter of survival. For Facebook, appropriating RockMelt for its 700 million-plus users could provide a super countermeasure to the rise of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Chrome Web browser, which has over 160 million users.
Launched last November with backing from serial entrepreneur Marc AndreessenRockMelt is a social Web browser. A niche product, it has a few hundred thousands users.
The application frames the browsing experience with people's Facebook contacts along the left edge of the browser window after users log into RockMelt via their Facebook e-mail and password. The right side of RockMelt includes buttons for accessing the Facebook News Feed, Facebook Profile, Twitter tweet stream and timeline.
culminating in the RockMelt beta 3 launched June 14. The new version lets users manage Facebook friend requests, messages and notifications directly in the browser instead of solely on Facebook.com. When users start a chat on Facebook.com, it will open a RockMelt chat window.


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Google Inc found itself at the center of multiple government investigations

 Google Inc found itself at the center of multiple government investigations on Thursday into whether it is using its dominance in search advertising to scotch competition.
At least three state attorneys general have started antitrust investigations into Google, a source familiar with the matter said.
The source declined to elaborate on the details of the investigations by the attorneys general of CaliforniaOhio and New York as they were still in the early stages.
The attorneys general investigation into Google was first reported by the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the investigations.
The news of the attorneys general investigation emerged on the same day the Wall Street Journal reported that the internet search giant is about to receive the civil equivalent of a subpoena from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as part of a probe into the company's Internet search business.
The company, which dominates U.S. and global markets for search advertising, has been accused by competitors of favoring its own services over rivals in its search results.
Google, the world's No. 1 search engine, and the FTC declined to comment on the Journal report.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

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    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    The Problem with Money-Jane Honeck

    Title: The Problem with Money...it's not about the money!

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    Jane Honeck's book makes us look into our life and helps us discover; “why do we think this way.” Jane brings us to recognize those facets and gives us a vision of the future.
    “Your earliest memory, family of origin, significant relationships, education, work, spirituality and worldview, these are the seven facets that you will discover on your way to becoming financially conscious.”
    Jane's simple work sheets will help or at least make you aware of some of those variables that have been attached to us and have caused us to lose focus. Most of us, probably never even had a clear vision of the financial future.
    "Some of the findings could be a little painful, and once you have identified some of the seven facets; a vision of your financial future starts developing clarity," Jane says.
    I think the greatest tool this book provides is an idea. It’s the idea that we are each in charge of our own destinies and we should not believe otherwise, no matter what the media, your family, or your religion tells you.
    Jane Honeck is going to, “uncover beliefs that have kept you stuck in your old dysfunctional patterns and move you towards living a financially conscious life.”
    You think maybe you have a financial grip on everything; Jane keeps your attention all the way through and then maybe a little preventive would be in order?

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    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Sega Corp said on Sunday that information belonging to 1.3 million customers has been stolen

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    Japanese video game developer Sega Corp said on Sunday that information belonging to 1.3 million customers has been stolen from its database, the latest in a rash of global cyber attacks against video game companies.
    Names, birth dates, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords of users of Sega Pass online network members had been compromised, Sega said in a statement, though payment data such as credit card numbers was safe. Sega Pass had been shut down.
    "We are deeply sorry for causing trouble to our customers. We want to work on strengthening security," said Yoko Nagasawa, a Sega spokeswoman, adding it is unclear when the firm would restart Sega Pass.
    The attack against Sega, a division of Sega Sammy Holdings that makes game software such as Sonic the Hedgehog as well as slot machines, follows other recent significant breaches including Citigroup, which said over 360,000 accounts were hit in May, and the International Monetary Fund.
    The drama surrounding the recent round of video game breaches paled compared to what PlayStation maker Sony Corp experienced following two high-profile attacks that surfaced in April.
    Those breaches led to the theft of account data for more than 100 million customers, making it the largest ever hacking of data outside the financial services industry.

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    Sunday, June 19, 2011

    World Match Racing

    World Match Racing Tour
    Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing crew in action during the 2010 Portimao Portugal Match Cup. Image – Gareth Cooke/Subzero Images/WMRT



    All Eyes on Portugal as World Match Racing Tour Reaches Halfway Stage  

    London, UK - 19 June 2011: The ISAF World Match Racing Tour returns to European waters next week for the Portimão Portugal Match Cup where eight of the current top ten teams in the World Championship race will be in contention.

    After three stages and three different winners, just 38 points separate current leader Francesco Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing and Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar who lies in tenth place.

    A repeat of the epic 2010 Final between the two most recent Portugal Match Cup winners, Peter Gilmour (AUS) YANMAR Racing and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat, would add yet more spice to what is shaping up to be a closely fought Championship battle.  

    Racing will be staged in the Marina of Portimão when racing takes place from June 22-26 and the World Match Racing Tour spoke with Peter Gilmour and Portimão Portugal Match Cup President Justino de Sa Machado to get their thoughts ahead of the action next week.

    Low resolution Image/Caption:  All Eyes on Portugal as World Match Racing Tour Reaches Halfway Stage  

    Full Release Text: All Eyes on Portugal as World Match Racing Tour Reaches Halfway Stage  

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    Saturday, June 18, 2011

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    Friday, June 17, 2011

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    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Google's Android platform has nearly caught up to Apple's iOS

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    Google's Android platform has nearly caught up to Apple's iOS in application revenue on Millennial Media for May, according to the mobile ad network.
    iOS accounted for 45 percent of the application revenue in May, while Android followed with 43 percent sales share. That marked a closing of the gap for Google, whose platform commanded 39 percent of application sales, compared with Apple's 50 percent figure in April.
    Millennial expects Android's application revenue to rise with the proliferation of more paid applications on Android devices.
    "We expect Android to start to steal share from Apple as developers start to create more applications for the Android platform to take advantage of the high volume of customers who have shifted to Android devices," Millennial noted in its June 15 Mobile Mix report.
    More than 100 million Android devices have shipped, with over 200,000 applications available in the Android market and almost 5 billion installed at this point.
    As in April, Android smartphones racked up 53 percent ad impression share. iOS corralled 27 percent impression share, down from 28 percent in April and 31 percent in March.
    RIM grew 6 percent impression share from April to hit 17 percent, thanks to a boost of impressions from the BlackBerry Curve on Millennial's network. Windows Phone 7 impressions grew 92 percent from April.
    However, this isn't saying much as phones based on Microsoft's vaunted new mobile OS accounted for only 1 percent of the smartphone OS mix on Millennial.

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    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    New Microsoft security patches

    Internet Explorer Mobile LogoImage via WikipediaMicrosoft addressed 24 security vulnerabilities across 16 security bulletins in June's Patch Tuesday update. This will be Microsoft's second-largest Patch
    Tuesday in 2011 after April's gargantuan release.

    Microsoft patched the Windows operating system, all supported versions of
    Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, SQL Server, Forefront, .NET/Silverlight,
    Active Directory and Hyper-V, the company said in its Patch
    Tuesday advisory
    released June 14. Of the patches, nine have been rated as
    "critical," and seven have been ranked as "important," according to Microsoft.

    Microsoft called out four critical updates as top priorities on the Microsoft
    Security Response Center
    blog. They include a fix for all versions of the
    SMB Client on Windows (MS11-043), 11 bugs in all versions of Internet Explorer
    (MS11-050), another Windows flaw (MS11-052) and two issues in the DFS client for
    all versions of Windows (MS11-042), according to Trustworthy Computing's Angela
    Gunn.

    "There's going to be a lot of heavy lifting for IT administrators this
    month," said Dave Marcus, director of security research and communications at
    McAfee Labs, noting that administrators will also have to evaluate and
    prioritize patches from Adobe and Oracle's
    Java updates
    .

    Microsoft expects to see a reliable exploit developed in the next 30 days for
    six of the critical bulletins and two important ones, Jonathan Ness wrote on the
    Security Research and Defense blog. The only vulnerability currently being
    exploited in the wild is an escalation of privilege flaw in the Ancillary
    Function Driver, rated as important, according to Ness.

    Microsoft fixed 11 remote code execution vulnerabilities in Internet
    Explorer, versions 6 through 9 (MS11-050), and patched VML, a markup language
    used by the browser (MS11-052). Most of them were rated as critical.

    Even though none of these vulnerabilities is currently being exploited in the
    wild, security administrators should make the IE patches a high priority, said
    Joshua Talbot, security intelligence manager for Symantec Security Response.

    "The slew of Internet Explorer vulnerabilities presents a significant attack
    surface for cyber-criminals to poke at," Talbot said, noting that "at least one"
    of the recent data breaches exploited a similar, previously patched flaw in IE.
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    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    More Vodka

    An old Ukrainian multi stage vodka still at th...Image via Wikipedia

    More Vodka

    Russia

    In the 1540s the Russian tsar Ivan ‘the Terrible’ established his own network of distilling taverns and ensured that the profits went straight into the imperial treasury. He outlawed taverns that were outside his control and put a ban on distilling by potential rivals. He kept his options open, however! He was always in need of the support of the nobility, so he allowed them to continue distilling Vodka.
    From the beginning of the seventeenth century it had become customary for Vodka to be served atRussian imperial banquets. All formal meals began with bread and Vodka. Vodka was also drunk ceremonially at religious festivals and in church ritual, and to refuse to partake could be considered impious.
    Peter the Great, tsar of Russia from 1689 to 1721, was renowned for his hospitality and love of drinking. He served large quantities of Vodka, his favorite drink, at his legendary banquets. On these occasions he would shock foreign guests by cutting open enormous pies out of which dwarfs would jump.
    The Governor of Moscow trained a large bear to serve pepper Vodka to’ his guests. If anyone showed reluctance in accepting the drink, the bear would remove the guest’s clothes, an article at a time.

    Poland

    Making Vodka was a lot easier in Poland, as fewer official restrictions were imposed. Indeed, in 1546, King Jan Olbrecht issued a decree allowing every citizen the right to make Vodka. As a result many families distilled their own spirit, and as early as the sixteenth century there were forty-nine commercial distilleries in the town of Pozan alone.
    Vodka-making and drinking became established at all levels of society in Poland over the next few centuries. Poznan continues to be a major center for the production of Vodka today.

    Production

    The key to distillation is the separation of alcohol from the water content of fermented liquid. Because water freezes at a higher temperature than alcohol, the Eastern Europeans were able to separate the alcohol by freezing fermented liquid during the winter months. As a result they were left with a drink with a higher strength than that produced by fermentation alone. This was the earliest method of producing stronger spirit in Eastern Europe. The techniques of distillation didn’t spread from the west until the fifteenth century. From that time to the mid nineteenth century all Vodka was made in a pot-still using local natural resources such as wheat, barley, ryes, potatoes and rice.
    A mash was created by heating the grain to release the starch for conversion into sugar. The sweet liquid was allowed to ferment naturally before distilling. Gradually Vodka-making in Eastern Europe was refined. In the beginning Vodka was the product of a single distillation to a relatively low proof, but distillers soon learned the benefits of two or more distillations on product quality.
    Extra distillations mean the final spirit has a higher strength and greater purity. Next the Eastern Europeans introduced filtration to improve the purity of the spirit further. This was carried out initially with felt or river sand, but in the late eighteenth century charcoal began to be used. The filtration standards established at that time remain to this day.
    With the invention or the continuous still in the last century, distillers were able to produce Vodka to a very high proof in a continuous operation.
    Most Vodka has no color and carries only the clean aroma and character of pure spirit from the still. It has a characteristically light and very slightly oily texture. Different brands have their own characteristics and have been made over the centuries to a variety of styles.
    There is a long heritage of making flavored Vodkas in Eastern Europe. This ‘goes back to the days home distillation, when Vodka was flavored with herbs, spices and fruit. Nowadays natural flavorings such as cherry, lime, lemon, orange, mint, etc., are added in the final distillation.
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    Monday, June 13, 2011

    The ravages from half a century of intensive farming must give way

    Logo of the Food and Agriculture OrganizationImage via WikipediaThe ravages from half a century of intensive farming must give way to a more
    sustainable approach if farmers are to feed the world in 2050, the United
    Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.
    Global farm output must increase 70 percent, including a nearly 100 percent
    jump in developing countries, to feed the world in 2050, the FAO said.

    At the same time, farmers must conserve resources and protect environment,
    said the FAO, which expects the world's population to rise to about 9.2 billion
    in 2050 from 6.9 billion in 2010.

    Climate change and growing competition for land, water and energy with
    industries mean agriculture can no longer rely only on intensive crop
    production.

    That approach has caused land degradation, excessive water use, pest
    resistance and other problems in many countries, the FAO said in its Save and
    Grow report.

    "It is also clear that current food production and distribution systems are
    failing to feed the world," it said pointing that the total number of
    undernourished people in 2010 was estimated at 925 million, higher that it was
    40 year ago.
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    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is in the process of purchasing AdMeld

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    Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is in the process of purchasing AdMeld, which sells display advertising for large Websites owned by Thomson Reuters and Discovery Communications, and News Corp.'s Fox News and New York Post sites.
    Google declined to confirm the buy, which TechCrunch first reported and claimed was worth $400 million.
    Google has more or less locked up the market for search ads, where it has 90 percent-plus of text-based ads paired with search results. However, the company's plot of display ads—graphical ads with glimmer and sparkle that sometimes irk users—is much less.
    IDC said Google's U.S. display ad revenue share grew to 14.7 percent in the first quarter of 2011 from 13.3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2010, passing Yahoo for the first time.
    Neal Mohan, Google's vice president of display advertising, said engagement rates across all display ads will increase by 50 percent as "ads become less cluttered, more relevant, more engaging and more attractive."
    Adding AdMeld would help Google grab ad inventory from leading online content publishers for its DoubleClick Ad Exchange marketplace, providing quite a weapon for Google in its battle against Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and other rivals.


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