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Spector judge likely to admit victim’s tales

first_img“We do a psychological autopsy only at the request of the family when it’s ruled a suicide,” he said. The actress died of a gunshot fired inside her mouth in the foyer of Spector’s mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, after going home with him from her job as a nightclub hostess. Spector’s defense contends Clarkson killed herself. Asked why he did not consider materials from the computer, Pena said, “It was not provided to me.” Testimony was interrupted when Plourd tried to question Pena about whether his opinion would have changed if he considered the computer material. Fidler dismissed jurors and ordered a full-scale hearing. The judge in Phil Spector’s murder trial said Thursday that he will likely allow the defense to introduce gunshot victim Lana Clarkson’s writings about having visions of a dead actress who killed herself with a gun. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler gave the indication after intense arguments in which defense attorney Christopher Plourd said the writings found on her computer hard drive also include discussions of her fascination with guns, depression over her failing acting career and struggles with alcohol and drugs. Prosecutors acknowledged they knew about the material but considered it untrustworthy and did not bring it to the attention of the coroner who concluded that Clarkson was a homicide victim and did not commit suicide. Before jurors were sent out of court for a hearing, Deputy Medical Examiner Louis Pena testified he did not consider doing a “psychological autopsy” on Clarkson because he concluded her death was a homicide. He said information he obtained about Clarkson convinced him she was a hopeful person with no tendency toward suicide. Plourd then disclosed some contents of the hard drive including entries in what Clarkson called “The Story of My Life.” “She talks about drug problems, trying to get off medications,” he said. “She has delusions. She’s seeing people who are deceased and talks about them.” Plourd also said Clarkson “talks about seeing a dead actress who comes to her in visions, a struggling actress who didn’t make it and killed herself with a gun.” The actress’s name was not given in court. Plourd said the defense investigated the story, found that this was a real actress who committed suicide and found the place where she lived, which is where Clarkson claimed to have had the visions. He said Clarkson, who stopped making entries a year before she died, also spoke of going to a metaphysical therapist “to rearrange her subconscious.” As part of the therapy, he said, “You look into a candle and meditate. She sees a vision of a cowboy, a vision of George Bush comes to her.” Plourd said a district attorney’s investigator read the diary and concluded that it didn’t contain anything relevant. Prosecutors gave it to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office as part of a bundle of 500-600 pages of information and said they could look at it if they wanted to do a psychological autopsy, he said. Plourd argued that Pena should be questioned on whether his homicide ruling would have changed had he read Clarkson’s writings. “If you consider this information, it weakens and shakes his opinion,” Plourd said to Fidler. The judge said he would read the entire manuscript over the weekend and make a ruling. But before court ended for the week, he said he had read some of it and was inclined to admit it in evidence. Prosecutor Alan Jackson argued that the writings in the computer were not authenticated, could not be relied upon and were probably creative efforts that Clarkson made for a writing class she was taking. The judge, who at one point referred to the writings as a “memoir,” appeared to disagree. “I think you are arguing way too much,” Fidler said to Jackson. “If you have the words of a deceased … how do you keep that away from the jury and away from an expert who could have considered it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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23 nabbed in vehicle theft probe

first_imgStarbird said the thieves targeted only certain truck brands with a high resale value and almost always took vehicles parked on quiet suburban streets or in residential driveways, working exclusively under the cover of night to reduce their chances of being caught. The vehicles of choice were the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche, Yukon Denali and the 3/4-ton GMC Sierra and Silverado. Small groups of thieves would case neighborhoods looking for a truck to steal and, once they found one, would copy down the vehicle identification number, or VIN, and pass it along to their inside man, who police allege is Chris Michael Laney of Torrance. Laney, 41, worked at an undisclosed auto dealership and, according to Starbird, used his position to obtain key codes from the VIN. The key codes would then be forwarded to a locksmith, said to be Lorenzo Alexis Vides, 45, of Los Angeles, who created keys the thieves could use to get into the trucks and start them. Laney and Vides were arrested Tuesday and were being held on $2.5 million bail. After stealing a truck, thieves would park it for a few days in a “safe” area to see if a tracking device had been installed. If not, they would move it to a shop, where cosmetic changes would be made and a counterfeit VIN installed. Then the truck would be ready for sale to an unsuspecting customer. Authorities estimate the more than 200 stolen trucks are worth about $8 million. A few have been recovered, but most have not. “Unknown buyers are riding around right now in stolen trucks,” said Sheriff Lee Baca at the TRAP press conference held at sheriff’s headquarters in Monterey Park. Baca urged anyone who recently bought one of the targeted brands through a private sale to “strongly scrutinize” their purchases if they seem “too good to be true.” Starbird said most of the trucks sold for about half their listed worth and usually carried salvage titles. The group stole trucks from all over L.A. County. Investigators said they linked the ring to thefts in Altadena, Pasadena, Monrovia, West Covina, Whittier and Montebello, among other cities. The TRAP team served 25 search warrants Tuesday at homes and shops in Pasadena, North Hollywood, Gardena, Los Angeles and Fontana. In all, authorities filed 40 felony counts against the 23 people arrested. The charges include conspiracy, operating a “chop shop,” altering VINs and grand theft auto. In addition, investigators are looking at four auto dealerships thought to be linked to the thefts. Authorities would not disclose their names or locations. Detective Robert Manning of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said about 90 percent of the people arrested Tuesday are foreign nationals. Four of the men had been picked up earlier on auto theft charges and deported to Central America. gary.scott@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The raids are the culmination of a nine-month investigation into the inner workings of the ring, which operated as far south as Huntington Beach and as far north as Bakersfield. “We broke up the Southern California portion of the group,” said Starbird, who headed up the investigation. “Is there someone higher up in the food chain? Yes. And they may not even be in this country.” The investigation started last November with the theft of a Cadillac Escalade from Orange County. Long Beach police tracked the vehicle to their city, where they found three men trying to switch the vehicle identification number. Police contacted Starbird and the Taskforce for Regional Autotheft Prevention, or TRAP, to follow up. What the task force found, Starbird said, was a sophisticated auto theft operation organized around five cells, each working with some degree of independence. MONTEREY PARK – Law enforcement officials said Wednesday they have broken up an international auto theft ring believed responsible for stealing more than 200 luxury SUVs and high-end pickups. A task force of 150 investigators from Los Angeles and Orange counties launched a series of raids Tuesday and took 23 people into custody, with nine men identified as “prime suspects” in the case. Three other men, brothers who had been living in Pasadena, escaped the sweep and are being sought. Long Beach police Detective Joe Starbird said he suspects the Pasadena brothers – Alex Sabillon Hernandez, Jovel Sabillon Hernandez and Hector Sabillon Hernandez – may have returned to their native Honduras. last_img read more

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Best in the nation? Look no further than the valley

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – If you’re wondering who the next baseball superstar from the area will be, look no further than Christian Lopes, a 13-year-old who’s ranked as the nation’s No. 1 player in his age group. Lopes hits 400-foot home runs, and his fastball has been clocked at 84 mph from a regulation mound. Travel Ball Select’s Player of the Year after leading his club team to two national championships this summer, Lopes probably could dominate in high school baseball, but he’s only going into eighth grade. “Baseball is my favorite sport, and it’s my dream to be up their in big leagues one day,” Lopes said. It’s a perfectly reasonable plan if you’ve seen Lopes play. He’s 5-foot-10, 165 pounds and a gifted shortstop, pitcher, catcher, hitter, etc. Even as a 10-year-old, when he carried William S. Hart to the PONY League World Series in Texas, it was obvious Lopes was in a class by himself. In 66 games this summer against elite competition from California to Arizona to Texas to Florida, Lopes hit 16 home runs with 66 RBIs as a leadoff hitter. Named MVP of three large-scale tournaments over the past two months, Lopes doesn’t let all of this go to his head. For a 13-year-old, that might be the most amazing thing of all. “The best quality about Christian is he’s got a great attitude,” Cruz said. “He’s just got everything going for him. He’s a can’t-miss if he keeps working hard.” Lopes’ parents, Jack and Anglica, have made no small sacrifice in helping to prepare their son for a life of baseball. They work overtime so they can afford to travel across the nation for extended periods to support him. “You know what? There are just so many good kids playing out there, so I don’t want to think ahead too much. Let’s just say Christian is obsessed with baseball,” Angelica said. “That’s what’s on his mind. “He eats, sleeps, whatever, that’s his dream. All we want is for him to go to high school, get a college scholarship, stay out of trouble.” Which brings us to the No. 1 question: Where is Christian planning to play in high school? His first choice is Valencia, though he lives just out of the school boundaries. At least one Foothill League coach – we won’t name names, but no one from Valencia – already has called the parents asking where Lopes is going. Oh yeah, Lopes is also a straight-A student, and just for good measure, he’s taking up football in the Santa Clarita Warriors program this fall, and you can bet Lopes, who’s blazing fast, will prove to be a dominant tailback. “Actually, I played football for one season three years ago but I didn’t really know the game,” Lopes said. “I scored five or six touchdowns, then just played baseball about 10 months out of the year since then.” Little League is heating up this week with the World Series. Lopes can’t help to think what it would have been like to play Little League – instead he always has participated in the more competitive PONY league and travel-ball – and perhaps have a chance to show what he could do on national television. Lopes was 12 just one year ago, and by then he already was hitting tape-measure home runs that would have looked ridiculous on a Little League field. “I would have loved to have been there with Conejo Valley two years ago. I think I could compete with those guys,” Lopes said. Perhaps it’s more meaningful to look into the future, especially with a kid like Lopes. It will be interesting to see just how good he becomes. For now, here’s one piece of advice you can take to heart: Remember the name. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“Christian is a very, very special kid,” said his club manager, Lupe Cruz. “He’s got a lot of talent, and he really works hard. I mean, he’s the top 13-year-old kid in the country, so what more can I say? “We play a very highly competitive level of baseball, and he’s that good. A five-tool player.” Lopes has been featured in Baseball America on a regular basis, and that’s about as legitimate as you can get in this world. You’re half-surprised to learn that no, he isn’t related to Davey Lopes, a former Los Angeles Dodgers star. Like all great athletes, Lopes does the extras. He takes batting practice and meets with a private coach on a daily basis and that doesn’t even include the 100 balls he hits off a tee every morning just to wake up. last_img read more

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Bessie Wood (Terrell) Evans, 88, of Orleans

first_imgBessie Wood (Terrell) Evans, 88, of Orleans, passed away on February 13, 2018 atSt. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Orleans, IN.She was born November 10, 1929 in Nelson County, KY, the daughter of Hershelland Catherine (Thomas) Terrell.She married Hugh Evans on April 21, 1951 and he preceded her in death on May5, 1977. She worked at Jim Jones Linen Service for ten years and retired in 1992.She is survived by four children, Teresa Donetta Hagemier (Richard) of Orleans,Anothony Lawrence Evans (Billie) of Paoli, Deborah Jane Evans of Orleans,Gregory Wayne Evans (Kristy) of Mitchell; three surviving siblings, Lillian MaeBrooks of Sulphur, LA, Gilbert Eugene Terrell of Ohio and Espy Lawrence Terrell ofPaoli.She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Hugh Donald Evans Jr.;four brothers, Roy, Ray, Ralph and Paul Wayne Terrell; one sister, Wilma L.Graves.The funeral will be on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Ochs-TetrickFuneral Home with Reverend Michael Williams officiating. Burial will follow inKnott Cemetery, Mitchell, IN.Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Saturday from 2:00 PMuntil 6:00 PM at the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent to the family at ochstetrick.netlast_img read more

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 7, 2017

first_imgShare This!It’s been a fun week in Orlando this week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all the theme park love being given (mostly, of course, courtesy of Jimmy Fallon.) Have you been enjoying all the excitement?This week, we learn about a Disney sing-along hitting theaters, take a look at a rumor that keeps getting stronger, and so much more! Are you ready? Let’s go!In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors That gondola system rumor just isn’t going away. Matter of fact, it seems to be picking up steam.You may have missed it, but the Main Street Electrical Parade is continuing through August 20 at Disneyland! Hooray! Who else is excited? President of New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line Karl Holz will be retiring from Disney. Learn who his successor is.Are the tables being removed from Disney Cruise Line’s verandah rooms? It would certainly appear that way.Get your singing voices ready! Beauty and the Beast sing along version will be hitting theaters starting today! Does this sound like something you would do?I love how happy Jimmy Fallon is about his new attraction! Seriously….look how happy he is!If you missed any episodes of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week where the show was live from Universal, make sure you catch them! I thought they were super fun and entertaining.In Case We Missed ItWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to a Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose Crossbody Bag by Danielle Nicole and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.Savelast_img read more

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Bold Intersexions wins global favour

first_imgInternational glory beckons for popularSABC1 drama series InterSEXions.(Image: Intersexions-tv.co.za)MEDIA CONTACTS• Harriet GavshonCurious Pictures+27 11 726 2828Valencia TalaneHardly a month after walking away with 11 South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) in March, popular SABC drama series InterSEXions has clinched an international accolade in the form of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award.“We were notified by email of our win,” said Harriet Gavshon, MD of Curious Pictures, the production company that is responsible for the hugely popular series.“We’re really excited about this. It’s a big achievement and we take the Peabody particularly seriously.”The Peabody is the oldest electronic media award in the world, having started in 1940.The awards are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media and each year between 25 and 35 productions from around the world are named as winners.Curious Pictures worked with several partners on the project – including USAID; the Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa; ANTS Multimedia and SABC Education – and for this, Gavshon said, they are grateful.“It’s an important project, needless to say. The funding we got helped us to get our mission and vision through nicely,” she said.Groundbreaking seriesInterSEXions first aired on SABC1 in October 2010 and had resounding feedback from viewers after just the first episode.This, Gavshon asserted, was part of the mission of the project – to get people talking about HIV and Aids, its impact on their lives and what they could do differently in their lives.The unique format that the series adopted – of multiple storylines that are part of a bigger network of people affected by the virus – won viewers over, and they took to social networking sites to talk about the show.This worked very well for the producers, said Gavshon, because it gave them the advantage of seeing through viewers’ eyes what worked in the show and what didn’t.“Part of the point of the show was to get people talking, among themselves and with us, about issues related to HIV/Aids, and to spread the point of our message – that people must protect themselves from the disease.”Twenty-six episodes later, people were still talking!The InterSEXions Facebook page, which is almost 30 000 fans-strong, continues to update with everything from anecdotal messages to advice shared among fans.Gavshon, joking about how the concept has become part of the daily lives of fans, said even the title InterSEXions has become part of common language, cropping up in discussions over sexual health and behaviour.“I like that people have embraced it to that extent,” she said.For the project to work well, the production team had to pay attention to every last detail of every single story, again owing to its never-been-done-before format.“In terms of the production itself, the writing had to be intricate because of the unique format of the series. This took about two years to complete before the cameras started rolling,” said Gavshon.“The message we’ve been working on from day one has been a simple one: ‘Protect yourself’.”Gavshon added that unlike numerous other HIV/Aids education programmes, the idea behind InterSEXions was not to patronise viewers, but to inspire them, all the while keeping them entertained with the drama element.Opportunity for aspiring writersThe project would not have fulfilled its mandate had it not incorporated a certain level of participation with fans of the series.It was on Facebook that the producers ran a competition for scriptwriters who wanted to get a hands-on feel of the production.“Four winners were selected this way and they got to be part of the show,” said Gavshon.The four took part in a workshop that enabled them to develop their story ideas for the series.One of the young writers, Khono Mtetwa said: “We had to lay ourselves bare. It was very difficult – it wasn’t easy for any of us,” she said, adding: “By the time we left, we felt we had known each other for years.”InterSEXions 2The only thing better for fans of InterSEXions would be InterSEXions2, right?Asked whether viewers can expect a sequel to the successful series any time soon, Gavshon could not give away too much but said that the second instalment can be expected early next year.“We can’t say it will follow the same format, because we have to keep it interesting, but it will be very exciting.”She added that the nature of the series – which does not follow the usual linear storyline format – opens up opportunities for the production team to be adventurous and explore different writers with varying degrees of experience to bring into the fold.The Peabody AwardAdministered by the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, the Peabody Awards were named in honour of George Foster Peabody, described on the university’s website as a financier and major benefactor of the institution.Asked if any of the main actors would be attending the ceremony, which takes place in New York on 21 May, Gavshon said out of 58, it would be hard enough to notify them of the win, let alone try to figure out who will go and who will not!“Outside of Curious Pictures we will probably have people from our various partners also going. It’s early still to confirm the logistics.”Among the other winners of awards are Fuji Television for a production called The Untold Stories of the Tsunami in Japan; Bhutto, a documentary about the late Pakistani leader produced by American network PBS; and Al Jazeera for its coverage of the Arab awakening.last_img read more

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Review of the official World Cup website

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… I did enjoy the VideoArchive, which is an excellent way to waste a couple of hours in front of your PC!It’s also great to see Fifa/Yahoo taking advantage of the broadband age and makinghistorical World Cup footage available on the Web. In fact the Video section in general isfantastic and features a wide range of video content. Because the World Cup games are onin the wee hours of the morning my time, I’m particularly enjoying the Match highlightsvideos (btw it hasn’t stopped me staying up far too late to watch the World Cup – hencemy bleary eyes currently!).  The MatchCast feature is potentially the best feature, as it’s a livestats/chat/graphics dashboard that runs while a game is in process live. Personally I’mnot in the habit of using my computer while watching TV, but I can imagine MatchCastwould be very useful in integrated TV/PC platforms – like Media Center for example.Perhaps a little ahead of its time for most of us right now, but if you’re a verydedicated fan – then the opportunity to chat to other fans and check stats on your PC,while watching the TV for the game itself, might be a very useful thing. Fan Photos isbasically an invitation to use Flickr, which is good to see. I also noticed that Yahoo!Answers is being used for World Cup questions – and is promoted at the bottom of thehomepage. ConclusionOverall, great use of video on the official site and MatchCast is a promising feature(I’ll be interested to find out how well used it ends up being). Lots of Yahoo propertiesare integrated into the site, but to be honest I felt the community aspects were fairlyconservative – IM, games, uploading photos, 360 blogs, etc. Blogging could’ve been made alot more central to the experience, in terms of promoting it more and putting it high onthe homepage. Also largely missing – enabling users to personalize their World Cupsite and utilize interactive widgets/web services. So overall I’d rate the site a 7 out of 10, but there’s room for improvement. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus I actually didn’t see any evidence of blogs on the site navigation, but a searchrevealed that users can create a Yahoo 360° SuperFanBlog under the banner “The 12th Man”. So that’s why I couldn’t find blogs on the menu– because it’s cryptically labeled “The 12th Man”! Here’s anexample of a fan’s blog – it’s pretty much the basic Y! 360 experience. center_img Related Posts The official FIFA World Cup website is run by andco-branded with Yahoo. A Washington Post story today highlights the interactive and multimedia features of thesite – including blogs, chat, and three- to five-minute video highlights for all of the64 games. Also in lieu of live webcasts (not possible I presume because of TV rights),the site offers something called “MatchCast” – which is described as “a kind of animatedtelecast of the game that graphically displays players on the field, ball location, timeouts and live scores.”So the website is really a showcase of the latest in Yahoo’s social Webtechnology – for a mass audience that is (in other words, expect a fair degree ofconservatism).Positioning Jorge Consuegra, generalmanager of Yahoo’s FIFA partnership, told Washington Post: “Creating a global communityaround the biggest sporting event in the world — that’s the biggest step for thissite.” How they’re creating this community is through the Yahoo product line – Flickr, 360,Answers, Desktop toolbar, chat, MyYahoo, etc. If anything, these community tools arescattered a bit haphazardly around what is a very large website. Not too many of the‘community’ features are promoted on the homepage, which indicates that the site is stillvery much positioned as an information and World Cup news portal. FeaturesYahoo technology is integrated throughout the site, including Flickr integration and promotion. A lot of the news and information on the site ispretty straight-forward and probably similar to what you would’ve seen on the 2002official website. But it’s comprehensive and that’s the main thing. There’s also theusual ‘official site’ suspects – polls, screensavers, shop, fantasy game, etc. Ifanything there are too many navigation options, as I had trouble findingthings. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#web#Yahoo 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Virtual Bank Plans for Apps – And Wants Your Input

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#news Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting adrianne jeffries BankSimple, the potentially disruptive Web-based banking service started by Twitter forefather Alex Payne, wants your input.The company announced it will be launching an API for use by third-party developers at the same time it releases its first Web- and mobile-accessible banking service to users. But first, BankSimple has created a listserv using Google Groups to get feedback.The company wants to harness the attention it’s received thanks to high-profile press coverage. “We’ve decided to launch this group before publishing our stable API to get a better sense of the use cases that people are looking to support through our API,” CEO Josh Reich wrote in the Google Group, which has more than 50 members so far.More than 20,000 people have signed up for invites, the company told the Wall Street Journal this week.BankSimple could eventually allow a customer to make a deposit by taking a picture of a check with his or her phone, eliminate ATM fees and help users organize their finances, similar to Web-based persnal money management services like Mint. It is not a replacement for brick and mortar banks, which will take care of logistics like interest-crunching and federal deposit insurance for BankSimple’s customers.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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How the New Goo.gl Compares to Other URL Shorteners

first_imgAdditional features Goo.gl offers include browser and OS level breakdown of link clickers and an auto-generated QR code for every link shortened. Google’s service does not offer a public API yet, but the company says it will in the future. Bit.ly offers a reporting API, and perhaps most importantly it offers publishers their own branding. Borthwick says there are now 4,000 white-label deals in place with Bit.ly. This site publishes through the URL RWW.to, for example, which looks better than publishing through a Google URL.Many startups have built URL shorteners in recent years. The most interesting have been focused on analyzing the content on shortened links and offering the resulting data programmatically. That’s what’s most interesting to developers, at least. For users, the people who put the data into the system, a trusted brand and now a small number of letters are the only things that matter. People put up with frequently unresponsive TinyURL.com for years. Use of that service will likely plummet now that there is a Google option, and other small services must be feeling threatened as well.Imagine Goo.gl data integrated with Google Analytics. That would be a powerful combination.One independent study by Web-monitoring company WatchMouse this spring confirmed Goo.gl’s claims that it is the fastest and most robust URL shortener on the market.Imagine Goo.gl data integrated with Google Analytics. That would be a powerful combination. Goo.gl is already integrated in the publishing flow from Google’s RSS and advertising platform FeedBurner to Twitter. In theory that could prove uniquely compelling as well. Google’s URL shortener Goo.gl has launched its open service and companion website to the public this afternoon. The service looks a whole lot like upstart innovator Bit.ly.“I guess Oscar Wilde was right, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery,” Bit.ly’s John Borthwick told us in response. “They took all the basic features and copied from bit.ly.” That is true for the user interface, but in the larger context of both companies’ offerings, there are significant differences. Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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5 Check-in Apps to Check Out

first_imgShopkickShopkick is a check-in app for the iPhone, which launched in August. While Foursquare is more of a social tool, Shopkick is focused on monetary incentives. As ReadWriteWeb’s Mike Melanson reported on the launch, “rather than rewarding users with virtual goods or contextual information like user reviews, it goes straight to the heart of the matter – kickbacks, discounts, and real-world incentives.” As Mike further explained, the idea is that everything you do earns you points, or “kickbucks,” which can be redeemed for anything from Facebook Credits to gift cards. Check in to a store and get a couple of points; physically walk in and get even more points. Scan the barcodes of certain items and the points roll in. As you go, the app begins suggesting deals and offering discounts.Shopkick launched with five big names as partners: Macy’s, Best Buy, Sports Authority, American Eagle Outfitters and the Simon Property Group (an operator of malls across the country).FoodspottingFoodspotting is most easily described as ‘Foursquare meets food.’ It lets users upload photos of their favorite dishes, rate dishes and users, earn reputation points, and follow places, dishes and community members.As we wrote in November when the service launched, the difference between Foodspotting and local business review service Yelp is that every Foodspotting review is a positive one. Instead of showcasing restaurant rants, Foodspotting offers a visual menu of customer favorites. See also:Why We Check In: The Reasons People Use Location-Based Social NetworksRise of the Event-Based Social NetworksFoursquare Experimenting With Recommendation EngineI use Foursquare selectively, mostly as a way to occasionally update my Facebook friends about where I am. Others use it compulsively, checking in to every single place they go to and publishing it all on Twitter and/or Facebook. We’re still in the early stages of location check-ins. The rewards should get better – for example discounts at places you frequent a lot – and services like Foursquare (and perhaps the new Facebook Places) will get more useful the more that people use them.GetGlueGetGlue is a service where users check in to watching TV shows, reading books, listening to music – indeed, to just about anything. It has experienced strong growth this year. Founder and CEO Alex Iskold told us recently that “in the month of August alone we saw over 8 million ratings and check-ins.” That’s about 300,000 ratings and check-ins every day. GetGlue currently has over 600,000 users and is, according to Iskold, riding “an upward trend in the social entertainment market.” Iskold said that emotion drives a lot of the check-in behavior for GetGlue. “Which books you like, which movies you like, which shows you watch,” Iskold told us, “it’s self-expression and something that we’d like to discuss and tell each other about.” One of the leading trends this year has been check-in apps. Typically mobile apps, they allow you to announce that you’re at a place or doing something. The excitement started with the location check-in apps: Brightkite, Foursquare, Gowalla, Google Latitude and others. But over the past year the practice of “checking in” has expanded to many other ‘things’ beyond location. You can now check in to TV shows, movies, books, food, events, and more. Below we list some example check-in apps, so that you can check out this phenomenon yourself!Foursquare Starting with the obvious, Foursquare has been one of the trendiest apps of 2010. For newbies who may not be familiar with it, Foursquare is a mobile app that allows you to check in to any location – cafes, sports stadiums, work places, restaurants, bars and more. Foursquare is also integrated with Twitter and Facebook, so if you wish you can publish your check-in to those services. Like many check-in apps, Foursquare offers game-like “rewards.” These mostly consist of fun badges and the ability to be “mayor” of a specific place. TunerfishTunerfish is a TV-focused check-in app developed by Comcast. Like Foursquare, it makes heavy use of game mechanics. Users can earn badges for watching TV shows and “influence points,” based on how many users check in after following their links.As Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote in June, the TV industry is hoping that these kinds of applications will help it strike back against audience attrition and provide a new channel for content producers to market their work. “From a business perspective,” said Comcast’s social technology group senior director of product, Mike Berkley, “it’s about providing awesome marketing channels for content providers. The analogy is that Foursquare (in theory) is a great marketing tool for local businesses… these TV check-in apps are a great tool for TV networks.” Tell Us Your Favorite Check-In AppsWe’ve listed five of our favorite check-in apps, but there are more out there that we could’ve mentioned. List your favorites in the comments, so that we can all check into them! 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Automated SCCM 2007 Bare-Metal Provisioning

first_imgIn order for Microsoft Systems Center Configuration Manager to provision a vPro system, via bare-metal provisioning, it needs to know its UUID (Also referred to as a GUID), MAC address, short name and FQDN.  This information can be collected into a CSV file and imported into SCCM manually, or automatically by leveraging a script and WMI.  This package will outline the security configuration and point you to resources you can use to create a script to automate this process.  You can get a copy here:Update 6/25/2009:  An updated version of the script is available at the link below.http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-3067last_img read more

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After Saina Nehwal, Vijender Singh too wants Padma Bhushan

first_imgSarita Devi has been banned by AIBA for one year. A day after the Union Sports Ministry decided to recommend ace shuttler Saina Nehwal’s name for the Padma Bhushan award, Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh too has spoken out and has asked the Boxing Federation to recommend his name to the Sports Ministry for Padma Bhushan.”Have told Indian Boxing Federation President to recommend my name to Sports Ministry for Padma Bhushan,” Vijender told ANI on Monday.Vijender Singh had received the Padma Shri award in 2010 and is now eligible to be nominated for another Padma award.However, he also said that it is incorrect on the part of players to ask for awards.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni busy cleaning bikes, wife Sakshi posts photos on Twitter

first_imgMS Dhoni has got a much deserved break as team India is scheduled to play only Test cricket in the next few months and there is not much of limited overs cricket in the calendar.So, what was Captain Cool up to in his spare time? Well, like any other passionate owner of bikes, India’s limited-overs captain has taken up the task of cleaning up his fleet of favourite machines.Photos posted on Twitter on Friday by Dhoni’s wife Sakshi shows bikes after a thorough washing. Sakshi has confirmed that it was the man himself who did all the work.Some serious deep-cleaning of his toys … Personally done by ” the man ” himself !!! pic.twitter.com/k7ypGCAjzF Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@SaakshiSRawat) July 17, 2015Dhoni has an envious list of motorbikes which ranges from Harley Davidson Fat Boy to Kawasaki Ninja.last_img read more

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Chief executive Jost Capito set to leave McLaren: Reports

first_imgMcLaren Racing chief executive Jost Capito is set to follow Ron Dennis out of the Formula One team, the BBC and Autosport.com reported on Monday.McLaren did not comment on the reports and Capito was not immediately available. (Also read: Fernando Alonso wants to be Formula One world champion with McLaren-Honda)The 58-year-old former Volkswagen motorsport director, who was recruited by Dennis, was appointed in January but did not start in the role at the Honda-powered team until September.Former team boss Dennis, who remains a 25 percent shareholder in McLaren, was ousted in November with American marketing expert Zak Brown coming in as the new executive director.Brown, who is also chairman of the Motorsport Network that owns Autosport.com, is working alongside chief operating officer Jonathan Neale with Eric Boullier in charge of the Formula One team’s day-to-day management.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli wishes India on Republic Day: Make a positive change around you

first_imgAs India celebrates its 68th Republic Day on Thursday, the sporting fraternity has come in unison to wish the nation.Calling on his countrymen to emerge stronger and better with each passing year, legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, “Every #RepublicDay it’s our responsibility to emerge stronger, better & more progressive as a nation. Do your bit. Jai Hind!”Every #RepublicDay it’s our responsibility to emerge stronger, better & more progressive as a nation. Do your bit. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/hcAO4EvBGn sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 26 January 2017Posting a picture of him wishing the nation on the occasion, newly-appointed limited-overs skipper Virat Kohli said, “Happy Republic Day everyone. More power to all out there to make a positive change around you. Jai Hind #MeraBharatMahan.”Happy Republic Day everyone. More power to all out there to make a positive change around you. Jai Hind ????????????#MeraBharatMahan pic.twitter.com/M8So6WO148 Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 26 January 2017Gantantra Diwas ki sabhi deshwasiyo’n ko bohat bohat shubhkaamnayein. Humara Tiranga humesha lehrata rahe, Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/UCpU8vjMaF Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 26 January 2017″One nation. One dream. One India. 68 million reasons why we are #ProudToBeIndian! Happy 68th #RepublicDay!,” veteran batsman Gautam Gambhir tweeted.One nation. One dream. One India. 68 million reasons why we are #ProudToBeIndian! Happy 68th #RepublicDay ! Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 26 January 2017Describing India as a ‘magnificent’ country, former Australian opener Matthew Hayden said that he felt really proud to be so connected with the nation both in sport and life.Happy Republic Day in India ????what a magnificent country, proud to be so connected to you in sport and life.advertisement Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) 26 January 2017Former opener Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Happy 68th #RepublicDay And Salute to the brave soldiers of India! Jai Hind! #HappyRepublicDay.”Respect our National Flag not only today but everyday.Request you to not throw away the flags anywhere after celebrations#HappyRepublicDay pic.twitter.com/YRqiNUQCHv Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 26 January 2017Happy Republic Day to all my Indian followers! Have a good one ????? Jonny Bairstow (@jbairstow21) 26 January 2017Indian batsman Suresh Raina, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and former cricketer Mohammad Kaif were among others to wish the nation on its 68th Republic day.Happy Republic Day All?? pic.twitter.com/DLuZ3P9wLm Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) 26 January 2017Wishing everyone a #HappyRepublicDay pic.twitter.com/THxPbZOIUV Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 26 January 2017Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh said that he would like to see each of his countrymen be able to contribute a bit for their motherland.”Bharat Mata Ki Jai!..Wishing all my countrymen a very happy #RepublicDay .May we all be able to do our bit for our motherland,” the 31-year-old boxer tweeted.Bharat Mata Ki Jai !Wishing all my countrymen a very happy #RepublicDay .May we all be able to do our bit for our motherland. pic.twitter.com/7gVhRJctsB Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) 26 January 2017(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

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Sam Allardyce fired as Everton manager after just six months

first_imgEverton sacked manager Sam Allardyce on Wednesday after a six-month reign that saw the former England national team boss steer the Merseyside club to eighth place in the Premier League.Allardyce, who replaced sacked Dutch manager Ronald Koeman in November with the club 13th and five points above the relegation zone, still had a year to run on his contract.”On behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors and Mr (Farhad) Moshiri, I’d like to thank Sam for the job he has done at Everton over the last seven months,” Everton’s newly-announced CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale said on the club’s website.”Sam was brought in at a challenging time last season to provide us with some stability and we are grateful to him for doing that. However, we have made the decision that, as part of our longer-term plan, we will be appointing a new manager this summer and will be commencing this process immediately.”Despite a doing a solid job, the 63-year-old Allardyce had fallen out with a large majority of Everton’s fans who were not impressed with his management style.Allardyce, who was briefly England manager in 2016 before returning to club management at Crystal Palace last season, had already reacted angrily to the structural changes at the club prior to his meeting with majority owner Iranian-born British tycoon Farhad Moshiri.”I’m shocked, disappointed and disgusted that the football club didn’t have the decency to tell me, my Director of Football and my staff about the changes,” he told the Liverpool Post on Tuesday.advertisement”They must have been in the pipeline for a considerable time but no-one thought to tell me and my staff.”Former Watford and Hull City manager Marco Silva is one of the favourites to take over at Goodison Park.(Source: Reuters)last_img read more