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Google Buys Dronemaker To Provide Internet Access Worldwide

Published on April 15th, 2014 | by Toby Jones

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Image by Sgt. Brian Ferguson | Wikimedia

Search engine giant Google announced that it has acquired dronemaker Titan Aerospace, which is developing two types of solar-powered drones.

Internet access to all

Terms of the deal were not announced, but it seems the acquisition is part of the company’s new move to find ways of providing Internet service to remote areas.

“It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation,” Google said in a statement. “It’s why we’re so excited to welcome Titan Aerospace to the Google family.”

Drone wars

Meanwhile, Titan Aerospace says it expects “initial commercial operations” next year.

Google’s acquisition comes a few weeks after tech rival Facebook announced it had bought UK dronemaker Ascenta.

The two tech companies are competing to use modern technology such as drones and high-altitude balloons to deliver Internet access to underdeveloped parts of the world.

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Ashley Giles Still Keen On England Coach Job

Published on April 2nd, 2014 | by Denise Smith

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Image by Blnguyen | Wikimedia

Ashley Giles has insisted that he still wants the England head coach job despite their 45-run loss in the World Twenty20.

Bad performance

“I was convinced 24 hours ago I wanted to do the job and I’m still convinced I want to do the job,” said the 41-year-old Giles. “Days like this are tough. I’m sure the players are hurting and it’s certainly tough for me as a coach.”

The World T20 experience has been hurting and tough on him as a coach. But he reiterated that just one bad performance has not made him change his mind.

Result of the game

After Test coach Andy Flower stood down after England’s defeat. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made a decision to appoint one coach for all formats of the game.

Captain Stuart Broad said the result was down to “a lack of commitment and hunger in our shots.”

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Injured Victor Valdes Set To Miss World Cup

Published on March 28th, 2014 | by Denise Smith

Image by  Football.ua | WikimediaBarcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes didn’t finish his final game and will likely miss this summer’s World Cup after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in their 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo.

Serious knee injury

The 32-year-old goalkeeper fell awkwardly on his knee while saving a free-kick during the match. He was then taken off on a stretcher.

The club confirmed he had torn his ACL and will need surgery.

This season will serve as Valdes’s farewell to the Nou Camp, and attention will be focused on his future.

End of career

Valdes had already intended to move on from Barcelona after this season. But the injury is not the way he envisioned to leave the club. Unfortunately, there he was, needing a surgery, and his career was done.

“We won’t sign a goalkeeper. We will finish the season with this group,” said Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino in a statement. “I am not one to believe in bad luck, but at this stage of the season I thought everything that was to happen had already occurred. I was wrong.”

 

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JRR Tolkien’s ‘Beowulf’ Translation To See Print

Published on March 24th, 2014 | by Carlos James

“Lord of the Rings” creator JRR Tolkien’s version of the Old English epic “Beowulf” will see print for the first time, 90 years after its completion.

Hitting stores in May

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Image by Berluchonabj | Wikimedia

The author’s estate has confirmed that they signed a deal with publication company Harper Collins to release the said work as a book in May.

Longest epic

“Beowulf” is the longest Old English epic poem, the language widely spoken in Anglo-Saxon England prior to the Norman Conquest.

The story tells the tale of the hero, Beowulf, and a monster named Grendel.

The book will be a twofold edition, as the “Lord of the Rings” creator wrote a commentary on the poem presented as a series of lectures at Oxford in the 1930s.

Tolkien’s translation has been completed in 1926. It is one of the many unpublished works he left behind when he died in 1973.

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Florida Is Overall No.1 Seed For 2014 NCAA March Madness

Published on March 20th, 2014 | by Conrado Simon

The 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket is now complete following the Selection Sunday show on CBS aired on March 16. Over the next couple ofweeks, 68 teams from different schools across the country will compete in one of the most exciting sporting events in the country.

Top-Seeded Florida

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This year, it all starts with the no.1 overall seed Florida in the South Region. The Florida Gators haven’t lost a game since December, making them a strong contender not only in their division, but for the whole tournament. It will be a difficult fight, though, as the South is particularly a tough group this year, also featuring No. 2 seed Kansas Jayhawks, No. 3 seed Syracuse Orange,and No. 4 seed UCLA Bruins.

The Other Top Seeds

The Wichita State Shockers got the no.1 seed in the Midwest Region after finishing 34-0 and winning the Missouri Valley Conference. They could potentially face the 2012 national champions, Kentucky Wildcats, provided they can beat Kansas State.

A big shocker is how the defending champions, the Louisville Cardinals, didn’t secure a No.1 seed in the Midwest Region, settling for the no.4 seed this year.

The Virginia Cavaliers are also a no.1 seed in the East Region, clinching the top spot by topping the Duke Blue Devils for the ACC title, passing Villanova, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The Cavaliers willlikely have to beat either Cincinnati or Michigan State to advance to the Elite Eight of the East Region.

Rounding out the top seeds in all four regions is the Arizona Wildcats in the West Region.

For the complete bracket, visit the official site of the NCAA, SB Nation, or ESPN.

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Sina Weibo Eyes US Share Sale

Published on March 18th, 2014 | by Wileene Grace Olimpo

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China’s largest Twitter-like messaging service Weibo has announced plans to raise $500 million via a U.S. initial public offering.

U.S. market

Weibo, owned by Sina Corp, becomes the latest Chinese Internet giant to enter the American stock market.

The company, however, did not reveal the price range or provide details of the number of shares it plans to sell.

According to documents filed with the US regulators, Weibo said: “A microcosm of Chinese society, Weibo has attracted a wide range of users, including ordinary people, celebrities and other public figures, as well as organizations such as media outlets, businesses, government agencies and charities.”

China’s answer to Facebook, Twitter

Weibo said it had 129.1 million monthly users in December and produced revenues of about $188 million last year.

China’s Internet market has grown to become the largest worldwide with over 500 million users.

With social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter blocked in China, domestic companies have benefitted the most from this growth.

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Arsenal FC Manager Accuses Arjen Robben Of Diving After Champions League Loss

Published on March 13th, 2014 | by Carlos James

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After their Champions League loss against Bayern Munich, Arsenal FC manager, Arsene Wenger, accuses Arjen Robben of diving. The player won a second penalty in the last-16 tie.

Déjà vu

Robben is already the subject of Wenger’s ire even before the second leg. In their first bout, he fell twice, with the second resulting in a red card for the Arsenal keeper.

“Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing and he is a great player and as well a very good diver, but it is part of it. He is a fantastic player, I would not deny that, he’s one of the best players in the world, but he gets in front of a player and then he slows down and goes down.”

Robben Hits Back

The player hits back at Wenger saying that he should move on instead of singling him out.

“I always say if you are a big manager then take your loss,” Robben said. “If you win be happy, but don’t start complaining about silly things. From a big manager you expect a little bit more. It was two penalties.”

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Salido Wins Over Lomachenko Via Split Decision

Published on March 4th, 2014 | by Kristie Brown

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Veteran Orlando Salido showed his power and experience as he outpointed two-time Olympic champion Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine in a featherweight bout Saturday night at the Alamodome in Texas.

The Mexican fighter won via split decision after getting the scores of 116-112 and 115-113. The third judge scored it 115-113 for Lomachenko.

”I thought my experience was the difference,” Salido said. ”He caught me with a very hard body shot late, and it was a matter of survival.”

Still a Profitable Loss for Lomachenko

Lomachenko now has a professional record of 1-1 after the loss, but he had an impressive 397-1 as an amateur. He still earned an extra $15,000 for keeping the fight after Salido came in over the 126-pound class limit.

The Game Plan

Salido kept attacking the challenger’s belt and was cautioned on occasion to bring his punches up. According to CompuBox, Salido landed more power punches than Lomachenko – 137-105, but the latter outjabbed him 59-5.

Lomachenko kept the fight close with his boxing skill, but it wasn’t enough to win as he had to occasionally pull and push away from Salido, who continued throwing power punches.

”I knew he would do that,” Lomachenko said. ”It was a close fight. I box. I don’t keep score.”

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Strong China Sales Lift Lego’s Operating Profit

Published on March 3rd, 2014 | by Wileene Grace Olimpo

Denmark’s Lego reported a 9% increase in profits in 2013, as the company aims to expand in emerging markets by launching new products.

Demand in China

Lego bricksRising sales and operating profit were boosted by strong performance in China, which the Danish toymaker highlighted as a future “core market.”

Lego  says its multicolored blocks were hugely in demand in China, which helped the company to increase sales to $1.12 billion in 2013.

“You take these pieces, you put them together…you can build anything you can possibly imagine,” Lego Chief Executive Jorgen Vig Knudstorp said in an interview.

Everything is awesome

Lego said that it aims to expand in emerging toy markets aided by a successful movie.

“During the coming years the Lego Group expects to grow moderately ahead of the global toy market that is expected to grow low single digits,” said Lego in its annual report.

Earnings from the hugely successful Lego film were not revealed.

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Felton Says Arrest ‘Not A Distraction’

Published on February 28th, 2014 | by Kristie Brown

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In what has already been a trying year for Raymond Felton, the New York Knicks point guard was recently arrested on gun charges. But, his pending trial won’t affect his game, or so he says.

Loaded Gun

Felton first made the statement a day after his arrest, when he attended practice before a game against the Miami Heat. He thanked his family, friends, and teammates for their support and took no further questions for the duration of practice.

The issue first came to light when a lawyer for Felton turned in a loaded semi-automatic at a police precinct as per the instructions of Felton’s wife. Felton was released on $25,000 bail and scheduled for a trial on June 2.

Knick Woes

Both Felton and the Knicks have been having a bad season, with the veteran guard posting career-worst 10.4 points per game, shooting 40.3%. The team is among the worst performers in the league with a 21-36 record with approximately less than thirty games for the rest of the season.

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