Football is the prominent sport in Italy, but it wasn’t always so. There are many sports in Italy that are unique to the country and have their origins in its long and colourful history. The Spanish have their bull fighters, the Japanese have the Sumo wrestlers, you don’t hear about them much anymore but at […]
The route of the 2014 Giro d’Italia will pay tribute to Marco Pantani with three climbs in his honour, according to a report in Tuttosport on Tuesday. Ten years on from his tragic death, the Giro is set to visit Pantani’s favourite training climb, Monte Carpegna, and will also feature summit finishes at the sites […]
Absolutely great coverage with a round by round run down By Brent Brookhouse @brentbrookhouse on Sep 15 2013, 12:39a Mayweather defeats Canelo by majority decision in highly anticipated showdown Floyd Mayweather wins his mega-fight with Canelo Alvarez in dominant fashion, even if one judge managed to see the fight as a draw. Continue via Floyd […]
In the week ended August 7, investors redeemed $4.0 billion from Treasury bond funds – equal to 1.3% of assets under management – marking the worst week of outflows on record for the asset class. " Great Rotation continues as weekly flows show record redemptions ($4bn) from Govt/Tsy funds vs robust inflows ($10bn) to Developed Market equities," says BofA Merrill Lynch chief investment strategist Michael Hartnett. Also of note were outflows from BRICs equity funds, which were all the largest on record this past week – Brazil funds lost 1.8% of assets under management, Russia funds lost 0.8%, India funds lost 0.4%, and China funds lost 0.1%. Below is a complete breakdown of this week’s fund flow data, via Hartnett: Asset Class Flows Equities : $9.6bn inflows ($6.7bn via ETFs) (6 straight weeks) Bonds : $2.2bn outflows (largest outflows in 4 weeks) Precious metals : $0.6bn outflows (record-extending 26 [...]
JPMORGAN’S TOM LEE: I Had Lunch With 80 Wealth Advisers, And I What They Told Me Has Me More Bullish
In his latest note to clients, JPMorgan chief U.S. equity strategist Tom Lee – who has the highest year-end S&P 500 price target on Wall Street – passes along a few interesting anecdotes. Lee writes: We continue to find sentiment readings (positive, per AAII) to be incongruent with the feedback we get from hedge funds, asset managers and individual investors. With August/September being seasonally weak periods, hedge funds seem to be looking for short ideas and long-only managers simply do not feel comfortable putting incremental cash to work at new market highs. A final but interesting anecdote, at a large group lunch earlier this week with 80 or so wealth advisors, we heard how most individual investors are spectators in the equity markets, having a greater share of their assets in bonds, particularly munis – apparently, stocks are for “other people” (who want to take the risk). In our [...]
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Tom Gerace is founder, CEO, and director at Skyword , a company that offers organizations a content production platform as well as content creation and editorial services. Previously, Tom founded news and entertainment site Gather.com and Be Free, the first affiliate marketing company (acquired by ValueClick in 2002 for $128 million ).
I invited Tom to Marketing Smarts to talk about content strategy for organizations and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.Here are just a few highlights from our conversation: Companies need to create great content, and lots of it (5:04): “Brands can no longer get into all of those [social] streams…. They need to change how they market in the digital space because consumer behavior has changed so radically…. It’s no longer sufficient to create a great piece [...]
So many of our online social interactions are firmly entrenched within specific tools. Want to share updates with family and friends? Facebook. Want to chat about current events with the whole world? Twitter. Want to share beautiful pictures illustrating your day-to-day life? Instagram. Want to share a video? Well, OK, that’s not so settled.
Facebook and Twitter are slugging it out to be your go-to social updating service. After the former snagged Instagram, the latter launched its own picture-sharing service. That’s spilled over into video, where there’s a proxy war going on between Facebook’s Instagram and Twitter’s Vine. Instagram appeared to be winning this–handily–based just on sharing. But Vine has proved surprisingly resilient, and as it turns out, it looks like it has a hidden killer feature: a distinct culture.
When Vine launched, it was an immediate hit. It was the number one app in the iTunes store. Brands like Calvin [...]
How will the world end? Will it be an asteroid, extreme climate conditions, a viral pandemic? No one really knows, which is why apocalypse scenarios are such rich territory for imaginative artists like Lori Nix . The Brooklyn-based photographer creates and then documents detailed miniature dioramas of the end times — visions of what might be left behind once humans are gone.
Constructing the dioramas is a painstaking process, and Nix completes only three in a given year. As such, she makes very conscious decisions about what scenes she conjures. Crumbling institutions of science and learning turn up often in the work and are depicted with a gratifying realism.
“I think these are incredibly important places to learn about ourselves, learn what it means to be human,” says Nix. “These institutions are telling us about our pasts so that we may avoid the same mistakes in the future. Unfortunately, we’re [...]
Trendon Shavers recently turned up in a Texas courtroom, arguing that Bitcoin is not money. Well, it may have been his lawyer making the case. But you get the idea.
The dispute started earlier this summer, when the SEC charged the 30-year-old Shavers with using the digital currency to run a Ponzi scheme that amassed the equivalent of about $5 million. But when the matter came before a court in the Eastern District of Texas, Shavers insisted that Bitcoin is not subject to regulation by the United States; that his now-defunct business, Bitcoin Savings & Trust, never saw any money change hands; and that the SEC therefore has no right to hit him with a lawsuit.
The court did not embrace this idea. On Tuesday, Judge Amos Mazzant ruled that Bitcoin is indeed money. “It can be used to purchase goods or services, and as Shavers stated, used to pay for [...]
Thomas Gluck’s country home does not look anything like a country home. It has no rustic stone fireplace, and there’s not an exposed wooden beam in site. Rather, the modern, glassy house looks as though it could have been plucked straight out of Manhattan and transported a couple hours north to the woods of the Hudson Valley. Designed as a vacation home for the architect and his family, the Tower House is like a high-tech treehouse that offers stunning panoramic views of the forest canopy. But getting those views did not come easy.
Gluck, a principal at Manhattan-based architecture firm Gluck+ , wanted to build a home that took full advantage of the view while limiting the impact on nature. He and his team of architects realized in order to do that, they’d have to totally reverse the way family-centric homes are traditionally laid out. Instead of building the family [...]
Before taking his company public last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned Wall Street that his social network would follow “ The Hacker Way ,” an unconventional path built in part around the adage “move fast and break things.”
The idea was that Facebook would rather make mistakes than get left behind in fast-innovating Silicon Valley. But a year and a half after the “Hacker Way” manifesto, Facebook is breaking fewer things and moving more slowly — at least when it comes to individual features and products. It’s testing new tools more thoroughly prior to release and then parsing goodies out slowly to help smoke out even more problems.
Facebook’s move toward greater testing is a sign of maturation at the company, overseen by the 29-year-old Zuckerberg, and this should help Facebook as it seeks to build an ever more intimate relationship with its users, collecting data on their physical [...]
Note to all aspiring film composers: Always read every email you get.
A few years ago, musician Ryan Amon was living in Santa Cruz, Bolivia with his wife and working on scores for movie trailers when he got a single-sentence message out of the blue with a very cryptic question — “Is this you? — and a YouTube link. The link went to one of Amon’s early tracks and the email was from Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9 and the upcoming sci-fi flick Elysium , which opens in theaters on Friday.
“I had to Google ‘Neill Blomkamp’ because I didn’t recognize his name, which is really embarrassing now,” Amon told WIRED. His composer friends also had a habit of pranking each other with fake inquiries from film directors, so he was sure he pals were pulling a fast one. “But I made sure to respond just in case.”
Good thing [...]
From the ninth-floor offices of Asana — the software startup run by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz — you can see the high rises of downtown San Francisco twinkling in the moonlight, with the Bay Bridge looming beyond. Recently, a crowd of college-aged kids crammed into a side room with bare concrete floors, and had they bothered to look out the window, you could forgive each one for thinking the city belonged to them.
These were summer interns for some of the hottest tech companies — Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter — in one of the hottest economies in the world. They had gathered on a chilly July night to get career advice from a quartet of tech veterans, including Moskovitz, whose staggering success has helped set the climate of exuberant expectation that runs through today’s Silicon Valley.
But Moskovitz, acutely aware of his own role in setting those expectations, sought to sober [...]
Five years ago, 26-year-old designer Mike Wrobel decided that he’d had enough. After spending his entire life in Nantes, a medium-sized city in western France, where he studied literature, philosophy, and graphic arts, he had grown sick and tired of what he calls the “very French attitude of complaining about pretty much everything.” So one day, he up and moved to Tokyo.
Fast-forward to 2013, and Wrobel, now 31, is still living and working in Japan, independently operating his own design company Moshi Studios with clients that range from magazine art departments to brands to independent websites. He also runs a personal blog where he posts his very popular illustrations that reimagine the characters of Game of Thrones in fashions from the ’80s and ’90s. Now, he’s shared his latest work with WIRED, a Muppets-themed look at AMC’s meth drama Breaking Bad . (We knew Cookie Monster had an addiction ; [...]
Since the beginning of July, more than 100 dolphins have washed up dead along the U.S. East Coast, from New York to Virginia. No one knows why, or whether the deaths are connected.
The number is a noticeable spike in mortality, about seven times the average for the last two Julys, according to stranding data collected by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Stranding Program. “It could take several months, if not longer, to determine what could be behind this,” said Maggie Mooney-Seus, spokeperson for NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center .
In June, rescue centers in New Jersey and Virginia started recording higher than normal numbers of dead bottlenose dolphins ( Tursiops truncatus ). By July, the mortalities had shot up even more, and centers in New York and Maryland were also reporting unusually high totals.
“They’ve all been found dead on the beach, or near death,” said Joan Barns, with the Virginia Aquarium , [...]
That iPad in your hand? It feels like the most modern of computers. But like the iPhone and the Macintosh, the Apple tablet revolves around a core piece of software that can trace its roots all the way back to the early 1970s. It was built atop UNIX, the operating system originally created over 30 years ago by researchers at AT&T’s Bell Labs.
UNIX is the same software that gave rise to Linux, the open source OS that drives Google Android phones and underpins so much of the modern internet. Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs once tried to hire Linus Torvalds , the irrepressible Finnish coder who created Linux and gave the thing its name.
But Torvalds said “No,” and not long after that, Apple hired Jordan Hubbard, the creator of FreeBSD, a lesser known, but still thriving, open source operating system based on UNIX. It was a better fit: [...]