Election 2020 Insider

first_imgIn an election night marked by uncertainty and tallying absentee ballots, the American people will still be waiting for a clear victor Wednesday morning and likely until the end of the week.While former Vice President Joe Biden picked up several key swing states Tuesday, including Arizona and Minnesota, President Donald Trump won Florida, Ohio and Texas, states he also won in 2016.As of early Wednesday morning, many of the states that will likely decide the election — including Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina — are still too close to call.For more detailed election coverage, read all the stories from the 2020 Election Insider here:Print Edition of The Observer Election InsiderPresidential election remains too close to call, likely to continue for daysElection night 2020: Minute-by-minute on the tri-campusElection night 2020: Around the nationND political science experts weigh in on election results throughout election nightIndiana Gov. Holcomb, Republicans keep legislative control with big wins in state racesTags: Election 2020, Observer Insiderlast_img read more

South Africa, please, taxi driver

first_imgEight of the taxis are in the traditional black of the London cab, and two are in the bright blue of the South African sky.All have the flag and Alive with Possibility logo on their roofs, providing an unusual sight for office-workers and commuters on the upper-level of double-decker buses. Other slogans – along the doors of the taxis – highlight the achievements of the South African economy and South Africa’s huge potential as an investment destination.Slogans along the sides of the taxis promote South Africa as a tourist destination and highlight the achievements of the economy and the country’s huge potential as an investment destination.The taxis will go about their daily business over the next 12 months as mobile brand ambassadors for South Africa, distributing brochures on the country and its achievements and engaging the public and tourists in conversation about South Africa.last_img read more

iLike Acquired by MySpace: Live Blogging the Press Call

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market We just got an invitation to a MySpace press conference with MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta that will start at 11:45am PDT. We also just received news that MySpace did indeed enter into an agreement to acquire the music recommendation service iLike. The financial terms of the acquisition were not released.We will live blog the press conference, which should get underway shortly. Live Blog10:45am: Still waiting for the call to get going. These events tend to run late, so no surprise there. 10:53: Van Natta: talking about the future strategy of MySpaceMySpace has agreed to buy iLike.Reason for acquisition: bringing world-class content to MySpace.“MySpace is a place where people go to express themselves.”Myspace is centralized, while iLike is distributed; both have a shared belief in open content distribution.10:56: iLike users will not notice iLike acquisition for the time being.iLike team will remain headquartered in Seattle.10:57: And that’s it for the prepared statement from Owen Van Natta… Taking questions now.Q&A10:58: Question: what to expect next in terms of integration? Van Natta: nothing to announce yet – but film could be involved.10:59: Question: What will this mean for iLike and Facebook? Van Natta: social networks will like the fact that we will make iLike an even richer experience (basically, he politely deflected the question).12:00: Question: What were the terms of the deal? What will the integration with MySpace music look like? Van Natta: will see how we can integrate the two. For now, the iLike team will continue to operate autonomously. Specifics of the deal remain under wraps.12:01: Question: Integration? Was delay really delayed by tax questions? Van Natta: No plans yet. On taxes: “it was one of the smoother sailing deals I was involved in.”12:03: Van Natta: the web is going through a movement of socialization – a movement started by MySpace. “Culture is getting defined by the social interaction around content.” 12:05: Question: Update on MySpace Music. Van Natta: MySpace music sees 200% growth in use year over year. Expects MySpace Music to remain a great experience for its users.12:06: Followup: Does iLike’s model of giving away free content conflict with the move by News Corp. to charge for content? Van Natta: sometimes people will pay for some content, sometimes content will be ad-supported. Expects MySpace to remain ad-supported.12:08: Another integration question. What elements of the iLike service might find their way into the MySpace Music service? What will iLike bring to MySpace. Van Natta: we will extend the iLike service beyond music – leverage all the different entertainment categories. Might start adding more concert ticket-related features on MySpace (this is an area where iLike excels).12:11: Last question: what does this mean for the iLike team? Van Natta: very talented team – we don’t want to interrupt the innovation going on there and we want to nurture the talent already at iLike.12:14: And that’s it… thanks for reading. The press release is below and we will surely have more analysis of this deal in the days to come.The Press ReleaseMYSPACE TO ACQUIRE iLIKELOS ANGELES – August 19, 2009 – MySpace today announced an agreement  to acquire iLike, a leading social music discovery service. The  acquisition brings together two companies who share a common vision  revolving around social discovery and distribution of quality content.  “The iLike acquisition advances our relentless pursuit of innovation  and the need to create new distributed social experiences in music and  beyond,” said Owen Van Natta, Chief Executive Officer of MySpace. “We  are deeply committed to bringing world class talent into all areas of  the company and this acquisition demonstrates our focus on this  objective.”Brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi founded iLike in 2006, and in just two  years made it the largest music application across all social networks  with 55 million total users and 1.5 billion monthly impressions. The entire iLike team will stay intact including, CEO Ali Partovi,  President Hadi Partovi and CTO Nat Brown.  All three are seasoned  entrepreneurs who’ve held executive positions at both start-ups and  Fortune 100 companies.  Prior to iLike, Ali Partovi founded and sold  LinkExchange to Microsoft and Hadi Partovi independently co-founded  and sold TellMe Networks, also to Microsoft. Hadi Partovi also  incubated Start.com (now Live.com).  Brown has a deep and respected  history as an early architect at Microsoft, and he was involved in the  creation the first Xbox, .NET/CLR, and ActiveX/COM/OLE.  “MySpace’s strengths have been a long-time source of inspiration for  iLike,” said Hadi Partovi, President of iLike. “Combining MySpace’s  existing platform, reach and resources with iLike’s syndication  network and social discovery tools creates the potential for truly  exciting innovation and commerce across any vertical entertainment  category — our combined assets now span all the major social  networks. I’m enthusiastic about what this combination will mean for  our users, artists, advertisers, and our staff. We are beginning an  exciting new journey together.”iLike users and the artist community should expect the iLike  experience to be unaffected by the acquisition. iLike will remain headquartered in Seattle.Financial terms of the acquisition were not released. frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Gators Suspend Starting Point Guard Scottie Wilbekin

Florida coach Billy Donovan declined to divulge why he suspended junior starting point guard Scott Wilbekin indefinitely.The 6-foot-2 playmaker did not do anything criminal or anything that would be considered an NCAA violation, Donovan said. Donovan said “information was brought to me” early Thursday that led to the suspension.“Scottie is a good kid who made some choices and did some things that I’m not going to have him a part of,” Donovan said.Donovan was unsure when Wilbekin would return.“How long it lasts, I don’t know,” he said. “But right now, I felt like he didn’t need to be here or playing in this game.”The Gators also will be without swingman Casey Prather, who sustained his second concussion in nine days earlier in the week. Throw in the unexpected departure of forward Cody Larson last month and Florida will have just five returning players and four freshmen for the opener.“This throws a wrench,” Donovan said. “We’ve got to do some things in practice to make some adjustments going into this game. You’ve taken three veterans players off of our team. Instead of having eight guys, you’re really down to five. Our freshmen are going to get a chance to play.”Kenny Boynton will move to point guard, and Donovan said either freshman Michael Frazier or senior Mike Rosario will start at shooting guard.Wilbekin averaged 2.3 points last season playing behind Erving Walker. With Walker gone, the Gators expected much more from Wilbekin this season. He is the son of a minister and hasn’t been known to get into trouble.“I think Scottie will learn from this, grow from this and I think he’ll be better from it,” Donovan said. “Like anything else, when you’re dealing with anybody, none of are immune from making mistakes or making poor choices and doing things.”Donovan said Wilbekin regretted his mistake.“He’s very, very remorseful,” Donovan said. “He feels very, very bad. Internally, really, really hurt by it. Took responsibility, accepted being accountable. I think he understands. For me as a coach, I think a lot of times it’s a lot bigger than the outcome.” read more