Remembering MyBlogLog: It Could Have Been Even Bigger Than Delicious

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Data Services#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… People all over the geek-o-sphere are mourning the loss of social bookmarking service Delicious, which Yahoo! announced internally today will soon be shut down. Delicious wasn’t the only acquired startup service the company admitted it was going to drown in a well like an unwanted kitten, though. Yahoo’s excellent location sharing clearinghouse Fire Eagle, the social events calendar Upcoming.org and the innovative browser music player FoxyTunes will all be merged into other products, but at least they’ll live. Due to die: MyBlogLog. Let’s take a moment to appreciate what MyBlogLog could have been; it captured and made available so much data about the social web that it could have been the most important of all those services.Above: the leaked slide from an internal Yahoo! deck that was posted online today, ironically by MyBlogLog co-founder Eric Marcoulier.In December 2009, ReadWriteWeb reported that the service was on the chopping block in the short term, but it struggled to survive another year. Here’s what we wrote about it at the time:MyBlogLog is a service that shows blog writers and readers the faces and profile information of other MyBlogLog users that visit their sites.It was a wildly innovative service that grew fast after launching and was acquired in January 2007 by Yahoo! for $10 million. It made a deal with users: Give us your personal information and we’ll show you the faces of people who read your blog. That was a compelling offer and the resulting data amassed could have proven invaluable, had Yahoo! chosen to cultivate it and a developer ecosystem around it. That potential was so great, in fact, that sunset for MyBlogLog is downright tragic.In addition to showing the faces of recent blog visitors, MyBlogLog also offered programatic access to activity streams from social networks that users associated with their MyBlogLog accounts. For example, Yahoo’s Kent Brewster, now at Netflix, built a bookmarklet that would display the recent bookmarks on Delicious, photos on Flickr and job titles from LinkedIn of the latest MyBlogLog users to visit any given blog….Yahoo! has let the service atrophy for years and will now put it to rest. To think that this service offered publishers and developers access to personal, demographic, taste and activity data of a website’s readers – and yet that offering has in the end gone no where – that’s downright crazy… Imagine getting a feed of the LinkedIn job titles of all your recent readers and presenting that to a blog’s advertisers. Both analytically and financially, there was so much potential in MyBlogLog. See our 2008 post The Significance of the MyBlogLog API if you’re a social web geek and want to have your heart broken.What’s the crew behind MyBlogLog doing now? Building a very similar service called OneTrueFan, which just made a big announcement today. Good luck, guys, and watch out who you sell the company to, would you? marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

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16 days agoMcLean tips Chelsea youngster Gilmour tipped for massive career

first_imgMcLean tips Chelsea youngster Gilmour tipped for massive careerby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City midfielder Kenny McLean believes that his fellow countryman Barry Gilmour can go to the very top.The Chelsea youth team player is seen as one of the most promising talents in his age group.While he has not made his Scotland debut, he has featured for the Chelsea first team this season.And McLean believes that Gilmour has the talent to become a world class player.McLean told the Daily Record: “I’ve no doubt he’s going to have a massive international career and a massive future in the game but it’s up to the manager.”He’s played a couple of games at Chelsea now and that speaks for itself. His potential doesn’t even need spoken about, he’s that good.”He’s a level-headed boy. He just wants to do better and learn and when you get that in a young player, with any experience he can get it’s only going to get even better.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Indiana Basketball Fans Have Launched TomCreanBuyout.com

first_imgWebsite devoted to Tom Crean's buyout.Tom Crean has put together a very talented Hoosiers roster, but many fans aren’t thrilled with the results. Crean took over a program that was hit hard by NCAA violations under head coach Kelvin Sampson, and went 28-66 in his first three years in Bloomington, before leading IU back to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 and 2012-13, when it reached back to back Sweet Sixteens. Crean’s program was a disappointing 17-15 last season, and is 19-11 this season, and right on the cusp of the NCAA Tournament. We’ve seen unhappy fans launch websites calling for coaches’ jobs before, but the unhappy Indiana fans have taken a bit of a different approach. Someone has launched www.tomcreanbuyout.com, which provides information on the cost to buyout Crean’s large contract. http://www.tomcreanbuyout.com/http://www.tomcreanbuyout.com/Indiana is set to bring back most of its roster next year, barring possible NBA Draft departures, and stand a solid shot at making this year’s NCAA Tournament. We expect Crean to be back, but it is certainly understandable why Hoosier fans’ patience is running short.last_img read more

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State project to end child labour in districts

first_imgKolkata: Bengal government has taken up a unique project to convert one school in each district to a residential school where, children engaged in hazardous jobs, can be rehabilitated.It also aims to conduct a detailed survey to identify children engaged in hazardous jobs. One of the main purposes of the scheme is to ensure that no child is deployed in hazardous jobs and they can be given a better environment so that these children can avail food, shelter, clothes and medical care. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state government also intends to provide educational and vocational training to the children coming to various residential schools in the state. State Labour department which is supposed to look after the residential schools in the district has proposed a budgetary allocation of Rs 53 lakh in 2019-2020 financial year for the smooth running of the schools. The department had initiated the process of converting a school from each district to a residential one in the previous financial year. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe principal objective was to carry out a survey and identify the pockets where child labourers are introduced in different hazardous occupations. In order to prohibit children below 14 years from working in any hazardous jobs and maintain surveillance on the deployment of child labourer in hazardous industries, the Labour department has started the process of regulating working conditions of adolescents in respect of the nature of works. The Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 2016 has already come into force. The Labour department published notification for converting one school from each district to residential school. The state government will bear the entire cost of the scheme. According to the Labour department sources, residential schools have already made operational in the districts like North Dinajpur, Nadia, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Bankura, West Midnapore. Many other districts are in the process of opening residential schools to eliminate child labour. It may be mentioned here that the state government in the last year allotted Rs 35.49 lakh for introducing residential schools in the districts and the proposed budgetary allocation is much higher in the current financial year. It may be mentioned Bengal allegedly had a high incidence of employing child labour in hazardous industries during the previous Left Front government but the scenario has improved after the Mamata Banerjee government came to power. It is also learnt from the sources that Bengal’s position is relatively better than various other states in the country where the proportion of children engaged as principal workers or subsidiary workers is alarmingly high.last_img read more

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The Amazing Longevity Of Jaromir Jagr

It’s not often that a player is still a desired commodity days after his 43rd birthday, but that’s precisely what Jaromir Jagr, who was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Florida Panthers on Thursday, appears to be.Despite recent frustrations over his playing time with New Jersey, Jagr could prove to be a useful short-term rental for the Panthers. He retains the same soft hands and keen vision that made him a five-time scoring champion. And like so many of hockey’s greatest offensive talents before him, Jagr has a knack for skating where the action is headed before it arrives. His trademark strength seems scarcely to have waned with time; he still has moments when he’s nearly impossible to knock off the puck along the boards.Jagr is by no means the player he once was. But it’s improbable enough that he is still a player at all, still part of the league more than 24 years after his NHL debut. He had been 81 days older than the league’s second-oldest active player — St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur — but then Brodeur up and retired last month. Now, no current player was born within 25 months of Jagr.Of course, more than perhaps any major sports league, the NHL has had a place for ancient players. Three and a half decades ago, Gordie Howe — then the NHL’s all-time scoring leader — famously skated through a full 80-game schedule that concluded a week after his 52nd birthday. More recently, Chris Chelios was still manning an NHL blueline at age 48. And just last season, Teemu Selanne played at an age seven months older than Jagr is now. So it’s not quite unprecedented for Jagr to still be around at age 43 — and counting.But Jagr’s past few years have surpassed what just about any other NHL player has ever done in his dotage. Despite posting the leanest traditional numbers of his long career this year (more on that later), Jagr is1As of late last week. in the midst of the seventh-best adjusted point shares above replacement (PSAR)2A modification of the Hockey-Reference.com metric that assigns goaltending worth according to Tom Tango’s wins above replacement and re-allocates the remaining value such that forwards receive 60 percent of league PSAR in a given season, defensemen get 30 percent and goaltenders receive 10 percent. season by any skater aged 43 or older3As of March 1 of the season in question. since the NHL’s Original Six era began in 1942-43. What’s more, he was better last year: No non-goalie aged 42 or older has ever had more PSAR in a season than Jagr’s 6.9 in 2013-14.Plus, there’s a strong case to be made that the conventional stats — and the next-level metrics based off of them, such as PSAR — have undersold Jagr’s contributions to the Devils, particularly this season.As marvelous as they are for a player his age, Jagr’s basic numbers this year haven’t been eye-popping by the standards of other forwards logging as much ice time. In 53 games, he’s notched a modest 11 goals and 18 assists to go with a -10 plus-minus rating. (As a point of comparison, if Jagr had played to his career per-game averages, he’d already have 25 goals and 37 assists by now!) According to PSAR, which synthesizes box-score stats into a single-number representation of value, it’s been his worst season ever — and by no small margin. The 18-year-old rookie version of Jagr had 3.1 PSAR in 1990-91, after which he wouldn’t put up fewer than 4.9 PSAR in a single season again — until this year.Hockey’s recent statistical revolution, however, has brought with it more sophisticated ways to gauge a player’s contribution to his team. Its biggest lesson? That although goals and assists are great, there’s also a big advantage in simply helping your team keep possession of the puck.And as it so happens, Jagr is still one of the best players in the league at that.Over the past two seasons, Jagr’s Devils haven’t been an especially strong hockey club. They rank 24th in both point percentage4In the wacky world of the NHL’s standings, some measure of sanity can still be salvaged by dividing a team’s standings points by the total number of points handed out in its games. So, for instance, the winner of a regulation game would earn 2 out of 2 total points; meanwhile, the winner of a shootout would get 2 out of the 3 total points awarded, since the loser would also get 1 point. Among other things, this has the advantage of preserving a .500 record as the mark of an average team. and goal differential during that span, and while the team has undeniably been plagued by poor shooting and save percentage luck, they’ve also posted relatively unimpressive possession rates — except when Jagr is on the ice. With Jagr, New Jersey plays like one of the premier possession teams in hockey5The Devils’ zone start-adjusted 5-on-5 Fenwick percentage with Jagr on the ice would rank third in the NHL over the past two seasons.; without him, they play like one of the worst.Studying Jagr’s game, it’s not hard to see why this is the case. Although his stride — never the fastest even in his prime — is noticeably sluggish these days, he makes up for it with sheer hockey sense, constantly scanning the ice for passing opportunities or chances to extend possession by corralling loose pucks. Perhaps more importantly, he remains the master of shielding the puck with his 6-foot-3-inch, 240-pound frame, creating scoring chances for himself and others by cycling possession deep within the offensive zone.“I know … my strength,” Jagr recently told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. “I like to play [in the] offensive zone on the boards. I still feel like I’m strong enough to beat anybody, [or] at least hold that puck. … Maybe I’m not going to beat that guy one-on-one like I used to, but I can still make a play from that corner from the cycle. That’s my strength. And in the playoffs, that’s the way you play.”This is why, with the NHL’s trade deadline approaching, Jagr was mentioned as a legitimate option for contending teams looking to upgrade their offense — particularly with the man advantage — before the playoffs begin. Ironically, it seems that as the league increases its emphasis on possession, Jagr’s value has only been heightened even as his goals and assists have receded with age. And for Florida, barely clinging to the hope of a playoff berth but with clear upgrades to be had on the power play and in advanced metrics, Jagr might be a good fit.On the other hand, what does it say about the state of the NHL in 2015 that a plodding 43-year-old future Hall of Famer could change a team’s postseason chances?Like many things in hockey, it’s a question that leads back to Howe. In the foreword to Howe’s (excellent) new autobiography, the great defenseman Bobby Orr marveled at Howe’s longevity: “Today, if a player cracks the top five in scoring in the NHL, he’s considered a star. Do it a couple of years in a row and you’re a superstar. … Well, Gordie Howe did it twenty years in a row. That’s right — twenty. How do you begin to do justice to a legacy like that?”It was undoubtedly an impressive run for Howe, but — counterintuitively — the ability of a man in his 40s (and even 50s) to still dominate a professional sports league might speak as much about the quality of play around him as to his own athletic gifts.In 1968-69 — the final year of the streak to which Orr referred — a 40-year-old Howe was nearly the best player in hockey, finishing second only to 26-year-old Phil Esposito in PSAR. And in his final season more than a decade later, Howe was serviceable enough to be a regular contributor. But the NHL of that era also underwent an enormous amount of upheaval between expansion, the emergence of a rival league (the World Hockey Association), and the influx of new talent (and a fresh playing style) from Europe.In some ways, the chaos of the 1960s and ’70s provided the perfect cover for an aging megastar such as Howe to keep his career rolling. We can see this in the percentage of total NHL PSAR going to various cohorts of skaters, grouped by age, over time:The 1960s saw the NHL’s first expansion since the Great Depression — marking the end of the Original Six era — and they also coincided with a major uptick in the production of older players, one that would not fully abate until the early 1980s. In addition to Howe, players such as Alex Delvecchio, John Bucyk, Jean Beliveau, Frank Mahovlich and Jean Ratelle all produced great seasons in their late 30s (and beyond).The present day also appears to be a haven for the comparatively superannuated. Starting in the early to mid-1990s, the fraction of league value produced by the oldest batch of NHL players swelled to levels not seen since the 1970s. While that proportion has decreased a bit today relative to its peak in the immediate aftermath of the NHL’s lost 2004-05 season, it remains higher now than at any point between 1974 and 1996.So Jagr’s longevity, impressive as it is, might also be a symptom of ongoing weaknesses in the state of pro hockey itself. Is it mere coincidence that the uptick began right when the NHL’s aggressive expansion plans of the 1990s were fully realized? Or that it lasted through the so-called Dead Puck Era and well into the post-lockout “New NHL“? It’s not clear.But regardless of where Jagr sits in the intersection between the NHL’s health and the twilight of his once-immense (and still formidable) skills, he remains a player to which attention is owed. The Panthers are picking up more than a living legend playing out the final act of his career — they’re nabbing a player who still offers many of the little advantages that could make a difference along the journey to the Stanley Cup. read more

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Liverpool Karius joins Turkish club

first_imgLiverpool have confirmed that goalkeeper Loris Karius has joined Besiktas on loan, according to Sky Sports.The German shot-stopper leaves Anfield to sign for the Turkish giants on a two-year loan deal after the Merseyside club brought in a new first choice goalkeeper.The 25-year-old was named on the bench for Liverpool’s opening Premier League fixture of the season against West Ham, but left out of the squad against Crystal Palace and Brighton.Besiktas appeared to have confirmed the move on Friday by posting a graphic of Karius and Liverpool have now announced that their former number 1 will be moving to Turkey on loan this summer.Asensio, Vazquez give De Gea new nickname Henry Ikenna Ugwu – August 2, 2018 Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been dubbed ‘Karius’ by Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, according to ESPN.The Real Madrid pair of Asensio…The Turkish club have been in fine form so far this campaign, with two wins from their first two Super Lig games, and also in the hunt for a place in the UEFA Europa League group stages after a 1-1 with Partizan. Karius made 49 appearances for the Reds after joining from Mainz in 2016.Thirty-three of those appearances came last season, where he came under fire for his performance in the Champions League final, which included two errors that led to goals in the 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid.The former Mainz goalkeeper has come under heavy scrutiny since that game against Madrid despite apologizing to supporters and Liverpool’s decision to spend £67million on Alisson Becker ensured he had to leave Anfield in search of more regular playing time.last_img read more

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Hodgson hopes LoftusCheek returns to Crystal Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, expects that youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek can someday go back to the club where he played last season.The time that Ruben Loftus-Cheek spent at Crystal Palace last season, was more than enough to convince manager Roy Hodgson that the 22-year old is a great player for the squad.The former England manager hopes that the youngster can decide to not play for Chelsea anymore, given the incredibly difficult competition that he has against players of the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, Cesc Fabregas, and Danny Drinkwater.All of those players plus Loftus-Cheek, fight to earn a spot on Maurizio Sarri’s starting eleven and there are few chances for Ruben to convince the Italian manager.“Ruben Loftus-Cheek did an outstanding job for us when he came here,” Hodgson told the media this Friday via Crystal Palace’s website. “He really answered all the questions that we hoped he would answer, and luckily for us, and even more for him, it got him recognized by the national team.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“He found himself in Russia representing England, which was a perfect end to the season he had for us.”“We admire him, we like him very much and we wish him well, and of course, like a lot of other clubs, I’m sure when the day comes when he becomes available for a transfer, we will be sticking our noses into that, but whether we will get him again, that’s another matter. Who knows, we will see.”You’ve voted Ruben as the #CPFC 🦅 Man of the Match!Well done @rubey_lcheek. 👏 #CRYEVE pic.twitter.com/kvL8JLoI33— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) November 19, 2017last_img read more

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Sherwood Liverpool must continue to believe

first_imgFormer Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood thinks Liverpool must continue to believe they can win the Champions League despite their latest loss at Red Star Belgrade.Liverpool’s hopes of progressing beyond the group stages suffered a huge blow after Red Star Belgrade condemned Jurgen Klopp’s side to a 2-0 defeat – their third-successive away defeat in the competition for the very first time.The result leaves Liverpool second in Group C on six points with games at Paris Saint-Germain and at Anfield against Napoli to come, but Sherwood thinks Klopp’s team, will still believe they can go all the way this time around.“It’s a reality check for them,” Sherwood told Sky. “But they’re still in the competition and yes, they do have tough games coming up but they have to believe and I’m sure they do.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It was very easy for them last season [in the Champions League last season]. Look how many goals they scored in the competition last season, they were scoring at will. They started like that in the early part of the campaign so they’ve got that real belief there.“They are confident, they’ve got that swagger about them and they believe they can go on and win this competition, and rightly so having been finalists last season.”Klopp’s men will face Fulham in their next game at Anfield before the International break.last_img read more

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Early Run Kenai River Chinook Reported As Good

first_imgNo management actions are anticipated for the week of June 3-10, harvests and escapement are being monitored closely and appropriate actions may take place if run size deteriorates. Water levels in the Kenai River are lower than average. Anglers report that large amounts of mossy debris is fouling fishing gear. On June 4 the daily estimated passage of Chinook salmon, greater than 34 inches in length, was 127 fish for a season total of 932 Chinook salmon greater than 34 inches in length through June 4. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fishing success has been reported as good in the lower Kenai River and fish are reportedly not moving quickly upstream, according to the most recent in season summary from the Department of Fish and Game. The 2018 run appears late and is tracking behind last year, according to the DF&G. The current 2018 projection of escapement if the run is on time and harvest pressure is average is 3,300 large fish, approximately 600 fish below the lower end of the Optimum Escapement Goal.last_img read more

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