Hamilton wins in Russia to foil Ferrari renaissance

first_img0Shares0000Hamilton back on top in Russia © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFFSOCHI, Russian Federation, Sep 29 – A euphoric Lewis Hamilton extended his world championship lead to 73 points on Sunday when he rode his luck to claim a strategic victory for Mercedes in a roller-coaster Russian Grand Prix.The defending five-time champion came home 3.829 seconds ahead of team-mate and nearest championship rival Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes took advantage of Ferrari’s reliability and tactical problems by delivering a Silver Arrows one-two. Having grabbed the lead from pole man Charles Leclerc on the opening lap, Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to let him pass before he suffered a mechanical failure and stopped on lap 28.The resultant Safety Car period gifted Mercedes, who started on medium tyres while their rivals all used softs, a chance to extend their Sochi supremacy to six consecutive wins.Leclerc came home a frustrated and disgruntled third, claiming he expected Vettel to repay him for his slip-stream in a race punctuated by two Safety Car interventions and one use of the Virtual Safety Car.Hamilton’s win was his first since the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 4, his ninth in 16 outings this year and the 82nd of his career, lifting him 73 points clear at the top of the drivers’ title race. He scored an additional point for fastest lap.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fourth, having started ninth, ahead of team-mate Alex Albon, who had started from the pit lane.Carlos Sainz was sixth for McLaren ahead of Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Kevin Magnussen of Haas, Lando Norris in the second McLaren and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.“That’s exactly what we needed,” exclaimed a delighted Hamilton on the team radio following a flawless strategic performance by Mercedes.“It was an incredible job by all the team – not giving up. Keeping up with Ferrari was a hard task, but we kept pushing.”– Clean start –Leclerc remained poised, despite his disappointment.“At least we are consistent,” he said.Mercedes celebrate sparkling podium in Russia © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF“It’s a shame for the team not to have both of us up here… I will always trust the team, but our tactic was for me to give the slipstream, which I did – and then, well I need to speak to the team about that.”Leclerc had made a clean start, but behind him Vettel enjoyed a superb launch from third to pass Hamilton by the first corner and, after slip-streaming the Monegasque, taking the lead.Before the order settled, Ricciardo collided with Grosjean at Turn Four sending the Haas driver spinning into the barriers. A Safety Car was deployed and Grosjean retired.“We are looking into the swap further into the race,” Ferrari told Leclerc, running second, suggesting they had agreed to repay him for punching through the air for his team-mate.This was confirmed when Leclerc was told ‘Sebastian will let you by next lap’ – an order not welcomed by Vettel as he stayed in front by 1.4 seconds with Hamilton adrift in third.Vettel said Leclerc, beaten in Singapore by a strategy decision in Vettel’s favour, needed to close up.“I respected everything,” answered Leclerc. “We will speak later, but now it is difficult to close the gap. Obviously.”A revitalised Vettel was 3.6 seconds clear by lap 16 as Leclerc held off Hamilton until the team freed him to attack before he pitted for mediums on lap 23, Hamilton taking second.The Ferrari re-joined fourth behind Bottas. Within two laps, Vettel said ‘my rears are falling now’, but Ferrari left him out until lap 27 when, with a three-seconds stop, he was half a second slower than Leclerc and re-joined behind him in fourth.Vettel’s race ended seconds later when a power failure saw him stop at Turn 15. A Virtual Safety Car (VSC) was deployed and, immediately, Hamilton pitted for softs followed by Bottas.Leclerc took second before Williams’ George Russell crashed, prompting a full Safety Car intervention.A luckless Vettel vented his frustration on the team radio as he climbed from his car.Hamilton’s elevation to leader gave him a record as leader of 143 Grands Prix, one more than Michael Schumacher.Ferrari then called in Leclerc for a set of scrubbed softs. He re-joined third behind Bottas as the field compressed for a 21-lap sprint to the flag. On the re-start, Hamilton pulled two seconds clear, leaving Bottas to resist Leclerc’s superior straight-line speed with a battling display.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

An EMI-Universal Merger Won’t Fix the Music Industry

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Sales of digital music surpassed disc sales for the first time last year, spurring the music industry’s dawning awareness that this digital thing isn’t going away. Executives at Universal Music Group (home of Gotye, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and numerous other hit makers) and EMI (for whom the Beatles are one of many cash cows) told the U.S. Senate last week that they need to merge in order to complete the transition. Meanwhile, a blog post by a 20-year-old National Public Radio intern pointed out the obvious: For the most passionate music fans, the transition is ancient history.When the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee met Thursday afternoon to discuss Universal’s $1.9 billion bid for EMI’s record division, the talk never really moved away from what digitization has done to the industry. The industry has shrunk to half its size in 2001, senators learned. Amazon and iTunes account for 90% of the download business. The union of EMI and Universal, EMI Group CEO Richard Faxon said, would yield greater resources to invest in the digital future. Indeed, Lucian Grainge, Universal’s chairman and CEO, proposed to make “a courageous investment” in EMI. “Digital is our future,” he said.  As the hearing was in progress, Emily White’s 517-word post on NPR’s All Songs Considered blog was ricocheting around the Net. The message was simple: White, who was born circa 1992, has bought less than two dozen CDs in her life. She has an iTunes library of thousands of songs. She never had to make the transition from physical to digital music. That happened long before she started listening to music in a one-two punch: first the Fraunhofer Institute’s release of the MP3 specification (1993), then the introduction of Apple’s iPod (2001).“I’m almost 21, and since I first began to love music I’ve been spoiled by the Internet,” she wrote. “As I’ve grown up, I’ve come to realize the gravity of what file-sharing means to the musicians I love. I can’t support them with concert tickets and T-shirts alone. But I honestly don’t think my peers and I will ever pay for albums. I do think we will pay for convenience.” White’s post attracted hundreds of comments and emotional reactions throughout the blogosphere. Responses ranged from moralizing to outrage to outright support. David Lowery, founder of the alt-rock band Camper Van Beethoven, composed an impassioned 3,800-word open letter in response to White focusing on the human impact of illegal downloading.But illegal downloading is a sideshow. The real issue is the industry’s relationship with its customers. Like it or not, people like White – whether or not they pay for the music they download – are potentially the music industry’s best customers. They’re dedicated fans who care deeply about the interaction of culture, commerce and individual behavior. Yet none of the record men who spoke before the Senate said anything to suggest that they understood where she’s coming from. They talked about forming a digital strategy – a step in the right direction, to be sure – but they didn’t talk about serving their customers. I’ll leave the details of the Universal-EMI merger to someone else to argue over. The bottom line is that nearly two decades after MP3, more than a decade after the iPod, in an era flowering with the likes of Pandora, Last.fm, Spotify and SoundCloud, these guys still don’t get what they’re up against. They’re arguing about how best to make the shift from horse-drawn buggy to automobile – when their customers have been driving Ferraris for years. Growing market share should not be the industry’s end game. The record company execs need to focus on understanding that the world has changed, and change with it. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Related Posts andy meek Tags:#music#web last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application – From 6 Years Ago

first_imgRelated Posts The patent is broad. The USPTO issued it only after curbing claims 1, 8 and 16, which USPTO patent examiners originally rejected because of obviousness. In the last few months, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his company public, got married and scored a nearly $6 million home loan at just over 1%. What could possibly top all that? How about approval of his very first patent request from way back in 2006 – covering privacy issues no less?Turns out the US Patent Trademark and Office (USPTO), though it originally rejected it, just granted Zuckerberg a patent that can only be described as the ultimate geek vanity trophy.A solitary patent repeatedly originally attacked by examiners for its obviousness, this one little patent certainly won’t help Facebook defend itself in patent spats like the it was recently engaged in with Yahoo. In today’s tech patent wars, you typically need entire portfolios of offensive and defensive patents to make a difference. But at least one IP expert said Facebook needs all the patents it can get. The company is likely feeling vulnerable after the Yahoo situation.This new patent is mostly a fancy accessory for Zuckerberg: It’s US patent 8,225,376, the first patent application he ever filed. Zuckerberg filed the application back in July 2006, the year he turned 22. He’s apparently earned at least half a dozen other patents since then, but now he’s finally seen his first application approved.The patent, called “Dynamically Generating a Privacy Summary,” is described in its abstract as:… a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary is provided. The present invention provides a system and method for dynamically generating a privacy summary. A profile for a user is generated. One or more privacy setting selections are received from the user associated with the profile. The profile associated with the user is updated to incorporate the one or more privacy setting selections. A privacy summary is then generated for the profile based on the one or more privacy setting selectionsBasically, the patent – narrowed from its originally overtly “obvious” claims as recorded by patent examiners – covers a method of displaying a social network user’s profile per his or her privacy settings, display them on screen and show what their profile looks like on-screen to various other users or groups of users. gina smith The Zuckerberg patent is separate and distinct from the enormous patent portfolio Facebook is now in the process of assembling, in part to defend itself from patent infringement lawsuits like the one it just settled with Yahoo.Shortly before it got involved in the Yahoo patent fracas, Facebook began buying hundreds of “just in time” defensive patents. Those efforts include purchasing hundreds of patents from AOL via Microsoft – for which it paid an estimated $1 million per patent. The USPTO patent assignee database reveals that than 500 patents (512) came to Facebook direct from AOL with the last week.Of course this one vanity patent won’t provide the firepower of the huge portfolio of outside-invented patents Facebook is buying now. It’s really little more than a trophy – and it’s a touch ironic that it covers privacy issues, an ongoing source of controversy for Zuckerberg and Facebook. But it’s worth noting how much effort Facebook spent on acquiring what is essentially a vanity project.Facebook did not immediately return requests for comment over the weekend.  According to public records, the Patent Office rejected the original, July 2006-era, Zuckerberg patent application. That didn’t stop Facebook – at least not forever. The company redoubled its efforts to get the patent through just days after it announced on February 1, 2012, that it planned to go public. The company requested and received numerous interviews with patent examiners regarding what it could do to get this patent through. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook initiated an interview to re-initiate investigation of the rejected patent application on Valentine’s Day 2012, shortly after it announced its upcoming IPO. Records from the USPTO show Facebook’s enthusiastic and persistent attempts to adjust and get that first Zuckerberg patent issued. And the effort finally paid off. According to IP experts, it’s not uncommon to persist in getting a patent. If you stick it out you can get something issued. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Facebook#start last_img read more

Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology Trend?

first_imgDeanna is the Managing Editor at ReadWrite. Previously she worked as the Editor in Chief for Startup Grind and has over 20+ years of experience in content development. Deanna RitchieManaging Editor at ReadWrite Tags:#travel#travel tech Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Voice technology has limitless possibilities. Siri and Alexa are as popular as ever. Residential voice assistant devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo are a part of daily life for millions of people. Voice search technology is here to stay, recent statistics confirm it. And the travel industry has taken note.Here’s why FlightHub and JustFly think voice search is the next big travel technology trend.Voice Search Technology Statistics, According to Google:Data analysis is the only way to know how impactful voice search truly is. Why Google? With millions of Gigabytes of data (and counting), Google is arguably the best source of unbiased data. Here’s a shortlist of telling voice technology figures: 52% of voice-enabled speakers are placed in living rooms. 25% are in bedrooms, and 22% are in kitchens. In fact, 23% of adults use voice search to help them cook. “Okay, Siri, how many tablespoons are in a ¼ cup?” Voice recognition speakers are used daily by 72% of people.41% of voice-enabled speaker owners say chatting with their device resembles talking to someone else.Over 400 million devices are now compatible with Google Assistant.52% of voice-recognition speaker users want to be sent discounts and promotional content from their favorite brands.Voice searches make up 20% of queries on all Google mobile devices.Location-specific voice searches have increased by 150%. IE “insert location near me.”Teens and Adults Alike Love Voice Search:Google says, 55% of teenagers and 41% of adults use voice search every day. They ask their phones to find restaurants, look up movie times, and to call contacts. Voice commands are also being used to ask for directions, get help with homework, and play music. It’s evident; devices are helping people multitask more efficiently.Many teens were raised with smartphones as part of their everyday lives. Now that voice search is much more than a trend, it’s easy to understand why younger demographics feel most comfortable using it. With the younger demographic loving voice — it likely means that voice search will continue to grow as today’s kids grow into adolescence and adulthood.When Is Voice Search Most Often Used?At 57%, teenagers use voice search with their friends more than twice as much as their adult counterparts. Teens also use voice search more while in the bathroom, when watching TV and while working out. On the other hand, adults use voice search nearly three times more than teens while cooking.Also, the answers to why people are using voice search become more and more varied. Here’s a quick summary:They think it’s cool.They want to be early adopters of new technology.It’s often safer.It makes multitasking easier.It helps to get things done as efficiently as possible.How Voice Search Is Changing Travel Technology:The travel industry is primed to benefit from the growth of voice search technology and its use. A 2018 research report by the Global Digital Traveler gathered impressive findings. Here are a few of the most noteworthy statistics:Between 2017 and 2018, the number of travelers who use voice search during a trip increased from 47% to 50%.More than 70% of Chinese and Turkish travelers use voice search.Nearly 70 percent of Indians surveyed use voice search in the discovery stage of their travels.Travel companies are on board with voice applications. The proof is in the development of travel-friendly, voice-enabled software that is pleasing to customers and clients. FlightHub and JustFly have launched the beta version of LUCY, a virtual travel assistant. Marriott Hotels has partnered with Amazon and Alibaba in separate agreements to include smart speakers in their hotel rooms. Amazon has also developed Alexa for Hospitality to further enhance guest experiences.InterContinental Hotels and Baidu (a Chinese technology giant) have partnered to include Smart Displays in several hotel suites. A voice application simply called Virtual Concierge Service claims that its “technology saves hosts time and delivers 5-star guest reviews.”Voice Search Isn’t A Trend. It’s A Revolution:“Voice search has taken off,” states FlightHub’s Matt Keezer. “It’s evolving rapidly and integrating into the daily lives of consumers in ways they wouldn’t have imagined a few short years ago. Teens love it. It makes life easier for adults. Travel businesses can clearly see the opportunities it has to offer.” In other words, the revolution won’t be televised — it’ll be spoken. Related Posts CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacylast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Putin gets his own umbrella as world leaders get drenched in rain

first_imgThis World Cup has been about romanticism. From small teams putting their big hearts on the field to players showing excellent courage, the tournament in Russia has been the quintessential romantic ballad. And the whole story attached to that romaticism came to a perfect end on Sunday when the rain started pouring as the presentation ceremony began.It was all a perfect end to a brilliant tournament — unpredictable and beautiful.However, amidst all that beautiful footballing love story, Vladimir Putin gave social media its big joke. Even as the rain started pouring, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic stood at the podium, giving away medals and words of encouragement to both the teams.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThey did all that as the rain kept pouring and their clothes kept soaking up all that water.Russian president Putin, stood right in the middle of them, but he did not get drenched. Because he was the only one who had a man standing behind him with the umbrella over his head.As the world leaders beside him got outpoured by the rain, Putin stood straight in his impeccable suit without a hint of water on it.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Full list of prize winnersOf course, social media was not going to miss that. Twitter immediately went abuzz with the moment of absolutely uniqueness.Some had a laugh over how Russia had just one umbrella to spare while some took a dig at the hospitality offered by Russia right at the fag end of the tournament.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018 final: Russian punk band invades pitch. Watch videoFor all comments, the moment indeed was a unique end to a month of exhilarating footballing entertainment. Right at the end though, it was Putin’s umbrella that hogged all the limelight.It’s now absolutely bucketing down at the Luzhniki. Lackeys have appeared with umbrellas for the heads of state and FIFA dignitaries. Putin was the first to get his umbrella as Infantino, Macron and the Croatian president got soaked.Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) July 15, 2018Bucketing down now. They’ve only brought one umbrella, and it’s for Putin. He is NOT sharing it.Rory Smith (@RorySmith) July 15, 2018Putin having his own Umbrella Guy while everyone else gets soaking wet in the rain is an absolute power move pic.twitter.com/KAoi8gXhUkClemquon (@TheClemReport) July 15, 2018Putin outsmarts other world leaders yet again by bringing an umbrella to a torrential downpour, while leaving Macron and Grabar-Kitarovic to soak pic.twitter.com/PYHNJsOvRxmax seddon (@maxseddon) July 15, 2018As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. pic.twitter.com/KYzhucLPJMsouthpaw (@nycsouthpaw) July 15, 2018Do they only have one umbrella in Russia?!! ????Siobhan ?????? (@Sio_Chamberlain) July 15, 2018Umbrella priorities:Putin > World cup trophyAnirban Dasgupta (@adg_5) July 15, 2018Putin having a henchman hold an umbrella over him while the presidents of FIFA, France or Croatia get drenched is the ultimate boss move pic.twitter.com/iY5vpikajiSamuel Army (@BarstoolSam) July 15, 2018Talk about Russian hospitality. #Putin under the only umbrella while Macron & Kitarovic soaking. #Worldcup2018Russia pic.twitter.com/9R2hKJb4ikTara Kangarlou (@tarakangarlou) July 15, 2018Putin being the only one with an umbrella is hilarious pic.twitter.com/T1dEjjRRlaDusty (@DustinGiebel) July 15, 2018Only Putin gets an umbrella. ????????So Macron and Kolinda can stay wet. #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/y6PjVbSec3Omo Ojeomogha (@OmoFizzy) July 15, 2018So the Russians only remembered an umbrella for their own President Putin… left the leaders of France and Croatia out in the rain for minutes… pretty much sums up todays international politics. #WorldCup18 pic.twitter.com/W5UDTTwMxSKeir Simmons (@KeirSimmons) July 15, 2018Why does only Putin get an umbrella? #WorldCupFinalNorm Kelly (@norm) July 15, 2018MVP of tournament: Putins umbrella guy. #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/Nm3VAEW1IMJacob Rossi (@JacobARossi) July 15, 2018Meanwhile, France became the world champions after defeating Croatia 4-2 in 90 minutes of demanding and exhilarating football.Mario Mandzukic scored an own goal to give Russia the lead before Ivan Perisic scored to restore parity. However, he soon handled the ball in the penalty area and France got a penalty after a VAR review. Antoine Griezmann slotted home from the spot to give France a 2-1 lead at half time.France came out all guns blazing in the second half and within the first 20 mins, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe scored two stunning goals to give France a 4-1 lead.Also read – France equal 60-year-old record to win second World CupadvertisementMandzukic did get one back, courtesy a blunder from Hugo Lloris but in the end, France had done enough.last_img read more