1st pilot floating solar plant to be completed in next 23 months

first_imgNew Delhi: Vedanta Monday said its first pilot floating solar plant will be completed in the next two to three months. In an investor brief, the company said it is focussing on renewable energy and its group firm Hindustan Zinc plans its “first pilot floating solar to be completed in next 2-3 months”. Vikram Solar, module manufacturer and rooftop solar and EPC solutions provider, had earlier in the year announced that it bagged the project order for a 1-MW floating solar plant for Hindustan Zinc Ltd, a Vedanta Group firm. The plant will be located at Ghosunda Dam, near Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe floating plant, Vikram Solar said, will contribute to saving water evaporation loss, thus resulting in conservation of water, reduce the development of algae, maintaining cleanliness of the water and will obviously save land space. The solar plant is expected to have an energy yield of 1,993 MWh a year and will be able to power 1,400 houses a year. Vedanta Ltd in the investor brief said Talwandi Sabo Power Ltd (TSPL), its wholly-owned arm, has achieved record plant availability of 97 per cent in April.last_img read more

Scientists say they found first potentially habitable planet with water in its

In the dim, red light of an alien sun, scientists have found the first evidence for water in the atmosphere of a rocky planet – offering a tantalizing new target in the search for life in the universe.The intriguing world, which goes by the impersonal designation K2-18b, lies 110 light-years away in the constellation Leo. More important: It sits in its star’s “habitable zone,” where it is bathed in the right amount of warmth to allow for liquid water on its surface.Twice as large as our own planet and eight times as massive, K2-18b possesses powerful gravity that would make it difficult to walk upon. It orbits close to a red dwarf star, much smaller and cooler than our sun. And aside from water vapour, its atmosphere contains mostly hydrogen gas – a molecule that makes up less than 1 part per million of our own atmosphere.It is no “second Earth,” said astronomer Angelos Tsiaras, the lead author of a study on the planet published Wednesday in the journal Nature Astronomy. But he believes it is “the best candidate for habitability that we know right now.”The paper by Tsiaras draws on publicly available data produced by Björn Benneke, a planetary astronomer at the University of Montreal in Canada. On Tuesday, Benneke’s team posted its own analysis of K2-18b on the preprint server arXiv, which hosts academic papers not yet published in peer-reviewed journals.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Benneke and his colleagues also found signatures of water vapour in K2-18b’s skies. But they were less optimistic than Tsiaras about the potential habitability of this world. The Montreal-based team’s interpretation of its data suggests the hydrogen atmosphere forms a thick, gaseous envelope around the planet. This would generate intense pressures at the planet’s surface – perhaps enough to push hydrogen into a liquid form.It’s definitely the smallest and coolest planet that we’ve had a glimpse into the atmosphere of so far …. But I don’t think it’s potentially habitable“It is not a true Earth analogue,” the researchers report.Laura Kreidberg, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said that K2-18b might be better described as a “mini-Neptune” than a “super Earth.” Extensive research with computer models suggests that, at 1.6 to 1.8 times the mass of Earth, planets tend to become huge and gaseous, rather than rocky.Though K2-18b is likely solid at its core, the temperatures and pressures at the “surface” would be so high that few complex molecules would survive, let alone any life forms.“I think the result is amazing,” said Kreidberg. “It’s definitely the smallest and coolest planet that we’ve had a glimpse into the atmosphere of so far …. But I don’t think it’s potentially habitable.”Scientists had detected water only in the atmospheres of “gas giants” — huge exoplanets that lack solid surfaces, much like Jupiter and Saturn in our solar system. Rocky exoplanets are smaller, making them harder to find and more difficult to study. Even a planet like K2-18b can be examined only with humanity’s most sensitive space telescope — the Hubble.When K2-18b was discovered in 2015, Tsiaras and his colleagues thought it would be a good candidate for a form of analysis called transit spectroscopy, which involves studying the changes in a star’s light as a planet “transits,” or passes in front of it.The planet is so close to its cool host star that it takes just 33 days to orbit. So, month after month, the researchers waited with Hubble to capture the moment of transit.As the starlight filtered through the planet’s atmosphere, some of it would be absorbed by the gases in the planet’s air. By separating the light into its component parts, the scientists could look for signatures of particular molecules. ‘We are probably not alone’: NASA finds 10 new potentially habitable ‘Earth-like’ worlds NASA hits the mother lode: Powerful planet-hunting telescope finds 715 new worlds in Milky Way galaxy These three Earth-like planets could be our best-ever shot at finding signs of alien life What they found suggests that the composition of K2-18b’s atmosphere could range from 0.1 percent water vapor (about the proportion in Earth’s upper atmosphere) to a whopping 50 percent. (At its highest, water vapor concentration in Earth’s lower atmosphere is about 4 percent.)The Hubble isn’t sensitive to the right types of light to detect other important molecules, such as nitrogen or methane, so the researchers can only speculate about the precise composition of the atmosphere. The planet could have thick clouds, like Venus, that would heat its surface to an intolerable degree. Or its atmosphere might be so thin and insubstantial that it offers no protection from the perils of space, like the atmosphere of Mars.Researchers must wait for more sophisticated tools, such as the long-delayed James Webb Space Telescope, to reveal more details about the distant world.Yet Giovanna Tinetti, a colleague of Tsiaras’s at University College London and a co-author of the Nature study, suggested it’s still possible that there is liquid water somewhere below the atmosphere.“We’re going to need more observations,” she said. “We need to know much more about the planet.” read more

Still no word on new Ohio State football coaches pay

(Left) Former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of The Daily CollegiateArkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of Arkansas Athletic Department It has been a week since Ohio State formally announced a new addition to football coach Urban Meyer’s coaching staff, and another is imminent, according to multiple reports, social media accounts and the school’s own directory.OSU officially named assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson to Meyer’s staff Jan. 15. But the other new staff member, co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Chris Ash, has yet to be announced by the school as a coach.Aside from when Ash will officially join Johnson as a member of the Buckeyes coaching staff is how much each new coach will be paid.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in a series of emails Tuesday that the Buckeyes have “only announced Larry Johnson as a member of the coaching staff.”The spokesman also said the Department of Human Resources has yet to inform him of Johnson’s salary following multiple email requests by The Lantern beginning Jan. 15.The Lantern has been requesting information on both of the new coaches’ salaries since Johnson was announced by the school as a coach last week. The Lantern staff requests for the salaries of new OSU employees after their hiring and is typically provided the information within 24 to 48 hours of submitting the request.Though he has not yet officially been named an OSU coach, Ash has since changed the bio for his personal Twitter account, @CoachChrisAsh, to reflect his reported new position.“Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach for The Ohio State University,” the bio reads, also including a URL address to the football page on the OSU athletic website, where he has yet to be listed.Ash is also listed on OSU’s public directory Find People as “Assistant Coach – Major Sports.” Ash’s working title is listed as “Assistant Coach – Football” in the directory.Johnson, who is set to replace former OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel after Vrabel announced his intentions to join the NFL’s Houston Texans via Twitter Jan. 9, is known for his ability to recruit and mentor defensive linemen who eventually make the jump to the NFL. Meyer called Johnson an “outstanding addition” to the Buckeye coaching staff and said he has “great respect for (Johnson) as a family man, as a coach and mentor of young men and as a recruiter,” according to an OSU press release.It appears Johnson has already been hot on the recruiting trail since being announced as a coach at OSU. According to his personal Twitter account, @OSUrushmen1, Johnson’s first day working for the Buckeyes was Jan. 16.“Great first day as a buckeye on the road ! Osurushmen1,” a tweet from the account read. Johnson, along with Meyer, was also in a photo posted to the social media site by OSU defensive line commit Dylan Thompson, @BRONCODE59, posted Monday evening.According to the USA TODAY coaches database, Ash made a base salary of $550,000 this past season at Arkansas, including a “max bonus” of $45,833. Johnson’s salary while he was at Penn State was not available on the database, and the school did not respond to multiple requests by The Lantern for the figure.In his second and final year at OSU, Ash’s predecessor, Everett Withers — who was announced as the new head football coach at James Madison University Dec. 20 — earned $585,000. Vrabel made $291,004.Both coaches look to strengthen a defensive unit that has gone south since Meyer took over following the 2011 season, a year where the Buckeyes finished with the nation’s 19th best defense. The unit finished 34th in 2012 and 47th overall this past year.OSU is set to kick off the 2014-15 season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

Royal Family celebrate 50 years since the Prince of Waless investiture

Half a century later, in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, that service was recognised by his family, friends and Welsh charities he has helped along the way, as Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, told him “never in the history” of the role of Prince of Wales has there been “such honourable fulfilling” of that promise. On July 1 1969, under the grey skies of Caernarfon Castle, a solemn Prince Charles pledged “Ich Dien”: spelling out his determination to serve in front of the Queen and the watching nation of Wales. At a reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of his investiture, he was joined by his mother, wife, two sons and two daughters-in-law who rallied to celebrate him with…

Man found alive two weeks after helicopter crash in remote jungle

first_img Image: Ed Wray AP/Press Association Images Short URL Share Tweet Email Dec 9th 2016, 10:42 AM 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3129674 13,280 Views A SOLDIER ABOARD a military helicopter that crashed in remote Indonesian jungle more than two weeks ago has been found alive, an army spokesman said today.Yohanes Syahputra was found late yesterday by villagers on Borneo island in an exhausted state, army spokesman Sabrar Fadhilah told AFP.“Thanks be to God almighty, we have found one of the passengers of the downed helicopter,” Fadhilah said in a text message.“The victim was found with wounds on his hands, waist and legs, and was weak as he hadn’t eaten in days.”Syahputra was aboard a Bell 412 helicopter with four other military personnel when it lost contact on 24 November over a remote stretch of Bornean jungle, the army said.The wrecked chopper was found three days later, having crashed during a delivery run to a remote army post near the Malaysian border.Three crew had died but one was found alive. The location was so difficult to reach the airman had to be winched by rope, the military said.Syahputra however was not found and was feared dead, with the terrain deemed too inhospitable.The chopper went down deep in the forested, mountainous interior of Borneo, miles from any major city.A farmer discovered the soldier resting at a hut on the outskirts of a plantation, where he had been eating sugar for sustenance, local media reported.He was taken to a villager’s home in Long Sulit and offered food and water, the reports said.Fadhilah said Syahputra would be evacuated for medical check ups at a hospital in Tarakan, one of the main cities on the north-eastern coast of Borneo.The military has closely guarded the details surrounding the accident and discovery of Syahputra.It’s just the latest fatal crash for Indonesia’s accident-prone military.Twelve people were killed in March when a military helicopter went down in bad weather on Sulawesi in central Indonesia.Three died when a separate military chopper crashed into a home in Central Java in July.It’s also not the first time a passenger has made a miraculous escape in an Indonesian air disaster.Last year a man was found alive, naked and floating in a huge volcanic lake on Sumatra island, two days after the helicopter in which he was travelling crashed.He was rushed to hospital after being found conscious but very weak, wearing only a black watch, in Lake Toba.- © AFP, 2016Read: South Korea impeaches its president over corruption scandalRead: Alleged sexual assault of girl by garda referred to GSOC Image: Ed Wray AP/Press Association Images Friday 9 Dec 2016, 10:42 AM Man found alive two weeks after helicopter crash in remote jungle Yohanes Syahputra hadn’t eaten in days and had wounds on his hands, waist and legs when he was found. By AFPlast_img read more

Apple Carl Zeiss Partnering For Smart Glasses

first_imgIt seems like the world’s largest tech company could be jumping into the smart glasses game, according to an anonymous tip from a Carl Zeiss employee. Famed tech blogger and entrepreneur Robert Scoble broke the tip on his Facebook page. According to Scoble, the German optics manufacturer might announce a “light pair of augmented/mixed reality glasses” this year as part of a collaboration with Apple.Scoble said that he pressed Zeiss representatives to tip their hand. Previously, Apple was rumored to be preparing AR tech for a 2018 launch, but Scoble is confident that the set will release later this year.Rumors about an Apple-made version of the Google Glass or Microsoft’s HoloLens have been floating around for a couple years now, so it’s probable that the company’s been working on smart glasses for some time and could be nearing a release-ready gadget.If Apple’s patent filing from last June is any indication, we could be getting a flexible, AMOLED-driven translucent screen that wraps around the user’s head. Alternatively, the patent includes a process which would allow a lens to deform and then return to its original shape. That means we may even see eye glass frames that will accept modified lenses that could popped in and out as needed without damaging the transparent AMOLED display.While a good chunk of people on earth have readily adopted smart phones, other wearables have been slow to pick up steam. Google Glass didn’t do super well, and its users took a lot of flak for being a bit out of touch. Like it or not though, Apple’s been something of a trendsetter, and while they’re often among the last to get some things to market, when Apple does launch a new device, it tends to do pretty well. So it’s possible that Apple’s move could be the big push AR glasses need to go mainstream.Technically, this is all rumors and hearsay, but given how these things tend to go, I’d say it’s a good bet Apple’s got something cooking.For now, I’m just wondering how weird and pretentious the company will get with the name. Maybe iSpecs? Or iS (said “eyes”)? WHO KNOWS.last_img read more

AIM Ends Skiing Magazines Print Run After 70 Years

first_img “We are really focused on the total audience and the growth is in mobile and video,” Clurman tells the Denver Post. “In some cases, if there is less in print in the form of Skiing, there is more content going out to more people in total and that’s really the whole mission.” The quarterly magazine catering to passionate skiiers, in circulation since 1948, will maintain its digital presence but have much of its print content and resources redirected to its bimonthly sister title, the more family-friendly and broadly appealing Ski magazine. Despite ending the magazine’s seven-decade print run, it doesn’t appear that AIM has plans to lay off any of its staffers. Sales, marketing, support, and much of Skiing’s content creation was handled by a shared staff, all of whom will remain, a company spokeswoman tells Folio:. The brand had one full-time editor, Kim Beekman, and one full-time designer, Signe Higgins, both of whom will remain with the company moving forward, although their exact roles remian unspecified. The move bears a number of striking resemblances to rival enthusiast publisher TEN: The Enthusiast Network’s decision, two weeks ago, to shutter Surfing magazine in favor of its more widely read sister title, Surfer — part of a parallel pivot at that company toward a greater focus on digital and video. “The advertising market in traditional publishing is contracting, especially in areas where your’e dealing with younger demographics,” TEN CEO Scott Dickey told Folio: at the time. “The idea that brands were going to support multiple titles within a vertical doesn’t make sense anymore.” Active Interest Media has shuttered the print edition of Skiing magazine, the Boulder, CO-based enthusiast publisher revealed this week. With an emphasis on devoting greater resources to digital content, particularly video, the closure of Skiing’s print edition is part of an overall repositioning of both AIM’s Mountain Group, which also includes production studio Warren Miller Entertainment, and it’s greater Outdoor Group. Part of that repositioning, says president and CEO Andy Clurman, involved Warren Miller managing director Andy Hawk’s promotion, a month ago, to managing director of the Mountain Group.last_img read more

Dhakas traffic jam causes Tk 370b annual loss

first_img.Spending hours in tailback, commuters in Dhaka city suffer from a variety of diseases caused by pressure of traffic congestion on human mind.This was observed at a roundtable on ‘Dhaka city’s traffic jam: Financial and health problems’ on Saturday.It was that the city’s traffic congestion eats up 5 million man hours every day.Research findings presented there show, the average speed of vehicles in the capital city has slowed down to only 5 kilometres per hour now from 21 kilometres per hour only 12 years ago.In a variety of research, the annual loss due to traffic jam is estimated between Tk 200 billion and Tk 370 billion and the average loss stands at Tk 370 billion a year, the roundtable was told.Experts said in view of deteriorating traffic situation in the city day by day, financial loss would increase in the coming days.Accident Research Institute (ARI) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and Road Safety Foundation jointly organised the programme in the city.ARI director professor Md Moazzem Hossain, presenting the keynote, urged the authorities concerned to take immediate steps to improve the traffic system.Citing research findings, he pointed out that had the required measures been taken to improve the city’s traffic situation, an amount of Tk 220 billion could have been saved every year.“If the city’s traffic situation does not improve, the average speed of vehicles will come further down to 4 kilometers an hour — even less than average walking speed — by the year 2025,” Moazzem added.He blamed narrow roads, illegal parking, occupation of footpaths and frequent diggings of roads for the traffic congestion.Former director of National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitaion (NITOR) professor Muhammad Siraj ul Islam said traffic jam puts negative impact on mental health that may ultimately lead to social instability.Farah Deeba, associate professor of Dhaka University’s Clinical Psychology department, said traffic jam impacts on the family life and social relations as it creates severe mental stress.Deputy director of Fire Service and Civil Defence Debashish Bardhan said a total of 2,500 lives were lost in fire incidents in the Dhaka division alone last year. “The number would have been much lower, had there been no traffic jam,” he added.The experts recommended increase in public transport, expansion of railway network, lessening the number of personal cars and decentralisation of Dhaka city to curb the traffic congestion.Professor Sarwar Jahan of BUET’s Urban and Regional Planning department, suggested modernisation and expansion of public bus service for addressing the traffic problem.Chairman of Road Safety Foundation and professor of DU’s Sociology department AI Mahbub Uddin Ahmed presided over the session.last_img read more

Student crushed under train in Chattogram

first_imgtrainA student of International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) was crushed under the wheels of a train at Kumira in Sitakunda upazila in Chattogram on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased is Kazi Sirat, a student of English department of the university.GRP police station officer-in-charge Shahidul Islam said a train hit Sirat around 9:00am, leaving him dead on the spot.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to a local hospital morgue.last_img

Woman murdered in moving bus father pushed off in Savar

first_imgProthom Alo IllustrationA woman was allegedly killed inside a moving bus and her father was pushed off it by some bus employees including the driver, on Dhaka-Tangail highway at Moragang on Friday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Jarina Khatun, 45, daughter of Ali Akbar, 75, hailing from Khajkawali village in Chowhali of Sirajganj.Jarina along with his father came to visit her daughter Rozina’s house at Ashulia from Sirajganj, said Rizaul Haque Dipu, officer-in-charge of Ashulia police station.In the evening, they boarded a Tangail-bound bus from Unique area for returning home.At one stage, the bus driver, its helper and four other people attacked Jarina and her father.They beat them up and snatched their mobile phone sets and cash, the OC said quoting Jarina’s father Akbar.Later, they pushed Akbar off the running bus in Ashulia bridge area, leaving him injured.When Ali Akbar informed the matter to patrol police, they recovered Jarina’s body from Moragang area near the highway around 8:30pm.”The body bore injury marks on its neck,” said the OC adding that she might have been thrown off the bus after being strangulated to death.last_img read more

Astronomers discover first selflensing binary star system

first_img Explore further Scientists believe that nearly half of the stars in the night sky are multi-star systems, many of them binaries. Also, some binary star systems are unique in that their orbital path around each other lies in a plane with the planet Earth, which means from our perspective, they pass in front of one another on a periodic basis, causing an eclipse—generally, this results in dimming, which some might see as twinkling. In other instances, theory has suggested, the opposite should occur—instead of dimming, the eclipse should result in brightening—a phenomenon known as self-lensing—as the star in front magnifies light from the star behind it.Self-lensing is based on Einstein’s theory of relativity—light may not have mass, but it is still subject to gravity, it bends when passing stars for example. For that reasons, astronomers have been suggesting for years that if there existed a binary star system where one of the stars was similar to our own sun, but the other was a white dwarf—small but with a huge mass, and thus lots of gravity—than self-lensing should occur when the smaller star passed in front of the larger star. And that’s just what Kruse and Agol have found. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Simulation of gravitational microlensing in the KOI-3278 system using an image of our Sun as a proxy for the G star companion of the white dwarf. The blue sphere is the white dwarf. The large orange sphere is the G dwarf (using a NASA SDO/HMI false-color image of our Sun, since the star is very similar in properties to our Sun). The simulation shows how the G star is distorted by gravitational lensing by the white dwarf star if it could be seen at high resolution. Credit: Eric Agol (UW), NASA/SDO HMI science teams The two were studying the star KOI 3278 because it had previously been found to dim on a periodic basis. Thinking it was doing so because of a planet passing in front of it, the researchers looked closer. Instead of a planet, the researchers discovered another star. As they orbited, the two stars took turns passing between us and their mate, every 88 days. When the sun-sized star was out front, the binary system dimed, as occurs with most binary star systems. But when the smaller star was out front, the two observed, instead of growing dimmer, the result was a very subtle brightening (a 0.1 percent increase) that lasted for five hours, confirming theories and stoking hopes that one day an observation will be made of a similar system made up of neutron stars or black holes. (Phys.org) —A pair of astronomers at the University of Washington has discovered the first known instance of a self-lensing binary-star system. In their paper published in the journal Science, Ethan Kruse and Eric Agol describe how they happened across the previously theorized system while looking for undiscovered planets. Gravity-bending find leads to Kepler meeting Einsteincenter_img More information: KOI-3278: A Self-Lensing Binary Star System, Science 18 April 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6181 pp. 275-277 DOI: 10.1126/science.1251999ABSTRACTOver 40% of Sun-like stars are bound in binary or multistar systems. Stellar remnants in edge-on binary systems can gravitationally magnify their companions, as predicted 40 years ago. By using data from the Kepler spacecraft, we report the detection of such a “self-lensing” system, in which a 5-hour pulse of 0.1% amplitude occurs every orbital period. The white dwarf stellar remnant and its Sun-like companion orbit one another every 88.18 days, a long period for a white dwarf–eclipsing binary. By modeling the pulse as gravitational magnification (microlensing) along with Kepler’s laws and stellar models, we constrain the mass of the white dwarf to be ~63% of the mass of our Sun. Further study of this system, and any others discovered like it, will help to constrain the physics of white dwarfs and binary star evolution. Citation: Astronomers discover first self-lensing binary star system (2014, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-astronomers-self-lensing-binary-star.html © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Science Geometry and light curve of the KOI-3278 system. As the white dwarf orbits a G dwarf (sun-like star) in this system, when the white dwarf passes in front of the G dwarf, it causes gravitational magnification, resulting in a pulse with a duration of 5 hours and height of 0.1%, while when it passes behind, it is blocked from view, causing an occultation and a dip, also of 0.1% (by coincidence). The black line represents the orbital flux as a function of time, relative to the flux only of the G dwarf (which is shown as a dotted line). This diagram is not to scale, and does not show the stellar variability or noise. For example, the pulse and occultation only last 5 hours out of the 88.2 days of the orbit, while in this diagram they last a much larger fraction of the orbit. Credit: Eric Agollast_img read more

Boogie Cousins is a sign the Warriors dynasty is getting closer to

first_imgKawhi isn’t the only answer as a #2 for LeBronThe Kawhi Leonard saga with the Spurs continues to drag out, and some reports indicate he is becoming more receptive to destinations other than the Lakers. Colin thinks the Lakers should still make a push for Kawhi, but if they can’t pull off the deal, there are other options.One player Colin thinks would be a great fit with LeBron is Damian Lillard. He’s a scoring guard in the similar mold of Kyrie Irving, with whom James won a title.Also:– Buy, Sell or HoldGuests:Nick Wright – Host of First Thing’s First is in-studio on why Boogie Cousins to the Warriors is bad for the NBA;Stephen Jackson – 14-year NBA veteran is in-studio on why Boogie to the Warriors isn’t bad for the NBA; and Kawhi leaving the Spurs.Jason McIntyre – Founder of The Big Lead is in-studio on why Boogie to the Warriors is a big risk, and why the Lakers could shift their focus off Kawhi if the Spurs don’t trade him this offseason.Dahntay Jones – World Champion with the Cavs is in-studio on why he isn’t surprised LeBron signed with the Lakers. Boogie Cousins is a sign the Warriors dynasty is getting closer to the endNBA fans were in an uproar when Boogie Cousins, with many declaring that the signing was the end of a competitive league. Colin disagrees, and thinks the signing will be far less impactful than Twitter thinks, and is potentially a landmine for the Warriors.Not only is Cousins coming off an Achilles injury that’s historically an NBA career killer, he has a long track record of being a headache, and blowing up locker rooms. There’s no reason to think he won’t be with Golden State. According to reports, the Warriors want Cousins to come off the bench, which sounds like a recipe for disaster. Colin thinks the signing is a reach, and an indication that the Warriors dynasty is closer to the end than the beginning, as they get further away from what started it.last_img read more

Facebook files a lawsuit against South Korean data analytics firm Rankwave for

first_imgOn Friday, Facebook revealed that it has filed a lawsuit against a South Korean data analytics firm, Rankwave claiming that it is unlawfully using its app data for personal marketing and advertising while not adhering to Facebook’s data policies. Facebook further stated that Rankwave failed to cooperate with the compliance audit, which Facebook says it requires from all developers using their platform. The lawsuit was filed in a California superior court in San Mateo County claims that Rankwave operated minimum 30 apps through Facebook’s platform and used “Facebook data in order to market and sell its own services, specifically tools used by various customers and businesses to track Facebook interactions such as likes and comments on their pages”. Rankwave also apparently misused data taken in by its own consumer app, called “Rankwave App”, for checking one’s social media ‘influencer score’. The app “could pull data about your Facebook activity such as location check-ins, determine that you’ve checked into a baseball stadium, and then Rankwave could help its clients target you with ads for baseball tickets”, TechCrunch reports. The lawsuit also mentions that the RankWave App stopped operating on the Facebook Platform around about March 30, 2018. On January 17, 2019, Facebook sent a written request for information (“RFI”) to Rankwave that requested proof that Rankwave was in compliance with its contractual obligations under Facebook’s Policies and TOS. Moreover, they also wanted to determine the Facebook data Rankwave were used to sell advertising and marketing, including whether any user data had been impacted. Rankwave did not respond to Facebook’s RFI, nor to an email, which reminded them that their response to the RFI was due on January 31, 2019. On February 13, 2019, Facebook sent Rankwave a Cease and desist letter (C&D Letter) which informed Rankwave that it had violated and continued to violate the platform policies, including Policy 7.9, by failing to provide proof of compliance with Facebook’s Platform Policies and TOS. Facebook Platform Policy, Section 7.9 states: “[Facebook] or an independent auditor acting on our behalf may audit your app, systems, and records to ensure your use of Platform and data you receive from us is safe and complies with our Terms, and that you’ve complied with our requests and requests from people who use Facebook to delete user data obtained through our Platform. If requested, you must provide proof that your app complies with our terms.” According to the lawsuit, in an email response on February 19, 2019, Rankwave ignored the demands in the C&D letter, including the audit request. It also claimed that it had not had access to any of its Facebook apps since 2018. Jessica Romero, Facebook’s Director of Platform Enforcement and Litigation, writes, “By filing the lawsuit, we are sending a message to developers that Facebook is serious about enforcing our policies, including requiring developers to cooperate with us during an investigation.” According to TechCrunch, “Rankwave came into Facebook’s crosshairs in June 2018 after it was sold to a Korean entertainment company in May 2017. Facebook assesses that the value of its data at the time of the buyout was $9.8 million. Worryingly, Facebook didn’t reach out to Rankwave until January 2019 for information proving it complied with the social network’s policies.” “Now Facebook is seeking money to cover the $9.8 million value of the data, additional monetary damages, and legal fees, plus injunctive relief restraining Rankwave from accessing the Facebook Platform, requiring it to comply with Facebook’s audit, requiring that it delete all Facebook data”, TechCrunch further added. Many are speculating this incident to the Cambridge Analytics scandal that abused private Facebook data in order to inform political campaigning efforts, leading the social media firm into a huge crisis. On Friday, Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris to discuss potential regulation of social networks. “We need new rules for the internet that will spell out the responsibilities of companies and those of governments,” Mr. Zuckerberg told French TV channel France 2 after the meeting. One of the users on HackerNews writes, “My prediction after the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke is that it would lead to an explosion in wealthy people who want to play at noopolitics. I suspect they have dozens of CA’s on their hands currently. At the very least, if not hundreds. The key takeaway that some people will have had from Cambridge Analytica, is not ‘they got caught, don’t do this’, but rather ‘they were largely successful and incredibly cheap’.” “The upshot from having lots of players in this space, however, is not one of greater control by insidious power addicts, but rather a loss of control as the players compete for attention and influence. So, chaos in the news and the elimination of any kind of consistent narrative from on high. I think we have been experiencing this for a while now. In some ways, it is almost an improvement”, the user further added. 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Zuckerberg, also responded to Hughes in a TV interview with France Info while in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, ”When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues.” He further added, “So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference.” A user on HackerNews writes, “Mr. Clegg starts his opinion piece with a nirvana fallacy: breaking up Facebook won’t solve all the world’s problem, so why bother? More appeals are made throughout to Facebook’s large user-base, as justification for continued market dominance. Yet Mr. Clegg claims anti-trust laws do not apply to Facebook those laws are to ensure “low-cost, high-quality products” – and since Facebook is free, they’re immune from such rules. 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