New Zealand won the America’s Cup on Monday, almost white-washing the U.S. holders with a revolutionary boat and a new superstar sailor to avenge a humbling defeat four years ago.A dominant Emirates Team New Zealand claimed international sport’s oldest trophy by 7-1 in Bermuda’s Great Sound, with 26-year-old Peter Burling becoming the youngest helmsman to win sailing’s biggest prize.In doing so, Burling usurped New Zealand’s nemesis, Oracle Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill, who won the cup in 2010 aged 30 and was hoping for a third successive victory for the syndicate bankrolled by Oracle founder Larry Ellison.Burling was congratulated by his jubilant team mates and support crew after their catamaran crossed the line.The America’s Cup, named after the schooner “America” which won it in 1851 off the south coast of England, has only been held by four countries so far, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.New Zealand won the right to take on the U.S. by beating four other “challengers”, using cycling sailors known as “cyclors” to provide pedal power to control their foiling 50-foot (15 metre) catamaran’s vast “wing” sail and hydrofoils.
French champions Monaco opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a 3-2 comeback win at home against Toulouse on Friday, showing the same attacking flair that took them to the top of the league last season.Although they looked shaky at the back, Leonardo Jardim’s team, who scored 107 goals last term, were too hot to handle for Toulouse as they prevailed with goals by Jemerson, Radamel Falcao and Kamil Glik.Toulouse twice went ahead thanks to goals from Zinedine Machach and Andy Delort, before collapsing under pressure.Last year’s runner-ups Paris St Germain open their campaign on Saturday against Amiens with record signing Neymar to be presented at the Parc des Princes after joining from Barcelona for a 222-million euro ($261 million) fee.Monaco’s defence were caught snoozing in the sixth minute when they allowed Machach to volley past Danijel Subasic from just outside the box.It did not take the hosts too long, though, to react and in the 28th minute, Jemerson equalised with a fine header from Joao Moutinho’s corner kick.New signing Rony Lopes was the most dangerous Monaco player, although the Toulouse defence proved to be a tough nut to crack.Eight minutes into the second half the principality side fell behind again.Fullback Djibril Sidibe lost the ball in his own half to Jimmy Durmaz, who set up Delort, the striker coolly slotting the ball home from just inside the box.Monaco drew level when Falcao netted his 33rd goal in 50 league games with Monaco, heading home from Kylian Mbappe’s cross.In the 70th, Glik sent another header past Alban Lafont, deflecting Moutinho’s free kick to put Monaco ahead for the first time.Mbappe was replaced after suffering a minor leg injury by Allan Saint-Maximin 15 minutes from time.
An octopus that successfully predicted all of Japan’s World Cup group stage matches was boiled, butchered and sent away to be sold on June 27, according to the fisherman who originally caught the psychic cephalopod.Rabio the octopus successfully chose the winners of Japan’s matches during three experiments carried out in a paddling pool on June 19, the day of Japan’s first game against Colombia.The circular paddle pool used for the experiment was separated into three sections – one with a Japanese flag, another an opponent’s flag, and a sign that read “draw” – each with a tilted basket strewn with shellfish Rabio could swim into.After the experiment, Japan beat Colombia, drew with Senegal, and lost to Poland – results successfully predicted by Rabio.Despite the mollusc gaining some national notoriety for its prophecies, the fisherman who caught it, Kimio Abe, sent it to the market before Japan’s third match against Poland. He said they had not originally intended for their catch to become a pet and wanted to put it out to market while still fresh.The Japanese team agonizingly failed to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time when they lost 3-2 to Belgium thanks to a goal in the dying seconds.Japan had led the match 2-0, but the Belgians became the first team to win a World Cup knockout game from two goals down since West Germany beat England 3-2 after extra time in 1970.
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He’s come in for some criticism for his performances this season, but two goals in his last three Premier League appearances for Liverpool suggests Roberto Firmino could be back on track.Firmino’s latest strike saw him score with his first touch of the game during the Reds’ 3-1 win at Burnley on Wednesday night as Jurgen Klopp’s men came from behind to keep the pressure on leaders Manchester City. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Firmino celebrates the goal with Virgil van Dijk, who provided the assist This was the Brazilian’s 40th league goal for Liverpool and despite his inconsistent 2018/19 campaign, Firmino is still adored by the Anfield faithful.But a very interesting stat emerged after his goal at Turf Moor which shows Liverpool have never lost an away game when Firmino has scored – 20 wins and three draws. latest 1 RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED REVEALED gameday cracker The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining Wins: 2⃣0⃣Draws: 3⃣We’ve never lost away from home when Bobby has scored. 🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/uzc6q65KQa— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 6, 2018In fact, Liverpool have only lost twice whenever Firmino has scored, so he appears to be a good luck charm for them.The Reds travel to Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime and a win for them will put them above City for a few hours at least as Pep Guardiola’s men travel to Chelsea later that evening – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT, kick-off 5:30pm.Another strike from ‘Bobby’, as Kopites call him, will set them well on their way judging by that amazing stat. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest Liverpool FC News huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED
Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 4 no dice He led his country to glory in Indonesia – gaining exemption from military service in doing so – and was looking for more silverware at the Asian Cup this month.South Korea were favourites to win in the United Arab Emirates with the tournament running from January 5 until the final in Abu Dhabi on February 1. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 4 Latest Premier League News Son Heung-min – How many games did Tottenham star miss?Son left for the tournament after Spurs’ Premier League defeat to Manchester United on January 13.He missed the top-flight win at Fulham and last night’s Carabao Cup exit at Chelsea. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury gameday cracker Son Heung-min – When will Tottenham star be back in action?Son is NOT expected to return in time to face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup this weekend. Spurs face their London rivals in the fourth round tie at 4pm on Sunday.The winger should be ready for action for the league visit of Watford next Wednesday or, failing that, the clash with Newcastle on February 2. deals Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Tottenham star Son Heung-min has been in superb form recently 4 tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son Heung-min is set to miss several Tottenham games while at the Asian Cup Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Tottenham were gutted to see him go, especially given their injury woes recently, but he will now return after South Korea lost to Qatar in the quarter-finals.Son notched a superb eight goals and seven assists in his last 11 Premier League games before heading to the UAE.And Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted to welcome him back. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will be gutted to see Son Heung-min go Son Heung-min at Asian Cup: How many Tottenham games will star miss? REAL DEAL 4 Son Heung-min has been in stunning form for Tottenham this season – when he’s actually been in the country to play, that is.Fresh from his World Cup exploits with South Korea last summer, Son was back on the international stage at the Asian Games throughout August and September. whoops Son Heung-min – What has the Tottenham star said?Speaking after Spurs’ win at Cardiff on New Year’s Day, Son said: “Of course I feel very sorry because I miss already in September.“I feel sorry for my team-mates, the fans and the coaching staff. It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country.“I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”
ReadWrite’s Inside Tech series takes a close look at the workspaces and office culture of companies creating new technologies.Stewart Butterfield just moved his company, Slack Technologies, into a new office on Folsom Street in San Francisco this summer, and he’s already talking about moving out. Or up.“We’re looking at subletting the fourth floor,” he mentions casually in an unadorned conference room. Slack’s office in Vancouver, Canada, is also undersized—and it’s still getting built out. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield resigned from Yahoo, which bought his previous company, Flickr, with a memo about tin. Friends sent him lumps of the metal.Even four months in, there’s not much to Slack’s headquarters besides rented desks, a surprisingly controversial coffee machine, and a big sign that says “Glitch.” (More on that later.)See also: How AirbnB Manages Not To Manage Engineers“We just need a place to sit together and work,” says Ali Rayl, one of Slack’s longest-tenured employees. “It is organically not moved into.”A music room doubles as a meeting room.Killing Email And Catching FireThis is what happens when your product catches fire. Slack makes a tool that helps teams communicate. Originally intended for startups like Slack, it’s signing up all kinds of businesses, many of which pay for the full version of the service. It’s adding a million dollars of recurring revenue—what Slack would make if a customer sticks around for a year—every month.All of this has happened in a matter of months, not years. Slack unveiled its product in August 2013, then released it to the public in February. By August of this year, it had 128,000 active users. Just last week, it raised $120 million from investors, valuing the company at $1.12 billion—among the fastest rise in a startup’s worth ever.See also: LinkedIn Is Consolidating Its Publishing Empire In The Heart Of San FranciscoThat’s a sign of the staggeringly high expectations placed on Slack, which has about 60 employees, up from 8 less than a year ago. (The new San Francisco office has room for 75.)Effie Barak, Slack’s first Windows Phone developer, is one of many recent hires. This rapid growth is a rebirth of sorts. Slack Technologies used to be a company called Tiny Speck, which was developing an interactive game called Glitch. That game failed to take off, and Tiny Speck laid off most of its employees in November 2012. It kept a handful to work on the internal chat systems Tiny Speck had developed for its own use—the product that eventually became Slack. Slack’s software, the big Glitch sign in the office, and the memories of employees like Rayl who joined in the Tiny Speck days are all that remains. The Silence Of The EngineersWhat Slack does is deceptively simple. On its surface, it’s group chat for employees, a service you can deliver through any number of means, many of them free. But Slack improves on chat by porting in automated messages from other services, like bug reports, tweets from customers, and server status updates, making it easier to spawn conversations. Its mobile and desktop apps work seamlessly, with no missed updates or sync failures. And Slack makes all of those conversations searchable—which is an improvement that’s hard to explain until you start using it (as ReadWrite has for the past few months).Which raises the question: With such a good tool for team communication, why does Slack need an office? Why not do all your work virtually?Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield gives product manager Mat Mullen advice, and a ukulele serenade.“There are some conversations that are much easier in person,” says Brady Archambo, Slack’s head of iOS engineering.Rayl adds: “We hire good people who we want to hang out with.” Most employees prefer having an office to work out of. And—to the bemusement of Butterfield and Rayl—the company has had to start holding these things called “meetings” as it grapples with the problems of growth.Coffee TalkAs Slack keeps expanding, even hanging out requires new rituals. In the months between Glitch’s closure and Slack’s opening, Rayl, Archambo, and Cal Henderson, Slack’s vice president of engineering and cofounder, were the primary inhabitants of the former Tiny Speck office in a much rougher patch of San Francisco’s SoMa district.The three had a rotation of restaurants they went to for lunch—and because they were using a prototype of Slack, one merely had to type “Lunch?” in the chat, and the other two would silently rise and exit the office. At 3 o’clock, they’d do the same for coffee. Their wordless egress disturbed a visiting friend so much that he refused to return to the office for months. (Eventually, that friend, Paul Hammond, joined the company as Slack’s director of platform.)Slack cofounder Cal Henderson leads a herd of employees to coffee.Nowadays, coffeetime is a noisier affair at Slack. It’s announced by a bot that posts a coffee symbol—okay, an emoji, those tiny icon-pictures which infest messaging apps—into Slack’s Slack. To wake people up to the physical world around them, someone also bangs a gong.The resulting herd of Slack employees now instantly creates lines at local coffee shops. The upside: That opens up time for new employees to chat up the veterans.“It’s a chance for me to talk to Cal, which would be hard to do in the office,” says Mat Mullen, a recently hired product manager. Not that Henderson’s hard to approach. On Halloween, the entire company dressed up in his uniform of thick glasses, loud madras shirt, shorts, and sandals. it’s just that the quiet office, and the lure of Slack’s supremely efficient software, tend to discourage spoken chatter.What is this infernal device? Engineering Manager Nolan Caudill checks it out. With the growing importance of this unspoken ritual, no one’s sure what to make of the automated espresso machine that mysteriously appeared in Slack’s new kitchen. The prospect of coffee that you don’t have to walk out the door for seems like a challenge to Slack’s culture.“I have yet to try it,” says Rayl, who admits missing the old days when it was just her, Archambo, and Henderson. But, she adds, the new kaffeeklatsch is important for “forming social connections.”Catching Up To Slack SpeedIt’s hard to separate those connections formed in the real world from the deep, all-day simmer of connectivity that Slack instills.“I was not prepared for the Slack onslaught,” says Anne Toth, Slack’s newly hired vice president of policy and compliance. “It was like being dropped in the middle of this entirely new world.”Anne Toth (standing) heads policy and compliance for Slack.Yet Slack’s features, like search, helped Toth navigate her new workplace in both big and small ways. On one day, when she arrived early to the office, Toth almost set off the alarm. She searched Slack for “alarm code”—and there it was. Minor crisis averted.She’d barely been there a week when a more substantial alarm erupted over the way Slack exposed companies’ internal team names as a way of speeding signups. It was an optional setting, but it understandably upset people who didn’t understand its implications. Slack engineers raced to update the code as Toth and other colleagues drafted a response—using Slack, of course.“We were in the room drafting the blog post when the fix happened,” Toth recalls. “It happened faster than we were able to draft the blog post.”That’s not a bad metaphor for life at Slack: a series of things happening unexpectedly fast. For the next few years, those coffee lines may be the only time anyone cuts them any … well, you know.No rest for the weary: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield spends a lot of time commuting between his company’s San Francisco and Vancouver offices.Photos by Owen Thomas for ReadWrite Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair owen thomas 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts Tags:#Ali Rayl#Anne Toth#Brady Archambo#Cal Henderson#collaboration#collaboration apps#communication#Inside Tech#Mat Mullen#Paul Hammond#Slack#Slack Technologies#Stewart Butterfield#Tiny Speck Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
Technology is having a big impact on the utility sector, and the prediction is that faster change is coming in the years ahead. To learn more, we caught up with Perry Stoneman, Corporate Vice President for Sectors and Utilities at Capgemini, to talk about how technology is changing the utility industry.Watch the above video interview and let me know what questions you have. How do you see the utility industry changing thanks to technology?
Computers don’t tire, crack under time pressure, or get psyched out–and that makes them formidable chess players. In Bahrain last week, world champion Vladimir Kramnik and chess computer Deep Fritz drew the final game of their eight-game series, and the “Brains in Bahrain” match was declared a tie. But it was a substantial victory for the creators of Deep Fritz, who proved that computers can match the abilities of even the best human chess players.In 1997, then-champion Garry Kasparov lost a six-game match to IBM’s improved Deep Blue computer, but many chess aficionados (including Kasparov) argued that the tournament was unfair. For instance, Kasparov wasn’t given the opportunity to learn about his opponent, says Frederic Friedel of Hamburg-based ChessBase and one of the people behind the Deep Fritz program. Friedel and colleagues allowed Kramnik to play with the program for 3 months.At heart, Deep Fritz is very much like other advanced chess computers; it has a vast database of openings and endings, and it relies on brute force–with some fine-tunings–to go through all possible moves and decide on the best line to play. After the first game, which was a draw, Kramnik solidly beat Deep Fritz twice in a row and then drew again. “We thought that we would lose very badly,” says Friedel. 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In game six, however, Kramnik made a dramatic move. After pondering for 42 minutes, Kramnik sacrificed a knight for tactical advantage and played directly against the computer’s strength. Although the vicious attack would have overwhelmed almost any human opponent, “Fritz found a tiny little hole” and defeated Kramnik. Exhausted, he accepted two quick draws for the last two games, leaving the match tied at two victories apiece and putting Kramnik in awe of the computer’s abilities.”It plays like a very strong human. These are ‘human moves,'” Kramnik said at a press conference after the match. And like a human, it seems that Deep Fritz wants another shot at an undisputed victory–both sides look forward to a rematch.Related siteBrains in BahrainChessBase