hat’s a little different than the tack Xbox chief Phil Spencer took when blogging his own reasons for buying Mojang—which, as he also pointed out, became the top online game on Xbox Live, with over two billion hours played on Xbox 360 in the last two years.
“At Microsoft, we believe in the power of content to unite people,” Spencer wrote. “Minecraft adds diversity to our game portfolio and helps us reach new gamers across multiple platforms.”
And for his part, Markus “Notch” Persson explained that selling Minecraft was about his “sanity.”
Let’s be clear—Minecraft certainly can be considered a learning tool. Although the whole point of the game is simply to survive, explore, and craft, a “free building” mode has allowed dedicated designers to create wonderful things: a working “hard drive,” computer, and more. In that regard, Minecraft is indeed a platform to allow kids free rein to express themselves creatively in a true “sandbox”—far more than other open world “sandbox” games like, say, Grand Theft Auto or the Assassins Creed series. And yes, it does straddle the PC, Xbox, Android and eventually Windows Phone.
But $2.5 billion for a game—and not even the most popular game, at that. On the PC, Raptr reported that a whopping 20.55 percent of all hours PC gamers spent in August were spent playing League of Legends, then World of Warcraft, then Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA2), followed by Counter-Strike. Minecraft clocked in at 7th, at just 2.24 percent of time played. Though Minecraft and Raptr's audiences probably don't overlap to an overwhelming degree—it's hard to imagine 10-year-olds signing intoRaptr before launching Minecraft—skeptics are going to say that Minecraft is slowly fading from the PC.
Yes, Microsoft can use Minecraft as an envoy to other platforms. And Brad Chacos has some good ideas about how Microsoft can do that. But even with more than $85 billion in cash on hand, it’s just mind-boggling. $2.5 billion for Minecraft. $2.5 billion for Minecraft. Even a day later, it’s still hard to process
Investors who buy the new U.S.-listed shares of Alibaba when they start trading on Friday, won’t really be buying a piece of the Chinese online retail giant. They will actually be buying a piece of a North American island country, that just has a right to Alibaba’s profit.
Here’s a wrap of things investors should be aware of before they buy into Alibaba’s initial public offering, which could be the biggest in history:
• Chinese law forbids foreign ownership of strategic assets in the country. Instead, those who buy into Alibaba’s initial public offering will only own stakes in a “variable-interest entity,” registered in the Cayman Islands, that has a contract to share in Alibaba’s BABA, +0.00% profit.
• Given the VIE structure, Alibaba’s key assets will be controlled by its founders, Jack Ma and Simon Xie. So, as the famed Mark Mobius, head of emerging market investments at Franklin Templeton, warned in a CNN Money interview, those who buy the U.S.-listed shares would have little or no influence on management.
• Most IPOs have a lockup period, which means wholesale-buyers of the company’s shares have to wait usually several months before they sell their stock. But about a third of Alibaba’s IPO shares, worth about $8 billion, aren’t locked up, so they can be sold once they start trading on Friday.
• With retail investors basically being shut out of Alibaba’s IPO, those looking to get into the hot new stock may scramble to buy as soon as the bell sounds. That could drive up the price of the stock once it starts trading, said Adam Perlaky, chief strategist at New Albion Partners, which in turn could give insiders who have shares that aren’t locked up an opportunity to sell.
• Those who buy into Alibaba shares won’t be able to hedge, or protect against a decline, by purchasing options for more than a week. Perlaky said options on the new stock aren’t likely to be listed until Sept. 29.
• S&P Dow Jones Indices said late week that Alibaba will be assigned a “China” domicile, so the shares can’t be included in the S&P 500 index, which requires a U.S. domicile. That means fund managers who track the benchmark index have no need to buy the shares.
• Alibaba has not yet demonstrated that it can be as successful in the wide open, international arena as it is in China, where domestic companies are favored over international companies, said Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry, as Google GOOGL, +0.42% Facebook FB, +0.60% and Twitter TWTR, +1.10% are all banned in China.
That said, institutional interest in Alibaba’s IPO has been very high. Wedbush Morgan analyst Gil Luria placed an outperform rating and 12-month price target of $80 on the stock, more than a week before it was slated to start trading, saying it offers “one of the most compelling combinations of size, growth and profitability on a global basis.”
Dr. M. Tina Dupree, "The Chicken Lady," connects with her audiences by giving an exciting, motivational and informative performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Tina worked for 12 years in one of the highest level positions for a major fast food chain (the second largest chicken restaurant chain in the world) as their Director of Community Relations and Training. Because of her community involvement, she has lovingly been given the tag as "THE CHICKEN LADY."
When Tina resigned her position with the corporation to start her own business, the fast food restaurant chain hired her and retained Tina as their spokesperson and community representative. She has presented programs for numerous corporations, organizations, high schools, universities and religious institutions. Her 15 years of corporate and speaking experience has given Tina the knowledge and expertise in her topic areas that continually captivates her audiences as she presents as a keynote speaker or trainer.
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Her monthly radio program features issues and concerns of the afrocentric community. Special guests include prominent business owners, authors, speakers, consultants, corporate representatives and religious leaders.
Actress Daniele Watts said she feels "humbled" after recently being handcuffed and detained by Los Angeles police.
The incident in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles last week followed a 911 call for alleged "indecent exposure" involving a male and a female inside a silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.
Photos and video of the incident surfaced over the weekend.
Watts gave her version of the events as she sat beside her partner, celebrity chef Brian Lucas, this morning on CNN.
"The police show up. I am outside of the car talking to my dad on the phone," she said. "He speaks to Brian and asks Brian for my ID."
Watts, featured in movies such as "Django Unchained" and TV shows such as "Partners," said she didn't offer the identification right away because she felt she had done nothing wrong and the officer didn't ask her directly for it.
"I believe in America and what it stands for," she said.
Lucas said he believed the incident, which happened after 3 p.m. on Thursday, was race-driven. Watts is black and he is white.
However, Watts said, "It's beyond race at this point."
"The only reason I suspected that [it was race related]," he said, "is in the beginning he came up, said, 'black and white couple.' ... [The officer] brought that up."
Unlike Watts, Lucas was not handcuffed. Lucas posted a video of the incident to his Facebook page last week.
BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients.
Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Movirtu’s virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number.
CHICAGO (CBS) — The discovery today – throughnewly released video on TMZ – that Ray Rice was solely responsible for the beating of his then-fiancé (now wife) Janay Palmer in Atlantic City will likely come as no surprise to victims of domestic violence or the family members who have witnessed such horrific acts. It certainly didn’t surprise me, the daughter of a domestic abuse survivor.
Ray Rice, who first spoke publicly in July about the abuse that took place in the Revel Hotel elevator, received a woefully light 2-game suspension from the NFL. Since then, Commissioner Roger Goodell has admitted that he handled the situation poorly, stating in a letter to the 32 team owners, “I didn’t get it right.” Today, just hours after TMZ published the footage of the hulking running back knocking the petite Palmer unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens terminated Riceand the NFL suspended him indefinitely.
We would like to think that justice has been served and that terminating or suspending a player will fix the problem of domestic violence in professional football. But is this actually the case?
Clearly, removing Ray Rice from the game sends a powerful message to players across the NFL that domestic violence will not be excused or tolerated. It pacifies women’s groups and the domestic survivor advocates who are clamoring for more decisive leadership from the NFL. But the Ravens’ and the NFL’s decision is only one step of a larger transformation that needs to take place within professional sports.
Freeway Rick Ross Music Group in conjunction with Universal Music Group Distribution is set to release the singles of multiple artists on the record label on August 26, 2014. The following artists will have singles released under the new digital distribution deal: Glace Conway, Da Gymini, Shadee Doe,Truf, Ligahde the Hookmachine, Gerreddi,RX, IKE Burner, B-Styles and Skroodle. Rick Ross Music Group features well seasoned artists and hit making producers such as Ike Burner and his hit song “I’m Good” and Ligahde The Hook Machine’s, “Get Your Party On”. Dj Alpha Centauri host of the Real Rick Ross Radio Show Quoted ” Rick Ross Music Group has the hottest artist in the Galaxy and this is just the beginning”. The West Coast lives on with “All the way Live” artist, Shadee Doe and his relentless effort to let you know the real Rick Ross is not a rapper, In addition to the Universal Music Group Distribution release, RRMG artists currently have a Mixtape compilation in FYE stores nationwide. Rick Ross Music Group is poised to be the largest independent record label in the world under the leadership and management of Tiffany Gaines (Blasia Ent.) and Suave Churchill. For more information about us, please visit http://www.rickrossmusicgroup.com Read more: http://m.digitaljournal.com/pr/2156520#ixzz3CpskcxZQ
Freeway Rick Ross was one of the most successful and famous drug dealers in American history. In the '80s he sold an estimated near-billion dollars of cocaine.
The South Central former kingpin inspired not one but two rappers to name themselves after him, Philadelphia heavyweight Freeway, and Miami hitmaker Rick Ross, who is literally a heavyweight, and whom the real Ross sued over his name.
Things don't look good for that case, but after being released from prison in 2009 following 13 years inside, things are looking better for Ross himself. Having exited the drug game, he now does speaking gigs at fancy schools around the country, and though until he went to prison he was illiterate he recently self-published a memoir, Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography, with Cathy Scott. It seems destined for Hollywood. Nick Cannon's apparently interested in optioning it.
The book is a good read, and taught me something new about the man: He was a high school tennis star. Hipped to the game by a generous local psychiatrist who bought him equipment named Doc — Ross won't divulge his real name — he eventually used his aunt's address to enroll at Dorsey High School, where he became one of the best singles players on a team stacked with talent.
Recruited by Long Beach State, Ross's career was derailed when the coach found out he couldn't read. He eventually started selling drugs, buying wholesale from a Nicaraguan who funneled money to that country's rebel Contras. The CIA looked the other way, the Nicaraguan ratted on him (which is how Ross ended up behind bars), and agroundbreaking journalist killed himself.
Carlos Slim, one of the richest men on Earth, likely didn’t found his multi-billion dollar telecommunications empire by working three days a week, but that is precisely the kind of “radical overhaul” he says our traditional workweek paradigm needs.
Speaking at a business conference in Paraguay, 74-year-old Slim also advocated longer days and later retirement dates. “People are going to have to work for more years, until they are 70 or 75, and just work three days a week -- perhaps 11 hours a day,” he said, according to The Financial Times.
Such a redistribution of hours would not only enhance productivity, he said, but provide financial stability to seniors.
Microsoft Corp has agreed to acquire the Stockholm-based developer of the wildly popular Minecraft videogame for US$2.5bil (RM8.1bil), as it tries to lure a new and mostly young audience into its mobile world.
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CyberArk Software is looking to be Boston tech’s next initial public offering this year with the disclosure of its expected IPO terms.
The cybersecurity firm, which is looking to raise up to $80 million in the offering, has targeted this year to go public for some time now; in mid-2012, chief executive Udi Mokady told me the company was eyeing 2014 for its IPO.
CyberArk has its headquarters in Israel, where it was founded in 1999, but the firm’s US headquarters is located in Newton. The company employs 387, including 122 in the United States, and has had its US headquarters in Massachusetts since 2000.
CyberArk specializes in providing IT security from internal threats—that is, cyberattacks launched from within an organization, rather than from outside its perimeter. CyberArk’s main product is a “digital vault” that aims to prevent cyber-attackers from accessing privileged accounts.
Revenue for the company was $38.7 million for the first half of this year, compared to $29.2 million during the same period a year earlier. The company broke even during the period after earning a profit of $2.7 million during the first half of 2013.
GettyApple Inc.'s rollout of Apple Pay is getting a lot of attentiion, but a Georgetown law professor suspects the company may have inadvertently put itself under the jurisdiction of a U.S. financial regulator.
A United Nations panel reviewing the U.S. record on racial discrimination has expressed unusually pointed concern over a new pattern of laws it warns is criminalising homelessness.
U.S. homelessness has increased substantially in the aftermath of the financial downturn, and with a disproportionate impact on minorities. Yet in many places officials have responded by cracking down on activities such as sleeping or even eating in public, while simultaneously defunding social services.
The new rebuke comes from a panel of experts reviewing the United States’ progress in implementing its obligations under a treaty known as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, commonly referred to as CERD or the race convention.
“The Committee is concerned at the high number of homeless persons, who are disproportionately from racial and ethnic minorities,” the CERD panel stated in a formal report released on Friday, “and at the criminalization of homelessness through laws that prohibit activities such as loitering, camping, begging, and lying in public spaces.”
This was only the second time that the United States’ record on race relations and discriminatory practices, and particularly the federal government’s actions in this regard, have been formally examined against the measuring stick of international law.
The panel not only called on the U.S. government to “abolish” laws and policies that facilitate the criminalisation of homelessness, but also to create incentives that would push authorities to focus on and bolster alternative policy approaches.
The CERD findings were actually the second time this year that new U.S. laws around the criminalisation of homelessness have been criticised at the international level. Similar concerns were expressed by the Human Rights Committee, which warned the cumulative effect was “cruel, inhuman, and degrading”.
“These are human rights experts who have seen human rights abuses all over the globe, but still when they hear about these issues in the United States it boggles their mind,” Eric S. Tars, a senior attorney with the National Law Center on Poverty & Homelessness, told IPS.
The CERD panel underscored these concerns by requesting additional information from the U.S. government before the country’s next such review, in 2017. The other issues so highlighted included racial profiling and gun violence, areas that have typically received far more interest from policymakers and the media.
They are Team Cable Cable companies are famous for high prices and poor service. Several rank as the most hated companies in America. Now, they're attacking the Internet–their one competitor and our only refuge–with plans to charge websites arbitrary fees and slow (to a crawl) any sites that won't pay up. If they win, the Internet dies. We are Team Internet We believe in the free and open Internet, with no arbitrary fees or slow lanes for sites that can't pay. All of the people, companies, and organizations below have taken a stand for "Title II reclassification," the only option that lets the FCC stop Team Cable from breaking the key principles of the Internet we love. Will you join us? Take Action. LOAD MORE The FCC should recognize broadband access as a Title II telecommunications service to protect the Open Internet Benton Foundation The FCC needs to use its authority to reclassify boradband under Title II to protect net neutrality. 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A Helpful Guide to The Open Internet • Net Neutrality Rap • NetNeutrality.com • Deaf Advocacy Groups & Verizon • Comcast Censors Article About Net Neutrality • Etsy CEO On Net Neutrality • Reddit: Only YOU Can Protect Net Neutrality ▼ READ MORE What is net neutrality? Net Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. Net Neutrality means that the cable/telecom companies must provide us with open networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company cannot decide who you could call and what you say on that call, your ISP should not be concerned with what content you view or post online. Net Neutrality is what enables the Internet to be such a hotbed for innovation. If you bring a new service online, the cable/telecom companies should deliver it just like they’d deliver content from a corporate behemoth like Google or NBC. 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Cable companies would have the power to discriminate against online content and applications — they could pick winners and losers, shake sites down for fees, block content for political reasons, and make it easier for Internet users to view cable content. (For instance, Comcast owns NBC, and so has incentives to make it easier to view NBC content than that of other providers.) What are we fighting for? After public outcry, the FCC left the door open for the only proposal that can preserve Net Neutrality: reclassifying Internet access as a "common carrier" under Title II of the Communications Act. Anything other than Title II is an attack on our rights to connect and communicate. The FCC has opened up a comment period for us to weigh in on its proposal, but it ends on Sept. 15. After that, the FCC will deliberate and decide what, if any, new rules to issue — likely before the end of the year. What does the other side say? The other side — mostly, the cable companies — wants the right to control how you access content, and they’ll say and do just about anything to try to make sure they can pick and choose which sites will get preferential treatment. To enforce their will, they’re employing every trick in the book: They’ve bought armies of lobbyists, set up fake grassroots groups, and donated millions of dollars to politicians. And they make things up. First, they wrongly claim that Title II will reduce investment in infrastructure, but they have no evidence. They also claim that the FCC can ensure Net Neutrality without using Title II. That’s also false. In fact, Title II is the only way to ensure real net neutrality. How will we win? We’ll win by making sure that those in power understand that the American people overwhelmingly support Net Neutrality and that America’s growing Internet economy requires Net Neutrality to thrive. More than 4 million people have already spoken out in support of Net Neutrality — more than have ever weighed in on an issue in front of the FCC — and upwards of 99% of us are on the same side! While more elected officials are taking up our cause, including President Obama, we need to keep up the pressure through the fall if we’re going to win. The cable companies are powerful and vicious and they won’t back down. Neither can we. Join the Internet Slowdown on Sept. 10 and click here for more things you can do to fight back. *Adapted in part from posts by Free Press Action Fund and others. Please click here for more comprehensive information: http://www.savetheinternet.com/net-neutrality-what-you-need-know-now Get the t-shirt Are you on Team Internet? Show it off with a t-shirt or hoodie. Proceeds will let us distribute these shirts en masse to the members of Congress, staffers and FCC employees who are fighting from the inside. 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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was criticized earlier this summer for his handling of the discipline for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who received only a two-game suspension following his arrest for domestic violence. That criticism has been addressed with the announcement Thursday of a new domestic violence policy for the NFL.
Goodell sent a letter to the NFL owners, which you can read in its entirely below, outlining the stiffer penalties: a six-game suspension without pay for the first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense. Goodell specified that these rules will apply to all NFL personnel, including executives and owners, not just players. A player who receives a lifetime ban can petition for reinstatement after one year.
Someone has taken over the email account belonging to bitcoin’s secretive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, saying he will sell Nakamoto’s secrets for money. The hacker, who told WIRED his name is “Jeffrey,” claims to have also obtained information on Nakamoto that could be used to unmask his identity. Jeffrey didn’t tell us much, but when we…
It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. You can read more about that here.
This time, it’s Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s just like saying our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice. The battle to live without most utilities has been ongoing for Robin, the self-sufficient woman has lived for more than a year and a half using solar energy, a propane camping stove and rain water.
In the end, she was found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.
So what exactly is off grid living?
“It means living independently, mainly living independently of the utility companies. Providing your own power. It does not mean living in the stone age, it’s not about bush craft. It’s about generating your own power, your own water, dealing with your own waste. Probably as part of a community, not living on your own like a hermit. It’s also about being more self-reliant and being less dependent on the system. Perhaps realizing that the system isn’t really protecting us anymore and we have to look after ourselves.” - George Noory