Chelsea v West Brom line-ups: Costa starts, Remy on bench, Albion duo return

first_imgDiego Costa starts for Chelsea against West Bromwich Albion despite limping off during the final stages of Sunday’s FA Cup win against Scunthorpe.John Mikel Obi is again given the nod in midfield, while skipper John Terry returns to the starting line-up after being rested at the weekend. Loic Remy is on the Blues bench after recovering from injury.Meanwhile, Jonas Olsson and Victor Anichebe are back in the Albion squad following hamstring injuries. Olsson starts and Anichebe is a substitute.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Cahill, Matic, Ramires, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Remy.West Brom: Myhill; Olsson, Yacob, Evans, Morrison, Brunt, McClean, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson, Rondon.Subs: Foster; Chester, Gardner, Anichebe, Berahino, McManaman, Sessegnon.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Genius Of Google Fiber

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Matt Asay Related Posts As Google picks up its pace on rolling out fiber Internet service – announcing Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah in the past 10 days – one has to admire the sheer hubris of what it’s doing. Just as in mobile, Google is forcing the industry to provide low-cost access to the Internet, where it stands waiting to reap the bonanza of advertising-based services. Competitors race to keep up, expanding their broadband or mobile offerings, thereby furthering Google’s monetization strategy even as they try to thwart the advertising giant.It’s Google’s world. We just get to live in it. And click on ads.Free Fiber Internet For the Huddled MassesAccording to Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, the broadband Internet access game is already over, and Google has won. As he notes, “Google Fiber is not a test, it’s a takeover plan.” Calacanis argues that Google’s real plan with fiber-to-the-home isn’t necessarily the home broadband connection, but rather free wifi attached to each of the routers installed to use its broadband. With this free wifi network blanketing a city, it’s game over for the traditional telcos:“Google is going to kill AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and the cable companies. Kids don’t talk on the phone and they don’t have a ton of money. If they can be reasonably sure they’ll have a wifi network, then they are simply not going to sign up for AT&T or Verizon.” While Calacanis insists that the free wifi component is “not announced, but it’s gonna happen,” the reality is that it needn’t happen for Google to win. (Underscoring Calacanis’ point, however, Google has announced that it will offer free Wifi in its first fiber-enabled city, Kansas City, though this doesn’t seem to be tethered to home broadband connections.) All Google needs is to spark competition, as has already happened in Austin. Within minutes of announcing Google Fiber there, AT&T declared that it, too, would offer 1 Gibabit Internet service to Austin.Think Google minds? Not a bit.After all, Google isn’t in the Internet service provider (ISP) business. It’s in the advertising business. All it needs to do is shame ISPs into offering better service, which service Google will co-opt to advertise against, not to mention use to provide a range of other “free” services like Voice, Apps, etc.Google’s “Free” PlaybookIf this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Google has done much the same in mobile with its Android operating system. Worried that Apple would throttle access to the mobile Internet, Google built Android, released it as open source, and encouraged (even subsidized) its adoption.A few short years later, Google chairman Eric Schmidt this week told the crowd at the AllThingsD mobile conference that there will be 1 billion Android phones blanketing the planet by year’s end, a number set to nearly double within a year or two. “Android is by far the primary vehicle by which people are going to see smartphones,” Schmidt declared. “Our goal is to reach everybody.”But even if Google doesn’t do this directly; even if Android reaches the masses through “competitors” like Samsung or Amazon, Google wins. Google wins every time people access the Internet, because odds are they will spend time with Google Search or other Google products.Not Just An Advertising PlayNor is free fiber and free mobile simply an advertising play. Google’s free services often have a bigger goal in mind: amassing massive quantities of data. As Tim O’Reilly discovered from Google’s director of research Peter Norvig years ago, the secret to improved translation services wasn’t better algorithms, but rather more data. Google Fiber lets Google sit inside one’s home, “collect[ing] information that users of your subscription provide, such as clicks on a Google Fiber TV remote to change the channel or search program listings,” in addition to continued monitoring of how its Fiber customers use the Internet. That’s a lot of data, roughly none of which will gather dust in some musty data center.None of this suggests that Google is somehow evil for enticing consumers to give up data or clicks in exchange for free services. But it is a recognition that few companies can afford to play the long game like Google. AT&T may offer Austin gigabit Internet service, but AT&T’s only current way of monetizing those services is through monthly access fees. Google can give broadband Internet away, confident that it can recoup that investment over the long haul with both advertising and more data.It’s ambitious. It’s farsighted. It’s genius.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Android#broadband#Eric Schmidt#fiber#Google Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Lions gore Tigers; Tams, Archers prevail

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ All the players fielded in by coach Boyet Fernandez scored for the Red Lions, who exploded for 44 points in the first half en route to their fifth straight victory.The Lions showed sharped form in blowing out the toothless Tigers, who absorbed their sixth loss in seven games in the preseason tournament.“We gave everybody a chance to play today and all our players played well,” Fernandez said. “It was a character test for us today. The starters dictated the tempo and everybody followed the starters.”Javee Mocon turned out to be the best scorer for San Beda with nine points. But it hardly mattered as the Lions led by as many as 83-55 in the final period.The Archers held the Warriors scoreless in the last three minutes to complete the comeback from 69-71 down. Melecio hit the go-ahead triple, before Baltazar put the finishing touches in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT “We didn’t play our game and there are also players who didn’t play their game so our depth was really tested today,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With Arvin Tolentino finding his groove early, the Tamaraws responded to their loss to University of the Philippines with a 72-53 tripping of Adamson.Aside from grabbing 10 rebounds, Tolentino, a transferee from Ateneo, finished with 22 points, including 17 in the first half where he nearly outscored the entire Adamson team, which struggled mightily from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tamaraws opened up a 24-point lead following a Wendell Comboy triple at the 5:25 mark of the fourth period.“It isn’t everyday you are going to shoot that way, but I will take it,” said Tamaraws coach Olsen Racela, whose team routed the Falcons off the boards, 52-34. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flashing its depth, San Beda had 18 players scoring as it blasted University of Santo Tomas, 86-59, last Sunday to stay unbeaten, while Far Eastern U bounced back from a stunning defeat in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.Getting a huge lift from Justin Baltazar and Aljun Melecio in the endgame, La Salle also prevailed over University of the East, 77-71, for its fourth win in six games at Filoil Flying V ArenaADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pocari, BaliPure triumph, near PVL finals Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View commentslast_img read more

Govt to discuss Lokpal draft with political parties: Sibal

first_imgGovernment on Saturday said it will discuss the draft Lokpal Bill with political parties before sending it to the Union Cabinet for approval.HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the government will also seek the opinion of Chief Ministers on the draft prepared by the joint committee on Lokpal consisting of five ministers and as many members from the civil society.”The government will seek the views of political parties on the draft bill before it goes to the Cabinet. Whatever agreements or disagreements on the draft are there will be presented before parties,” he said.Explaining the course the bill will go through after the Cabinet nod, Sibal said it will be introduced in Parliament, which could decide to send the bill to a Standing Committee.He said the issue of tackling corruption was important and the government does not consider that the civil society did anything wrong by highlighting it.While crediting the civil society for its efforts on an effective Lokpal, Sibal said it was not possible to accept all their demands.Sibal, who is part of the government team in the joint drafting committee, sought to attack Gandhian Anna Hazare for not launching any agitation against Gujarat government where there is no institution of Lokayukta or Karnataka where Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa is facing allegations of corruption.”Why does Hazare not launch a fast in Gujarat where there is no Lokayukta. In Karnataka also, he should launch a fast,” Sibal said.– With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more