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Worthy Cause Countdown: This High School Baseball Team Needs Just $146 For Equipment

Image from Competitive Baseball for Inner City Youth/DonorsChoose.org.

Each day from December 14-25, GOOD Sports will feature the worthiest school athletic programs in need of funding. 

The median household income near Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas is roughly $25,000-$30,000. More than half of the students are from low-income households. Most students cannot afford to play sports, and school athletic programs are drastically under-funded.

When Coach Robert Wiley launched the school’s baseball team last year, the school lacked basic equipment — even baseballs. Now in its second season, the program still needs equipment for the students, including dimple balls and a hitting aid. So Wiley turned to DonorsChoose.org to solicit help.

As of today, the program is $146 short of the goal of $1018.

As Wiley notes on the donation page:

My players truly deserve the opportunity to succeed and I want to give them all the tools they need to be successful especially at the plate.

Please consider supporting this project or another school athletic program in need.

Tesla’s New NYC Store Makes Room For Energy Products, Too

Elon Musk’s electric car company—which ended door-to-door sales of solar panels in April—has been quietly updating hundreds of showrooms.

Tesla is opening a new storefront in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood tomorrow that showcases not only vehicles, but also solar panels and energy-storing batteries. While the company has been busy moving into this larger space on Manhattan’s west side, it’s been quietly updating its 300 other showrooms around the world to offer more of its other products. In April, it ended door-to-door sales of solar panels. The revamp also makes way for the addition of the company’s much-anticipated solar roof shingles.

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News agencies want Facebook and Google to pay for linking

News agencies want Facebook and Google to pay for linking

Nine European news agencies have signed on a plea which details that the U.S. online giants should be required to pay for using their content as the copyright holders. They are claiming that the social media companies are abusing content creators to further their own businesses.

The plea claims, according to Yahoo News that Facebook, among others, has become a de facto news aggregator for many people who read content created by these news agencies. However, they say that Facebook doesn't compensate the news agencies in a fair manner for using their content.

Their contention is that the stories written by the news agencies are now part of the core business for Facebook and Google even though they themselves do not participate in creating the content or hold rights for them. Furthermore the payments are too small or nonexistent.

According to them, the profitability of news has been in decline for years because these platforms haven't had to pay for their content that they distribute, meanwhile the profits of said internet companies have been booming.

In Spain this debate was already started in 2014 as Google was required by law, a newly enacted one at that, to pay royalties to Spanish news agencies for linking to their content in their Google News web service. Google instead declined to pay and closed their website in Spain.

The plea was signed by International new agency AFP in France, DPA in Germany, Press Association in the UK, Spanish EFE, Italian Ansa, Swedish TT, Belga from Belgium, Austrian APA as well as Dutch ANP.

It remains to be seen how Google responds this time around, and if Facebook's views on these things are any different.

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Nutter Butter and Chips Ahoy cereals are now a thing

Stop what you’re doing, go to your cereal shelf, and dump every single box of granola, muesli, and chia-hemp-barley flakes directly in the trash, because you can’t recycle that stuff and you’re going to need the space. Post just announced that, this holiday season, it’s giving the world the greatest gift of all—Nutter Butter and …

Stop what you’re doing, go to your cereal shelf, and dump every single box of granola, muesli, and chia-hemp-barley flakes directly in the trash, because you can’t recycle that stuff and you’re going to need the space. Post just announced that, this holiday season, it’s giving the world the greatest gift of all—Nutter Butter and Chips Ahoy cereals.

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Disney acquires 21st Century Fox for $66 billion

Disney acquires 21st Century Fox for $66 billion

The media conglomerates Disney and 21st Century Fox have agreed on a deal in which the former will acquire most of the latter for a whopping $66 billion. After the acquisition Fox will retain control of only the news and sports businesses, including Fox News.

Disney will get a host of immaterial property, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, which also means that this is the first time all Marvel franchises are controlled by the same company. One of the more important TV franchises to move to Disney is The Simpsons, a Fox show that's been running for nearly 30 years.

In addition to immaterial rights, Disney will gain control of the movie studio 20th Century Fox, Fox-owned cable TV networks that include FX and National Geographic, as well as stakes in British pay TV operator Sky and Asian network Star TV.

Disney will also get the 30 percent stake Fox owned of Hulu, which will make Disney the majority owner of the online streaming service with 60 percent ownership. The rest are split with Comcast (30%) and Time Warner (10%).

Rupert Murdoch will gain a five percent stake in Disney and the rest of the payment will be in cash. The cash portion is said to be around $52 billion. Murdoch has been trying to shed some of the extra baggage of less profitable entertainment branches and wants to focus more on news and sports.

This also means that Disney is in a strong position to perhaps introduce their own online platform with content ranging from Star Wars to Marvel, and from Disney stories to Pixar animations. However, currently Disney is in cooperation with Netflix while still competing against it with Hulu.

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With a dramatic flair, Shervin Pishevar resigns from Sherpa Capital amid allegations

Shervin Pishevar, the tech investor who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and misconduct, just resigned from Sherpa Capital, the venture capital firm he cofounded and had worked for as managing director. He has denied the allegations, and last month he filed a lawsuit against Definers Public Affairs, a GOP oppo research …

Shervin Pishevar, the tech investor who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and misconduct, just resigned from Sherpa Capital, the venture capital firm he cofounded and had worked for as managing director. He has denied the allegations, and last month he filed a lawsuit against Definers Public Affairs, a GOP oppo research firm he accused of running a “smear campaign” against him. (The firm denies the claim.) Last week, Pishevar took a leave of absence from Hyperloop One, the transportation company he cofounded and where he served as executive chairman.

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Duurste iMac Pro kost 15.508 euro
De iMac Pro is vanaf vandaag te bestellen. De krachtigste Mac ooit is hier verkrijgbaar vanaf 5.499 euro. Dan krijg je een uitvoering met 3,2 GHz 8 core Intel Xeon W-processor, 32 GB werkgeheugen, 1 TB ssd-opslag en een Radeon Pro Vega 56-videokaart met 8 GB. Alle uitvoeringen hebben hetzelfde 27 inch 5K-scherm met P3-kleurweergave. Wie de iMac Pro configureert met de maximale opties, komt op een uitvoering van 15.508 euro. Dan krijg je wel een 2,3 GHz 18 core Intel Xeon W-processor, 128 GB...

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Apple TV and Chromecast suddenly appear on Amazon’s website

Amazon is preparing to sell the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast again, two years after yanking both streaming devices from its website. Listings for various Apple TV and Chromecast models have appeared on Amazon.com, and an Amazon spokeswoman confirmed to CNet that it’s now “assorting” the products, though the company did not elaborate further. Amazon …

Amazon is preparing to sell the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast again, two years after yanking both streaming devices from its website. Listings for various Apple TV and Chromecast models have appeared on Amazon.com, and an Amazon spokeswoman confirmed to CNet that it’s now “assorting” the products, though the company did not elaborate further.

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Koningin Wilhelmina en Nederland in Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
Nederland speelde als speelbare factie al eerder een rol in Civilization games, maar lang niet altijd. Veteraan Sid Meier heeft Dutch roots (zijn ouders waren Nederlands) en in het aankomende 'expansion pack' komen typische Nederlandse kenmerken als 'inpolderen', de scheepsbouw (de Zeven Provinciën), onze Grote Rivieren en zelfs Radio Oranje voorbij.  De uitbreiding Rise and Fall voor Civilization VI verschijnt 8 februari 2018.  Jan Meijroos ...

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Snapchat laat nu iedereen Lenses maken
Tot nu kon alleen Snapchat zelf Lenses maken. Zo noemt het bedrijf de bekende gezichtsfilters en de World Lenses: augmented reality-animaties zoals de dansende hotdog. Donderdag brengt Snapchat zijn Lens Studio uit, een gratis app voor Windows en Mac waarmee iedereen die dat wil zelf Snapchat Lenses kan maken. World Lenses kunnen door iedereen gemaakt en gratis gedeeld worden. Dat kan zowel met een speciale link of met een Snapcode, die naar vrienden gestuurd kan worden. Eenmaal toegevoegd...

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