Vox Media to Begin Licensing Publishing Technology Chorus

Benjamin Mullin reporting for the Wall Street Journal:

The company is beginning to license Chorus, the technology that underpins the portfolio of sites it owns and operates, including The Verge, Vox and Recode. The deals would allow other publishers to use the technology for creating articles, monitoring readership and distributing content on social-media platforms, among other things, in exchange for a recurring fee.

Chorus is the platform I use over at Turf Show Times. This isn’t targeted at independent bloggers like yours truly, but this will be awesome for larger publishers who are looking for something better than WordPress or MovableType and have the money to cover the licensing fee.


2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: TE Temarrick Hemingway is ready to write the next chapter of his career

Los Angeles Rams TE Temarrick Hemingway was looking forward to a break out sophomore season under new Head Coach Sean McVay, but life had other plans.

Hemingway suffered a broken fibula in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the third preseason game, ending his 2017 season.

Now healthy, will he be able to climb the depth chart to a number two spot, or will he further solidify his number three spot?

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Government Presses Apple and Google on Data Collection Practices

House Energy and Commerce Committee Press Release:

The Energy and Commerce Committee today sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Larry Page to probe the companies’ representation of third-party access to consumer data, and the collection and use of audio recording data as well as location information via iPhone and Android devices.

I think the government is going to find out just how different these two companies’ views on privacy really are.

Soccer Has No Interest in Fairness

Alejandro Chacoff writing for The Atlantic:

Replays also don’t always tell you the whole story. Slow-motion video can’t guarantee a clear sense of impact or intentionality. It doesn’t help that many professional players have spent a lifetime training themselves in the art of deceit, making what is often deliberate look like an accident—an elbow “accidentally” touches the opponent’s neck, a defender “accidentally” loses balance and falls on the striker’s rib cage.

These complications pale in comparison to the fact that deceit is woven into the fabric of the game. Soccer, as a sport, has no interest in being morally upright, or even fair. A game in which so many events occur—22 players chasing a ball over a huge field for about 90 minutes—and only one event (the ball in the net) truly counts seems, in fact, sadistically and delightfully bent on being unfair. The setup incentivizes players to do everything they can to manipulate all the minor events that might lead to scoring.

Add these things to the fact that Soccer doesn’t even have a standard ball design or consistency when it comes to awarding extra time and the only conclusion is that the sport is a mess.


2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: K Sam Ficken, kickin and stickin?

When Los Angeles Rams K Greg Zuerlein went for surgery on a herniated disc in his back last year, the Rams were in a uniquely tough spot.

It was late December. They had two games left in the regular season. The playoffs loomed. The team had to find a replacement for a kicker on pace to break the single season scoring record. With little time and slim pickings late in the season, they turned to undrafted, untested and unemployed K Sam Ficken.

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California’s New Online Cancellation Law

Catherine Shu reporting for TechCrunch:

[…] If you made the subscription online, the law stipulates that you are also allowed to cancel it online. In other words, you can no longer be forced to call a customer service phone number to stop the service, a task that is usually much more frustrating and time-consuming than signing up in the first place. […]

If you sign up for a subscription at a promotional or discounted price that is only valid for a certain amount of time, the company must get your consent again before charging your debit or credit card when the price returns to its normal rate.

All these things seem like stupidly obvious consumer protections.


2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: QB Brandon Allen Tries to Cling on to Need for Depth

os Angeles Rams QB Brandon Allen was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 6th round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent that season as the third string quarterback behind QB Blake Bortles and QB Chad Henne, but he was waived in the roster cuts heading into 2017 and the the Rams grabbed him the following day. Allen would once again spend the season as the QB3 this time behind QB Jared Goff and QB Sean Mannion. He didn’t take a regular season snap having been placed on injured reserve with a back injury prior to the Week 17 game against the San Francisco 49ers where he likely would have seen some game time.

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2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: S Nate Holley Looks to Stand Out in a Crowded Position

In 2016 Nate Holly was a promising Safety from Kent State. In three consecutive seasons, Nate ranked #1 in the MAC in solo tackles. He was considered a top 10 safety and looking like a favorite as a mid-round pick, but then legal issues got in the way. He ultimately cleared his name, but the damage had been done. He missed the final four games of his senior season and didn’t get invited to the Senior Bowl or the NFL Combine because of character concerns. The 2017 draft came and went, and no one called his name.

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2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: RB Nick Holley Needs to Show He’s Not Made of Glass

Kent State graduate Nick Holley (Toledo, Ohio) recently signed a free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams. After proving his ability to play multiple positions with the Golden Flashes, the Rams currently have Holley listed as a running back.

In 10 career starts at quarterback, Holley had six 100-yard rushing performances and 11 rushing touchdowns. Following the first four games of the 2016 season, Holley was the top wide receiver for the Flashes, before making the transition to quarterback.

From 2014 through the beginning of the 2015 season, Holley found success as a running back with 649 rushing yards and six total touchdowns over 14 games.

Thank you for that marvelous introduction Kent State Sports!

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Apple Is Rebuilding Maps from the Ground Up

Matthew Panzarino reporting for TechCrunch:

Apple has a team of cartographers on staff that work on more cultural, regional and artistic levels to ensure that its Maps are readable, recognizable and useful.

These teams have goals that are at once concrete and a bit out there — in the best traditions of Apple pursuits that intersect the technical with the artistic.

The maps need to be usable, but they also need to fulfill cognitive goals on cultural levels that go beyond what any given user might know they need. For instance, in the US, it is very common to have maps that have a relatively low level of detail even at a medium zoom. In Japan, however, the maps are absolutely packed with details at the same zoom, because that increased information density is what is expected by users.

This is the department of details. They’ve reconstructed replicas of hundreds of actual road signs to make sure that the shield on your navigation screen matches the one you’re seeing on the highway road sign. When it comes to public transport, Apple licensed all of the type faces that you see on your favorite subway systems, like Helvetica for NYC. And the line numbers are in the exact same order that you’re going to see them on the platform signs.

These are the kind of details that I expect Apple to care about. Don’t be fooled though, the new Apple Maps is more that just some visual design tweaks and eye candy, there’s some serious rebuilding going on under the hood. This whole piece is a fascinating look into the project that’s going to see Apple attempt to build a whole stack Mapping solution that’ll rival Google’s.


2018 Los Angeles Rams Roster Preview: CB Taurean Nixon needs to grab the bull by the horns

Taken by the Denver Broncos with the 251st overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, Los Angeles Rams CB Taurean Nixon didn’t initially win a spot on Denver’s active roster. He landed on the Broncos’ practice squad but was promoted to the active roster prior the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots in January of 2016 but didn’t see any snaps for Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips’ No-Fly Zone with CB Aqib Talib . While still a part of the roster for the Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers, Nixon was one of the inactives for the game.

Bouncing around the roster and practice squad for 2016 before being waived in the summer of 2017, he played in two games and was credited with a single tackle.

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Turning Apple Reminders Into a True Task Manager

Bradley Chambers writing for 9to5Mac:

Overall, Reminders is a solid application. It works great on iOS, macOS, and on Apple Watch. With some additional features, it can be one of the best task managers for Apple users.

It’s been so long that at this point trying to get Apple to improve reminders to the point of usability for all but the basic tasks seems like trying to make “fetch” happen.

Donald Trump: Eagles Uninvited to White House over Disagreement on Anthem Policy

Joseph Zucker writing for Bleacher Report:

President Donald Trump rescinded an invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles to commemorate their Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots at the White House on Tuesday.

I’m sure the Eagles are heart broken.

Sony Removed Spider-Man Spinoff Silver & Black From Its Schedule

Andrew Liptak reporting for The Verge:

Word broke last year that Sony was developing the superhero spinoff based on the Spider-Man-adjacent characters Black Cat and Silver Sable, and Sony announced that the film would hit theaters in February 2019, just months after its other Spider-Man spinoff film, Venom, would hit theaters. Now, Deadline reports that the film is off the schedule completely, and is headed back into development.

This is for the best. Sony should ditch the “Spider-Man-adjacent” idea. They should sign a contract for all these “Spider-Man-adjacent” with Marvel and just cash in on the royalty checks every time Marvel brings out the money printer with new Spider-Man MCU movies.


Joining the Team at The Turf Show Times

I’m excited to announce that as of Tuesday of last week, I’m officially a contributor to Turf Show Times. I’m looking forward to adding my skills to that already talented group. Hopefully, I can put out some sweet, sweet content the rest of LA Rams community will be excited to read.

Horns Up!