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HEAD KINKY (ITCHY HEAD SCAR)

first_imgIt was the back of a six year oldIt was a girl again in tattered ragsIt was a cold wet dull and rainy dayIt was her head scar I noticed firstShe had a wide itchy head scarIt was at the back of her small headIt was obvious she was a poor childIt was cold but she wore only a tunicIt was long sleeves and it was redShe had a wide itchy head scarIt covered her just below her waistIt hid from view her yellow pantiesIt highlights her brown tiny pencil legsIt rested on a pair of rubber flip flopsShe had a wide itchy head scarIt was the kinky that caught me eyesIt was wide like my palm from the carIt was scaly and dry even in the rainIt was not cared for by anyone at allShe had a wide itchy head scarIt could be your little six year old kidIt could be the future president for usIt can be our first space medical doctorShe had a wide itchy head scarShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Woods to receive presidential honor from Trump on Monday

first_imgThe 43-year-old Woods won the Masters in April for his 15th major title, his first since the 2008 US Open.Trump, an avid golfer and owner of several courses around the world, tweeted his congratulations following the epic win at Augusta.“Spoke to @TigerWoods to congratulate him on the great victory he had in yesterday’s @TheMasters, & to inform him that because of his incredible Success & Comeback in Sports (Golf) and more importantly, LIFE, I will be presenting him with the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM,” Trump said.Established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the honor is bestowed upon those who have made an “especially meritorious” contribution to US security or national interests, world peace, cultural pursuits or other non-specified endeavors.It has been awarded to nearly three dozen sports figures including American golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who were honored by president George W. Bush.Barack Obama gave the award in 2014 to Charlie Sifford, the first African-American golfer to play on the PGA Tour.Woods has golfed with Trump on several occasions, most recently in February at the president’s course in Jupiter, Florida.Teeing off alongside them was the 79-year-old Nicklaus and Trump tweeted a picture of the three together on the course.– ‘Respect the office’ –Woods was asked last year about his relationship with Trump, who has been engaged in an ongoing feud with a number of African-American basketball and football stars.Donald Trump greets Tiger Woods after the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in this 2013 file photo © GETTY IMAGES/AFP/File / Warren Little“Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.Woods said the important thing was to respect the office of the presidency, regardless of who happened to be occupying the White House.Trump welcomed Woods’ remarks with a tweet.“The Fake News Media worked hard to get Tiger Woods to say something that he didn’t want to say,” Trump said. “Tiger wouldn’t play the game – he is very smart. More importantly, he is playing great golf again!”Woods stunned the sporting world last month by completing an epic comeback from spinal fusion surgery to capture the Masters.The win put him firmly back in pursuit of the all-time record of 18 major wins by Nicklaus.A 2009 sex scandal followed by knee and back injuries that required seven operations led to a prolonged wait to add another major title to his honors.Three other athletes have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump — American football players Alan Page and Roger Staubach and — posthumously — baseball great Babe Ruth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger Woods is to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor, from President Donald Trump © GETTY IMAGES/AFP/File / DAVID CANNONWASHINGTON, United States, May 2 – Tiger Woods, who made a stunning comeback from injury to win the Masters last month, is to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump on Monday.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump will bestow the award, the nation’s highest civilian honor, on the golfing great in the White House Rose Garden.last_img read more

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Nutall sent off as Gor victoriously resume KPL

first_imgLawrence Kasadha levelled for the port side nine minutes later before the star of the infant season, midfielder Ali Abondo scored the winner from the spot in the 61st.The league resumed much to the delight of top flight football lovers since the opening round of fixtures on the weekend of February 21 and 22 after Football Kenya Federation obtained a High Court injunction against KPL which was lifted on Monday.In true Gor fashion, centre referee Nasur Ndoka and his team of officials were held hostage for five minutes after the final whistle as the Green Army protested some of the decisions including sending their Scottish coach to the stands.K’Ogalo and KPL chairman, Ambrose Rachier and his captain, Jerim Onyango, stepped in to calm the heated fans and allow the officials to be escorted to the dressing room at the champion’s citadel that is Nairobi’s City Stadium.“We should have gotten two penalties and that’s what I was expressing to the referee but I was shocked to see him sending me off to the stands. We created a lot of chances so we deserved the win.“The players are motivated and their fitness level is high. We have two more games before the Champions League return match and I think this will help us prepare well because we have a different team for continental matches,” Nuttall said after the match.Opposite number, Bandari head coach, Twahir Muhiddin said, “It was a balanced game and I think we gave away the points. Our defender Mohammed Shariff was not intelligent enough when he conceded the penalty but I think the layoff made us rust.“We will be back to business in the next game on Sunday against Sofapaka.”The league resumed much to the delight of top flight football lovers since the opening round of fixtures on the weekend of February 21 and 22 after Football Kenya Federation obtained a High Court injunction against KPL which was lifted on Monday.Despite being a working day over 3000 turned up to watch the tie among them the Green Army, other KPL club players, coaches and foreign based Harambee Stars first choice keeper, Arnold Origi with palpable relief evident following the three-week layoff.The hosts did not disappoint their supporters as they dominated the first half with Kagere and Olunga the chief destroyers.Kagere, who launched his campaign at the 14-time KPL champions in style, set the pace in the 16th when Geoffrey Walusimbi’s cross found him unmarked in the box but the former Rayon Sport forward failed to beat Bandari custodian, Wilson Obungu as his header went wide.Four minutes later, K’Ogalo were on the attack with Olunga making a swift run from the left to swing in a low cross and Kagere this time did not miss the target to open his account.The visitors restored parity as the game approached the half hour when winger Shaban Kenga was tackled at the edge of box for a free-kick.Former Thika United attacking midfielder, David King’atua, curved in the set piece that rattled the woodwork with Kasadha, who signed from Nairobi City Stars, tucking in the rebound past keeper Boniface Oluoch for the equaliser.Massoud Juma could have sent Bandari ahead when he raced from the right to drive in but narrowly missed target as both sides headed to the interval locked one-all.Gor resumed the brighter side with Walusimbi, Olunga and Abondo squandering clear chances before they were awarded a penalty when the forward was brought down in the box by Shariff.Abondo stepped up to calmly convert for his seventh goal in all competitions for the champions.The goal motivated the home team with Olunga blazing from close range moments before Kagere was denied a brace by the cross bar as Olunga failed to head home the rebound.With a minute before added time, Doka sent Nuttall to the stands after the Scotsman protested some of his decisions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, March 19- Gor Mahia head coach Frank Nuttall was sent to the stands but his champions beat Bandari 2-1 in a feisty encounter that fittingly ushered back Kenyan Premier League action after a three-week layoff on Thursday evening.Rwandese import, Meddie Kagere, put K’Ogalo ahead in the 20th minute after tapping in a Michael Orunga cross to endear himself instantly to the club’s faithful as the titleholders put allegations of unrest over non payment of their dues to lay siege on the Docker’s goal in the opening exchanges.last_img read more

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Scores up since No Child Left Behind

first_imgBut there were no consistent improvement trends found in reading, and none among the African-American subgroup. There is still a 32-percentage-point difference between white students and black students are in reading proficiency scores. “Public schools are doing better in terms of raising test scores, but the gaps are still very large,” said Jack Jennings, president and CEO of the Center on Education Policy. “Answering the question that matters most: has student achievement increased since No Child Left Behind?” analyzed data from all 50 states since President Bush’s education policy was implemented in 2002. Researchers used a two-prong approach, analyzing both average test scores and measuring changes in the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level on state tests. Each state has its own system of testing, and the results weren’t meant to be comparable from state to state. But nationwide, student achievement in reading and math were found to have increased since 2002. And the number of states in which achievement gaps have narrowed far exceeds the number of states in which gaps widened since 2002. PASADENA – Some achievement gaps among racial and ethnic groups in California schools are closing – but not very quickly, according to an 18-month study of student performance under the national No Child Left Behind act. Analysis released Tuesday by the Center on Education Policy found across-the-board boosts in reading and math test scores in the state between 2004 and 2006, with the biggest improvements in math at the elementary level. Forty-eight percent of third-graders met grade-level standards in 2004, while 58 percent did two years later. Fifth-grade proficiency rates also rose to 48 percent from 38 percent. The wide gaps in math proficiency narrowed slightly between the Latino and white groups, from a 28 percentage-point difference down to a 25-point difference. However, the center said it’s impossible to correlate any of these improvements directly to the the president’s education policy, currently being considered for renewal in Congress. “In a scientific experiment you have a control group. With No Child there is no control group – everybody is affected,” Jennings said. There is no way to parse out the effects of No Child with reforms made at the state, district and even individual school level, he said. On Tuesday, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said in a statement that California already had its Academic Performance Index in place before the implementation of No Child Left Behind. California uses the API to assign each underperforming school an improvement target it must hit each year. While O’Connell said he “strongly” agrees with the goals of No Child Left Behind, he said it unfairly punishes California. “Because state standards vary widely, states such as California that expect more of their students are more likely to fall short of the federal accountability goal, while states that hold lower expectations may appear to be doing better. That is both misleading and unfair.” Teachers have vocalized many gripes about No Child Left behind, lamenting the amount of time that must now be spent in reading and math to the exclusion of all other subjects and the feeling that instructors must “teach to the test.” Many feel that the federal system’s single measure of achievement gives no credit for even significant gains in achievement by students who have not yet reached the high bar of proficiency. Half the students in Marcus Williams’ sixth-grade class at McKinley Elementary School in Pasadena are English learners. One student lives in a home where neither parent speaks the language. If a student comes into class scoring in the 30th percentile, and leaves scoring in the 45th, “I fail,” he said. He said schools with more English language learners are under tremendous pressure. “If you \ didn’t make your API goal, all the teachers are under a dark cloud,” he said. Scott Avenue Elementary School teacher Madeline Shapiro in Whittier said she doesn’t believe the improvements shown under No Child really mean that much. “I hate to say it, but if there’s been improvement since \ was enacted, it’s basically because the students are better test-takers. “These tests don’t measure a child’s critical thinking or creative thinking,” she added. “I’m glad there has been some progress, but it has narrowed the curriculum so much that I don’t know if what we’ve lost \ was worth the small gain.” cortney.fielding@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Briefs From Around the South Bay

first_imgMANHATTAN BEACH Blood drive set for ailing officer A blood drive will be held today in Manhattan Beach for Mark Vasquez, a police officer who is undergoing treatment for cancer. The drive will be held from 9a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 1601 N. Valley Drive. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champVasquez, 32, has multiple myeloma and is scheduled to undergo a stem cell transplant Tuesday. On Dec. 4, police officers, firefighters and other city employees shaved their heads in solidarity with Vasquez. Vasquez has a wife and two daughters. ROLLING HILLS ESTATES Peninsulan wins Senate program A Palos Verdes High School 12th-grader has been chosen as one of two California representatives for the prestigious and competitive U.S. Senate Youth Program. Rolling Hills Estates resident Hayley Campbell, 17, and Zephanii N’shea Smith, a Stockton 12th-grader, will spend a week in Washington, D.C., in March learning about the government. The students were chosen from among 125 applicants nominated by their principals. Selections were based on scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, extracurricular activities and community service. Campbell has a weighted grade-point average of 4.68, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award in August and scored perfect 5s on four Advanced Placement exams. She speaks fluent Spanish, practices yoga, has been a four-year member of the school’s lacrosse team, volunteers at Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital and heads the Los Angeles high school council for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. WILMINGTON Officers escape injury in crash Two Los Angeles police officers escaped injury after their car was hit head-on by a truck driver who ran a red light Sunday at a Wilmington intersection, a police spokesman said. The traffic accident occurred about 1:45 a.m. at Anaheim and Figueroa streets, police spokesman Norman Eisenman said. The truck driver suffered only minor injuries, Eisenman said. ARCADIA Man booked in bus bomb hoax Authorities traced cell phone signals Sunday to find and arrest a man who left a suspicious package on a public bus, and then repeatedly phoned in bomb threats. The satchel was blown up by a bomb squad, but contained only “miscellaneous papers,” said Lt. Keith Obenberger of the sheriff’s Transit Services Bureau. The bomb threats kept coming, and sheriff’s detectives were able to trace the man’s cell phone transmissions to a neighborhood near East Colorado Boulevard and North First Street in Arcadia. The strange events started about 9:45 a.m., when the suspect made several calls warning that there was going to be a bomb on a bus, singling out the bus route number. Deputies notified the bus driver, who said he found an unattended package underneath one of the seats. Deputies and a bomb squad rushed to Baldwin Avenue and Las Tunas Drive, evacuating what they said was a “large circumference” of neighboring businesses and an apartment building, Obenberger said. The squad blew the suspicious package apart about 11:30a.m., and “he (the suspect) kept making more threats,” Obenberger said. “We were able to narrow down where he was at.” The man, whose name has not been released, was booked at the sheriff’s Temple station on suspicion of making terrorist threats and false reporting of a bomb. – From staff and news services160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Americana reveals retailer lineup

first_imgJack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., said the list of retailers will enhance the area’s existing businesses, and shows Caruso, who also developed The Grove – the blockbuster outdoor shopping center in Los Angeles – maintaining his track record. “(Caruso) has put together a very attractive roster of tenants – you wouldn’t expect him to do anything else,” Kyser said. “With the Galleria and this group of retailers, it will make Glendale a retail magnet.” Todd Russell, senior vice president of retail leasing and marketing at Caruso, said the Americana doesn’t intend to duplicate what’s already happening at the Galleria. The indoor mall with department store anchors Macy’s and Nordstrom will add Target among its tenants in the coming year. “Glendale is just a robust community that’s desirous of better retail,” he said. “At this point it doesn’t exist in this market. … The Galleria does a good job with the moderate mix. We do not intend to do that. It’s all about creating something new.” According to 2005 U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Glendale’s median household income is $49,750; with median family income at $61,300. “You have a very affluent, very highly educated trade area,” Caruso said. “Because of its design, it’s going to have a wide, regional draw,” including shoppers from Pasadena, Burbank, Los Feliz to as far as the western San Fernando Valley. Though Kyser said drawing from the West Valley is “a bit of a stretch” – traffic will likely keep shoppers closer to home where Westfield Topanga is adding dozens of upscale retailers and an expanded Nordstrom next month. “But what about the Northwest (San Fernando) Valley and Santa Clarita? And you can pull the odd customer out of downtown Los Angeles.” Kyser said the loft dwellers moving into the revitalizing area command average incomes of $90,000. Still, with the Americana scheduled to open in March 2008, local mall operators will be hard-pressed to reassess their properties or risk failure, said James Ellis, professor of clinical marketing at USC Marshall School of Business. “Anybody in the merchandising world has something to worry about,” he said. “Customers like new stuff. … As a result, particularly with a guy that has a track record like Caruso does, people are going to say, hey, let’s check it out.” “If you’re a mall developer, you got to take a pretty strong look at your existing businesses and your existing type of mall. … They have to look at what the customer is asking for and how do we provide them what they want. You’ve got to take care of your customers.” There are signs the high-end shopping segment in Los Angeles may be close to saturation, Ellis said, as existing malls up their offerings while developers like Caruso pursue new projects, such as The Shops in Arcadia. “It’s probably a saturation,” Ellis said. “However, again, it’s the market that’s going to tell them that. … They have to figure it out themselves. It’s a tough job. They’re betting their company.” Bounded by Brand Boulevard, Central Avenue and Colorado Street, the development features 475,000 square feet of retail space. It also will offer 238 apartments, 100 condominiums and a two-acre park. Caruso Affiliated officials presented the latest designs before the City Council on Tuesday at a meeting of the city Redevelopment Agency. Decorative touches including copper roofs and a steel tower to gas street lights and a public fountain after the one found at The Grove drew nods from the panel and audience members. “It’s a great addition to Glendale and I know the city will receive a lot of benefit from this great project,” said Sandra Kennedy, a 60-year resident. Though changes proposed for the architecture, including a redesign of the condominium building from one long block into two towers and additional two-story retail stores, will require environmental review. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Crocodiles and hip Scandinavian apparel will mark the walls of the $324 million Americana at Brand center under construction downtown, officials said Tuesday. Among the lineup of retailers slated to join the 15.5-acre retail, entertainment and residential complex are Lacoste, the French apparel maker known for its crocodile logos; glam and edgy Juicy Couture and H&M, the chic and casual Swedish clothing retailer – a “mini-anchor” with a two-level, 28,000 square-foot store that will serve as its Southern California flagship. It’s a mix of shops that could be right at home at the Beverly Center or the refurbished malls of the West San Fernando Valley. “It delivers on the promise we made five to six years ago to build a unique and special place in the heart of Glendale,” developer Rick Caruso of Caruso Affiliated said. “We’re bringing to Glendale what people in Glendale have asked for – more sophisticate stores, restaurants, unique boutiques and a family atmosphere.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesOther retailers include: Anthropologie; A/X Armani Exchange; Art of Shaving; Aveda Lifestyle Salon; BCBG Max Azria; Chico’s; skin-care retailer Kiehl’s; Lucky Kid – the Lucky Brand Jeans store for children; lululemon athletica, which retails yoga-inspired gear and fashion; Marciano; Martin + Osa – a line of casual active wear and outdoor apparel from American Eagle Outfitters; Planet Funk; Play; Puma; Sigrid Olsen; and Urban Outfitters. Also in the works is a Pacific Theatres 18-plex cinema. None of the retailers on the list are currently found at the neighboring Glendale Galleria mall, whose owner, Chicago-based General Growth Properties fought Caruso’s project at the courthouse and at the polls until voters approved it by ballot measure in September 2004. Galleria officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday. last_img read more

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Le Tissier slams ‘unprofessional’ Van Dijk and says he could STAY at Southampton

first_imgMatt Le Tissier believes Southampton could continue to play hardball with in-demand defender Virgil van Dijk and ensure he STAYS at the club this summer.Van Dijk has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool during the transfer window.The 25-year-old centre-back is said to be one of Jurgen Klopp’s top summer targets, and the player has indicated that he is keen to join the Reds and is reportedly training on his own in an attempt to force a move to Anfield.READ MORE: There is no way back for Virgil van Dijk at Southampton, former Premier League striker tells talkSPORTHowever, the Netherlands international still has five years remaining of the six-year deal he penned with the Saints in May 2016.Club legend Le Tissier has criticised the defender’s antics as ‘unprofessional’ and ‘distasteful’, and believes Southampton could make a statement that clubs are beginning to take the power back from the players by insisting Van Dijk stays at St Mary’s.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Le Tissier said: “It’s been going on long enough, and he’s still here!“He still wants to be on his own…and to be honest, that’s pretty unprofessional.“He’s got four and a half weeks [until the end of the transfer window], but the club have been pretty insistent so far that he signed a five year contract and he’s going nowhere.If players have all the power, he would have gone by now – but it’s all rumbled on for a few weeks now and he hasn’t got his own way.Perhaps the tide might be turning a little bit. The fact a lot of clubs now are in a much healthier financial position means the power might just be shifting back to clubs if they want to dig their heels in.They’ve got the money, they’re not desperate to bag the £60million it would take to get him away from the club, and if Southampton feel like they want to make a stand with Van Dijk, they can.“It’s a shame. It doesn’t look very good on the player, he’s got five years left and the only way he can be sold is if the club accept an offer for him – that hasn’t happened, so you have to get on with your job.“I find it pretty distasteful when players start players start refusing to play for clubs when they’re paid very good money to be there.”last_img read more

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Rangers complete move for Croatian defender Borna Barisic

first_imgRangers have signed Croatian international Borna Barisic from Osijek.The 25-year-old has penned a four-year deal with the Ibrox club after a fee of around £2m was agreed.Barisic impressed against the Light Blues during the recent Europa League qualifier and scored Osijek’s goal at Ibrox late on.Steven Gerrard decided to push through a move after Rangers prevailed in the second round tie and has now made Barisic his 11th summer signing. The former Dinoma Zagreb stopper was included in Croatia’s initial 32-man pool for the World Cup but missed out on selection when the eventual finalists reduced their squad to 23.Barisic told Rangers TV: “The most important thing is that I give 100 per cent every game, the fans at Rangers recognise that.“I will give my heart for Rangers at Ibrox and any other stadium. I want to give back because the fans, the manager and everybody at the club believed in me.”last_img read more

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Will You Drop Google Because of Search Plus Your World?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market So what will you do? Do you have Search Plus Your World yet? Did you opt out right away? Has it helped you, or is it annoying? For those who can’t stand it, will you switch to Bing? It’s not hard to switch the default search engine in most browsers. It could be an interesting experiment.What about DuckDuckGo? This is the new super-geek favorite. It prides itself on being secure, clean and objective. It’s also customizable, and it launched a new redesign today to welcome disgruntled Google customers. But could it possibly be as comprehensive as Google? It hasn’t lived up to that in my personal experience. jon mitchell Whatever you decide, please share it with us at ReadWriteWeb. You can post it in the comments below or tell us about it Google+ or Facebook. We’re still experimenting with the new features, and we want to hear how it’s going for you. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Much spleen has been vented over the launch of Google’s Search Plus Your World this week. As was inevitable, Google has merged its new Google+ social signals into its Web search, an act that the blogosphere waited until this week to be upset about. Before this launch, the integration of Google+ into search looked like the complete destruction of Google search, forcing social crap into everything. Instead, we got two modes: personalized and global. And now, unlike before, you can shut off social search entirely.Search has a toggle switch now. One side recommends things based on your friends and connections, the other is a plain old search engine. Many bloggers still feel that it’s terrible, whether you can turn it off or not. Others find it useful, if you’re good about managing your contacts. One objection to the change is that it privileges Google content over objectively better results. Others find evidence that Google’s definition of “Your World” is bigger than Google+. What about you? Are you mad enough to dump Google? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#search#web It wasn’t clear before that Google would give users the option to turn off Google+ integration into search. Fortunately, it did, either temporarily or permanently. Some feel that opt-out isn’t good enough, since most people can’t be bothered or don’t understand. Danny Sullivan has highlighted lots of evidence that Search Plus Your World is really all about Google’s world, even for signed-out users, so maybe the opt-out doesn’t even help.Is it that bad, though? Our Marshall Kirkpatrick points to a bunch of great use cases in which Search+ is quite helpful, provided you’ve managed your Google contacts well. But it’s clear that there are cases in which Google will point to itself ahead of a better result. Google will say that’s just the way it is in the early days, and the feature will get better in time. But for people who demand a more objective search engine, enough is enough.last_img read more

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Microsoft’s Nook Deal Boosts B&N, Challenges Android, Doesn’t Help Consumers

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… joe brockmeier 1 Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Analysis#E-Books#E-Learning#enterprise#Google#Microsoft#mobile#news center_img So much for Barnes & Noble’s standing up to Microsoft’s “anticompetitive scheme” against Android. One year after their nasty patent spat flared up, Microsoft and B&N have buried the hatchet with a “strategic partnership” that has Microsoft dumping $300 million into a new subsidiary company. It’s a smart investment for Microsoft, since allowing ambiguity to fester around Android’s patent status earns it far more than the $300 million it’s putting into B&N.The terms of the deal have Microsoft settling its suit with B&N, giving the company a royalty-bearing patent license for the Nook line. Microsoft is putting a $300 million investment into “newco,” an as-yet-unnamed subsidiary, in exchange for a nearly 18% equity stake in the company. B&N will own the rest of the company, which will have an “ongoing relationship” with B&N’s retail stores. The company will also include the B&N college business. There will be a Nook app for Windows 8 as part of the deal, as well.Last March, Microsoft sued Barnes & Noble, Foxconn and Inventec, claiming that they were infringing on five Microsoft patents. Rather than caving, as many other companies have done, B&N went on the offensive, describing Microsoft’s strong-arm tactics (PDF) for wringing licensing fees out of companies using Android.The case was stayed last June, (PDF) pending the outcome of an International Trade Commission (ITC) decision. That decision was expected on April 27th, and didn’t look good for Microsoft.Microsoft Saves Face, B&N Gets a BoostSo, despite the fact that the deal took many industry watchers by surprise, it shouldn’t have been a total shock. Microsoft wasn’t about to let a losing case go to trial that might jeopardize its Android cash cow.By settling with B&N, Microsoft avoids an ugly court battle that might not have been decided in its favor. Like most companies that wield patents as weapons, the goal is to prevent competition and maximize royalties. Microsoft has no dog in the e-reader fight, so the partnership with B&N makes sense for Microsoft anyway.Since Microsoft’s patent license for B&N is a royalty-bearing one, it means that Microsoft may well make back its investment and wind up with a portion of the Newco to boot.Winners and LosersThe big winner here is Microsoft, make no mistake. While the ITC decision was not a lock for B&N to win the case, it should have carried quite a bit of weight.Barnes & Noble avoids a protracted legal battle with a company with much more legal firepower. The best case for B&N was to fend off Microsoft’s suit, which still meant spending a lot of time and money when it’s busy trying to compete with Amazon and Microsoft. Having the Microsoft suit cleared off the deck, with some cash to boot, is a win for B&N in the short term. Investors certainly seem to like the deal: Barnes & Noble’s stock price is up by more than 60% since the news hit the wires this morning.This is a loss for Android, though. Once again, patent FUD remains strong in the absence of actual legal decisions. Microsoft can point to the deal and claim, once again, that another company has found its patent claims compelling. It also doesn’t have to deal with trial testimony that echoes its back-room patent negotiating tactics, which B&N seemed very willing to disclose.Whether this helps B&N compete more effectively with Amazon is open to interpretation. So far, Amazon’s results with college students have been weak. There’s a lot of room for improvement for educaional uses of e-books.Is it a win for users? It’s hard to see how. As usual in patent cases, nothing in the announcement points to any innovation taking place, just two large corporations trying to decide how to carve out market share and avoid real competition. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts last_img read more

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