Delver Reinvents Search

first_imgThe most impressive thing about the new search engine Delver is that it knows who you are and whoyour friends are even if you don’t import your address book or add your socialnetworking profiles. Instead, Delver leverages the social graph to map out auser’s social connections. Since everyone’s social graph is unique, like afingerprint, the same query will yield vastly different results for each user.The results are more personal and meaningful to users than a generic searchusing “normal” search engine.But don’t call Delver a “social search engine.” “That name belongs to services like Mahalo,” says Liad Agmon, DelverCEO. “We prefer the term ‘socially connected search engine’.” That term makes sense because Delver is not a social network built around a search engine,but a search engine who indexes and queries your social network to deliver itsresults. Instead of just looking at a web site’s popularity, Delver looks atinformation like whether your friends have tagged the site or if it’s found ontheir social network profiles, bookmarking sites, photos and video sharingsites, or on their blogs. The results are more relevant because they account forwho a person is and what they find valuable.Agmon adds, “People want trusted information from their friends, but maynot know who in their network is knowledgeable about a given topic. We make Websearch more fun and meaningful by prioritizing results based on a user’snetwork, while enabling the user to discover others in their extended networkwho share common interests.”Even without registering for an account, Delver will try to determine who youare by searching any public social network profiles you may have on sites likeFlickr, Facebook, and YouTube. If you do decide to register on the site, though,you can then choose to associate your accounts with Delver in order to obtaineven more accurate results. Delver currently indexes the entire web, andspecifically indexes people’s social connections on flickr, MySpace, LinkedIn,YouTube, hi5, facebook, Blogger, and, they are adding more all the time. Whenthey go into public beta (circa May, 2008), an optional email import processwill be provided as well.Maximizing Your “Whole” Social NetworkMany of us have friends, family members, or colleagues on sites like MySpaceand facebook who aren’t into using all the latest and greatest web apps andtechnologies. These friends may have a MySpace profile or a blog, but withoutvisiting these sites directly, there was no way to gather information from thesepeople before. Now with Delver, their profiles and contributions to your socialgraph are indexed.No one has to sign up for Delver for you to have them included in your searchresults.This is a real breakthrough since prior to Delver, the maximum value youwould get out of social networks was directly related to how many of yourfriends would join. I don’t know about you, but I still have plenty of friendswho are on MySpace and nothing else, and are quite content with that. With eachnew social network I joined, the number of my non-tech friends that would followme dwindled down to nearly nothing. Now it doesn’t matter. They can stay onMySpace forever and yet the content they create there will be valuable to me.Privacy Concerns?It’s important to understand that Delver doesn’t display anything that isn’talready publicly available. “If Google can get to it, so can Delver,”says Agmon. But Delver just makes it so much easier to do so. You can accesspeople’s social information with such ease that anyone who hasn’t been goodabout setting their profiles to “private” (or who doesn’t know to do so), may besurprised to find themselves searchable on Delver.Using DelverAfter claiming your identity in Delver, your social graph is mapped anddisplayed for you beneath the Delver search box. Dotted lines connect you toyour friends and your “friends of friends.” Alternately, you can choose to exclude certain connections from your searchresults as well, which is perfect for eliminating those “who-is-that-guy?”friendships left over from your days of MySpace friend accumulation contests.When Will It Arrive?Delver is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel and willofficially open U.S. offices in Silicon Valley in spring of 2008. Having justpremiered at DEMO, Delver won’t be in beta until March. Those interested inbeing included in the private beta can sign up for an invite on the Delver home page. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts When you perform a query, results from all over your social web display.You can narrow down your search to just display the people related to yoursearch term or just media results by clicking the links at the top. Each search result displays, via a  breadcrumb trail, your relationship tothe person associated with that result. You can hover your mouse over their nameto see their photo and their relationship to you. Even if you and them are notdirectly related as “friends” on a social network, you can still click the plussign beneath their picture to add them as a connection. This will then add theminto the mix of your search results in the future. This way, you can view therelevant bookmarks, links, blog posts, photos, and videos of people like youeven if you don’t know them personally…and they don’t have to confirm theconnection on their end. 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Montella: ‘Not a good Fiorentina’

first_imgVincenzo Montella freely admits Fiorentina deserved to lose against Hellas Verona. “It was not a good performance, but it’s a tough fixture for everyone.” Samuel Di Carmine – a lifelong Viola supporter – got the only goal of the game at the Stadio Bentegodi. “It was not a good performance and we made a lot of technical errors, but also conceded a great goal during our best period of the match,” Montella told DAZN. “We suffered against Verona, but I’m sure everyone will have that experience here, as it’s a tough fixture for everyone. We’ll analyse this game carefully and learn the right lessons from it.” This was their second consecutive defeat after a 5-2 loss to Cagliari, so Montella was asked if he is worried. “Only to the right degree. I know there are always going to be difficult moments for a team. There were reasons for our defeat to Cagliari, while today we made technical errors. The moment must come when we react to these setbacks too.” Federico Chiesa was left on the bench after returning from international duty with a knock, while captain German Pezzella went off with a fractured cheekbone just four minutes in. “Pezzella is having tests and it was certainly a big loss to lose him that early. Chiesa is not in good shape physically or mentally. When he gets back into shape, then he’ll start playing again.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more



Maryland Upset With Michigan For Altering Its Logo In Schedule Poster

first_imgMichigan Football’s 2016 schedule poster is out. But one of the team’s division rivals isn’t exactly thrilled with the way it looks.Michigan Football dropped its 2016 schedule poster Monday morning, and per usual, it features the logos of the 12 opponents it’ll face during the regular season this year. But one – Maryland – is a bit unhappy with some changes the Wolverines made to its mark. Maryland’s logo, for whatever reason, doesn’t feature the flag bar that typically runs below the famed “M.”Maryland called out Michigan on Twitter. The Wolverines have not responded.Coming soon. #GoBlue— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) August 21, 2016Is the rest of our logo coming soon? #RespectTheFlagBar— Maryland Terrapins (@umterps) August 22, 2016For reference, here’s what Maryland’s logo actually looks like.Maryland Official LogoIt’s also worth noting that Michigan did not put Ohio State’s real logo on its poster. That’s clearly some kind of shot at the Buckeyes.We’re not sure if a logo mixup will provide motivation for the Terrapins this year – but perhaps that game is now a little more interesting.last_img read more

Was frustrated with the celebrity obsessed culture post Twilight says Kristen Stewart

first_imgLos Angeles: Kristen Stweart has said that she used to get “frustrated” when people would misunderstand her during her “Twilight” days. Stewart brokeout along with actor Robert Pattinson with 2008 film “Twilight” which she followed up with subsequent sequels over the next five years. During that time, the 29-year-old actor said people thought that she was running after stardom. “I used to be really frustrated that because I didn’t leap willingly into being at the centre of a certain amount of attention, that it seemed like I was an a**hole. I am in no way rebellious. I am in no way contrarian. I just want people to like me,” Stewart told Vanity Fair. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Post the “Twilight” movies, Stewart started focusing on smaller, independent films which resulted in some of her most critically-acclaimed works like Olivier Assayas’ “Personal Shopper” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women”. “It gave me a chance to not weigh something down. It was so much bigger than me. My baggage was so minuscule in comparison to what (Reichardt’s and Assayas’) story lines are, as filmmakers. “I was finally given a chance to be looked at, not as this thing in this celebrity-obsessed culture that was like, ‘Oh, that’s the girl from Twilight’,” Stewart said. The actor will next star in “Charlie’s Angel” reboot, alongside Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska. Stewart will also feature in “Seberg”, a film about the French New Wave darling and “Breathless” star, Jean Seberg.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake Wins Best Live Act At O2 Silver Clef Awards

first_imgJustin Timberlake as the winner of the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Award for the Best Live Act of 2014 on Friday at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.The singer was honored alongside performers such as Jimmy Page, Black Sabbath, Pharrell Williams, Paloma Faith, Tom Jones and more.An expert music industry panel shortlisted the ten best live artists who have toured in the last year, then the vote lay in the hands of the public who voted on Twitter and via the Nordoff Robbins website.Beating off competition from the other 9 nominees, Justin Timberlake came top of the poll with just under half a million votes (469,906). The other nominees were Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Fleetwood Mac, Foals, Muse, London Grammar, Rolling Stones and Rudimental.In 2013, Justin Timberlake embarked on ‘The 20/20 Experience World Tour’, his fifth concert tour as a solo artist that critics claim kept audiences ‘hypnotised’. With Tom Ford designing the costumes and featuring chart toppers ‘Pusher Love Girl’, ‘Like I Love You’ and ‘Cry Me A River’, Timberlake had two shows in the O2 Arena within his UK tour.Chris Edmonds, Chairman of Ticketmaster UK, commented: “Justin Timberlake has always blown away fans with his incredible live performances. Currently in the midst of his extremely successful world tour, the ‘Suit & Tie’ singer will be back in the UK in August for his headline spot at V Festival. 
“With a very strong shortlist this year for the Best Live Act Award, it was tough competition but Justin clearly came out on top with nearly half a million fan votes. Congratulations Justin!”The Award and vote was supported by Bauer Radio Stations Absolute Radio and Magic 105.4.Nick Snaith, Magic 105.4 Drivetime Host and Award Presenter said: “Justin Timberlake has developed into one of the world’s most prolific entertainers, and is a well-.deserved winner of this award. The power of music is undeniable, and this award not only celebrates an artist at the top of his game – but an organisation that transforms people’s lives through incredible music therapy”.This is the fourth year of the Best Live Act Award. Previous winners include One Direction (2013), McFly (2012) and Sir Paul McCartney (2011). Of the 10 Awards presented at the O2 Silver Clefs, Best Live Act is the only one voted for by the public.The O2 Silver Clef Awards have been bringing together artists from all areas of the music industry since 1976 to raise support for thousands of people across the UK who need the vital engagement of music therapy.Source:Nordoff Robbinslast_img read more

Apocalyptic skies over Yellowknife

first_imgAPTN National NewsYellowknife was plunged into darkness Wednesday night.When a super thunder storm and smoke from forest first combined, it durned the sky an eerie hue.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports, the storm has been dubbed by some residents as “apocalyptic.”last_img

ASI dies in Purulia heat stroke suspected

first_imgKolkata: An Assistant Sub-Inspector of police who came to Purulia from Siliguri, died in Purulia Sadar Hospital on Tuesday. The reason of his death is yet to be confirmed by the district police. According to the preliminary investigation it is suspected that the victim might have suffered a stroke due to excessive heat. Some of his colleagues said that the patient fell ill in the scorching summer heat. The doctors are yet to ascertain the actual cause of his death. The family members of the victim have been informed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn another incident, a 40-year-old woman died at Bhagabanpur in East Midnapore, after she fell unconscious while taking rest on the side of a road. Local people found the woman lying unconscious under a tree. She was later rushed to a nearby hospital where the victim was declared brought dead. It is presumed that the patient might have survived if she was taken to the hospital on time. The hospital authorities are yet to confirm the exact cause of her death.last_img read more

Commentary Individual success under spread offenses in college might not translate to

When I first heard that renowned coach Urban Meyer was returning from retirement to coach at Ohio State, I almost choked on the microwavable meal I was eating. I mean, this was the coach who led the Florida Gators to two national championships in 2006 and 2008. Possibilities of great potential rushed through my mind. OSU could now return to its title-contending status it had under former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel. Some changes, however, would need to occur. One of these changes was the implementation of the spread offense into the playbook. No harm done, right? I mean, numerous college football programs across the country use the spread offense and thrive, including many schools in the dominating Southeastern Conference, where Meyer previously coached. In the realm of college football, it’s a great idea. But what happens when the top-notch players move to the NFL? The spread offense has been tried in the National Football League and, sometimes, it can bring some success. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady used this scheme in 2007. But, time and again, the spread offense, for the most part, doesn’t work in professional football. The old tradition of dropping back in the pocket and making plays rules dominant in the NFL and will most likely do so for a long time. The question facing college athletes playing in spread formations across the country is whether individual success in that type of offense translates to the pro level? It might just be the case that it doesn’t. Need an example? How about former Gators and current New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow? Tebow played in Meyer’s spread offense at Florida and he was a freak of college football nature, winning the Heisman Trophy and two national championships. Tebow entered the NFL after his senior season in 2010 and was drafted 25th overall by the Denver Broncos. Once Tebow had his chance to be a starter, he led the Broncos, who began last season 1-4, to the playoffs. Since Tebow was accustomed to using his running ability often in Meyer’s spread offense, though, he was forced to buckle down and throw in the pocket in NFL. He failed miserably, not even being able to throw with the correct form. This complication allowed Tebow and the Broncos to eventually be flushed out by the New England Patriots in the playoffs. Despite Tebow’s sincere dedication to reshaping his throwing form, it didn’t help him when it mattered most. Everyone knows from a psychological perspective that integrated physical habits are extremely hard to overcome. Now, Tebow finds himself as New York Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez’s backup. This was also the case for quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who was the quarterback for the LSU Tigers and played in a spread offense under Tigers coach Les Miles. While he was a dominant player in college like Tebow, Russell struggled after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2007. In May 2010, the Raiders cut Russell. While it’s hard to say that the spread offense doesn’t work at all in the NFL, the chances aren’t good from a historical point of view. Spreading the offensive line can open up holes for a no-huddle offense in college, but the speed and athleticism by defensive players in the NFL is too great, and the players will still cover the open gaps. So what about OSU quarterback Braxton Miller? Known for his ability as a dual-threat quarterback, Miller has done well as the Buckeyes’ (3-0) season rolls on. But being under this coaching scheme, success in the NFL still remains murky. Meyer is a sensational coach, there is no question. He’s arguably the best coach in the game right now. His plays and schemes work well for college football, but is his work really going to Miller if he moves on the big stage? read more