Governing Bodies Lead The Way When It Comes To Innovation In Sports Tech Industry

Governing bodies are leading the way when it comes to technology in sports, according to a new study, with Formula 1 and The Tour de France cited as the two most innovative organizations in the industry.

The inaugural Sports Technology Annual Report – a joint-effort by the Sports Technology Awards Group (STA Group) and the English Institute of Sport – examined the technological trends and the major drivers behind the market over the past year.

As ever, innovations could be divided into two categories – commercial and performance. The former includes areas such as venues, operations, fan engagement, broadcast, eSports and betting, while the

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Xbox lead Phil Spencer talks xCloud in Safari, App Store fees

Phil Spencer is the lead of Xbox at Microsoft, and in a wide-ranging interview, he discusses bringing xCloud to mobile Safari and how Apple’s App Store and the Xbox game store differs.

Apple has made things difficult for businesses to bring streaming services to the Xbox with a range of rules preventing the apps from existing on iOS. If a company wants a streaming service to exist, they must submit each game to the App Store as a separate entity rather than having a single app launcher.

Companies like Nvidia with GeForce Now and Google with Stadia have opted to bring their game streaming services to mobile Safari. Doing so lets the companies avoid Apple’s rules as well as the App Store fees associated with it. Microsoft will soon follow suite.

Going with browser support rather than specific App Store support will give Microsoft access to more devices. “We have

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Will BuzzFeed lead a SPAC gold rush for smaller digital media players?

  • BuzzFeed’s acquisition of HuffPost has sparked speculation that BuzzFeed could try to buy other digital media companies, possibly by joining forces with a SPAC.
  • SPACs, or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, armed with hundreds of millions of dollars are already evaluating a variety of digital media ventures.
  • SPACs are likely to eye media companies with name recognition, like Vice Media or Vox Media.
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Is Jonah Peretti’s BuzzFeed on a path to going public? 

At small private industry dinners from Los Angeles to New York, executives from Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, or SPACs, are flooding the zone.

Last week, Buzzfeed stunned COVID-cowed medialand with news it was acquiring digital newspaper HuffPost from Verizon and giving the phone giant a stake in a larger entity. Verizon agreed to invest in the new company, sparking speculation that Peretti would try to add other companies while remaining independent,

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Indra to lead sensor development for mainland Europe’s next-gen fighter

STUTTGART, Germany – Spain’s Indra will head up a team of three industry partners to build the sensor suite for the Franco-German-Spanish advanced fighter jet and weapon system programs, the company announced Nov. 23.

France’s procurement office, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), signed a contract on Monday with the Spanish company on behalf of the three nations involved in the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) and Next-Generation Weapon System programs. Indra will work together with French company Thales and German industry consortium FCMS to design and develop the “connected and distributed architecture of sensors” to provide situational awareness, and boost platform survivability, the company said in a release.

The contract details a one-year period for the team to design the sensor packages as part of the larger program’s Phase 1A concept study, and could be extended for an additional six months. Phase 1A was launched this past February and

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British Council, Design Center to lead design economy mapping in PH

THE British Council in the Philippines and Design Center of the Philippines are leading a pioneering design economy mapping in the country.

The organizations have commissioned a study to analyze the economic contribution and value chain of the design industry by mapping the design ecosystem of nine cities: Manila, Makati, Quezon, Taguig, Baguio, Pampanga, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

Recommendations from this undertaking will contribute towards the formulation of a National Design Policy to support the Philippines’ development agenda following the impact of Covid-19 on designers and creative enterprises in the country.

“The Philippines has a rich design tradition. However, its impact and contribution are not fully understood. With this mapping project, we hope to provide an evidence-based model of the country’s design ecosystem that would be instructive on how we can unleash the power of design to nurture globally competitive MSMEs and contribute design-led strategies to nation

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China’s “mother river” Yangtze to lead high-quality development, bring certainty to world – Opinion

Aerial photo taken on Nov 13, 2020 shows the scenery of Langshan Mountain along the Yangtze River in Nantong city, East China’s Jiangsu province. [Photo/Xinhua]

China is set to build the Yangtze River Economic Belt into a powerful engine of the country’s high-quality development, bringing more certainty to the development of the world economy.

Efforts should be made to promote the high-quality development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt, said Chinese President Xi Jinping at a symposium he chaired on comprehensively advancing the development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt on Saturday in Nanjing, after an inspection tour in Jiangsu Province that started on Thursday.

The tour in the economic belt was the first inspection trip by Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, outside Beijing after the fifth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee,

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Online shopping surge could lead to holiday delivery delays

A sign in the window of a FedEx office reads, "Now Hiring," Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in New York. Carriers like FedEx and UPS are ramping up their holiday hiring while asking store clients to move their shipping volume on lighter days in their network.

A sign in the window of a FedEx office reads, “Now Hiring,” Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in New York. Carriers like FedEx and UPS are ramping up their holiday hiring while asking store clients to move their shipping volume on lighter days in their network.


Retailers and carriers are preparing for an online holiday shopping surge that could tax shipping networks and lead to delivery delays.

FedEx and UPS are ramping up their holiday hiring while expanding their weekend operations and asking retailers to use their shipping network when there is more slack. And stores are pushing shoppers to buy early and are expanding services like curbside pickup to minimize the need for delivery.

For the last few years, many retailers had been using their own physical stores, in addition to their distribution centers, to fulfill online orders. But now they are designating some of

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Google, Andreessen Horowitz lead $29M round for Linux kernel networking startup Isovalent

Google LLC and Andreessen Horowitz have jointly led a $29 million funding round into Isovalent Inc., a startup with a Linux-based networking platform that enterprises can use to manage the flow of data in their Kubernetes environments.

Cisco Systems Inc. also participated in the Series A round, which was announced today.

The networking software that orchestrates the movement of packets between servers is usually installed on top of those servers’ operating system. Isovalent’s platform, in contrast, embeds its network orchestration code directly into the operating system itself. The startup claims that its approach makes the network more efficient by reducing the number of additional software layers that need to be installed atop Linux to help manage data traffic.

Isovalent’s platform, called Cilium, facilitates this simplification by harnessing a low-level mechanism of Linux called eBPF. The mechanism makes it possible to embed networking code directly into the operating system’s kernel with

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Council hears support for bill that could downsize of East Towson development, concern measure could lead to lawsuit

While many Towson residents voiced support Tuesday for a bill that would effectively cut in half the height of the proposed Red Maple Place housing development, Baltimore County’s attorney testified to the county council that its passage would make the county vulnerable to a lawsuit for violating the Fair Housing Act.

The bill up for discussion, proposed by County Councilman David Marks, restricts the height of multifamily buildings within 500 feet of the downtown Towson district to no more than 30 feet, or roughly two-and-a-half stories tall.

But much of Tuesday’s discussion of this bill focused on Red Maple Place, a proposed 56-unit affordable housing complex nearing the end of its development review process. It would be located on Joppa Road on a sloping piece of land where opponents say development would exacerbate stormwater runoff into a branch of the Herring Run river.

Dana Johnson, president and chief executive officer

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