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How Siri’s Founders Could Have Built The Next Google

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note:Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.

It always breaks my heart a little when the startups with the most radiant potential hit their troughs of disillusionment and then cash out to a deep-pocketed buyer.

This is not because I begrudge the founders of these startups the personal wealth or success that comes with their exits. Indeed, the wallets of everyone involved usually get a lot fatter, and that’s fantastic. But these cash-outs make me sad because when rocketships get picked out of the sky by sharp-eyed acquirers, they rarely achieve the heights that had been in front of them.

So it was with Siri, which started its life as an incredible but unusable app for the iPhone 3GS, but could have been the next Google.

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West Ham officially adds Alex Song on loan from Barcelona

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Barcelona has loaned defensive midfielder Alex Song to West Ham United for the 2014/15 Premier League season.

Song, who turns 27 in September, arrived at Upton Park for the West Ham’s match with Southampton but is unable to play this weekend.

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The World Cup veteran saw a red card in Cameroon’s disastrous tournament, but has been capped 47 times for the Indomitable Lions.

From West Ham’s site:

“For me, when I was in Spain, I always said that if I was to leave one day I would return to the Premier League. It was a very hard decision, because when you have options of a lot of clubs who are playing in the Champions League, but at the end of the day I chose West Ham because I wanted to come to the Premier League. This is a league which…

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WATCH: Premier League TV schedule – Week 3

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

As we head into the third week of the 2014-15 season, the full TV schedule is below and details of how you can watch every game live on your TVs tablets or online via NBC Sports.

On Saturday Burnley and Manchester United clash live on NBCSN at 7:45 a.m. ET, as Louis van Gaal is still in search of his first win in charge of the Red Devils. Coming your way at 10 a.m. ET, Manchester City host Stoke City on NBCSN with Manuel Pellegrini’s side trying to make it three wins from three. To finish off Saturday, Chelsea and Everton clash at Goodison Park on NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET in what should be an absolute cracker.

[WATCH: Premier League online via Live Extra]

Then on Sunday Tottenham and Liverpool square at White Hart Lane as Mario Balotelli is set to make his debut for the Reds, watch that live on NBCSN at 8:30 a.m. ET. After that…

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Report: Manchester United accepts $13 million PL bid for Tom Cleverley

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Long an object of derision for Manchester United supporters, Tom Cleverley may no longer be their problem.

Many members of the Old Trafford faithful will be excited to hear reports that Aston Villa have bid $13-plus million for the 25-year-old England international.

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Now Aston Villa has to hope Cleverley finds Birmingham more attractive than Spain and several other perceived options.

From The Independent:

Lambert hopes to persuade Cleverley to reject interest from Hull City and Everton in a move which represents a substantial commitment from owner Randy Lerner.

Cleverley has been told he can leave Old Trafford by new United manager Louis van Gaal and Villa have moved swiftly in an attempt to sign the England international before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Lerner has put the club up for sale and is keen to step aside but has…

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Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

New, first-time parents are terrified that they’re going to somehow accidentally hurt their baby – they will drop the child, or hit that weird soft spot on the baby’s head. Or maybe they’ll forget to put the baby on their back to sleep, and they will die of SIDS. A new breed of startups and “baby tech” gadgetry now caters to these fears, selling everything from baby wearables and bed sensors to fancy monitors that treat baby as just another device to be analyzed and optimized.

The latest geegaw aimed at parting concerned parents with their money is Starfish, a smart car seat sensor that connects with your smartphone to alert you if you’ve forgotten your baby in the car.

We’ve all heard the horror stories: the overworked parents who forget to drop off their children at daycare, sometimes simply because of a change in routine.

These babies perish…

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Friday’s transfer rumor roundup: Vidal stays at Juve, Cerci wants move

Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

While Jose Mourinho refutes claims that Fernando Torres could leave Chelsea and Leicester City land an Inter Milan legend, plenty of other names are making their rounds through the rumor mill this fine Friday.

Looks like the 450,00,000,000 reports that assured us that Arturo Vidal would be headed to Manchester United are going to turn out to be false after the player again said he’ll be staying at Juventus. Meanwhile, United could see Shinji Kagawa return to Borussia Dortmund and Tom Cleverley skate off to Aston Villa.

Van Gaal is close to one addition: 16-year-old Ajax prodigy Timothy Fosu Mensah, and Gazzetta Dello Sport says Inter Milan wantaway Fredy Guarin ‘dreams’ of playing at Manchester United.

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Sky Sports says Inter Milan is trying to pry Ezequiel Lavezzi away from Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentina attacker has been…

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Kevin Sumlin looks like he’s worth the money for Texas A&M

Originally posted on CollegeFootballTalk:

Kevin Sumlin is one of a handful of college football coaches being paid a $5 million annual salary — and based on Thursday night’s thrashing of South Carolina he’s worth the money.

Texas A&M ran 99 plays — 99! — in its 52-28 win, and did so with a first-time starter in Kenny Hill at quarterback. But, as Yahoo’s Pat Forde argues, maybe last night’s win was just as much about Hill as it was about Sumlin’s system:

Clearly, the pony has plenty of tricks. Sumlin acknowledged a “chip on the shoulder” after reading media predictions calling for the Aggies’ demise.

“Let’s see if they can coach now that the best player in college football is gone,” he said. “… Probably had some coaches, including myself, who took some comments personal in the offseason.”

Sumlin knew what his offense had done before Manziel – when Case Keenum became the…

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