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Berlin, Hamburg submit Olympic bid intentions

Originally posted on OlympicTalk:

The newest rival to a potential 2024 U.S. Olympic bid appears to be coming from Germany.

Berlin and Hamburg, two cities separated by about 175 miles, submitted proposals to Germany’s Olympic Committee on Monday. They could become candidate cities for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics, according to The Associated Press, though only 2024 was mentioned in Reuters’ report.

Germany’s Olympic Committee will decide if it will bid for the 2024 Olympics, and if so, which city, on Dec. 6, according to reports last week.

That date is interesting, as it comes two days before a two-day International Olympic Committee session in Monaco.

The U.S. Olympic Committee is waiting until after that session to decide if it will move forward with a 2024 Olympic bid. The finalist cities are Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The U.S. has not hosted a Summer Games since Atlanta 1996.

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Burnley sign young Chelsea midfielder Nathan Chalobah on loan



Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Chelsea have sent midfielder Nathan Chalobah on loan yet again.

The England U-21 international has yet to see Premier League time, although he will likely now get it as he has joined recently promoted Burnley for the 2014/15 season.

Both clubs announced the move that will see the 19-year-old starlet likely make his Premier League debut sooner rather than later.

He spent last season at Middlesborough in the Championship with Middlesborough, where he made 31 appearances and scored three goals as the club finished 12th in the table.

He has also spent time at Watford and Nottingham Forest on past loans.

As long as Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas continue to perform fantastically for the Chelsea first team, it would be hard…

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What Students Really Carry Back To School

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Back-to-school stories are click fodder. They allow for marketers to feel they are directly addressing a group of easy marks. After all, when is your life more insecure than on the cusp of a grade change or a trip to college? The world, then, is in upheaval, you hunt for answers, sometimes in the pages of periodicals that offer wine aerators and coffee subscriptions as potential sources of meaning. But I was thinking: what are students really carrying back to school? And is technology as invasive as we really assume?

To find out I performed a journalistic exercise that many former school newspaper folks are familiar with: the man-on-the-street. I took to the OSU campus with Ritika Shah, a writer and news director of Lantern TV who shot some photos and approached students with me on campus.


“My phone is my life,” said Haris Malik, a senior in Chemical…

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Reports: Sandro having a medical at QPR and fee agreed for Borini



Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Multiple reports, most notably from the Daily Mail, suggest Tottenham midfielder Sandro is having a medical ahead of a $16 million move to Queens Park Rangers.

The Brazilian has failed to impress new boss Mauricio Pochettino, dropping to second-string in the depth chart.  He has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season, although he did make one showing in the Europa League.

At 25 years old, Sandro wasn’t exactly a mainstay in the Spurs squad last season, but played an important depth role as he made 17 appearances in league play.

He’s made 106 appearances for Spurs since moving from Internacional in the summer of 2010.  Harry Redknapp, the current QPR manager, was the one who brought him to Spurs at that time.

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Hull City breaks club transfer record to sign Abel Hernandez



Originally posted on ProSoccerTalk:

Hull City have announced the signing of electric Uruguayan striker Abel Hernandez, a fantastic signing for Steve Bruce’s ranks.

According to the Daily Mail and other reports, the signing cost Hull City around $15.7 million, which is a club record fee. He signed a three-year deal with the club.

“Abel is a fantastic signing and highlights just how far the club has come in such a short space of time,” manager Steve Bruce told the club’s official website.

Hernandez signs from Italian side Palermo, where he spent five seasons where he made 122 appearances and scored 36 goals.  He had 14 goals last year as Palermo won Serie B, Italy’s second division.

The 24-year-old spent the summer in Brazil with Uruguay’s World Cup squad, and has seven international goals in 14 appearances for his country.

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Julian Green completes loan move to Hamburg

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Bayern Munich have announced on their official website that 19-year-old Julian Green has headed to Hamburg on a season-long loan.

The Tampa-born youngster has made the bench for Bayern early this season, but it was always likely he would see much more playing time at another club temporarily than with the stacked Bayern first-team.

The news is fantastic for both Green and US fans who wish to see more of their young product.

He can learn from team captain and fellow winger Rafael van der Vaart, and he moves to a squad that just avoided relegation last season and is looking to bring in new players to feature heavily.

Now that the club has sold central midfielders Hakan Calhanoglou and Milan Badelj, van der Vaart will likely take up a much more central role leaving space on the wing.

Thus, Green will likely compete for playing time with the likes…

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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.

The Obstacles to Greatness in…

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