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The Latest: Li (-8) takes 3-stroke lead on 2nd day of PGA

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first_imgHaotong started the day at minus-3 and birdied the first two holes. He gained another stroke on the fifth hole and then had back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 before parring his way through the rest of the round. ___Li Haotong is the first player to reach 8 under par at the PGA Championship.The sun already was forcing its way through the marine layer Friday morning, with calm conditions at Harding Park. Li, the 25-year-old from China, opened with two birdies and then made a 15-foot birdie at the fifth hole. He added back-to-back birdies on Nos. 9 and 10. He shot 67 on Thursday.Of the 11 players who shot 66 or better in the opening round, Brendon Todd is the only one who plays in the morning. He had a 65 and was tied with Jason Day for the 18-hole lead. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Li Haotong has taken a three-stroke lead into the clubhouse at the PGA Championship.Li shot a 5 under par 65 on Friday in the second round at Harding Park in San Francisco. When the 25-year-old from Shanghai finished up, he was three strokes ahead of four golfers. Among them were first-round leader Jason Day, who had yet to tee off for his second round.Also in that group was Tommy Fleetwood, who was 5 under for the day. Associated Press DeChambeau snapped his driver — which he nicknamed the Kraken — during Thursday’s opening round at TPC Harding Park. He replaced the shaft and finished his round without further incident.On Friday, DeChambeau lipped out on short putts on back-to-back holes on the front nine. After missing a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 11, he tapped in for par. He missed a 15-footer for par on the 12th hole and then tapped in for a bogey that dropped him to even par on the day.DeChambeau picked up a stroke when he birdied the 13th and was 3 under for the tournament through five holes on Friday.___More AP golf: apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf Friday also is cut day at the first major of the year. Among those in need of a low score to make it to the weekend are Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth.Li hasn’t had a top 10 in any of the eight tournaments he has played around the world this year. He also is coming off a disastrous Presidents Cup debut in which he played only the minimum matches.Li is sponsored by WeChat, the Chinese social media company that President Donald Trump has threatened to ban in the United States. ___In the first round, it was his driver. On Friday, it was Bryson DeChambeau’s putter that gave him fits. August 7, 2020 The Latest: Li (-8) takes 3-stroke lead on 2nd day of PGAlast_img read more

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Barca Face Dilemma in Eibar Visit

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first_imgB arcelona coach Ernesto Valverde faces a dilemma before his side’s potentially tricky trip to in-form Eibar to day, having watched his side’s seemingly unassailable La Liga lead cut to seven points from 11 in the last two weeks.The advantage would normally give the coach room to rotate his squad in order to keep his side fresh for the visit to Chelsea in the Champions League three days later but tiny Eibar’s consistency means such a move risks his side falling closer to second-placed Atletico Madrid.Eibar hail from a town of 27 000 inhabitants in the Basque region and are the smallest team in the top flight. Five years ago they were in the 80-team regional third tier.They have overcome a rocky start to the season to grow into genuine contenders for a European spot, rising to seventh place in the standings by losing only one of their last 12 games.That run has included impressive 5-0 and 5-1 thrashings of Real Betis and Sevilla respectively as well as victory over high-flying Valencia. They have also developed a knack for edging tight games, snatching a 1-0 win at Leganes in their last outing with an injury-time goal.It is a remarkable turnaround from their dismal form at the start of the season when they lost seven of their first 11 games, although coach Jose Luis Mendilibar said his side had barely altered their style, which is based on pressing high, no-nonsense defending and frequent crosses into the opposing box. “We’ve changed nothing, we don’t care which team we play, we’ll keep doing what we believe we do well,” the coach said.“It’s easy for any analyst to see what we do in every game, we change hardly anything so it should be easy to play against us. It’s extraordinary to be in this position at this stage as no-one would have expected that when the season started.” Barca have found it easy to play against Eibar, winning all seven of their games since the side were promoted and thrashing them 6-1 at the Nou Camp last September. Lionel Messi seems to enjoy playing them too, having scored 12 goals in six meetings, including four in the last fixture.The Catalans remain the only unbeaten team in Europe’s top five leagues but head to the tiny, 7 000-capacity Ipurua stadium following unconvincing draws against Espanyol and Getafe.They will be boosted by the return of first-choice centre backs Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti, however.Atletico Madrid have won their last three league games and will be looking to keep the pressure on Barca when they host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, while champions Real Madrid visit Real Betis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Adobe Opens Wired New Yorker Tablet Platform to Publishers with Analytics

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first_imgThe Digital Publishing Suite aims to be a comprehensive solution for turning traditional magazines created in InDesign into digital publications that can be distributed to devices of all sorts. But the one aspect that intrigues me most is this: It includes Omniture analytics for digital magazines. (Adobe acquired Omniture a year ago for $1.8 billion.)If you use the suite to produce tablet versions of your magazine, you can use the analytics service to get a bevy of information about how they’re being read—all aggregated and anonymized to avoid privacy issues. You can see whether readers are opening the issues they’ve bought. You know which stories they’re jumping to, and whether they tap through every page of an article or abandon it after the first one. You can confirm whether they’re watching ambitious multimedia elements such as embedded video. And you can tell whether they’re reading front-to-back, back-to-front, or hopping around randomly.It sounds like a goldmine of useful information that publishers could use to make publications that serve their readers better. And much of it might help with a magazine’s traditional, dead-tree version, too—I suspect that there’d be a correlation between covers that prompt tablet subscribers to open the issues quickly and ones that are newsstand winners.Analytics can’t tell you everything you need to know about your readers’ relationship with your content. Seeing that a lot of people chose to read a particular article, for instance, says nothing about whether they liked what they got once they finished. So traditional research such as surveys and focus groups still have their place, and free-form feedback such as reader comments on online versions of stories can be very useful. But I know that if I were editing a magazine with digital editions produced with Adobe’s suite, I’d be hungry for the new clues about reader behavior that these analytics could provide. Back when I was editor of PC World, creating a magazine that newsstand buyers and subscribers loved was one of the great pleasures of my job. It was also something of a dark art. There were plenty of signs we’d succeeded: issues flying off the stands, renewal rates staying healthy, high scores in the pricey reader surveys we conducted. But in the end, connecting the dots of reader satisfaction was difficult, and agonizingly slow.(The closest I got to instant gratification, incidentally, was when I traveled on an airplane and happened to sit next to someone who was reading PC World. Rather than introducing myself, I’d peek out of one corner of my eye and see which articles my neighbor lingered on, and which ones he or she skimmed right past.)On the Web, things are different.  Analytics services such as Omniture let editors and other media types see what’s getting read, what’s getting ignored, and how consumers navigate through everything a site has to offer. They let you make decisions in real time, rather than waiting for months.At Adobe’s MAX conference in Los Angeles this week, the publishing software company is announcing its Digital Publishing Suite, the fully-commercialized version of the system that Wired, The New Yorker, and other publications have been using to create iPad versions of their magazines. It’s rolling out in pre-release form for publishers who’d like to try it out; the final version is due in the second quarter of 2011.last_img read more

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YouTube recommendations for altright videos have dropped dramatically study shows

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first_imgSOPA Images Google has made “major changes” to its recommendations system on YouTube that have reduced the amount of “alt-right” videos recommended to users, according to a study led by Nicolas Suzor, an associate professor at Queensland University of Technology.During the first two weeks of February, alt-right videos appeared in YouTube’s “Up Next” recommendations sidebar 7.8 percent of the time (roughly one in 13). From Feb. 15 onward, that number dropped to 0.4 percent (roughly one in 250).Suzor’s study took random samples of 3.6 million videos, and used 81 channels listed on a recent study by Rebecca Lewis as a starting point. That list includes voices like Richard Spencer, an American white supremacist, but also includes more mainstream voices like Joe Rogan, who does not self-identify as alt-right but often plays host to more extremist voices on his podcast (including alt-right figures such as Alex Jones).The drop appears significant, but it’s difficult to figure precisely how that drop occurred. We don’t know if YouTube is targeting ‘alt-right’ videos specifically or if the drop off is part of broader changes to YouTube’s recommendation system.YouTube has long spoken about making changes to recommendations. As early as two weeks ago, YouTube was criticised for allowing the flat-Earth movement to flourish using its platform.In response, YouTube has attempted to curtail what it refers to as false information. YouTube says freedom of speech is central to its core tenets, even when people express controversial beliefs, but has been working to reduce the spread of misinformation on its platform.YouTube has also been investing in surfacing credible voices on its platform. “In the last year alone,” said one recent YouTube blog post, “we’ve made hundreds of changes to improve the quality of recommendations for users on YouTube.”In that same blog post, YouTube said it was planning to reduce “recommendations of borderline content and content that could misinform users in harmful ways — such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, claiming the Earth is flat, or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.”YouTube stated it would be a gradual change, and apply to less than 1 percent of the content uploaded on YouTube.In a statement sent to CNET, a YouTube spokesperson said the platform wasn’t targeting alt-right videos.”We announced in January that we are reducing recommendations of borderline content or videos that could misinform users in harmful ways. We have not had a chance to thoroughly review this study, however, our recommendation systems are not designed to favor or demote specific misinformation based on specific political perspectives.”Speaking to CNET, Nicolas Suzor is looking for more transparency from YouTube regarding how and why certain videos are recommended.”It’s not good enough that we have to guess about how well these systems are working,” he said, “and our research can only observe from the outside. YouTube has done a lot to improve transparency about its terms of service enforcement on a high level over the last year, but they still need to do more to help people understand how their algorithms are operating.” YouTube 0 Post a comment Tags Digital Media Culture Share your voicelast_img read more

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