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NFL to Coldplay: Pay to Play the Super Bowl

online.wsj.com — The National Football League doesn't usually pay the act that performs at halftime during the Super Bowl. But in a twist this year, the league has asked artists under consideration for the high-profile gig to pay to play, according people familiar with the matter.
Aug 20, 2014

The sharing economy eats itself: NFL to Coldplay: Pay to Play the Super Bowl on.wsj.com/YuJmvY via @WSJ. Also: thenewinquiry.com/blogs/marginal…

Aug 20, 2014

And now, the Koch Bros! MT @nfl to auction HT @SuperBowl spot to performers willing to pay for huge audience? online.wsj.com/articles/nfl-t…

Aug 20, 2014

Any chance we could pay the NFL not to have any of these acts perform? NFL Floats Pay to Play Deal for Super Bowl on.wsj.com/YuJmvY

Aug 20, 2014

The NFL is basically that profit-obsessed crab in Spongebob Squarepants online.wsj.com/articles/nfl-t…

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Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar Dies in India

blogs.wsj.com — One of the world's best-known yoga gurus, B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped spread the Indian discipline across the globe, died Wednesday morning in the western Indian city of Pune. He was 95 years old. Mr. Iyengar developed and promoted what came to be called Iyengar yoga with precise poses and the use of props such as wooden blocks and belts to achieve perfect alignment.
Aug 20, 2014

RT @miriamgottfried: Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar Dies in India-- As a practioner of Iyengar-style yoga, I owe him a debt of gratitude. on.wsj.com/1thpEiC

Aug 20, 2014

Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar Dies in India-- As a practioner of Iyengar-style yoga, I owe him a debt of gratitude. on.wsj.com/1thpEiC

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Rise of the Five-Figure Bicycle

Aug 20, 2014

Why more people are buying up super pricey (think $20,000!!) bicycles on.wsj.com/1tmrGw3 via @WSJ by @Bachscore

Aug 20, 2014

Apparently "price resistance" isn't in the sporting goods lexicon. Now, a growing market for $20k bikes on.wsj.com/1tmrGw3 by @bachscore

Aug 20, 2014

I love bikes but please ... Rise of the Five-Figure Bicycle on.wsj.com/1tmrGw3 via @wsj

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Walgreen Shakeup Followed Bad Projection

online.wsj.com — A billion-dollar forecasting error in Walgreen Co.'s Medicare-related business has cost the jobs of two top executives and alarmed big investors. At an April board meeting, Chief Financial Officer Wade Miquelon forecast $8.5 billion in fiscal 2016 pharmacy-unit earnings, based partly on contracts to sell drugs under Medicare. Last month,...
Aug 20, 2014

RT @timothywmartin: Why two senior Walgreen execs lost their jobs: a billion-dollar forecasting error. Great A1 story by @michaelsiconolf on.wsj.com/1tmGFGu

Aug 20, 2014

Walgreens CFO made a billion-dollar forecasting error on Medicare-related business that cost his job on.wsj.com/1tmGFGu via @WSJ

Aug 20, 2014

Why two senior Walgreen execs lost their jobs: a billion-dollar forecasting error. Great A1 story by @michaelsiconolf on.wsj.com/1tmGFGu

Aug 20, 2014

RT @DanaMattioli: On today's Page 1: Walgreen's CFO's sudden exit followed a $1.1B forecasting error, from @michaelsiconolf . on.wsj.com/1odl0vI $WAG

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Twitter Scrambles Against Dissemination of Foley Video

blogs.wsj.com — Twitter is trying to stamp out the grisly images of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded in a video released by militants from the Islamic State. "We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery.
Aug 20, 2014

RT @WSJ: Twitter is "actively suspending accounts" sharing graphic images from James Foley video: on.wsj.com/1q0x6fO

Aug 20, 2014

good RT @WSJ: Twitter is "actively suspending accounts" sharing graphic images from James Foley video: on.wsj.com/1q0x6fO

Aug 20, 2014

RT @WSJ: Twitter is "actively suspending accounts" sharing graphic images from James Foley video: on.wsj.com/1q0x6fO

Aug 20, 2014

Twitter Scrambles Against Dissemination of Foley Video murph.me/1oZHSPx @wsj

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2014 Race to Watch: Can Grimes Unseat McConnell in Kentucky?

blogs.wsj.com — Does Alison Lundergan Grimes have what it takes to bring down the most powerful Republican in the Senate? The hottest race of the 2014 midterms pits Ms. Grimes, a Democrat and Kentucky's secretary of state, against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the shrewdest political tacticians in Congress.
Aug 20, 2014

The Senate race in Kentucky could be the most expensive congressional race in the history of American politics. on.wsj.com/1z0j4wT

Aug 20, 2014

Kentucky's Senate race might be the most expensive congressional race in history on.wsj.com/1z0j4wT via @saramurray

Aug 20, 2014

VIDEO: A great @SaraMurray look at whether Grimes can beat McConnell in Kentucky. With bonus clips from the '96 race! on.wsj.com/1z0j4wT

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George W. Bush Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Tags Bill Clinton

blogs.wsj.com — Former President George W. Bush has joined the ranks of politicians, celebrities and everyday Americans who are getting soaked in the name of charity. In the video, Mr. Bush says he doesn't think getting soaked on camera is very presidential, so he is just going to write a check instead.
Aug 20, 2014

Very refreshing! @WSJPolitics: George W. Bush Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Tags Bill Clinton on.wsj.com/1lhz78U

Aug 20, 2014

Bush feared that getting soaked on camera wouldn't look very presidential but buckled to peer pressure from his wife. blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/…

Aug 20, 2014

OK, I'm sold on the ice bucket challenge's value as a stunt: Here's George W Bush bucket'd on.wsj.com/1pecIJi bit.ly/1tplaEP

Aug 20, 2014

George W. Bush Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Tags Bill Clinton on.wsj.com/1lhz78U via @WSJPolitics

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Dictators Upbraid U.S. for Racial Unrest in Ferguson

blogs.wsj.com — How embarrassing is this? Dictators, autocrats and theocrats around the world are lambasting the U.S. for its handling of racial unrest in Missouri. Palestinians have taken to Twitter to advise protesters in Ferguson on how to handle tear gas. And Amnesty International has sent its people to check on the protests.
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Iraq Crisis: Rivalry Flares After Joint Victory At Mosul Dam

online.wsj.com — MOSUL DAM, Iraq-The defeat of Islamist insurgents at the Mosul Dam has brought to the surface long-running tensions between the Kurdish and Iraqi forces that cooperated, with U.S. help, to reclaim the strategic site. During a victory tour for journalists on Tuesday, Kurdish fighters, known as Peshmerga, scuffled with Iraqi military forces, and both tried aggressively to claim most of the credit.
Aug 20, 2014

RT @tomgara: During a media tour to show off the recaptured Mosul dam, Kurdish peshmerga got into a fight with Iraqi army troops. on.wsj.com/1to295O

Aug 20, 2014

RT @tomgara: During a media tour to show off the recaptured Mosul dam, Kurdish peshmerga got into a fight with Iraqi army troops. on.wsj.com/1to295O

Aug 20, 2014

During a media tour to show off the recaptured Mosul dam, Kurdish peshmerga got into a fight with Iraqi army troops. on.wsj.com/1to295O

Aug 20, 2014

RT @malas_n: Dispatch from Mosul Dam yesterday - a snapshot into ground level rivalries as the victory settles in: on.wsj.com/1to295O #Iraq

Aug 20, 2014

Dispatch from Mosul Dam yesterday - a snapshot into ground level rivalries as the victory settles in: on.wsj.com/1to295O #Iraq

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5 Things to Know About Flying Near a Volcano

blogs.wsj.com — Iceland is evacuation citizens around the Bardarbunga volcano as earth tremors raise fears of an impending eruption. Such an event could spew huge amounts of ash into the air, potentially disrupting air travel as Iceland has reminded airlines.

U.S. Airstrike Success Spurs Push for More Iraq Attacks

Aug 20, 2014

RT @malas_n: Great look by @DionNissenbaum,@MattMcBradley at the model-and dilemma-Mosul Dam success sets for more US ops in #Iraq on.wsj.com/1tmR3Op

Aug 20, 2014

RT @malas_n: Great look by @DionNissenbaum,@MattMcBradley at the model-and dilemma-Mosul Dam success sets for more US ops in #Iraq on.wsj.com/1tmR3Op

Aug 20, 2014

Great look by @DionNissenbaum,@MattMcBradley at the model-and dilemma-Mosul Dam success sets for more US ops in #Iraq on.wsj.com/1tmR3Op

Aug 20, 2014

RT @DionNissenbaum: US military considering expanding operation in #Iraq to target ISIS fighters in Sunni heartland of Anbar: on.wsj.com/1tmR3Op via @WSJ

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Snapchat Discussing New Content Service With Advertisers and Media Firms

online.wsj.com — Snapchat Inc., the mobile app for disappearing messages, could soon be a service for disappearing videos, news articles and advertisements. The startup has held talks with advertisers and media companies in recent weeks about a service called Snapchat Discovery that will show content and ads to Snapchat users, according to three people who were briefed on the discussions.
Aug 20, 2014

Snapchat plans to debut ad-supported content discovery service for ephemeral news and videos online.wsj.com/news/article_e…

Aug 20, 2014

Snapchat could soon be a service for disappearing TV and movie clips, news articles and ads . on.wsj.com/1pKRCCa pic.twitter.com/xFyYvPqmmX

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Google Favors Encryption in Ranking, But Not for ‘Trusted Stores’

blogs.wsj.com — Google wants websites to use encryption, to protect themselves and users from hackers. Unless they are e-commerce sites, in which case Google doesn't want them to use encryption too widely. The dissonance arises from the requirements of Google's "Trusted Stores" program, an effort by the search giant to show users where they can "shop online with confidence."
Aug 20, 2014

Google's encryption efforts don't cover the company's "Trusted Stores' program blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08… @RolfeWinkler

Aug 20, 2014

Google Favors Encryption in Ranking, But Not for ‘Trusted Stores’ murph.me/1tlyICf @wsj

Aug 20, 2014

Hmmm. $GOOG favors encrypted web pages to help security. But not by ecommerce stores. via @RolfeWinkler on.wsj.com/1z0Huq3

Aug 20, 2014

Growing pains: Google search wants to promote encryption; another part of company chokes when websites do. blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08… @Techmeme

Aug 20, 2014

Google Favors Encryption in Ranking, But Not for ‘Trusted Stores’ on.wsj.com/1z0Huq3 via @rolfewinkler

Secretive Army of Hamas Emerges From Shadows in Gaza

online.wsj.com — DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip-When the shrapnel-torn body of Ahmed Abu Thoraya returned to this city in the Gaza Strip, only one member of his family knew for sure he had been a fighter in Al Qassam Brigade, the armed wing of Hamas.
Aug 20, 2014

This is a good article on the al-Qassam Brigades, but "Mr. Abu Thoraya" is a weird formulation. online.wsj.com/articles/secre…

Aug 20, 2014

RT @SethAMandel: More phenomenal work from @adamentous online.wsj.com/articles/secre… If you're not reading the WSJ on the Gaza conflict, you're missing everything.

Aug 20, 2014

An in-depth look at the secretive guerrilla arm of Hamas emerged from the shadows on.wsj.com/1pKRdj9 pic.twitter.com/LWGzFwcmqV

Aug 20, 2014

RT @SchoofsFeed: Family secrets: When Abu Thoraya lay dead was 1st time brother saw him in Hamas uniform: online.wsj.com/articles/secre… @caseysjournal, @adamentous

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Uber Opens Software Platform to Boost Ride Demand

blogs.wsj.com — Summoning a ride from Uber is as simple as opening the company's mobile app. Now you won't even have to do that. Uber has partnered with nearly a dozen companies, including OpenTable, Starbucks and United Airlines, to let users order rides from directly within several popular apps, the company said in a blog post Wednesday.
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