Southampton set to move for ‘the best player in the Dutch league’?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Dutch football correspondent Marcel van der Kraan claims Feyenoord pair Jordy Clasie and Sven van Beek are on Southampton’s radar.Saints chief Ronald Koeman worked with the pair during his time at the Netherlands club, and is expected to launch a double offer for the duo in the summer.And Van der Kraan insists Clasie is one of the best players in the Eredivisie.“Ronald Koeman knows absolutely everything about two of the biggest gems at Feyenoord,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “They are the midfielder and the captain Jordy Clasie, and Sven van Beek.“Clasie is a sort of Cesc Fabregas player and, probably, the best player in the Dutch league.“I would think he would jump at the chance to re-join Koeman. It won’t be in the last few days of this window but I’m sure he will have a real go at getting him in the summer.“The other one is Sven van Beek, who is a brilliant 20-year-old defender. He’s very promising. It won’t be long before Koeman tries to get him as well.”Listen again to Marcel van der Kraan’s interview with Hawksbee and Jacobs and leave your thoughts on Jordy Clasie belowlast_img read more

MySpace to Unveil Integration With Sites Around the Web, Using Open Standards

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Data Portability#news#NYT#web#Web Development marshall kirkpatrick MySpace will announce in the next few weeks a major new feature being added to its MySpaceID product that will allow third-party websites to write updates into the MySpace activity feed just like Facebook Connect, but will also incorporate open semantic microformat code in order to comprehend what those updates are about and make more sophisticated update highlighting and recommendation decisions. It’s a major move being worked on with both the Activity Streams and Open Social communities – it could push the rest of the web, outside of Facebook, in a direction that supports radical app innovation through the creation of a level playing field of readable data. And it could make MySpace a lot better, too.“We don’t want to do anything without semantics, to be honest,” Monica Keller, group architect for activity streams at MySpace, told us by phone today. “We can’t afford to show a user content on their home page that they aren’t going to like.” At a time when MySpace is in serious trouble and trying to regroup, a home run by Keller and crew could make MySpace more relevant to people again and impact the rest of the web in positive ways radically unlike the impact of Facebook’s proprietary software.Keller told us today that MySpace is working on increasing the amount and sophistication of user activity updates on the site in a number of different ways. In case anyone is chuckling and thinking MySpace doesn’t matter, we should remember that only ten sites on the web are visited more often than MySpace still today. MySpace may be on the decline, but it’s still hugely important and these moves it’s making could help it become even more so.Adding “Write” FunctionalityMySpaceID currently allows sites around the web to offer sign-in using MySpace account credentials. The sites can then pull in some amount of a user’s data from MySpace and use it to personalize the experience they have on the new site – friends lists can be synced and taste information can be gleaned from a profile to customize recommendations, for example.The next step will be to bring in user activities from these third-party sites and display them in your MySpace user activity feed, much like Facebook Connect allows. This gives other sites access to distribution inside MySpace. Developers of other sites will be able to offer users the option of publishing their activities on these other sites back onto their MySpace profiles and friends’ activity feeds.Here’s how MySpace’s plan is unlike what Facebook is doing. The updates will be marked up for the types of activities they represent with standardized microformat code, beginning with the events format hCal and soon to include the book, movie or other review format hReview. Those little bits of code that will be added could have big consequences.Keller says the company acknowledges that this won’t be a small task for third-party developers, so in the meantime she is working on automated methods of pulling user data in from other sites’ Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and marking them up automatically, with the microformat code communicating what kind of updates they are (events, reviews, etc.)Why This is ImportantConsider this analogy: Mozilla has been good for the whole web because it pushed everyone to be more standards-compliant in the browser market and thus made it easier for developers to build stable, universally usable and more sophisticated applications. By giving the web a reason to build out software that publishes information in the standardized format of the Activity Streams spec and semantic microformats, MySpace grows the pie of that kind of data and gives developers a greater incentive to develop more in that same fashion. Standardized data is the soil in which fields of new applications grow.This kind of data normalization creates the level playing field of information that allows new applications to be written and scale up through accessing and processing large quantities of information that have effectively been translated into the same “language.” You want to build an application that processes hCal events? That will be a lot more appealing when the MySpace ecosystem of connected sites is all speaking that language.Keller says that MySpace and the community of people working on building a common Activity Streams specification for all sites have been working closely with the Open Social community, the Google-led cross-site application platform that competes with the Facebook App platform. Keller says MySpace’s new activity feed functionality will be delivered from within but extend upon the Open Social framework the company uses to connect with other sites now. There isn’t any indication yet that MySpace will make these marked-up updates available in bulk to developers for analysis; they will likely remain authenticated and limited in visibility to friends who have given approval. That would be an even bigger boost for innovation, but the promotion of the standardized data format is a huge step nonetheless. What’s In It for MySpace?So if this has a lot of potential to be good for the web – what’s in it for MySpace? Two things, primarily.First, as Facebook grows rapidly in both user numbers and integration with sites around the web through its similar product Facebook Connect, MySpace is no longer the center of the web for millions of people. This kind of product facilitates that kind of relationship, and offering outside developers write-access to MySpace will incentivize more of them to support ongoing user-connection with MySpace. The microformatted markup makes this a lot smarter than Facebook Connect, frankly. There is a risk that all the smarts in the world won’t interest people in MySpace’s declining profile, but the site remains one of the most popular on the web and a viable competitor to Facebook. (Facebook said they may or may not comment on this move by MySpace; we’re still waiting to see if they’d like to.)The goal for the program that Keller shared with us was different. She says that the microformats markup will enable the company to make smarter decisions in highlighting friends’ updates and offering users’ recommendations.Keller says that MySpace is working on and will soon deploy technology that closely monitors what kind of friend updates users show interest in. If I often click on your photos but never read your blog posts, or I am very interested in your book reviews but don’t care about your events listings, then MySpace will feature those kinds of your updates in my friends’ activity feeds more or less prominently. Knowing what kinds of activities are being brought in from other sites will help make that more possible. The same information will facilitate smarter recommendations of content you might like.That’s why Monica Keller says “We don’t want to do anything without semantics, to be honest. We can’t afford to show a user content on their home page that they aren’t going to like.” Watch for these new technologies to be announced in the coming weeks. They could have a big impact not just on the future of MySpace, but on much of the rest of the web as well.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Supporting Cloud Services Endanger Your Uptime

first_imgWhere’s your site? In a server sitting in the back room, most of us would say, or at a host provider across the country or even (if you’re planning for disaster) scattered across cloud instances around the world.The truth is we usually don’t know — and not knowing could set us up for a world of hurt.That’s because many sites depend on external Web services that, together, make up each site. Services such as third-party advertising, analytics, social-media controls or newsfeeds, just to name a few. If any of those services crash or flake out, they can take down, slow down or generally give sites the appearance of suck.Given the recent GoDaddy and Amazon EC2 East outages, and the coding problems with Facebook’s Like button that halted the loading of many client sites, administrators need to pay a lot more attention to what goes into their final site experience, because an outage or failed service can have a domino effect.Missing The ObviousIt’s a serious issue for Web administrators, though not one that comes up in covversation until there’s a problem. In a way, it’s analogous to riding in a hot-air balloon and realizing that, oh yeah, that 50-gazillion-BTU propane torch two feet from your head will be pretty darn hot. It’s obvious when you are standing there in the basket and your scalp is getting cooked, but when you see the pretty, serene pictures of the graceful balloon in flight, it doesn’t really occur to you to wear a hat to avoid first-degree burns.The analogy holds true for sites. Add some Twitter buttons or a Facebook Like button or too, throw in some banner ads, a little Google Analytics monitoring and suddenly your site is now dependent on four additional hosts in order to work at peak efficiency. It’s obvious when you think about it, but is it on your list of things to care about?Complicating the situation even further is the fact that the number of hosts that a site owner has to actually touch can changes depending on where the site is located. Cloud application-monitoring service Compuware has illustrated this pretty neatly in the map below, which shows the average number of hosts that contribute to a typical web transaction in the locations shown (based on over 250 million Web measurements).Average Website Hosts Per User Transaction, June 2012Most of the additional hosts are third-party services that sites in these locations tie into in order to deliver the full experience. With some sites dependent on 10 hosts or more, the chances for some kind of failure goes up significantly, explained Compuware’s Stephen Pierzchala, APM Technology Strategist.A Bad Taste For Visitors“A site is like a big pot of stew,” Pierzchala said. “If one ingredient tastes bad, it can ruin the whole stew.” And there are a lot of ingredients on most sites.An analytics script can fail, causing the site to load slowly, or a content-delivery network that the site uses can fail, making the site crawl for in one part of the world. Or, as with what happened last May with a faulty Facebook Like button that admins embedded in sites, pages could simply stop loading after the Like button appeared, Pierzchala said.The take-away for admins is the importance of knowing what’s on a site. What are the components and where do they come from? Just as important, who’s putting stuff on your site? If content is auto-fed to your pages from an outside provider, what happens when its server borks?Once you have identified the third-party providers, “take control of your third parties. Don’t let them control you,” Pierzchala emphasized.Identify what-ifs. Build fail-safes into your site’s code to work around failures, and set up lines of communication with service providers to ensure you can learn about problems from them, and before you hear from disgruntled visitors. Knowledge is a powerful thing to have when things go awry.Because when you site fails, all that your visitors will know is that you and your brand — not some host sitting halfway across the world — disappointed them.Images courtesy of Shutterstock and Compuware. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Web 2.0 center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Related Posts last_img read more

Cong., BJP candidates file papers for Rajasthan bypolls

first_imgThe candidates of Congress, BJP and its ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party filed their nomination papers on Monday for the upcoming by-elections to Khinvsar and Mandawa Assembly seats in Rajasthan, setting the stage for a keen contest between the State’s ruling party and the alliance which had won the Nagaur seat in this year’s Lok Sabha election.The Congress had lost both the Jat-dominated Assembly constituencies in the 2018 election and the seats became vacant after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while RLP MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, supported by BJP, won from Nagaur.Mr. Beniwal’s younger brother Narayan Beniwal filed his papers as the RLP candidate from Khinvsar in the presence of senior BJP leaders. ,The Congress, which has strengthened its position in the State Assembly after the recent merger of six Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs, has given ticket from Khinvsar to former Minister Harendra Mirdha.Surprise candidateThe BJP sprung a surprise by fielding former Congress leader Sushila Sigra from Mandawa as its candidate a few hours after inducting her into the party. Ms. Sigra, a Pradhan in Jhunjhunu panchayat Samiti, was expelled from Congress after the 2018 Assemble election over her anti-party activities. She also filed her nomination on Monday.Veteran Congress leader Ram Narayan Chaudhary’s daughter Rita Chaudhary filed her nomination papers as the Congress candidate from Mandava..last_img read more