The Modern Olympics

The Olympics is really, really old. It goes all the way back to the Greek antiquity – 776 BC to be precise. But who gets the credit for starting the modern Olympic games? Apparently, it was through the efforts of a French named Baron Pierre de Coubertin. He was tired of seeing France lose wars, so he started the the revival of the Olympics. The first modern Olympic games were held in Athens in 1896. Read more about the Olympic revival from this article from Deadspin.

Verizon Buys Yahoo

Verizon is buying Yahoo for $4.8 billion per ArsTechnica.

Those assets will form part of a new publicly traded company that will be spun out of Yahoo as a separate business. It’s unclear who will head up that firm, however.

Verizon CEO Lowell Adam said: “Just over a year ago we acquired AOL to enhance our strategy of providing a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators, and advertisers. The acquisition of Yahoo will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company, and help accelerate our revenue stream in digital advertising.”

Yahoo will be thrown into the mix with AOL—also a faded Internet star that burned brightly in the ’90s.

The business will be steered by Verizon’s Executive VP Marni Walden, the company said.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer—in a carefully worded statement that made no mention of her future at the company once it joins AOL in the Verizon fold—said:

Google Calendar

Several news reports are coming in that Google Calendar was down this morning for two hours. I use Google Calendar, but I didn’t notice and was unaffected by the downtime. I guess I don’t use it often enough. However, many people use Google Calendar for personal and for work since it integrates well with mobile devices and other apps. Thankfully, the downtime was minimal without any loss of data.

Two Jets Landing At The Same Time

Here’s a viral video of two jets landing at the same time in SFO – San Francisco International Airport. I have a somewhat similar experience years ago except that it was a bit more scarier. The jet I was flying in was several hundred feet behind the another jet. Our jet caught the backwash of the jet in front of us and our plane dipped to the left. I was looking right at the water since I had the window seat on the left side of the plane. The pilot calmly leveled off the plane and applied extra power to gain a bit of altitude. We landed safely. Afterwards, the pilot explained what happened. Real story.

Fifty One Degrees

There is a city in Northern India called Phalodi, which just set a new heat record today of 51 degrees. On first thought, that doesn’t seem like much, except that the temperature is in centigrade. Convert that to Fahrenheit and you get a temperature of 123.8F. That’s hot. The previous heat record in India was set in 1956 in the town of Alwar at 50.6C. Today’s record is still 6 degrees cooler than the hottest day recorded ever in Death Valley, CA in 1913.

From the Guardian.

Mind the Gap

If you’ve ever been to London and have taken the Underground, you’ve probably have heard of the words “mind the gap” spoken over the public announcement speakers. Well, the man who did the voice of those famous words have died. His name was Phil Sayer. He was 62.

YouTube Connect

YouTube has just created another service called YouTube Connect. It give users the ability to livestream that spur-of-the-moment type of videos akin to Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live.

YouTube Connect will have apps that will run on iOS and Android devices. Livestreaming is immediate and will include, chat and tagging features. The Live broadcasts are saved on YouTube so others can see it for later viewing.

All in all, YouTube now has seven apps. They are YouTube app, YouTube Gaming, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids, YouTube Creator Studio, YouTube Capture and YouTube Red. The latter is a add-free subscription service.