Olympic athletes are giving up their personal physical data in exchange for the latest gadgets that record sleep, diet and exercise patterns as they try to boost their performance in this year’s games.
Several health technology companies plan to use the athletes’ data to help re-engineer the tracking devices and later reposition the products for the amateur sports performance market or the $61bn weight loss market.
David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terror legislation, said this summer’s Games are a “major target” and police may be intervening in cases earlier than they would normally.
His comments follow a series of arrests by counter-terrorism officers in recent weeks.
Last month two Muslim converts were arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack against the Olympic canoeing venue. They were later released without charge.
And last week 14 people were arrested [...]
Ground-to-air missiles are to be sited on the roof of a block of flats near the Olympic site as part of a huge security operation to protect the Games.
The Army will station soldiers and high-velocity surface-to-air missiles on the residential block in East London to ward off airborne terror threats.
Residents in the private, gated flats in Bow have received a leaflet warning them that a team of ten soldiers and [...]
Politics and football aren’t always a good mix, as the people at ESPN found out this week in the wake of Hank Williams Jr.’s on-air rant about Barack Obama. (The sports network canned the crooner’s familiar “Are you ready for some football” Monday Night Football opening song in response to the negative publicity over his comments.)
But NFL owners and players generally are not shy [...]
Zynga Inc., a company that sells imaginary tractors and other make-believe goods in online games, plans to raise some very real money from public investors.
After weeks of speculation, the San Francisco start-up—maker of “FarmVille,” “CityVille” and other games played on Facebook’s website—on Friday filed for an initial public offering in a deal that could value it as high as $20 billion, said people familiar [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
Guest Post: I’ve Got a Funny Feeling About the Stock Market
The dollar has reached a point of double-bind for the Fed: push it down further or allow it to rise, it won’t matter: either way, stocks will fall off a cliff.
I’ve got a funny feeling that all the ramp-and-camp, extend-and-pretend POMO games propping up stocks are about [...]