YouTube TV comes to PS4 as PS Vue moves outSony hardware maintains a live TV option at about the same priceRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 21st January 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSonySony’s PlayStation Vue TV service may be out this month, but never fear: YouTube TV is in.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Today, YouTube announced the app was being added to the PS Store for PS4, bringing over 70 live TV channels for $50 per month. The app has been available on Xbox One since 2017, and is not currently available on the Nintendo Switch (though the free YouTube app is).This comes just over a week before Sony shuts down its own TV service, PS Vue, for good. The company announced it would be hitting the brakes back in October, citing the competitive nature of paid TV and the slow change of business models as factors. PS Vue stopped taking new subscribers some time ago, and will fully end for existing subscribers on January 30. Prior to its termination, the cheapest PS Vue plan was $50 per month for around 45 channels.Currently, the Sony PS Vue page specifically recommends interested users to “please consider YouTube TV as a cable-free live TV alternative.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesReturnal | Critical ConsensusCritics praise Housemarque’s roguelike shooter for fast-paced combat and unforgiving, gorgeous world, but say it misses the mark on some key aspectsBy Marie Dealessandri 9 days agoSony testing PlayStation Plus film and TV offeringPlayStation Plus Video Pass will be available for a limited time in PolandBy Marie Dealessandri 19 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix “[SPACs are] just cheaper and it’s more efficient,” Coles said in an interview. “John Ledecky, who’s a SPAC veteran, and I are not looking to ‘SPAC and pack,’ which is what some people do — we ‘SPAC and stay.’”Coles is joining Apex’s board of directors and Ledecky will be a board observer, she said. “We’re looking to stay involved with the company and share our networks and be useful where it’s needed.” 2 Apex’s application programming interfaces and its clearing relationships with popular fintech firms like Stash, SoFi, Webull and Betterment has Tiburon Strategic Advisors Managing Partner Charles Roame anticipating that Apex’s deal will pave the way for more wealthtech SPACs to follow. “Apex is a well-run firm at an important spot in the industry,” Roame said in an email. “Its potential to push into custody for more traditional RIAs (at the opportune time that Schwab and TD Ameritrade are merging), and its high margins make it an exciting company. I suspect this SPAC goes well, and many more SPACs follow.” In January, Social Finance Inc. agreed to be taken public by a blank-check company backed by billionaire venture capital investor and Social Capital CEO Chamath Palihapitiya in a deal that values the upstart at around $8.7 billion. Palihapitiya is also minority owner of the Golden State Warriors basketball team and has a large influence on social media, with more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter. Digital investing and banking platform MoneyLion, too, announced Feb. 12 that it is going public through a merger with SPAC Fusion Acquisition Corp. in a deal that puts the combined company’s value at $2.9 billion. WHY SPACs?The simple reason that SPACs deals are dominating the market is that they are a convenient shortcut allowing these fintechs to go public without the hassle of pursuing an IPO, said Justin Mattos, a senior analyst at Corporate Insight. “When they go this route, they get immediate, predictable funding, not to mention a favorable valuation for their current offering with the promise of plans to grow beyond it,” Mattos said. “By bringing in significant funding from the deals and relying on the SPAC to handle the public listing, these fintechs end up having the time and resources to capitalize on their current momentum and turbocharge their growth.”These deals certainly point to a shift in the strategic planning for going public, but it’s likely that only a select cohort of maturing fintechs will be able to take advantage, he said. “Where firms like SoFi and MoneyLion have concrete plans to offer full-service financial platforms that allow clients to spend, save and invest all in one place, many others are still justifying their initial offerings and are far from ready for public listings,” Mattos said. “I expect a few more late-stage startups in the fintech space will go the SPAC route, but that may taper off under increased regulatory scrutiny of this approach.”SPACs are also more popular when markets are volatile because they afford the ability to negotiate a price primarily with one party — the SPAC — making price discovery more efficient, said Roame. While there are multiple ways for a private company to go public, another reason SPACs are popular among wealthtechs is because oftentimes these firms do not have a direct public company comparable, making a SPAC seem like the most practical path, said Matthew Berkowitz, managing principal at Capco. Moreover, SPACs provide a speedier market entry by about two to four months compared with an IPO as there are typically fewer Securities and Exchange Commission comments given the lack of financial statements and a shortened audit process, Berkowitz said. In addition, companies can more effectively provide not only near-term but longer-term forecasts in cases where they have multiple lines of businesses with different growth rates and profitability. In the case of Apex, the fintech provides not only digital custody and clearing but real-time crypto solutions, fractional share-trading and other services to an array of clients, including online brokerage firms, traditional wealth managers, wealthtech platforms, professional traders and consumer brands. “Therefore, this supports Apex’s ability to ensure the value of the company is best reflected in the price by affording the ability to take investors through the required level of detail,” Berkowitz said. House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. 3 House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ Cannabis investments soaring with Democrats at the helm 5 InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers SPACs raise money through an initial public offering to acquire a private company, which then becomes public as a result of the merger. As of Wednesday, SPACs have already raised more than $53 billion in 2021 through 171 SPAC IPOs, according to SPACInsider.In 2020, SPACs accounted for more than half (55%) of IPOs, up from 28% in 2019, according to Tiburon Strategic Advisors. The SPAC frenzy isn’t just for celebrities — it’s pouring into the wealth management sector as billionaires and innovators funnel cash into wealthtech and elevate more firms to go public. Digital custodian Apex Clearing is the latest wealthtech company to go public via a blank-check merger with Northern Star Investment Corp. II, in a deal that put the combined company’s value at $4.7 billion. Northern Star Chairwoman and CEO Joanna Coles, former chief content officer for Hearst Magazines and former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine and Marie Claire, and Jon Ledecky, co-owner of the NHL team the New York Islanders, will lend their vast networks of branding experience to push the fintech to new highs. 1 Special purpose acquisition companies, known as blank-check companies, are all the rage these days — even celebrities like baseball legend Alex Rodriguez, former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and pop star Ciara are loaning their star power to these reverse merger companies. 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The Harrogate Bus Company will begin evening buses on its Harrogate Electrics 2B route serving New Park and The Knox from 28 April. The service will run every hour on Monday-Saturday evenings– with three extra journeys at 2040hrs, 2140hrs and 2240hrs from Harrogate Bus Station.The new timetable offers easy access to Harrogate’s bars, restaurants, theatre, cinema and more.The Harrogate Bus Company’s Service Delivery Manager Andy Turnbull says: “We’re delighted to introduce these additional evening services on our popular Bilton services, which are becoming more and more popular – especially since the introduction of our pioneering electric buses.“With the return of lighter evenings and – we hope – warmer weather, it’s the ideal time to leave the car at home. We are delighted to be not just supporting the town centre offer but also great local family pubs like The Knox here in Bilton too.”
David Davis, the U.K.’s Brexit secretary, said the British government is on course to begin negotiations to formally leave the EU, but the back and forth between the houses of parliament over the bill could mean a delay, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.The EU is meeting for a two-day summit on March 8-9, where it was widely expected that Britain would trigger Article 50. Davis rubbished that expectation, saying, “the 9th or 10th is not a date I recognize in terms of our timetable. What we have said is by the end of March, some time during March.”Davis expressed satisfaction with the Notification of Withdrawal Bill, which gives Prime Minister Theresa May the authority to trigger Article 50 and which passed through the British parliament earlier this month. But he did not expect the triggering of Article 50 to be straightforward. “We’ll have some passing backward and forward” between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, he said. “We call it ping pong, you can imagine why … but I expect that to be resolved in good time before the end of March.” Also On POLITICO Italian PM: Brexit negotiation need not be ‘disruptive’ By Charlie Cooper David Davis: UK has passed ‘point of no return’ By Cynthia Kroet
The Advance Auto Parts Clash is a preseason race held at Daytona International Speedway. The race is held following the first Busch Pole Qualifying session of the season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. Here’s a look at how the field is determined, the format and much more.RELATED: Buy tickets for Daytona Speedweeks | Full Speedweeks schedule Programming info for the Advance Auto Parts Clash:When: Feb. 10, starting at 3 p.m. ETWhere: Daytona International SpeedwayTV: FS1Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR RadioWhat is the format?The Clash is a 75-lap race with a competition caution that will come at Lap 25. In total, the race is scheduled to go 187.5 miles.How is the lineup set up for the race?A random draw to be held at 6:30 p.m. ET in the Fan Zone will determine the starting spots for each of the drivers in Sunday’s field.How are drivers eligible for The Clash?The Clash field is comprised of:1. Drivers who won a Busch Pole Award the previous season2. Drivers who are former Clash winners that competed full time the previous season3. Former Daytona 500 winners that competed full time the previous season4. Former Daytona 500 pole winners who competed full time the previous season5. Drivers who qualified for last season’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series PlayoffsWho is eligible for the 2019 Clash?Twenty drivers are eligible for this year’s event. Here is the full list and how they qualified:Aric Almirola (2018 Playoff driver)Ryan Blaney (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Alex Bowman (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Clint Bowyer (2018 Playoff driver)Kurt Busch (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Kyle Busch (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Austin Dillon (Former Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award winner)Chase Elliott (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Denny Hamlin (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Kevin Harvick (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Jimmie Johnson (Former Daytona 500 Busch Pole Award winner)Erik Jones (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Brad Keselowski (2018 Playoff driver)Kyle Larson (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Joey Logano (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Jamie McMurray (Former Daytona 500 winner)Paul Menard (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Ryan Newman (Former Daytona 500 winner)Daniel Suarez (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Martin Truex Jr. (2018 Busch Pole Award winner)Which drivers will be in new rides at The Clash?Kurt Busch: No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing ChevroletJamie McMurray: No. 40 Spire Motorsports ChevroletRyan Newman: No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing FordDaniel Suarez: No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing FordMartin Truex Jr.: No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing ToyotaRELATED: Drivers on the move for 2019 | See drivers in their 2019 fire suitsWho are the active winners of The Clash?Brad Keselowski is the defending race winner. Active drivers to have won this race in the past besides Keselowski are:Joey Logano (2017)Denny Hamlin (2016, 2014, 2006)Kevin Harvick (2013, 2010, 2009)Kyle Busch (2012)Kurt Busch (2011)Jimmie Johnson (2005)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA quarter of a century ago, Washington DC had a fearsome reputation for crack abuse and rampant gun violence – it was the “murder capital” of the US. But now, once-blighted neighborhoods close to the centre of the capital are thriving.After Washington had “bottomed out” in 1991, a virtuous cycle began as more affluent young professionals began to opt for the convenience and buzz of living closer to the city centre, often moving to handsome old buildings in areas that once had been considered too dangerous.Residents old and new recognize that gentrification has meant a safer and more prosperous neighborhood. Homeowners have seen the value of their property rise. New commerce in the neighborhoods with shops and restaurants means people are making money and spending it too, in a prosperity cycle.(READ the story from the BBC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Last autumn Eddy Merckx gave us a detailed first look at the complete overhaul of their all-around stage race bike, the new 525. Now together with AG2R La Mondiale the 525 gets a concrete date for its racing debut. Plus, we have a glimpse at another all-new bike, a light & stiff versatile climbing bike called the Stockeu69…Eddy Merckx Stockeu69 light, stiff carbon road race bikephotos courtesy of Belgian Bicycle FactoryNamed for the punchy Ardennes climb, almost half of which is over 10%, where Eddy Merckx made his race winning attack in the 1969 Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the new Stockeu69 is being called “the ultimate Belgian Cycling Factory stiffness-to-weight race bike”. That’s a key claim, as it puts the bike up directly against the Ridley Helium SLX also under the BCF group, an already stiff hi-mod carbon race bike with a frame weight of just 750g.And the bike doesn’t look to be only a dedicated mountain climber. The Merckx naming convention of course suggests its suitability for the hilly Ardennes Classics, with their relatively short, but steep climbs. And AG2R has riders Oliver Naesen & Silvan Dillier here have been testing the upcoming bike on the frozen cobblestone sectors like Hem, which make up the last legs of Paris-Roubaix.No official detail on the bike or its debut. The Stockeu69 does deviate from the 525 with a conventional non-integrated headset & stem, tube shaping that all appears straight with round to boxy profiles, thin but straight seatstays that hit the seat cluster where there is a conventional external seatpost clamp as well. The Stockeu69 will certainly have this single bolt rim brake version, with no mention yet of a disc option. The new bike is shown with a UCI approved stick (no surprise) but the latest approved list from December 2018 makes no mention of the Stockeu69 yet.Eddy Merckx 525 all-rounder carbon stage race bike for Le Tour 2019The 525 does get a bit more definitive timeline. Eddy Merckx is set to officially launch their new flagship 525 in Brussels on July 3 with their AG2R La Mondiale team, ahead of the start of the 2019 Tour de France in the Belgian city. And ahead of the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx’s first Tour victory.The team has been riding the bikes since early winter, and we got a good look at Oliver Naesen’s bike then. In the time since, the 525 has made it onto the UCI approved list with both this rim brake version and a 525 Disc being approved in a five size range (XS-XL.)EddyMerckx.com
Northstar Vermont Yankee,The spent fuel pool at Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant holds 2,996 spent fuel assemblies, each measuring about 7 inches by 7 inches, that are awaiting a move to dry cask storage. Photo courtesy NRCby Mike Faher vtdigger.org(link is external) Entergy can eliminate a direct emergency data link between Vermont Yankee and the federal government, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided. By unanimous vote on Thursday, NRC commissioners denied Vermont’s appeal of Entergy’s deactivation of the Emergency Response Data System – also known as the ERDS – at the Vernon plant. While state officials argued that the system is important given the risk of radiological accidents from spent fuel stored at the plant, the NRC says the data system is required only at facilities with operating reactors. Vermont Yankee ceased producing power December 29.“Compared to a reactor accident, a spent-fuel pool accident is a slower-moving event with far fewer parameters…to monitor, fewer kinds of potential accidents and more time available to take mitigative and corrective actions,” the NRC decision stated, adding that there is a lower risk of accidents decommissioned plants.RELATED STORY: State slams Vermont Yankee emergency-planning changesVermont Yankee spokesman Martin Cohn said the ruling “confirms that our position on this issue is correct,” in an email statement.“We are pleased that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission rejected the filing from the state of Vermont and affirmed the earlier ruling by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board,” Cohn wrote. “We remain focused on the safety of the facility and the community.”Vermont Public Service Board Commissioner Chris Recchia said he was disappointed, adding there was a “fundamental disagreement” between the NRC and the state over the danger presented by Yankee’s spent fuel.Internal alert systems Vermont Yankee aren’t enough, he said. “The problem is that, if something happens at the site, you don’t want to have to be at the site to figure out what’s going on,” Recchia said.Thursday’s ruling does not affect the ongoing dispute over other, more dramatic emergency changes proposed at Vermont Yankee.Entergy is seeking reduction of the Emergency Planning Zone – now a wide circle touching three states – to the boundaries of the plant site itself. Along with that would come the end of mandatory funding for emergency operations in the affected towns and states.Those changes are still up in the air, as Vermont officials have appealed Entergy’s proposals.Rather, the NRC decision on Thursday is strictly limited to the emergency system in question – which is a relatively obscure mechanism at Vermont Yankee, but one the state took issue with.The origins of the Emergency Response Data System can be traced to Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979, after which the NRC “recognized a need to improve its ability to acquire accurate and timely data on reactor-plant conditions during emergencies,” according to federal documents.Hence ERDS was established by the nuclear commission in 1991 to create a “direct electronic data link” between nuclear-plant operators and the commission’s operations center for monitoring remotely. The rule, however, exempted “all nuclear power facilities that are shut down permanently or indefinitely” from participating in the emergency response system.That wording is key in the Yankee case, as Entergy maintained its was no longer needed after the Vernon plant ceased operations.The NRC’s staff has agreed with that stance, and the agency produced guidance saying administrators of a shuttered nuclear plant – after performing their own analysis of emergency systems – may retire the alert system without seeking commission approval.That’s what happened at Vermont Yankee: Entergy when it shut down the system in February.The state asked that Entergy either continue to maintain the system, or provide a similar, alternative one for as long as spent fuel remains at the site.In January, a majority of the licensing board – an arm of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – rejected Vermont’s arguments as inadmissible. To require continued operation of the alert system at a reactor that’s been permanently shut down would be “inconsistent” with federal regulations, the majority opinion stated.Vermont officials appealed the ruling, reaching back to the NRC’s initial 1991 rule. The state argued that exemption from the alert system applied only to nuclear plants that were shuttered at the time that rule was made – not to plants that had yet to shut down in subsequent years.The NRC commissioners disagreed and, on Thursday morning, held a brief voting meeting to deny Vermont’s appeal. The commissioners’ written opinion finds that Vermont has raised issues that are beyond the scope of the current proceeding.Commissioners also say the state “misreads” regulations for shut-down nuclear plants. Given the decreased risk for serious accidents at a plant where the reactor has been de-fueled, the commissioners write, it makes sense that there would be no need for the emergency data alerts.“Without an operating reactor in the picture, the entire focus of the licensee’s staff can be on the spent fuel pool. And once a reactor has shut down, the potential for a release from a spent fuel pool will diminish with time as the decay heat of the fuel drops, given that no fresh spent fuel will be added to the pool. It is reasonable, therefore, to read the (ERDS) rule exemption as applying to facilities that have permanently shut down reactor operations and defueled their reactors.”While there was no formal dissent to Thursday’s ruling, there was a footnote: NRC Commissioner Jeff Baran said he does not necessarily agree with the government’s current ERDS regulations and urged a review as the NRC undertakes new rule-making for decommissioning nuclear plants.“I am sympathetic to the state of Vermont’s view that licensees should maintain those aspects of ERDS that transmit spent fuel pool conditions or are relevant to a potential spent fuel pool accident until the spent fuel is removed from the pool or there is no reasonable risk of a zirconium fire,” Baran wrote.
The New York Times: Is free will an illusion? Some leading scientists think so. For instance, in 2002 the psychologist Daniel Wegner wrote “It seems we are agents. It seems we cause what we do… It is sobering and ultimately accurate to call all this an illusion.” More recently, the neuroscientist Patrick Haggard declared , “We certainly don’t have free will. Not in the sense we think.” And in June, the neuroscientist Sam Harris claimed , “You seem to be an agent acting of your own free will. The problem, however, is that this point of view cannot be reconciled with what we know about the human brain.”Such proclamations make the news; after all, if free will is dead, then moral and legal responsibility may be close behind. As the legal analyst Jeffrey Rosen wrote in The New York Times Magazine, “Since all behavior is caused by our brains, wouldn’t this mean all behavior could potentially be excused? … The death of free will, or its exposure as a convenient illusion, some worry, could wreak havoc on our sense of moral and legal responsibility.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >