Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best soccer players in the world. He’s speedy, creative, spontaneous, and explosive on the pitch. He’s won almost every team and individual honor known to man. Cristiano Ronaldo is a different monster altogether. His ability to transcend the sport and become a brand in and of himself is something the game hasn’t seen since the height of the David Beckham era. His reputation as an international playboy and seducer of the stars sometimes even precedes his reputation as an elite athlete. Yes, he’s scored with Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, but he scores goals too. He’s the face of Armani, and he peddles Nike, Coke and Pepe Jeans. He crashes Ferarris, has a thing for call girls and he’s sexy, suave and seriously ripped. Women want him, and men want to be him. He’s Cristiano Ronaldo, the global icon who kicks balls into really big nets. Read More...
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From the token Geordie in a manufactured girl group to one of Britain’s most desirable women, we’re celebrating a decade in the public eye for the incomparable Cheryl Cole. Here, we look back at some of the ex-WAG and ex-X Factor judge’s hottest moments: See More…
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport reached a Guinness World Records-certified top speed of 431 km/h or 268 mph. However, as Guinness notes, the cars shipped to customers are restricted to 258 mph — to protect the tires, which don’t hold up well at the higher speeds. The Veyron Super Sport has four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers; the 16-cylinder engine has a total of 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb.-ft. of torque. It is the fastest road car in production. The SSC Ultimate Aero held the previous Guinness record of 255.83 mph. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, depending on production details and foreign-exchange rates, will cost between $2.4 to $2.6 million.
Mashable, 04/29/2012 If your smartphone isn’t already your best workout buddy, it might be in the future. Tracking your progress on a mobile app makes it easier to eat right, sleep well and push a workout harder…Read more
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It is no secret that Facebook’s business model is limping compared to other social media sites. For the moment Facebook’s more or less only revenue source is advertising. Advertising has always had good and bad times and it is seasonal. LinkedIn, one of Facebook’s competitors has a business model that stands on multiple legs. LinkedIn offers advertising opportunities and subscriptions for different services and has therefore a much healthier and consistent revenue stream.
For Facebook it is mandatory that users, personal or business, accept and use Facebook as an advertising platform. Once the company is public, which will happen within the next few weeks, dependence on advertising money, and lots of it, will increase. Facebook is for many users the star in between all the social media sites. This status can quickly diminish when things get though as a public company. Yes, there will be some time given and criticism will be held off for a while, but as soon as the company is public, things will change. Facebook claims that the site will always be free. If that can really be delivered has to be seen. It is very well possible and likely that certain services, if not all, become paid services in the future.
According to the company, Facebook is used by 900 million people world wide. The huge number of users certainly has its reason in free usage of the site. Should some or all Facebook services become paid services, it will be interesting to see how these numbers change. Very likely that such a change will turn out to be one of Facebook’s consolidations down the road.
Mashable, 04/29/2012 Could Pinterest be the silver bullet for retailers on social media? Pinterest is clearly resonating with online consumers in a big way. To put it simply, customers who find a product via Pinterest are more likely to purchase it than those who find the product via other social networks…Read More
2012 is an election year and the lawmakers in Washington have a lot of stuff on their plate. With that, a lot of lobbyists representing all kind of different interests are present and go in and out in our elected representative’s offices.
Many people say that lobbying is bribery. What is your opinion about the subject? Is it? is lobbying bribery? Please leave your response in the comment section.
Gareth Bale is one of the major stars in the Barclay’s English Premier League. While he is certainly proud to play for Wales, the fact doesn’t help his international career. Not being able to play at the big tournaments like a World Cup or the European Championship must be a major bummer for him. It is a similar situation like the one for Ryan Giggs, Manchester United’s superstar for almost 20 years. While he experienced the same faith with the National Team, Giggs is Welsh like Bale, he played in a top team and had plenty of international exposure.
There is nothing wrong with Bales checking on his possibilities to join a club that is playing for glory in the Champions League. Bale has quality to offer and would fit into the top teams in Europe. Bale leaving Spurs would be a major loss for the ambitions of Tottenham and could certainly put a stop on their efforts to establish a presence in the Champions League.
It has to be seen how Spurs can compete over the last few games and what eventually the outcome will be. After looking like a major competitor for third place in the Premier League, their hotness cooled down substantially. Inexperience and the continued rumors that Harry Redknapp will drop Spurs for the England job, ruined a promising campaign for Spurs.
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