White jokingly referred to Belfort as “Our new head of P.R.,” in making the announcement. Weidman-Belfort will be the main event with a women’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and unbeaten No.1 contender Cat Zingano as the co-main on Feb. 28 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Weidman and Belfort were originally supposed to fight on Dec. 6 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, but Weidman broke his left hand in training and on Sept. 22 had to postpone the fight.
It turns out to be a great deal for Staples, which was to host UFC 176 on Aug. 2. That card was supposed to be headlined by a featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, but was canceled when Aldo was injured and had to pull out. The UFC tried to reschedule, but Staples is one of the country’s busiest arenas and it couldn’t be worked out.
The Aldo-Mendes fight was moved to Brazil as the main event of UFC 179, which Aldo won by an impressive unanimous decision in one of 2014’s best fights.
Rousey-Zingano had been expected to be the co-main event of UFC 182 on Jan. 3 at the MGM Grand and as of mid-afternoon Pacific time on Wednesday, was still shown in that spot on UFC.com.
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The street duo – comprising former Britain’s Got Talent finalist Tobias Mead, 26, and 13-year-old Jak Tuite-Leach – received the most public votes.
The duo also performed in the US for the first time on The Ellen Show today. See their performance below.
A well-established music distribution company is offering its partners “YouTube Money.”
TuneCore, which helps its users distribute their music on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital retailers, has launched a program that looks to monetize unlicensed music use on YouTube.
As noted in a report by Billboard, TuneCore’s YouTube money program allows users to choose which of their songs they want to track on YouTube. TuneCore then monitors those tracks and finds videos that use them without license. The infringing videos are then monetized, and any ad revenue they gain is deposited into the artist’s TuneCore account.
“As YouTube’s importance as a point of distribution increases, we want to ensure Artists are receiving the full benefits,” said TuneCore CEO Scott Ackerman in a statement. “With YouTube Money, we’re confident TuneCore can help artists by collecting the YouTube revenue artists have earned while artists can focus on what’s most important–making music and getting their music out to the world.”
The YouTube Money service responds to a demand for oversight on YouTube. According to a survey from TuneCore, its artistic partners find YouTube to be the third most important platform for music distribution, behind iTunes and Spotify. Therefore, expect many of those artists to take advantage of the YouTube Money they now have their disposal.
These fanciful visions are being dreamed up by Magic Leap, a start-up making augmented-reality technology. On Tuesday, it landed Google as its biggest investor.
Valuing Magic Leap at about $2 billion, the $542 million cash infusion from Google and other investors immediately vaulted the shadowy start-up into the upper echelons of young technology companies.
But as is so often the case with tech start-ups, Magic Leap’s soaring valuation is based on little more than an ambitious vision and some nascent code. Magic Leap, which is based far from Silicon Valley in the suburbs of Miami, has no revenue — and no products currently on the market.
“Until we see the device, you have to be a little skeptical,” said Brian Blau, an analyst at Gartner who has worked with virtual reality for two decades.
Details about Magic Leap’s plans remain sketchy. On its website, the company has a few videos and images that depict rich animations displayed over what people see with the naked eye. Seahorses float above children in a schoolroom. A yellow submarine hovers near an outdoor promenade. An astronaut walks through a train station. Check them out by clicking HERE.
So-called augmented reality technology already exists, but remains primitive. Google itself has gone further than any other company to bring this concept to market with Google Glass, its interactive spectacles.
Seven months ago, Facebook stunned Silicon Valley with the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus, a virtual reality company.
Google views Magic Leap in much the same way, according to people briefed on the company’s thinking. As people become more comfortable with wearable technology, technologies like Magic Leap are likely to become more commonplace.