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UFC TO GO BIG ON SEPTEMBER 4TH

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UFC-GoBig UFC® will GO BIG on Friday, Sept. 4, with the announcement of its new seasonal campaign, showcasing a series of can’t-miss fights on its upcoming live event schedule. UFC President Dana White will be joined in Las Vegas by many of the top fighters in the world in advance of UFC 191 to preview the upcoming lineup. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 1pm PT, and will be streamed live on ufc.com.

UFC champions Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier, Conor McGregor, Robbie Lawler, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rafael Dos Anjos, as well as top contenders Alexander Gustafsson, Carlos Condit, Luke Rockhold, Donald Cerrone, Dan Henderson, and Holly Holm will be among the more than 20 fighters participating in the launch event.

GO BIG will launch Sept 26 with UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BARNETT vs. NELSON and will culminate on January 2, 2016 with UFC 195: ROUSEY vs. HOLM. Strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend her title at UFC 195, opponent to be determined, marking the first ever UFC event in which the main and co-main events feature women’s title defenses. The campaign will also include a special two-event weekend, featuring THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®: TEAM MCGREGOR vs. TEAM FABER FINALE (Fri Dec 11) and UFC 194: ALDO vs. McGREGOR (Sat Dec 12).

115ft Suspended Swimming Pool

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high-poolThe pool at Embassy Gardens, which is the 2,000-home complex being built alongside the new American Embassy on the riverside district around Battersea Power Station, London, England is being hailed as “a world first.”

Swimmers will need a real head for heights when going for a dip in this suspended pool.

The breathtaking water feature will link two luxury London apartment blocks – and seemingly float 115-feet high in the sky.

The concept behind the astonishing 25-metre-long “Sky Pool” – as it’s been dubbed – was unveiled this week.

It will connect two towers on the prestigious Nine Elms development which is being built on the south bank of the River Thames.

high-pool2With an entirely transparent 8-inch thick glass shell, it will be 5-metres wide and 3-metres deep.

Only residents will be allowed to use the pool, however.

It means that only those able to cough up £602,000 (about $940,000) for one of the emerging area’s smallest apartments will get to experience the thrill of swimming over a street.

The pool at Embassy Gardens, which is the 2,000-home complex being built alongside the new American Embassy on the riverside district around Battersea Power Station, is being hailed as “a world first.”
“We set out to create places and spaces that are more than just bricks and mortar,” said Sean Mulryan, chairman and founder of developer Ballymore.

“The pool is testimony to this philosophy and gives the development a unique character,” he added to Homes & Property.

Aldo-McGregor set for Dec. 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas

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UFC president Dana White said MGM Resorts officials “moved Heaven and Earth” to allow the company to put the featherweight title unification bout between champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Conor McGregor at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on Dec. 12.

White said that the women’s bantamweight title bout between Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate has not been scheduled but will not be on the Aldo-McGregor card.

White had spoken several times about putting the two fights on the same card at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Originally, Dec. 5 was targeted for that date because the MGM had an Andrea Bocelli concert and wanted to put the UFC show at the much smaller Mandalay Bay across the street.

But White said that he wanted a bigger venue than the approximately 11,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center. He was in talks with Cowboys’ officials about putting the fight at AT&T Stadium and said that on Thursday, “if you would have asked me, I would have told you for sure we were going to Dallas Cowboys Stadium.”

White told Yahoo Sports that Scott Sibella, the president and chief operating officer of the MGM Grand, and Richard Sturm, the president of MGM Resorts’ entertainment and sports, worked long and hard to make the Grand Garden available for Dec. 12.

White said it is a better day for the UFC anyway.

“There’s nothing going [that would impact us] in sports,” White said.

He also reiterated that the company never offered Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino a fight with Rousey at AT&T Stadium, despite what ex-UFC champion Tito Ortiz said during an interivew on AXS TV’s “Inside MMA” on Friday.

White said that Justino and those affiliated with her keep talking publicly about fighting Rousey, but he said they’ve never demanded the fight to him and he said that Justino has yet to make an attempt to make the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds.

“The deal with Cyborg is, we told her to make 135 and then we would talk about a fight with Ronda,” White said Monday. “And they haven’t done that. They’re still talking about fighting at 140 [in her next fight in Invicta]. What is wrong with these people? But we already said that Ronda was fighting Miesha Tate next and that’s what we’re going to do.

“That fight isn’t going to be on the [Aldo-McGregor] card, for sure. If we were going to go to Dallas Cowboys Stadium, that’s another story, but the MGM really wanted the fight and they made a huge effort for it and they got it. And it works out better for us to be in Las Vegas.”

The upshot is that, for now, the UFC won’t be going to AT&T Stadium any time soon and that McGregor and Rousey, the promotion’s two biggest stars, will headline separate shows. [via Yahoo Sports]

Napster: Culture of Free (The History of Music Sharing)

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In 1999, a file-sharing program created in a Boston dorm room sent shockwaves across the music industry and served notice that a major cultural shift was underway. Seeing a fundamental threat to its long-profitable business model, the record industry took to the courts to shut down the upstart company. But a generation of consumers had tasted a new way to get what they wanted — today’s music industry, and the musicians themselves, are still grappling with the Culture of Free.

The First Trailer For Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs Documentary

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Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine from Alex Gibney, looks pretty good.

The Academy Award-winning documentary maker has a sterling track record – he made both the Wikileaks documentary ‘We Steal Secrets’ and ‘Going Clear’, the startling Scientology take down.

The ‘Apple Car’ One Step Closer To Reality

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1-apple-carEarlier this year, it was reported that Apple had made plans to go up against Google and Tesla Motors with its own version of an electric car.

Named ‘Project Titan’, the undertaking has sparked numerous rumors that include Apple hiring high profile employees from companies such as Mercedes-Benz and Ford.

Two days ago, The Wall Street Journal announced that Chrysler’s senior vice president, Doug Betts, had joined the project team. Apple, however, has yet to confirm this piece of news.

In the meantime, it is expected that nothing major will be revealed on this secretive project until perhaps 2020. What!?! 2020! We can’t wait the long…

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