Nike and Manchester United Set to End Partnership -
Several news outlets reported that Adidas, the German sportswear maker, was likely to succeed Nike. The Financial Times reported that such a deal could be worth up to £750 million over 10 years, making it one of the most lucrative equipment sponsorship deals in sports.
Crazy. Though perhaps not as crazy as the fact that American car-maker Chevrolet will be the main sponsor of the team starting this year (that deal cost $599 million over eight years).
Yes, Man U will be wearing jerseys with a giant Chevrolet logo on the front. (Nike will still be there this year since that deal ends next year.)
Welcome Back LeBron !
Such a great graphic.
I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home. — LeBron James, announcing his return to Cleveland.
"I'm coming back to Cleveland" -
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
As someone from Cleveland, I find this to be a pretty perfect letter. As bad as LeBron’s “Decision” was four years ago, that’s as good as this is.
LeBron is the girl who hangs out with you all night. And you buy all the drinks. And at the end of the night, she went home with the jerk. — Shawn Brewster, a Cleveland barkeep, on the potential of LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers.
iTunes Movie Extras *Finally* -
One of the most intriguing components of the new iTunes Extras system is that they aren’t set in stone. Because they’re based on a flexible framework that Apple offers to studios, and they’re served from the cloud, they can be added to over time.
There is potential here to create a living library that allows additional content to be served to your existing library. That’s a big selling point for digital purchases over physical ones, just as many studios are finally getting on the digital bandwagon.
For me, this truly is a “finally”. Like Panzarino, I was a huge DVD buff — not because of the format itself, but because of the extras included with the films. Apple started to include them long ago, but only in a half-assed way, and oddly not on the Apple TV.
Scanning over the extras highlighted by Apple, I still am a bit saddened to see only a few titles with commentary tracks. Those were hands-down my favorite extras. But, as noted, studios can add additional content over time, and Apple ensures it will be available for free.
Get away from me, you pig! —
Donald Sterling, to his wife, in court no less.
This is starting to feel like another NBA team is slipping away from Steve Ballmer. We’ll see.
Remember, Remember The 35th Of May -
Ian Johnson on the state of social media in China:
Others quit because of the sharp tone of commentary on Weibo, which often devolved into nasty, ad hominem attacks. Some grew tired of the dizzying list of banned terms and the cat-and-mouse games with censors to evade them. For example, “June 4,” the date of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, was banned, so creative minds came up with “May 35” (which would work out to June 4), until that was also banned. Such wordplay amused hard-core users but confused ordinary readers.
In the face of censorship, life finds a way.
Happy birthday Nikola Tesla!
It’s better for us to have an industry-wide shared platform than to be divided. I don’t want to get to a ‘Prodigy and CompuServe’ of the Internet of Things. —
Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of Qualcomm, comparing the competing standards groups to walled-off online services in the 1990s. Not mentioned, of course, is that another walled-off online service, America Online, came around and crushed them both. Weird analogy to draw.
Update from Chandhok on Twitter: Not a Tumblr dude but @parislemon, if you want to dissect my quote on #IoT we can discuss here.. was drawing analogy to Web disruption:-)
'Transformers': The Anatomy of a Cross-Platform Money Maker -
Interesting that compared to the money being made off of merchandising, the movie itself is almost an afterthought. Said another way: the movie is really just marketing for the merchandise.
So it’s not meant to be art. It’s a 3-hour advertisement.
He’s calling you to reboot the 1980’s soap opera in which he had a supporting role.
(From Apple’s CarPlay website.)
I dunno, 9:41? That’s awfully early for that call.