Verizon is closing in on a deal to buy Yahoo for $5 billion.
What does this mean for Yahoo?
What does it mean for Verizon which recently purchased AOL for $4.4 billion.
Is Verizon making a play to acquire established portals as it builds a platform to unify? Is it using these platforms to market their communications services? Will Verizon make a play for advertising platforms unifying AOL, Yahoo and Verizon mobile, internet and video customers?
Verizon even with Yahoo and AOL will have its work cutout to compete against Google and Facebook in the advertising space. But it could make a play. Perhaps if offers a platform that reaches an audience that is more receptive to targeted ads.
Verizon will surely stand out from the other telecommunication space competitors. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile have no online portal digital assets.
How many people will Yahoo layoff, what happens to Marissa Mayer, who many blame for the downward spiral at Yahoo. Interesting enough that AOL under the leadsership of Tim Armstrong attempted to merge with Yahoo a year ago, but failed. Now AOL and Yahoo could be under the same corporate umbrella, but AOL has a year lead in this corporate environment and Armstrong was probably key on the acquisition deal points with Yahoo. It sure would be interesting to see some of those negotiations between Mayer and Armstrong….
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On Saturday August, the 6th, Pasadena’s own Claud Beltran of Bacchus Kitchen will be at Muir Ranch their tabletofarm dinner.
Claud is chef/proprieter of Bachhus Kitchen and The Eatery on Allen. The menu will feature local, organic produce farm at Muir Ranch and other local farms.
Dress farm casual.
It will be warm and then lovely as Pasadena drops 20 degrees at night into perfection.
Muir interns and Claud’s crew will serve up the following menu:
Menu coming soon>
Parking available at Ranch via Wyoming Ave. gate on north side of campus.
Children eat free. 1 free kids ticket with each adult purchase.
Please reserve space on the proper eventbrite tab to let us know.
Your ticket is tax-deductible as it supports our nonprofit employing and training young adults on our “teen jobs program that looks like a farm.’
ALL ticket come with a complimentary bouquet
For an additional $30 you can have you picture taken with #flowersonyourhead.
When: Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) –
Where: Muir Ranch – Canada Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
For all the virtual reality games you have played till date, Pokémon Go has promised to take you to a different level of augmented reality. I’m sure you’d have it on your favorite list among the other games on your smart device once you play Pokémon Go.
Here’s a guy I ran into last week on Lake Ave in Pasadena hunting for Pokemon.
What is PokémonGo all about!
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic which was released in some countries on 6th July 2016 for iOS and Android users. It is a free-to-play location based game where the game app uses the GPS and the camera of the phone to allow the user to capture, battle and train virtual creatures called Pokémon. These Pokémon appear on the device screens that bring the look and feel of reality to the user. The game has two modes that offer single and multi-player functionality.
How to get started with Pokémon Go?
Like every other virtual reality game, a player needs to create his/her avatar by selecting a hair, skin, eye color, style and outfit after establishing the game account successfully. Once the avatar is created, it’s displayed at the player’s current location along with a map of the player’s immediate surroundings. The game app uses the GPS and camera to capture the details of the player’s immediate surroundings. Features on the map include a number of PokéStops and Pokémon gyms. Click gameplay to read more about the game.
An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned for future release that will enable the players to perform certain actions without looking at their smart device.
Although Pokémon Go is released in most of the countries in the West, it is yet to be launched in the East and the Asian countries. The game was released in the United States, Australia and New Zealand on July 6, 2016.
On July 13, 2016, the release was followed in Germany, in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2016, and in Italy, Spain and Portugal on July 15, 2016.
On July 16, 2016, the game was released in most of the countries in the European continent –Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland.
Canada received the release of Pokémon Go on July 17, 2016 while on July 19, Puerto Rico received its’ release. In the East, the game was made available to Japan on July 20, 2016.
The Pokémon Go fever is spreading across users in the countries where the game is launched. It has become the fastest game to top the App Store and Google Play, beating the Clash Royale and Candy Crush Saga. Within two days of its’ release, it was installed on more than 5% of Android devices in the United States, according to SimilarWeb. On July 12, the game became the most loved and most active mobile game in the United States with 21 million active users, breaking the previous record of 20 million users who played Candy Crush Saga. Such positive response from the users has been a boon to the stock value to the Pokemon Company and Nintendo.
Effects on Health
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game which has been suggested that it can potentially improve the mental and physical health of players suffering from depression and social anxiety. The social nature of the game provides easy avenues for those with social anxiety to interact with the people of all backgrounds. Numerous people have reported increased sense of motivation to exercise and improved moods.
Download Pokémon Go now to experience the augmented reality technology in your real world!
Microsoft is stepping it up, and it wants everyone who can upgrade to Windows 10, to do it, offering incentives including a free upgrade until July 29, 2016. Will the date be extended? Perhaps, as the one year anniversary of the release of Windows 10 approaches, approximately 350 million devices are now running Windows 10, this is a sizeable number by any standard. Still may companies and individuals remain on Windows 7 and 8, with some still on Windows XP.
The best advice seems to be to upgrade provided your applications are compatible and that you have backed up your files and that your hardware is capable.
Most hardware is capable. How it performs after the upgrade is up for debate, and your mileage may vary, taking a five your old Dell desktop and upgrading it to Windows 10, could be the best thing you do, or it could be a disaster. Fortunately Microsoft is offering “free” support, for instance if you have trouble activating a copy of Windows 10, or download the Windows 10 upgrade, you can go on chat, email, or call, and get support fairly quick and attempt to resolve your issue.
An update to Windows 10 is forthcoming with some upgrades. Stay tuned.
I would expect to see Microsoft stock climb further as adoption of Windows 10 grows. In the last week of the free period, expect to see millions of users scrambling to install Windows 10 on their existing computers, and hopefully with minimal troubles.
If you plan on having a party or small get-together, please contact the Pasadena Police Department’s Community Services Section at (626) 744-4551. They would like to stop by and meet new people and connect with as many people as possible.
Lincoln Avenue Christian Church at 1180 N. Lincoln Ave Pasadena is hosting a party and all our neighbors are welcome. We will have a In N Out burger truck cooking up free burgers from 6:00pm 7:30pm or until we run out!
We would love to meet new people. Everyone is welcome
There is no charge to attend the Public Expo and Ride & Drive, Friday, September 16, 10am-5pm and Saturday, September 17, 10am-5pm, other than the $10 parking fee if you choose to use the Civic parking lot. We encourage you to pre-register to allow fast entry into the Expo and AltCar programming.
Please note that there IS a fee to attend the AltCar Conference programming on Friday, September 16. To attend, please Register for AltCar Conference.
We do not share your information with anyone. You will receive a confirmation upon submission.
SAVE THE DATE
11th annual AltCar Expo and Ride & Drive September 16 &17, 2016
Free Admission Friday and Saturday, September 16-17, 2016
Santa Monica Civic East Wing and Parking Lot
More currently available alternative technology vehicles for test drive at AltCar than ever before!
For further information, please contact
Platia Productions 310-390-2930
August 13th 11am – 10pm
August 14th Noon – 10pm
11480 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace
The mighty watermelon—summer’s favorite fruit (and vegetable, too)—gets a grand salute at The 54th Annual Watermelon Festival. This juicy celebration features a hand-, mouth-, and eyeful of unique contests, festivities, and fun for families and melon-mavens alike. Here are just a few of the highlights
Best Place to Be: The Watermelon Pavilion, where you can fetch a big slice of chilled melon, check out the ingenious invention of the Melon-o-Matic (it cuts up to 60 slices per minute!), and catch action-packed contests
Best Messy Contests: Go face first into a watermelon eating contest, use your mouth-musket to shoot baby melons across the Watermelon Spitway in a seed-spitting contest, or partake in a splatter-heavy watermelon relay
Best Contest for Fashionistas: Prove that you’re the Christian Dior of gourds in a wearable art contest in which melons are all the rage
Best Activities for Thrill Seekers: Take to the skies in Euro Bungy flights and zip-lines, conquer a rock-climbing wall (featuring friendly trainers for first-timers), or prepare for your career as a mechanical cowboy by riding the mechanical bull
Best Mellow Activities: Observe the action from a 65-foot ferris wheel at the carnival, or take the wee ones for pony rides, petting zoo cuteness, and felty storytelling from the Melo-n-dramatic Puppet Theater
Join us as we kick off summer with wonderful wine, food and friends! There will be seasonal dishes from Pasadena’s finest restaurants hand selected by Chef Claud Beltran and wine tasting of over 40 dry Rose wines form all over. All proceeds support PCDA’s programs for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.
The Blacker House, 1177 Hillcrest Drive, Pasadena, CA 91106
Let’s go! The 18th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk parades back to Brookside Park on Sunday, September 25th. Join thousands of animal lovers and their four-legged friends for a fun-filled community dog walk and fundraiser.
Our goal this year is to raise $325,000 to help provide shelter, food, veterinary care and so much more to the nearly 12,000 animals cared for every year at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. Funds raised from the Wiggle Waggle Walk will benefit all the animals that come through our open doors including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, reptiles, wildlife and more.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
8 am: Registration and festivities begin
9 am: Walk begins
Beginning at 9:00 am, the 3 mile walk will take place around the Rose Bowl Loop or you may opt for the 1 mile route around Rose Bowl Area H. The start line is at the main entrance to Brookside Park.
The Walk will be led by the pace car, followed by the PHS shelter dogs, followed by our Top Team, Top Fundraiser and Top Donor. General participants may begin lining up behind the cones at 8:45 am. There will be water available for you and your dog but you should consider bringing your own water as temperatures may rise throughout the event.
$20 = Early Bird Registration (before September 12th)
$25 = General Registration (after September 12th)
Early Bird Registrants pick up their bib number, t-shirt and any prizes they have earned at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA on Sunday, September 18th from 10:00 am 2:00 pm. The first 900 participants to check in at Early Bird Registration will also receive a special gift for their dog!
If you register during General Registration but before the event (between September 12 – 25) you will still need to check in at the event in the registration area in order to receive your bib number, t-shirt and prizes.
Online registration closes at midnight (12:00 am) Friday, September 23rd
Day of registration begins at 8:00 am at the event
Join us for a day of fun for the whole family! Festivities include contests, demonstrations, vendor and sponsor booths, food trucks, bounce houses, scavenger hunts, entertainment, photo booths and so much more!
8 am – 12 pm – Visit vendor and sponsor booths for free giveaways, activities, and merchandise. For a list of participating vendors, please visit the Vendor section of the website [link].
8 am – 11 am – Have your free team photo taken at the Team Photo booth.
8:45 am – Wiggle Waggle Walk Opening Ceremonies and Rally on stage to present the Top Team, Top Fundraiser and Top Donor awards.
8 am – 12 pm – Stop by the PHS Humane Education booth for family friendly activities including the wildly popular scavenger hunt.
8 am – 12 pm – Visit the PHS Behavior booth for training tips for your dog
8 am – 12 pm – Feeling hungry? Visit the food trucks for mouth-watering eats including vegetarian options.
NEW! 8 am – 12 pm VIP Lounge with complimentary breakfast and Bloody Mary bar, free giveaways and much more for those who have reached VIP Status for the event (raised $500+).
Watch the exciting demonstrations by the Pasadena and Glendale K9 Units in the Demonstration Area and the Shelter Dog Showcase onstage.
Don’t forget to watch the contests on stage!
NEW! Children will love our new bounce house this year!
Get your dog microchipped at the event.
Stop by the Pasadena Humane Society Mobile Unit to check out dogs ready to find their forever homes.
NEW! Visit each PHS booth to receive a commemorative button!
We are COUNTING down! In a number of weeks the Historic GRAND CENTRAL MARKET will be turned into a Food and Music Fest! We are helping to raise funds, raise awareness and raise the roof! It’s going to be an memorable time and you can be part of helping to improve.. Lives and Life in the City of LA!
Don’t wait and watch all your friends LIVE STREAM, enjoying all of Bruce Kalman’s amazing hand-made eateries and seeing he and his band play and rock out some 90’s classics (and maybe even an Elvis hit) when for only $50 a ticket, you can pick up a Great Seat and a Great Eat!
55-Hour Weekend Closures on I-210 in Pasadena This Weekend #Pasadena @CaltransDist7
If your weekend plans take you to Pasadena this weekend, you may want to give yourself more time to travel. Caltrans is closing all lanes of the westbound Foothill Freeway (I-210) between Lake Avenue and Mountain Street for two 55-hour weekend closures as part of a pavement rehabilitation project. The eastbound Ventura Freeway (SR-134) connector to westbound I-210 will also be closed. The westbound I-210 Marengo Avenue and Mountain Street off-ramps and Walnut Street on-ramp will need to be closed throughout the weekend closures as well.
The 55-hour full weekend closures will take place:
• Friday, July 15 at 10 p.m. through Monday, July 18 at 5 a.m.
• Friday, July 29 at 10 p.m. through Monday, August 1 at 5 a.m.
Motorists should expect delays and are strongly advised to plan ahead, use alternate routes, avoid the area or use public transit. Additionally, motorists can check traffic conditions before they leave by calling 511 or visiting the Caltrans Quickmap at quickmap.dot.ca.gov
Come discuss legislative and community issues while enjoying live music, a classic car show, game trucks and much more!
Information on local and state resources will also be available. A brief community recognition program starts at noon so please give yourself time to drive and park, bike, walk, or ride public transportation.
The new City Manager of Pasadena is Steve Mermell. If accepted Mr. Mermell would drop the “interim” from his title and become the official City Manager of Pasadena.
Compensation is expected to exceed $360,000 per year. Mr. Beck the previous city manager was earning close to $400,000 per year with bonuses.
Negotiations are still ongoing.
Mr. Mermell has been with the city of Pasadena for 27 years. His experience with the city is extensive.
The announcement was made late Monday afternoon.
Congratulations to Mr. Mermell,
We hope to see Mr. Mermell and his family perhaps move to Pasadena to become a more integral part in the city of Pasadena culture and ethnic diversity.
MAYOR TORNEK ANNOUNCES STEVE MERMELL APPOINTED AS CITY MANAGER
PASADENA, Calif—Mayor Terry Tornek announced that the City Council has appointed Mr. Steve Mermell as Pasadena’s new City Manager, effective immediately. Mr. Mermell had been serving as the Interim City Manager since February 15, 2016.
The unanimous decision by Mayor Tornek and the City Council occurred at the Monday, July 11, 2016 council meeting following a nationwide recruitment.
“After conducting a nationwide search with many well-qualified candidates, the Council concluded that long-term City employee Steve Mermell was the best choice,” Mayor Tornek said. Contract terms for Mr. Mermell’s appointment still need to be finalized, he said.
Mr. Mermell has devoted his government service career to Pasadena, having joined the City first in 1989 as an analyst for the Water and Power Department. He has served in a variety of positions including Purchasing Administrator, Budget Administrator, Deputy Finance Director, as well as temporary acting assignments as Finance Director, Planning Director and Health Director. He has served as one of two Assistant City Managers since 2009.
“I am humbled by the Council’s action. I don’t know if this is the best day of my career or if it was the day I was first hired by Pasadena,” the new City Manager said. “I want to thank the Council for their confidence in me and I look forward to my continued service for our community,” Mr. Mermell added.
About 50 applications were received by the City for consideration.
Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO is built on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and will use real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokémon as you explore your surroundings.