No surgery for guard Gabe Jackson, but will miss approximately two months with MCL strain

first_imgNAPA — The Raiders will be without starting right guard Gabe Jackson for approximately two months after he sustained a right knee injury Thursday during a joint practice with the Los Angeles Rams.Coach Jon Gruden said following practice the Raiders were “really concerned” and although their worst fears weren’t realized — Jackson is not out for the season and will not need surgery — the five-year veteran doesn’t figure to return until October.A source said Jackson would be out eight weeks …last_img

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The Diaspora Project and Kickstarter: The Power of (Micro)Funding a Good Idea

first_imgaudrey watters Related Posts Since we broke the story about the Diaspora Project last week, the plans for an open source, distributed alternative to Facebook has seen widespread press. But just as importantly, funding for the undertaking has skyrocketed.The Diaspora Project is the brainchild of four NYU computer students, and as Sarah Perez noted in her article, while the concepts of “open source” and “distributed network” might not normally have mass appeal, the latest round of privacy concerns with Facebook have helped to generate a lot of attention for the project and the concepts behind it.The project is currently being hosted on Kickstarter, a site that lets entrepreneurs crowdsource funding. Kickstarter allows entrepreneurs to set a funding goal and deadline, as well as offer an optional set of rewards to their backers. Projects that don’t reach that goal have their pledges returned. In Kickstarter’s words, the service demonstrates that “good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide” and that “a large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.”Last week, Diaspora was $2000 short of their $10,000 goal with under a month left to go until reaching their deadline. Yesterday, when Techcrunch wrote about the project, funding stood at around $60,000. As of this morning, they have raised over $90,000 from over 2100 backers, including some fairly big names in the tech industry, and still have 19 days of fundraising to go.Kickstarter offers a sliding scale, of sorts, for donations, and most of the funding for the Diaspora Project has come in small amounts. While 4 backers have pledged over $2000, most backers have opted to donate $5, $10, or $25. The latter has been the most popular donation amount, with almost 900 individuals committing $25. That $25 will get you a CD, some stickers, and a t-shirt – and the satisfaction of helping support a Facebook alternative.While certainly the Diaspora Project is well-timed, their use of the Kickstarter platform also points to the power of crowdsourced microfunding – particularly for a project that many people outside typical investment circles are finding compelling and important. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Analysis#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Virender Sehwag clears fitness test, allowed to play opening game against KKR in CL T20 on Saturday

first_imgVirender Sehwag has been cleared for Delhi Daredevils’ opening Champions League Twenty20 match against IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders after a fitness test here today.Sehwag had suffered a ligament strain on his left ankle during India’s final Super Eights game against South Africa in Colombo recently. “Virender Sehwag today appeared for a fitness test which was conducted by Kirk Russell. He cleared the test and was declared fit to play in the tournament from the start,” a Delhi Daredevils official told PTI.Delhi Daredevils (DD) play KKR at the Centurion on Saturday.Sehwag also played a warm-up game against Sydney Sixers that saw Daredevils captain Mahela Jayawardene and star opener David Warner missing out. While Warner was rested, Jayawardene had an appointment with the dentist and was unavailable.However, the game didn’t go along expected lines, with Sehwag yorked for naught by pacer Josh Hazlewood as the Daredevils managed only 107 against the Big Bash champions. DD lost the match by five wickets.last_img read more

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