Newsmaker of the Year, No. 3: Jason Day

first_imgFive – that’s how many times Jason Day referred to the No. 1 ranking during his winner’s news conference in February at the Farmers Insurance Open. At the time, it was easy to laugh off one of his career goals. Day had just won on the PGA Tour for only the third time in eight years. He was less than a year removed from injuries to his thumb and back. And he was a distant No. 4 in the rankings, behind alpha dog Rory McIlroy as well as Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson. “I’m very motivated to get to No. 1,” Day said that night, after a hard-fought victory at Torrey Pines, “but I just want to give it 100 percent every day.” Day’s prospects have always come with a qualifier – if he’s healthy. The 28-year-old Australian has the physical tools and drive to be one of the best players in the world, but it was just a matter of whether he could stay upright for a full Tour season. Save for his scary collapse at Chambers Bay, that’s exactly what Day did in 2015, and it translated to by far his best year as a pro – five wins, six other top 10s, his first major and, yes, a brief stay at world No. 1. Tired of underachieving, tired of injuries torpedoing a promising season, tired of lagging behind the other under-30 stars, Day was more motivated this year than ever before. “I wanted to kick butt,” he said, but no one, not even Day, could have imagined the epic run that he’d enjoy this summer. Top 10 Newsmakers of 2015: The full list And to think, it all began with another major disappointment. Just weeks after sharing the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open, Day found himself squarely in the hunt once again at St. Andrews. He surged into the lead on the front nine, but then made 12 consecutive pars to close, none more excruciating than the 20-footer that he left short on the last. Day and Jordan Spieth, both one shot out of the playoff, consoled each other on the 18th green.   Six days later, in Canada, Day faced a similar-length putt to win on the final hole, only this time he steadied himself with one thought: Make sure you get this one to the hole. When the birdie putt dropped, Day unleashed a torrent of fist pumps and raised his putter in triumph. Afterward, he spoke of a newfound serenity on the course, and it showed when he went on a tear for the next two months. At the PGA, he shot a record-setting 72-hole score and outplayed world No. 1 Spieth down the stretch to win his first major. At the Barclays, he lapped the field with a 63-62 weekend. At the BMW, he nearly opened with 59, stormed out to a huge lead and relished the victory lap that lifted him to No. 1 for the first time. It’s a testament to Day’s remarkable year that Spieth became the youngest player since 1922 to win back-to-back majors and still wasn’t a lock for Player of the Year honors entering the season finale. “I felt like it was my time,” Day said. The Aussie may have shifted his narrative from career underachiever to major champion, but his gutsy performance at Chambers Bay was a reminder that Day still has more red flags than the rest of the world’s elite players. Cruising along through 35 holes, Day collapsed while approaching the green on his final hole of the day Friday at the U.S. Open. It was a frightening scene – a 36-hole contender, on his back, hands covering his face – and his health became a focal point over the weekend. Grimacing and leaning on his club for support, his third-round 68 propelled him into a share of the lead. He eventually tied for ninth. Later, Day’s fall was linked to a viral ear infection and he was treated with medication. He didn’t show any ill effects for the rest of the year, but his history of vertigo, litany of injuries and violent swing makes him more susceptible to the DL. A shame, too, because when Day is right, he proved this year that his top gear is just as breathtaking as McIlroy’s or Spieth’s, with booming drives, towering irons and a soft touch around the greens. One of the breakout stars of 2015, Day helped launch a new Big 3 in golf, a trio of dynamic, eminently likable stars that approach and play the game differently. And so now, after briefly reaching the summit, Day trails only Spieth in the world rankings, and by a slim margin. Fortunately for us, this battle should continue for the foreseeable future – well, as long as Day remains healthy.last_img read more

The abominable Snowden

first_imgThe ‘Snowdenistas’, as I term them, ignore this. Fuelled by a mixture of paranoia, nihilism and wishful thinking, they see the West’s flaws with blinding clarity, but not its virtues. Their leaks have weakened Western security relationships, corroded public trust, undermined the West’s standing in the eyes of the rest of the world, and have paralysed our intelligence agencies. All this suits our rivals and enemies.I am stunned that colleagues who are so extraordinarily paranoid about their own governments are so trusting when it comes to other countries, such as Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where Snowden arrived so strangely and stays so secretly. (My book suggests that he is in or near the Russian foreign intelligence headquarters in Yasenevo in southern Moscow.)Not only has Snowden failed to show systematic, deliberate wrongdoing by the NSA, of a kind that would justify his theft and publication of secret documents; he and his fans have released material that has nothing to do with the purported cause of protecting personal privacy. Why, for example, is it in the public interest to reveal how honest law-governed countries spy on corrupt authoritarian ones? The revelations about Norwegian and Swedish intelligence co-operation with the NSA against Russia are a glaring example of the thoughtlessness of the Snowden approach. These countries have every reason to be worried about Russia. Their agencies operate under democratic control – and with strong public support.It is also worth noting that the US is at the heart the world’s only successful no-spy agreements, with its close allies – notably the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A list of countries that would trust Germany or France not to spy on them would be rather shorter.Similarly, why is it in the public interest to reveal how the NSA intercepts emails, phone calls, and radio transmissions of Taliban fighters in Pakistan, or to show that the agency is intensifying scrutiny on the security of that country’s nuclear weapons? Snowden even revealed details of how the NSA hacks into computers and mobile phones in China and Hong Kong.My disgust at these leaks prompted me to write “The Snowden operation”. Published this week and available from Amazon as an e-book, it argues that the theft and publication of secret documents is not a heroic campaign, but reckless self-indulgence, with disastrous consequences. The Snowdenistas deserve censure, not applause. When the fugitive National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden first surfaced in Hong Kong, many journalists, including me, were sympathetic. A debate was overdue on the way in which privacy is affected by the warehousing of meta-data (for example the duration, location and direction of a mobile-phone call, but not its content). Spy agencies are inherently slippery and it is reasonable to be suspicious about their doings.Since then, my views have changed, to the point that I have written a book decrying him and his supporters. His revelations do not depict a rogue agency. They indicate – with often ambiguous evidence, mostly consisting of out-of-context and out-of-date presentation slides – that the NSA has flaws aplenty. But it is not out of control. He shows no evidence of subversion of the democratic process or contempt for its legal oversight mechanisms. He has produced not a single example of illegal, deliberate intrusion into individual Americans’ privacy.Foreign espionage is inherently murky: it involves stealing secrets. Its methods look shocking when revealed. But a shock is not necessarily a scandal. All big (and most small) countries spy, including Germany, where outrage against the NSA has been loudest. Indeed, the United States’ thorough and intrusive legislative and judicial oversight over its intelligence agencies is unique. Edward Lucas writes for The Economist.last_img read more

Wednesday soccer roundup: Local teams pick up shutout conference victories

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POLL: Sixty-Eight Percent of Cops Think Protests After Police Shootings Show Bias

first_img Related Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new survey indicates that more than two-thirds of police officers believe that protests that typically follow high-profile police shootings are “motivated to a great extent by anti-police bias” — one of several findings that appear to highlight deep divisions between law enforcement and the citizens they protect.The survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform and published by the Pew Research Center, polled nearly 8,000 police officers from 54 police and sheriff’s departments across the United States.Because of the way the survey was conducted, margins of error varied from question.Some 68 percent of officers say protests after fatal police shootings of black citizens, like the ones that dominated headlines this July following the fatal police shootings of Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, reflect anti-police bias.By contrast, the survey indicates that only 10 percent of the officers believe that protesters were motivated “a great deal” by the desire to hold officers accountable for their actions.Some 86 percent say that high-profile incidents between police and African-Americans have made police work harder, and seven in 10 say they’ve made officers in their department less willing to stop and question “suspicious persons,” the data show.And, perhaps most notably, while six in 10 Americans see these incidents as signs of broader problems between the police and the black community, according to a separate Pew research study, fewer than a third of police officers agree with their assessment.The Pew study also highlights apparent racial divisions within the ranks of the police officers themselves.Only about a quarter of white officers, but close to seven-in-ten of their black colleagues, believe that the protests that followed fatal encounters between police and black citizens were sincere attempts to make police more accountable, the survey said.Furthermore, an overwhelming majority of white officers (92 percent) but less than a third of their black colleagues say that the country has made the changes needed to assure equal rights for black citizens, according to the data.The survey also has some potentially bad news for advocates of police reform.More than half of the officers surveyed said that “in some neighborhoods” being aggressive is a more effective approach than demonstrating courtesy and 44 percent agree or strongly agree that “hard, physical tactics” are needed to deal with certain people.But there are areas of agreement between the police and the public, according to the survey.Large majorities of both believe anti-police bias is part of why police protests occur, the appear to agree on the need for body cameras as well as tracking gun sales federally and making private gun shows subject to background checks.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Messi demands more after imperfect Barca blow away United

first_imgBarca were superior to United in all departments for the best part of 80 minutes on Tuesday, a 3-0 win perhaps even flattering for their opponents, who were two down in 20, both goals belonging to Messi.By the time Philippe Coutinho had curved in a third to send Ernesto Valverde’s side into the Champions League semi-finals, United’s stirring opening was long-forgotten, except by Barcelona’s captain.“We put on a spectacle,” said Messi. “But we came out cold and looked nervous in the first five minutes. We cannot come out like that in a Champions League match. Five bad minutes can knock you out.”“We have shown who we are,” Messi added, and in some ways, they were a perfect picture of their season.Thrust into a position of comfort by their mesmeric number 10, Barca put on an exhibition of attacking, possession football, all tricks, flicks and bicycle kicks.But there was also a nervousness at the start, seen briefly against Lyon in the previous round too, that suggests their desperation to win this tournament for the first time since 2015, and win it for Messi, does not weigh lightly.“We had a lot of motivation for this tie, I can’t deny it,” said Valverde. “Especially after not being in the semis for a long time and after last year’s painful defeat. We were extremely focused.”And United’s early threat was genuine. Their knack of breaking through central midfield, with only space and a backpedalling Barca defence ahead of them, exposed a fragility against pace and counter-attack that has never been far away.– Liverpool pose possible threat –Ernesto Valverde is hoping to win his first Champions League title as Barca coach. AFP/LLUIS GENELiverpool carry a 2-0 lead over Porto into their second leg in Portugal on Wednesday and if it is to be them in the semi-finals, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane might justifiably feel there is a weakness to exploit.“We have had five difficult minutes because they started strong,” said Valverde. “But then there were another 85 minutes where we were not too bad.”Most deficiencies can be rectified by Messi, whose 109th and 110th goals in the Champions were, mysteriously, his first in a quarter-final since 2013.“It was a streak he was always going to break,” said Sergio Busquets.He also has potentially three extra games now to reduce the gap on Cristiano Ronaldo’s unbeaten 126, after Juventus were knocked out by Ajax.“You can plan as many tactics as you like,” said United’s coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “If you give him time and space, he will score.”When Messi pledged to bring “that beautiful cup back to Camp Nou” at the start of the season, the sense was of reordered priorities, that he and Barcelona would push harder in Europe, even if it came at the expense of their form in La Liga.Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid’s failings have ensured the price has been small, with Valverde able to rest 10 players against Huesca last weekend and still see his team sitting nine points clear. An eighth league title in 11 years will become a double if they beat Valencia in the final of the Copa del Rey, and a treble, if they can see off Liverpool or Porto and then Manchester City, Tottenham or Ajax at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano on June 1.If it is to be three consecutive English opponents, Messi might be pleased. He is now the fourth highest scorer against the Premier League’s top-six sides, with 24 goals, despite never having played in the Premier League. “We are not going to ask say sorry for having Messi,” Valverde said. “Although it certainly is lucky for us.”last_img read more

London giants look to clinch last 16 berths

first_img0Shares0000PARIS, France, November 22 – Chelsea and Arsenal have enjoyed contrasting domestic fortunes recently, but both can seal their places in the Champions League last 16 with wins against German opposition on Wednesday evening.Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Norwich left the Gunners with ten wins and one draw in their last 12 matches.“We have some way to go to show that this is the right way,” said manager Arsene Wenger, sounding a note of caution. “Five weeks ago we were 17th in the league and I had to answer a question about whether I thought we would battle relegation.“At the time I said no but in football things change quickly. We are back in a stronger position.”Next they play host to Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in a Group F showdown at the Emirates Stadium, where they have not lost in 25 matches in the group stages of the competition.Arsenal will be through to the last 16 for the 12th season running with a win, but they can expect a tough test against a Dortmund side who won 1-0 away to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga at the weekend.Mario Goetze scored the only goal in that game, and the 19-year-old will be the focus of much of the attention in North London, with Arsenal said to be keen to prise him away next summer.The game comes in the middle of a massive week for Dortmund, who entertain Schalke in a local derby on Saturday, but Jurgen Klopp’s side really need a win to keep alive their chances of advancing.In the other game in Group F, Marseille entertain Olympiakos in the knowledge that a win could be enough to take them through depending on the result in London.At Chelsea, the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas is increasing after they slumped to a third defeat in four Premier League games at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.The Blues travel to Germany to face Bayer Leverkusen in Group E knowing that a win will see them through to the knockout stages of a competition that owner Roman Abramovich is so desperate to win.Their poor domestic form has led to suggestions that the Russian oligarch may once again look to appoint Guus Hiddink in a bid to rescue his side’s season, but Villas-Boas insists he is not concerned about job safety for the moment.“He didn’t pay 15 million euros to get me out of Porto and another fortune to get me out of Chelsea,” said the Portuguese in the wake of the Liverpool defeat.“I have said we have set out to build something new at this club and the club is committed to what we are building for the future.”However, Abramovich’s patience will be seriously tested if Chelsea slip up at the BayArena.In what remains a very open group, Valencia are currently third on five points, but a win against Belgian outsiders Genk at the Mestalla will keep them firmly in contention ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge next month.Milan and Barcelona are already through from Group H, but meetings between the two clubs are always eagerly anticipated and Barca can clinch first place in the section with a win at the San Siro.The Catalans, who travel without the injured Andres Iniesta and the suspended Dani Alves, are preparing to come up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the first time since he left them last year.“It will be a very exciting, fantastic game,” the Swede, who missed September’s 2-2 draw between the teams at the Camp Nou, told UEFA.com.“We will be playing against the best team in the world, without doubt.“Even when I left the team, I knew I’d left the best team in the world. But, for me and all the other parties involved, I think the best solution was to leave the club.“Given the results for both sides, it was the best solution.”In Group G, surprise package APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus can become the first Cypriot club to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages if they can beat Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

N.Y.’s Cuomo probes collusion between real estate appraisers, mortgage companies

first_imgAbout 265,000 loans to individuals and families over 18 months were subject to the inflated assessments, Cuomo said. The amount the assessments exceeded true values isn’t detailed in the lawsuit. But the e-mails show an early proposal would have increased assessments “5 percent with a cap of $50,000 if it is fully justified,” according to Cuomo. That plan was rejected for the list of “proven appraisers.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“These blatant actions of First American and eAppraiseIT have contributed to the growing foreclosure crisis and turmoil in the housing market,” Cuomo said in a statement. “By allowing Washington Mutual to hand-pick appraisers who inflated values, First American helped set the current mortgage crisis in motion.” Washington Mutual said Thursday it is suspending its relationship with eAppraiseIT and that it plans to further investigate the situation. “We have absolutely no incentive to have appraisers inflate home values,” Washington Mutual said in a release. “We use third-party appraisal companies to make sure that appraisals are objective and accurate.” In a conference call, a First American lawyer said the company had been cooperating with the attorney general on the investigation and it is “discouraged” by the decision to sue. “Now that we have a sense of the attorney general’s approach, we’re confident that once we’ve had the opportunity to set forth our response before an impartial arbitrator, our activities will be found appropriate,” said general counsel Ken DeGiorgio. ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said Thursday a major real estate appraisal company colluded with the nation’s largest savings and loan companies to inflate the values of homes nationwide, contributing to the subprime mortgage crisis. “This is a case we believe is indicative of an industrywide problem,” Cuomo said in a news conference. Cuomo announced the civil lawsuit against eAppraiseIT that accuses the First American Corp. subsidiary of caving in to pressure from Washington Mutual Inc. to use a list of “proven appraisers” who he claims inflated home appraisals. He also released e-mails that he said show executives were aware they were violating federal regulations. The lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan seeks to stop the practice, recover profits and assess penalties. last_img read more

Walt Disney World Preview — Week of July 14, 2018

first_imgShare This!There’s a new dance party at Disney Springs, and Dining Packages for the Candlelight Processional are now on sale. Your Walt Disney World preview is hot off the press!Special EventsDining Packages for the Candlelight Processional are now on sale! Prices vary, and this includes your meal and guaranteed seating for one of three performances that evening. Book your dining package online (you’ll find prices here as well) or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.Due to overnight concrete work at Magic Kingdom park, the Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party will be cancelled July 16, 19, 26, and 30. The Main Street Trolley Show will be using the Main Street Ranch Wagon on those dates.Stop by Disney Springs now through August 12 for the Beat the Heat DJ Dance Party. This splash party, located near Once Upon a Toy, takes place every Friday through Sunday from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and includes treats, beverages, and games for all!The Play Disney Parks mobile app is now available to download. This app allows guests to play interactive games and activities while in line for select attractions. See Rikki’s post for more details. Attractions Closed For RefurbishmentsMagic Kingdom:Prince Charming Regal CarrouselLiberty Square Riverboat (Re-opens 7/20)Who are you excited to see at the Candlelight Processional this year? Let me know in the comments! WeatherFor the most current weather conditions, click here.Crowd LevelsFor more information about crowd levels, click here.Park Hourslast_img read more

Cabinet to weigh up high-speed rail plan

first_img23 February 2011Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is to approach Cabinet for approval of plans for South Africa’s first long-distance high-speed rail link, between Durban and Johannesburg.Last September, Ndebele announced the proposal as part of the National Transport Master Plan 2010-2050.As far back as 2005, there have been plans for high-speed rail links for Johannesburg to Durban, Johannesburg to Musina, and the Moloto Corridor between Tshwane and former KwaNdebele in Mpumalanga.Speaking in Pretoria this week, Ndebele said the time had come for these projects to be rolled out.Cabinet approval of the Durban to Johannesburg high-speed rail project would kick-start a process that includes a feasibility study on the viability of the rail link.The plan has triggered major local and international interest from countries such as France, Germany, China, the United States of America, Japan, Canada and South Korea.The project is part of the department’s plans to revitalise the rail industry in South Africa and to unlock the country’s economic potential and create jobs in the process.Transparency“We have … noted recent media reports indicating that Duduzane Zuma, the son of President Jacob Zuma, Lazarus Zim, the Gupta Brothers together with their Chinese partners, were in line to win the rights to construct Africa’s first high-speed rail project,” Ndebele said.“We wish to state that the Department of Transport will only call for expressions of interest on the Durban-Johannesburg High Speed Rail route in July 2011.“Once received, all expressions of interest will be subject to a strict evaluation process, and the preferred and winning bidders will be announced only following an inclusive and transparent process.“As the first country in Africa likely to have such a project, we owe it to the people of this country and the continent that our greenfield long-distance high-speed rail sets high procurement, transparency, technical and safety standards for the rest of Africa.”In June, an international investors’ conference will be hosted in Cape Town to consolidate interest in various infrastructure projects in the country, including the Durban to Johannesburg high-speed rail project.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Addressing The Future of Instagramers.com & Instagram Art Shows

first_imgalicia eler Many are concerned that Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram means the end of a once indie photo-sharing community. But some say it ain’t so, including Philippe Gonzalez, the founder of Instagramers.com. In Part 2 of our interview (click here to read Part 1), we talk to Gonzalez about the impact of the Facebook acquisition on the Instagramers.com community as well as the future of Instagram art shows. ReadWriteWeb: What was your initial reaction to Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram?Philippe Gonzalez: I was surprised about it and had to tweet right away, even though I was, at the time, lying on a beach in Thailand with no Internet connection. I had to find an Internet connection and inform people about it as soon as possible. Then I came back to my hotel and found myself wondering about what might happen with the whole Instagram world, my friends, their habits, and my own project, Instagramers. Really, I was more aware of all these people I met and I could lose contact with because they might reject Facebook and migrate to other photo-sharing apps. But then I thought that would be a pretty heavy reaction to something that wouldn’t have effects, at least for a while. I wrote a post to share some of my thoughts on the matter. I said that the acquisition would not complicate Instagram, and even so it probably wouldn’t change for a while. I wrote that it’s better to wait and see instead of immediately deleting pics and organizing a full-on “social war.” That approach doesn’t really make sense to me.The Fate of Instagramers In a Post-Facebook EraReadWriteWeb: Can Instagramers.com even exist in the post-Facebook acquisition era?Philippe Gonzalez: Of course. The future of Instagramers.com is like the Internet industry, meaning it’s a total mystery. That’s why I like my job in the Internet and the app world. You never know what will happen. Where will you find an opportunity? And where will your next competitor pop up? Since I started with this project, I say to people that I don’t know where this project will drive me, but I’m really having a great moment, I’m living a great experience, and at the end of the day, the most important is the experiences you live and share with other people in your life.ReadWriteWeb: How did Instagramers react to the acquisition?Philippe Gonzalez: About 99% of users felt scared. Most of them felt this way because of they were ignorant of Facebook’s future plans and thought a full integration would kill the authentic world of Instagram. At the time, I tried to convince people that this acquisition was good for the future of the app, especially because money was necessary to help it survive. These young guys who owned Instagram couldn’t provide users much fun without actual investors. Still, most people think something bad will happen sooner or later. The acquisition was pretty bad timing. The announcement was made at the same time that tons of new users were opening accounts on their Android devices. Plus, the quality of the pics (and “popular page”) was declining. Lots of people wrote and asked me what would happen with the copyrights. Others asked me how to delete their accounts. A large amount of them asked what would be the future of the Instagramers local fans group network. Some friends of mine even suggested that I open an account in other apps like StreamZoo or EyeEm. I actually did do that, but still I am confident that Instagram will be the most important photo sharing network and that, after some waves, things will calm down.Where Instagram Photography or Art is Headed in the Post-Facebook Acquisition EraReadWriteWeb: Will Instagram art exhibitions start to die off now that Instagram is a part of Facebook?Philippe Gonzalez: No. I don’t think the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook is the main problem in creating a distance between art and Instagram. The main problem could simply be the “popular page” algorithm. Many people wrote me to say that they were very demotivated because they didn’t hit the popular page anymore, and that the quality of the pictures was low – mostly cakes, cats and sexy “teen” girls. That could provoke users who were actually interested in Instagram as a platform to exhibit their art works to move to another platform with less users but a better understanding of the artists’ motivations and needs.ReadWriteWeb: Will there still be a way to use Instagram images on Facebook in an indie way? Or is this the complete mainstreamification of Instagram?Philippe Gonzalez: I think Instagram will really remain independent. What could happen very fast is that Facebook could integrate Instagram pics to support their Facebook Places feature. This could add some interesting geolocation pics. As an Instagram user, you can share your pictures already through Facebook. And then there are the API-based browser sites like Statigram or Webstagram. Most of the time, when you upload photo galleries to Facebook, you share a special event without looking to the artistic side. On Instagram, you share the emotional moments in the same gallery and you always dedicate some time to filtering, editing the picture and looking for the best results.ReadWriteWeb: What’s next for the mobile photo-sharing world after Instagram becomes a part of Facebook?Philippe Gonzalez: I think that whatever happens with Instagram, the “photo-sharing trend” will remain mobile. Smartphones will increase their lenses, processing and storage capacities, but also their social-network sharing availability. The rest is quite difficult to anticipate. There are loads of competitors that are copying Instagram’s concept right now and will probably catch some million peoples’ attention, but I think Instagram will be the reference point. I still believe Instagram has a strategic purpose and won’t be integrated into Facebook – at least, not for a while. Tags:#mobile#Photo Sharing Services#web Lead Instagram image via MyLinn. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more