The excellent Pocket Casts podcast app is now free on Android and iOS

I’ve been using Pocket Casts to listen to podcasts on my phone for several years now, and in all that time, I’ve been glad I paid for it. It’s thoughtfully designed, and makes light work of managing my listening sessions across a boatload of podcasts. And now, dear reader, it’s available for free on both Android and iOS. That’s right, you don’t have to pay a cent to use this full-featured podcast player. It looks great, has plenty of options for customizing the interface, and includes granular controls for streaming, downloading, and playing your favorite shows. And with the latest…

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49ers mailbag: What’s latest on trade rumors?

SANTA CLARA — After road-sweet-road wins, the 49ers are preparing for Sunday’s home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and fans have prepared these 10 questions via my Twitter and Instagram feeds:

1. How convinced are you about the offense scoring 30-plus points per game? (@8ajrr)

Ah, but wait, the 49ers defense’s pick-sixes accounted for two touchdowns in the 31-17 opener at Tampa, and not every defense will yield 500-plus yards like the Bengals did in Sunday’s 41-17 rout. I am surprisingly convinced the 49ers defense can post sub-20 scores weekly.

2. Are Garoppolo’s INTs happening because he’s not improvising outside the system? (@teoniemann)

Pretty sure the system doesn’t call for throws into triple coverage. Sarcasm aside, Garappolo thrived on the fly in December 2017. He knows the system better now, and not locking onto a primary receiver remains key in any system. Sunday’s win was vintage Garoppolo (circa 2017)

3. When we trading for Jalen Ramsey? (@READYBOi_)

Let’s see if the Jaguars lower their ransom demands of reportedly two first-round draft picks. If the 49ers can get Ramsey for less, they’ll also have to bring him a real Brinks truck and perhaps swap a starting-caliber player (Ahkello Witherspoon’s value is soaring). Otherwise: bank on an upgraded pass rush to bolster the secondary, and that’s working.

4. Is Dee Ford’s knee more concerning than we thought? (@cc_breeze)

We only found out a week into camp about his knee tendinitis. I wouldn’t expect another three-week shutdown for platelet-rich plasma therapy. Rest could help, so next week’s bye is timely.

5. Is Deebo establishing himself as the No. 1 receiver in the near future? (@i_am_fake_jesus)

Looks that way, and has for the past month. His physicality and route running are ideal to move the chains, if he holds onto the ball. George Kittle will remain the No. 1 target, and Marquise Goodwin …read more

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3 not-so-secret secrets on how to successfully exit for startup founders

According to a Silicon Valley Bank survey, more than half of today’s health and tech startups expect to exit via acquisition. All too many founders think their lofty dreams and cleverly worded pitch decks will carry them through to successful exits. But acquisitions don’t merely materialize — they require strategic planning and sustained effort over time, just like any other major company initiative. Truly successful acquisitions require not only meticulous planning but also developing mutually beneficial alignments with potential buyers. Entrepreneurs need to consider early on which companies would be the best fit as potential acquirers, how acquisitions work in…

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Here’s Your Shot at Winning a Samsung 65″ QLED 4K Smart TV

TLDR: Enter for your chance to win a gorgeous 65” Samsung QLED 4K Smart TV Football season is back! And admit it — watching brightly-colored uniforms clash at high speeds on brilliant green fields are probably amplifying every deficiency of your current television, right? We’ve got the answer…because we want to get you in front of top-of-the-line TV technology — for FREE. We’ve got a ginormous 4K Ultra HD Smart TV just sitting here waiting for a new home. All you’ve gotta do is win the Samsung 65-inch QLED TV Giveaway from TNW Deals. If you don’t know QLED, it’s…

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