Giants trade Sam Dyson, acquire Scooter Gennett in separate deadline deals

PHILADELPHIA — After an extended period of inactivity, the Giants made a flurry of last-second deals right before Wednesday’s 1 p.m. trade deadline.

The two final moves? Shipping reliever Sam Dyson to the Minnesota Twins and acquiring infielder Scooter Gennett from the Cincinnati Reds.

As Mark Melancon explained his decision to waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to the Atlanta Braves, news of Dyson’s move began to spread throughout the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park.

Dyson was on the field playing catch with teammates minutes before the Giants completed a deal to send him to Minnesota. An official announcement of the trade is not yet official, but The Athletic reported power-hitting outfielder Jaylin Davis will be part of the return.

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Where the San Francisco Giants stand on the morning of the trade deadline

At the same time news of Dyson’s departure began to spread, Giants players learned that the club had acquired Gennett from the Cincinnati Reds. reported the Giants will send the Reds a player to be named later as part of the deal.

Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi is scheduled to talk …read more

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Ken Giles ready to finish season strong with Blue Jays

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Facebook has admitted to investors that Libra may never launch (FB)

Libra Ecosystem

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In its latest quarterly reports, Facebook said that, although it still intends to launch its ambitious crypto-based payments system by 2020, a number of factors could scupper that timeline or even bar its launch entirely, per CNBC.

Since announcing plans to launch Libra last month, the social media giant has faced a barrage of criticism, not least from regulators and lawmakers in the US but also across the world, including from British, Chinese, and French central banks. In its filing with the US’ Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said it was cognizant of the substantial pushback the project has received and says it expects that scrutiny to continue.

Here’s what it means: We previously noted that Facebook’s turbulent history would inevitably delay Libra — and the company appears to agree.

Facebook says significant regulatory scrutiny has made the project’s fate uncertain. The tech giant admits the significant uncertainty around Libra means there can be no genuine assurance that the project “will be made available in a timely manner, or at all,” per CNBC. Facing questions from the US Senate Banking Committee, David Marcus, who heads up Libra and Calibra, the Facebook subsidiary tasked with developing a digital wallet for the crypto, claimed that the company would not move forward without the receiving the appropriate regulatory approvals. Then, I (Mekebeb) noted that the company’s recent scandalous history, which has resulted in a string of regulatory actions against it, would delay the launch of Libra — with such an outcome representing a best-case scenario. And Facebook’s latest comments appear to agree with this.
Yet, …read more

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The Capital One Venture card comes with valuable travel benefits — our card review breaks down why it’s worth the $95 annual fee

Capital One Venture

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a fantastic rewards credit card that comes with a big sign-up bonus, simple systems for earning and redeeming miles, and valuable benefits.
A 50,000-mile sign-up bonus — after spending $3,000 in the first three months — is worth at least $500 in free travel right off the bat — potentially more if you take advantage of 15 new airline transfer partners, including the newest transfer partner — JetBlue.
The card also comes with a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck.

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a competitive travel rewards credit card at a moderate price point. While it does carry a $95 annual fee (waived the first year), it offers plenty of value and useful benefits, and it might be a great fit for your purchase and travel needs.

Today we’ll review the rewards, benefits, and costs of the Capital One Venture card to help you decide if it makes sense for your wallet.

Sign-up bonus

New cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first three months after opening a new account.

That’s worth at least $500 toward travel, because you can redeem miles for 1 cent apiece to cover travel purchases. That’s not your only option for using the Venture card’s miles, though — you can also transfer them to airline partners including Air Canada, Emirates, and JetBlue.

Annual fee and other rates

The main cost of this card is the $95 annual fee, waived the first year. If you don’t pay the card off in full every month (which you should), it charges variable rate interest, currently 17.99% to 25.24% APR (as of July, 2019) based on …read more

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