How I Spent My Summer: Calgary Flames

With school now back in session, and before training camps officially open next week, over the course of the next few days we’ll be bringing you up-to-date on how each of the seven Canadian NHL teams have spent their summers.

Current cap space: $2.58 million
GM: Brad Treliving
Head Coach: Bill Peters
Assistants: Ryan Huska, Geoff Ward
Unsigned players: None

Signings/PTOs:
– James Neal, five years, $28.75 million
– Derek Ryan, three years, $9.375 million
– Austin Czarnik, two years, $2.5 million
– Jeff Glass (PTO)

Free Agent departures:
– Matt Stajan
– Kris Versteeg
– Nick Shore
– Matt Bartkowski
– Tanner Glass

Biggest Summer Splash

In a summer of immense change, the Dougie Hamilton/Micheal Ferland/Adam Fox trade for Noah Hanifin/Elias Lindholm was the biggest of all the Flames’ moves.

Truth is, it was the NHL’s biggest swap of the summer.

Hamilton was the league’s top goal scorer amongst defencemen, who resided alongside Mark Giordano on the top pairing and the power play.

It puts big expectations on Hanifin, who inked a six-year, $29.7 million deal last week.

Other notable additions and subtractions

Lots of change this summer for an organization that worried about the fortitude of some of its players.

The Flames parted ways with hockey operations president Brian Burke, fired its entire coaching staff and brought in Bill Peters in an effort to add more accountability to a team that failed to live up to expectations last year.

The signing of James Neal was a pricey coup of sorts for a team that needed to add scoring depth more than anything else.

Austin Czarnik and Derek Ryan were also inked as UFAs to add to the team’s depth up front.

Troy Brouwer was bought out and long-time Flame Matt Stajan wasn’t offered a deal, so he went to Germany.

Other Summer Headlines

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

More than 1 in 4 Americans have deleted the Facebook app in the past year, according to a new survey (FB)

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Facebook has had a year full of controversies over misinformation and the way it provides access to user data.
A new study from Pew taken shortly after the Cambridge Analytica scandal found that 26% of Americans had deleted the Facebook app from their phone in the last year.

A new study suggests that Facebook’s business has suffered from the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal earlier this year.

In May and June, the Pew Research Center surveyed over 4,500 American adults, and found that a lot of them are taking action to reduce their Facebook usage.

Some eye-popping stats from the study:

54% have adjusted their privacy settings.

42% have taken a break from checking Facebook for several weeks or more.

26% have deleted the app from their phone.

Facebook faced significant controversy earlier this year when it was revealed that a British data company, Cambridge Analytica, had exfiltrated personal data from Facebook which it used to manipulate American and British voters.

Since then, Facebook has faced a series of controversies about misinformation and manipulation on its platform in the United States and abroad. On Wednesday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testified in front of a Senate committe about how foreign governments are using social media to spread propaganda.

While these controversies have contributed to slowed growth in Facebook’s stock price, the effect of the “#deletefacebook” trend on Facebook’s brand and demand for the social network has been less apparent.

The survey results released on Wednesday do show that negative news coverage can affect Facebook usage. To be sure, Facebook is a huge network, with over 1 billion users. But eventually, if the Pew Study does accurately indicate a broader trend of people deleting facebook, these trends will start to take a toll on the top and bottom lines of Facebook’s financial results.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

Bitmain’s AntPool quietly activates controversial hack for faster Bitcoin mining

It looks like one of Bitcoin’s premier mining pools, AntPool, has activated AsicBoost on its mining operations. AsicBoost purportedly increases mining efficiency by up to 20 percent, making its usage very controversial. There’s a website that tracks just what percentage of Bitcoin blocks are mined using the sneaky new tech. Specifically, it shows that block #540032 was mined by AntPool, and it used AsicBoost to mine it quicker than usual. According to AsicBoost Block Explorer, block #540032, which was mined by AntPool, was mined using the controversial tech to gain rewards quicker than usual. It is worth pointing out this…

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Source:: The Next Web – Technology

      

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