first_imgItalian Brescia announced Wednesday the dismissal of its coach Eugenio Corini, cessation that occurs for the second time in three months and due to the bad results of the Italian team in Serie A.The Lombard march set penultimate in the classification with just 15 points in 22 days and its sporting situation has caused the second impeachment of Corini, which He was already fired at the end of last November. Then, Brescia named Fabio Grosso, world champion with Italy in 2006, but he lost his first three games and the club decided to repear Corini again. He won his first two games, although of the following seven, he only managed to draw two and lost the other five, leaving the team tied for points with the SPAL. Now, the team chaired by Massimo Cellino should look for a technician who manages to get him away from the descent to Serie B.last_img read more

first_imgVertegaal, who has been working on the technology since 1994, says advertisers can now accurately measure how much attention something receives, whether on a plasma panel, a billboard, or as the result of its placement on a supermarket shelf. Whether a viewer actually makes a purchase is another matter. Vertegaal said the eyebox2 is being used by advertisers in Britain, but not in the United States yet. He recently spoke at Google Inc.’s corporate headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google said in a statement that it often invites interesting people, but such talks shouldn’t infer any specific product direction Google is taking. Pawnshop game TORONTO – A Canadian professor has developed technology that allows advertisers to count the number of people who look at their billboards and screens. Roel Vertegaal’s Xuuk eyebox2 is a $999 portable device with a camera that monitors eye movements and automatically detects when you are looking at it from up to about 35 feet away. Until now, Vertegaal says, such eye-trackers have been ineffective beyond 2 feet, required people to remain stationary and cost more than $25,000. “It can track interest for your advertisers so you can actually have a business model where you sell the ad by the eyeball,” said Vertegaal, a professor at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. The eyebox2 comes as ads increasingly appear on plasma display panels in shopping malls, restaurants and other public places. Although Internet ads can be measured by the number of hits on a Web site, it is much harder to assess the ads on plasma screens. NEW YORK – Online games give players roles like warriors, space explorers and wizards. Now, there’s an exciting new profession: pawnbroker. “Entropia Universe,” a science-fiction game whose currency is convertible to real-world U.S. dollars at a fixed 10-1 ratio, said this past week that five pawnshops will make real loans to people who turn in virtual items like laser rifles and bionic implant chips. The pawnshop licenses sold for a total of $404,000, according to the Swedish company behind the game, MindArk PE AB, and the holders may be able to extend their services to function like banks. “It’s just like the construction business in the real world – none of that would happen without banks,” said Jon “Neverdie” Jacobs, who with a business partner paid $90,000 for a license to create a “Gamer’s Bank.” Jacobs, who already runs a hunting and entertainment resort that pulls in as much as $20,000 a month in revenue, said players have a lot of money tied up in hunting and mining equipment, and the pawnshops will free up that capital. Another license winner was Anshe Chung, the online persona of Ailin Graef, a Chinese-born woman who created a minor fortune trading real estate in “Second Life,” another virtual world. The other winners were a German Internet bank, a Russian payment processor and an unnamed private investor. Last year, a player set up a bank in another science fiction game, EVE Online, but that one was unsupported and unregulated by the game’s operator, CCP hf of Iceland. The player tried to abscond with the deposits, but CCP froze his account before he could sell them for “real” money, CCP spokesman Magnus Bergsson said. Unlike Entropia, EVE does not allow conversion of the in-game currency to cash. The deposits would have been worth between $140,000 and $170,000 on the black market, Bergsson said. Downloadable poetry PHILADELPHIA – When you’re done loading your iPod with Better than Ezra and Carlos Santana, why not try a little Ezra Pound or William Carlos Williams? Recordings of the poets’ works are available for free through PennSound, an online audio archive developed by professors at the University of Pennsylvania. PennSound features about 200 writers and more than 10,000 recordings contributed by poets, fans and scholars worldwide. The 2-year-old site recently acquired rare readings by Pound, some previously unknown. Hearing any poet “makes the poems easier to move into, in some cases,” said Tree Swenson, director of the Academy of American Poets in New York. “Our ears are less logical than our eyes, somehow.” Pound in particular, she said, “is a perfect example of a poet whose tone and phrasing is so distinctive.” Many Web sites, including that of the academy, stream poetry readings, meaning an active Internet connection is required. With PennSound, files are downloadable in MP3 format and can be played offline and on portable devices such as Apple Inc.’s iPods, said Charles Bernstein, an English professor and the site’s co-director. Gregory Djanikian, who has five collections of published poetry, said PennSound allows people to “put the voice to the poem” and lets him reach a broader audience. “It’s really quite global,” said Djanikian, who directs the creative writing program at Penn but is not affiliated with PennSound. Emily Warn, editor of Chicago-based poetryfoundation.org, called PennSound a “fabulous resource” that can help expand the audience for poetry. “People are afraid of poetry. They don’t know where to begin,” Warn said. “They value it in general, they think it sharpens the intellect … but they know very little about it.” On the Net: http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more