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Jonas Brothers Talk Breakup on “Good Morning America”

Things with the Jonas Brothers have been pretty unstable as of late, and Joe, Kevin, and Nick dropped by “Good Morning America” to clear things up today (October 30).

The “When You Look Me In The Eyes” rockers admitted that they cancelled their fall tour and subsequently announced their split as a band because things had run their course.

Kevin explained to Robin Roberts, “It was time,” and Nick clarified, “We’re family first. It was a tough conversation [but we’re] best suited to do our own individual things.”

From Joe’s perspective, the music was getting “stale,” and he really wants to look into “personal opportunities.”

So while there won’t be any new JoBros tunes for awhile, it sounds like Joe and Nick will still record as solo artists, while Kevin wants to focus on the business side of the industry.

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Morning Report: Ed Soares still believes Anderson Silva would beat Jon Jones in superfight

MMA manager and promoter Ed Soares hasn’t changed his tune since seeing longtime client and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva lose his strap. Calling The Spider the G.O.A.T. for years, Soares’ faith in the former champ hasn’t been rattled following his knockout loss to Chris Weidman.

“I believe Anderson is the best fighter on the planet, period,’ says Soares. “Any weight class. I believe he has a bigger danger to any fighter he faces than any fighter has towards him. Can he be beat? Of course he can be beat. Anybody can be beat, but you put him against any fighter in any weight class and I think he has a better chance of beating them than they do beating him.”

As for the ill-fated superfight with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Soares still believes his man has what it takes to be the first man to put down ‘Bones.’

“I think he’ll beat him. I do think Anderson can beat Jon Jones. Not taking anything away from Jon Jones. Incredible athlete, but he doesn’t have the experience and I think a well-trained Anderson Silva would beat Jon Jones.”



Dear Tito. After pulling out of Bellator 106 with yet another neck injury, Dave Doyle asks Tito Ortiz to take a long, hard look in the mirror before coming back to fighting.

The rematch. With Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson ruled a no contest this weekend in Manchester, the rematch is already in the works.

Fortunes changed for five. Dave Meltzer tells us where UFC Fight Night 30′s biggest winners go from here.

Throwing in the towel. Dana White says he agrees with some fans’ sentiment that Rosie Sexton’s corner should have thought about putting a stop to her one-side affair with Jessica Andrade. “It should have been stopped. I said what we should do is bring the ref out in the hallway and let someone punch him in the face for 15 minutes, and nobody jump in to help him, just to see what it feels like.”

Mousasi-Machida? Gegard Mousasi says he wants to ‘make an impact’ in the middleweight division against Lyoto Machida.




UFC Fight Night 30 post-fight presser highlights.


Lyoto Machida KO’s Mark Munoz.


Conor McGregor takes a Rorschach test and talks Cub Swanson.


Alexander Sarnavskiy vs. Ricardo Tirloni at Bellator 105.


Josh Burkman vs. Steve Carl at WSOF 6.


RFA 10 highlights.


UFC fan Q&A with Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, Conor McGregor.



As always, make sure to check out our ‘Pros react’ piece from this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 30.


Together again.


At least the rematch is happening.


No Vitor?


Feels good.


And not so good.


Might be counting for quite some time.







Announced this weekend (Oct. 25-27 2013)

cancelled TIto Ortiz vs. Quinton Jackson at Bellator 106

cancelled Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz at Bellator 106 and Bellator 107

cancelled Ian McCall vs. Scott Jorgensen at UFC on FOX 9

cancelled Karo Parisyan vs. Cristiano Souza at Bellator 106

Alexander Gustafsson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night London

Melvin Guillard vs. Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night London



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WMMA October Recap Part 2: Evil Eye Edges Kaufman

Action from the last two weeks of October, and videos for all non-UFC fights again, woo. hoo.


A rough viewing priority ranking

1. Gonzalez/Casey

2. Clark/Cifers, Lim/Osman

3. Yamaguchi/Vidonic

4. Kianzad/Dudieva


140lbs: Pannie Kianzad def. Milana Dudieva via unanimous decision

I knew I should not have included this fight in my preview, but I did. So, my suggestion is don’t watch it. It felt like a no name ultimate fighter level fight. Also, there were no commentators and barely any noise from the arena. Both fighters grappling were sloppy and I’m not looking forward to either of their next fight. Unless, Kianzad makes the move to 135. Kianzad wearing a low cut sports bra didn’t seem like the best choice for an MMA fight (sort of like Ronda’s sports bra against Carmouche). No wardrobe malfunction.

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Q&A: Clement Lefebvre: The man behind Linux Mint

Linux Mint, an Ubuntu and Debian-based Linux distribution, has seen tremendous growth in community support and installed base in recent years. Since arriving on the scene in 2006 with its first release called “Ada,” Mint has become the most popular FOSS operating system on, surpassing both Ubuntu and Debian themselves.

Mint is available with out-of-the-box multimedia support and now even has its own desktop interface, Cinnamon. Freelance writer Christopher von Eitzen interviewed Project Founder and Lead Developer Clement Lefebvre about Mint’s origins, major changes to the distribution, its growth and its future.

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What is your professional background and what was the first Linux distribution that you ever used?

I got a Masters in Computer Sciences from the University of South Paris in 2001. I was mostly interested in game development, but as it happened, I worked for banks, telecom and software companies in France and in Ireland. I had various job titles (web developer, IT engineer, software developer, J2EE architect), and in one company I was teaching rather than coding, but most of time my job was to design and to develop software or web applications.

My first distribution was Slackware. In 1997, if I remember well, a student at my university brought a shiny set of Wallnut Creek floppies. Everybody got excited at the idea of having a Unix system at home (we were developing on IBM AIX at the university). I got immediately hooked. Slackware was (and still is) a piece of art, clean, predictable… and it was also my first encounter with Free Software.

Very few people ran Linux back then. You had to own a “Sound Blaster” card for audio to work and it’d take a novice a week or two to get the mouse to work and achieve a good resolution with X11. And of course, there were very few applications available. Most users were university students, teachers, or developers with a serious taste for adventure and a strong immunity to discomfort. This, and the novelty of the Free Software ideas were very enlightening to me and I really enjoyed being part of this in the late 90s.

You launched the first release of Linux Mint, code-named “Ada”, in 2006. What made you want to fork Ubuntu and create a new distribution? Why Ubuntu and why the name “Linux Mint”?

I was writing for and I wanted to try and host some of my articles myself so I needed a domain name and I chose “” (mostly because it was short, obviously related to Linux, and connoted the notion of freshness and technology which just works). That’s how the name came initially, as a domain name for a Linux website.

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Lorde Spoofed, Ja Rule’s Cookbook, Kanye’s Proposal

  • • The hot guy from Mean Girls will teach you how to spin. [Buzzfeed]
  • • Will Marriage Equality come to Hawai’i before Thanksgiving? [Queerty]
  • • Ew. Robin Thicke gives TMI about his father Alan Thicke. [PopSugar]
  • Zac Efron and Lily Collins go to Disneyland. [GossipCop]
  • Lorde gets lampooned. [Towleroad]
  • • Oh hai, Giovanni. [Oh La La]
  • • Why does the NYPD and Barney’s New York have to be so racist? [Newser]
  • Ja Rule wants to put out a microwave cook book for prisoners. [Heavy]
  • Lady Gaga‘s Swine leaks to the Internets. [Idolator]
  • • Have you met Tom Aspaul? [arjanwrites]
  • Bob Barker loves the elephants. [Starpulse]
  • • Video of Kanye West proposing to his babymama hits the Internets. [Global Grind]
  • Marky Mark Wahlberg in Hongy Hong Kong. [LaineyGossip]
  • Shenae Grimes (90210) is 24, Drake is 27, Monica is 33, Kevin Kline is 66 and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones is 77 years old. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.

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Melissa Rycroft Announces Second Pregnancy

She’s already a marvelous mother to 2-year-old daughter Ava, and Melissa Rycroft has another bundle of joy on the way.

The 30-year-old reality television starlet and her husband Tye Strickland are expecting their second child together, with a due date sometime next spring.

Back in February, Melissa hinted that she and Tye were figuring out their family expansion strategy.

Rycroft noted, “We’re getting close now [to having another child]. When we ask Ava [she still says no]. Is she ever going to give us a yes? She’s so spoiled. She doesn’t want to share it.”

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‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Trophy Wife’ Earn Additional Script Orders

ABC is expressing confidence in its Tuesday-evening comedy lineup.

The network has picked up three additional scripts for freshman comedies The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The comedies air as part of ABC’s all-new Tuesday lineup, which starts with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Goldbergs, a 1980s-set, semi-autobiographical comedy from Adam F. Goldberg, had the benefit of a monster bow from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and topped its Sept. 24 competition at 9 p.m. with a 3.2 rating among adults 18-49, ranking as ABC’s best comedy launch in more than a year.

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Family comedy Trophy Wife, meanwhile, drew a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 in its Tuesday spot at 9:30 p.m.

Both series have slipped in subsequent weeks as S.H.I.E.L.D. has softened in recent weeks.

The ABC comedies join Fox’s Dads and Brooklyn Nine-Nine as well as The CW’s Reign, Tomorrow People and The Originals as having received additional scripts this season. S.H.I.E.L.D., meanwhile, ranks as the only ABC show that was given a full-season order. Fellow freshman drama Lucky 7 was the season’s first cancellation, getting the ax after two episodes on Tuesdays at 10 p.m.

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Bill Young, Longest-Serving Republican Congressman, Dies

Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2012.

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Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2012.

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C.W. Bill Young, the longest-serving Republican in the House, has died, according to his spokesman Harry Glenn.

It was just a week ago that Young announced he would not seek re-election in 2014. According to Glenn, Young died due to “complications related to a chronic injury.” He was surrounded by family at The Walter Reed National Military Center.

He was 82.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times announcing his retirement, Young said his family, his job and his rehabilitation from a back injury had contributed to his decision to leave Congress.

When asked if Washington gridlock had something to do with it, Young said, “I’m a little disappointed. It seems there’s too much politics. It’s a different Congress.”

While he praised his Tea Party colleagues, he also broke with them last week, saying he would vote in favor of a bill that opened the government and raised the debt ceiling, but did not defund or delay the Affordable Care Act.

Young was first elected to the House in 1970. He was currently serving his 22nd term in the House.

The Naples News reports:

“Young’s chief of staff, Harry Glenn, said he died Friday at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He had been there for nearly two weeks with back problems that stemmed from a 1970 small plane crash. On Oct. 9, from his hospital bed, Young announced that he would not seek another term in 2014.

“Young was Florida’s longest-serving member of Congress and a defense hawk who was influential on military spending during his 43 years in Washington.

“As one of the strongest defense supporters in Congress, Young made headlines in 2012 when he said the United States should withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.”

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More Than 4 Million Spotify Songs Have Never Been Played

More Than 4 Million Spotify Songs Have Never Been Played

Last week, Spotify turned five years old, and to celebrate, the company released a batch of impressive data. But buried within the fun facts is a tidbit that’s just as depressing as it is surprising: 20-percent of Spotify tracks have never been streamed.

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Keys to Effective Organizational Communications | Common Sense

The “Sunday drive” is an old-fashioned concept, where the family would all get in the car and drive aimlessly to see nearby sites with which they were previously unfamiliar. Mom would pack a picnic lunch. They’d start off with a whimsical notion of a quiet country road and just seeing where it would take them, and the adventures, scenes, and surprises it would bring.

In these days of high gas prices and little free time, it is a rare if not altogether forgotten pastime for a quiet weekend. Just the same, imagine jumping in your car and backing out of the driveway without a destination. At the end of the driveway, do you go left or right? And once you’ve made that decision, then what?

Yet there are people in business today who operate their employee communications function in much the same manner. Their “cars” are the tools and channels at their disposal to communicate with employees, such as newsletters, executive emails, and speeches delivered at town hall-type meetings. Just because they have those tools, their default mode is to use them to deliver often-irrelevant information to employees.

What is frequently missing, however, is a sense of the organization’s destination, much like that meandering Sunday drive. So employee communications rambles around without a consistent set of relevant messages, without links to the direction in which the organization needs to go.

The Communications Plan is your GPS

Implicit, then, in effective employee communications is a strategy tied to the realities of the business and where its leadership is driving it. Just like that Sunday drive, the ultimate destination determines whether you turn the car right or left. With your destination programmed in, your GPS will guide you via the shortest route.

An employee communications plan is like a GPS, guiding decisions and ensuring that the right information gets to the right people at the right time through means that reach them effectively.

There is a practical way to develop an appropriate communications plan for any given set of circumstances. But it requires some legwork, along with serious thought and analysis. The initial steps are always the same, regardless of the circumstances.

  • What is your objective? Put another way, what’s the desired end result you’re striving for? A typical objective is to engage your internal audience in the challenges and opportunities the organization faces. This requires that they receive relevant and timely information that will help them see how what they do every day can help the organization surmount a challenge or take full advantage of an opportunity.
  • Who is your audience? Internal audiences are as diverse as external ones. Don’t take it for granted that the people that work in your company are a monolith. Are you an international bank or are you in manufacturing? Are your employees unionized in multiple plants, field salespeople working on commission spread across a continent selling medical devices, or mid-level managers at a multi-site financial services company? Define the audience both specifically and generally, in ways that mean something to you and your management team.
  • What do you know about your audience? Make sure you know as much as possible about your target audience. Again, consider their position within the company, their relative sophistication and their responsibilities. What you communicate must be relevant and actionable. How you deliver information should take into account their preferred means of receiving information, be it email, videos, face-to-face meetings with their supervisors, or some combination. Don’t overlook, too, employees’ ability to readily access online information. Factory floor workers or retail store salespeople can’t rely on a daily intranet update for the latest company news.
  • What should they know, and what should they do? Perhaps the most critical series of questions cuts to core of employee communications. What is it that you want employees to know, and why? What do you want them to do and/or feel as a result of getting your communication, and why? If your communications are of the “FYI” ilk, you’re probably wasting everyone’s time, because you likely have no reason to communicate.
  • How will the effort be measured? It’s one thing to make plans but still another to establish the means by which we measure them to determine whether they achieved their objectives. So a core element of the plan must be to measure the outcome. Doing so will guide future planning, enabling you to assess the ways that the plan fell short and where it worked best, thereby helping you learn important lessons for future such efforts.

Answering these questions will put you in a better position to develop an appropriate and effective communications plan consisting of what (content), when (timing), how (through what vehicles) and, specifically, to whom (target audiences).

In short, the key to successful employee communications lies in fully understanding your audience, what they need to know and why, and what they should do with the information you give them. It really is that simple.


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