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Cavaliers head coach David Blatt may be new to the NBA, but he has plenty of experience coaching at the professional level that was garnered through years of successfully running European teams.

While the finer points may be different, Blatt knows when it’s time to take control, and rip his team for a subpar performance. And that’s exactly what he did after Cleveland’s embarrassing effort on opening night that saw the Cavaliers lose to the New York Knicks.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com:

In lieu of putting the Cavs through a shootaround before the tail end of their back-to-back, the longtime European coach called a meeting at the team hotel and put them in their place instead of putting them through their paces.

“You all are such nice people, I’m so happy you weren’t in the morning meeting today because your opinion of me might be vastly different right…

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Originalmente publicado en TechCrunch:

Tesla Motors just sent out invites to a press event on October 9th in Los Angeles, presumably to unveil the new ‘D’ car that founder Elon Musk tweeted about yesterday evening. Now, we officially have an event, to be held at Hawthorne Airport.

The D is rumored to be a new vehicle in Tesla’s lineup, with the Jalopnik folks speculating on a (D)ual motor all wheel drive version of its Model S sedan. Musk also said that they would show off ‘something else’ at the event, which some are saying could be a souped up version of the Model S.

There is also a possibility that the D stands for Driver Assistance, something Seth Weintraub at Electrek points out people have seen references to in newer Tesla software.

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Tesla has already made a P85 (performance) version of its 85W Model S, but now Jalopnik has spotted an image shot by Tesla…

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NEW YORK – Isaiah Austin was projected to be a second round pick in this year’s draft, before being diagnosed with a medical condition that forced him to end his basketball career before it could professionally get started.

Austin was invited to the draft as a guest of commissioner Adam Silver, which would have been enough of a classy gesture in and of itself.

But the league went over the top in the way it handled Austin’s situation, by calling his name and having him don a draft cap and come to the podium as if he had been actually selected.

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It was an extremely touching moment, and Austin’s remarks in the interview room a few minutes later were every bit as heart-wrenching.

“It’s been a really tough week for me, and it’s been really rough,” Austin said. “I’ve had a tremendous amount of support from everybody…

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Originalmente publicado en TechCrunch:

Apple gave us a lot to digest at today’s WWDC event, including big announcements about iOS 8, Mac OS X Yosemite, and a new programming language called Swift.

But even with two hours to present, Apple still couldn’t fit everything in. The company mentions dozens of new features to be released when iOS 8 hits this fall.

While some of the features will likely be enjoyed by a fairly limited audience (multi-device support for MFi hearing aids), there are a few features that stand out as things Apple lovers have been craving for some time — or hint at cool possibilities in the future.

First up is Wi-Fi Calling, which lets smartphone owners route calls over local wireless connections rather than through potentially flaky cell service. Of course, your cell phone provider has to have the technology in place to support it, which means that right now, only T-Mobile…

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From the moment the season began in late October, or perhaps even as far back as their Conference Finals loss in seven games to the Heat last May, the goal for the Pacers was simple: Finish this year with the best record in the league, so that homecourt advantage could be on Indiana’s side this time.

Despite the struggles that plagued the Pacers the last two months of the season and into the first two rounds of the playoffs, now that they’re here in the Eastern Conference Finals, they seem to have remembered what it was all for, and at least for one game, regained their swagger.

Indiana controlled Game 1 from the opening tip, and looked like the East’s best team in cruising to a 107-96 victory that felt like anything but the titanic battle many were expecting.

The Pacers were several steps ahead of the Heat in this…

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Tony Parker suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter of the Spurs’ series-clinching win over the Blazers, and didn’t play the rest of the game.

The injury wasn’t believed to be serious at the time. although an MRI did reveal a grade 1 strain.

Fortunately for San Antonio, he isn’t going to miss any more time, and after practicing with the team on Sunday, was cleared to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder on Monday.

From Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News:

Parker took three days off to rehab before returning for the second of two weekend practices on Sunday. He had little to say about his actual condition, responding mainly with one-word answers. The lone exception:

“I know what I have to do (to manage the injury),” said Parker, who missed 14 games during the regular season with a variety…

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Originalmente publicado en TechCrunch:

Consider this my favorite correction in recent memory: USAID, fine purveyors of a Twitter clone called ZunZuneo in Cuba, would like you to know that it was more popular than reported. The project, widely ridiculed such as it was, was said to have peaked at around 40,000 users. Not so, according to USAID.

In a blog post today, the U.S. Agency for International Development indicated that the “platform had around 68,000 users.” ZunZuneo is one of the zanier government projects I can summon to mind: Culture change by cloned tweet. You cannot improve on the story of the service. It’s tech gold. Here’s TechCrunch from when the program was uncovered:

Eventually, the program grew beyond what the government contractors felt they could control, and they realized they needed to exit their involvement to in order to conceal their role. At one point, the USAID even went to Twitter co-founder Jack…

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