Struggling Wolfsburg hires Bruno Labbadia as coach

WOLFSBURG, Germany — Relegation-troubled Wolfsburg has hired Bruno Labbadia as coach to replace Martin Schmidt, who quit on Monday. The Volkswagen-backed club says it agreed on Tuesday to work with the 52-year-old Labbadia until summer 2019, and he is to take charge of his first training session in the afternoon. Wolfsburg managing director Tim Schumacher says, “We’re delighted that we could win Bruno Labbadia for the club. Now we have to look forward and approach our tasks with calmness and unity.” Labbadia, a former striker, has previously coached Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart, and Hamburger SV among others. “I feel well and rested and am very much looking forward to working with… Read More

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Video and pictures: Alfa Romeo Sauber launch the C37 F1 car for 2018

The C37 is the first car for the Alfa Romeo and Sauber partnership One-Minute Read Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – 12:35pm The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team have unveiled their car for the 2018 Formula One championship season – the C37. See related Formula 1 2018 guide: Grand Prix calendar and car launch dates Launched today, the C37 model “signifies the first year of the partnership between two great brands in motorsport”, Alfa Romeo and Sauber Motorsport. Drivers Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc will get behind the wheel of the C37 this season and Sauber technical director Joerg Zander is positive the new car have an impact. Zander told Motorsport.com:… Read More

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The iPhone, the Pixel, and the tragic anxiety of having to choose

I’ve had a restless weekend that’s spilling over into my work week. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that my work week has spilled over into my weekend. Whatever it is, I’ve been gripped by a fever of indecision caused by comparing Apple’s iPhone X and Google’s Pixel 2 XL side by side. I’m that rare human that has access to both phones and the ecosystem flexibility to not be immediately tied to iOS or Android. As a result, I’ve now become a most wretched electronics consumer, spoiled by the bounties on offer before me and paralyzed to choose between them. Things didn’t use to be so neurotic. Ever… Read More

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Celebrity Big Brother Recap: A Twist Rocks the House!

It was only a matter of time before Celebrity Big Brother threw in some more twists to shake up the house. The latest of which involved a viewer vote that decided which special power the veto would possess. When the crazy episode kicked off, Omarosa’s plan to plant seeds of doubt around the house was working. This resulted in the mother of all arguments when Brandi accidentally exposed her four-person alliance to the rest of the house. Marissa was furious, but she had to just play along with it. What could she really do without painting an even bigger target on her back? The Veto competition found Brandi, Marissa, Metta… Read More

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Canada misses podium for first time in women’s 3000m relay

For the first time in the history of the short track women’s 3000m relay, Canada will not be featured on the podium. Team Canada — which features skaters Marianne St-Gelais, Kim Boutin, Valerie Maltais and Kasandra Bradette — was involved in a massive collision during the finals of the event, resulting in penalties awarded to both the Canadian and Chinese teams. Throughout the 27-lap race, Canada was battling in second place between South Korea and China when a member of South Korea appeared to collide with Canada during an exchange causing absolute chaos on the ice. Multiple skaters were sent in different directions leaving only the South Korean and Chinese… Read More

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People hate Snapchat’s redesign so much that another Wall Street analyst downgraded the stock (SNAP)

Snap has recently redesigned the Snapchat app to make the distinction between friends and brands clearer. Users have reacted overwhelmingly negatively to the visual changes. This prompted analysts at Citi to downgrade its stock rating from “Neutral” to “Sell.” Wall Street is not impressed by the Snapchat redesign. Analysts at Citi bank are the latest to downgrade Snap’s stock rating, going from “Neutral” to “Sell” in a note to investors on Thursday morning. Raymond James similarly downgraded the stock to “Underperform” earlier in January. Analysts Mark May and Hao Yan wrote: “While the recent redesign of [Snap’s] flagship app could produce positive long-term benefits, [there is a] significant jump in… Read More

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The price is right: What if I left Seattle and had Amazon money to shop for a home in Pittsburgh?

The view of a church across the street from a new condominium in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) I bought my house in Seattle way back when people who didn’t build software for a living were still able to afford houses. Now, as someone who is old enough to recognize a young tech worker or 12 in the local coffee shop, I spend much of my time in front of that house, yelling “Get off my lawn!” And I daydream about where to go next in the U.S. with the riches of home equity. GeekWire decided where I should go, at least temporarily, when the… Read More

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A walk through Pittsburgh’s East Liberty: Scenes from a neighborhood in transition

PITTSBURGH — Neighborhoods across this city have been through lots of change over the past several decades, but perhaps none more so than East Liberty. A thriving commercial district throughout the first half of the 20th century, East Liberty went into 30 years of decay in the late 1950s after city planners launched an urban renewal project that “ultimately failed to make the East Liberty Valley the destination that it had once been,” according to the East Liberty Chamber of Commerce, as businesses shut down or moved away. Change happened again in the early 2000s when major commercial developments brought life back into a neighborhood now home to retailers like… Read More

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The Prowess of Nina Simone’s Early Records

Sixty years ago, Nina Simone was not yet quite an icon. The legendary singer, pianist, songwriter, and civil-rights activist—who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April—turned 25 in 1958. Her debut album, Little Girl Blue, had just been released on Bethlehem Records, an up-and-coming jazz label. Among Bethlehem’s alumni were Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and a promising young saxophonist from Miles Davis’s band named John Coltrane. Simone, on the other hand, had been signed as more of a pop-jazz artist; the label, after all, was also the home of Mel Tormé. Relatively unknown, Simone was a fresh face to find success by safely interpreting… Read More

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