Desmond Ridder to take over as Falcons’ starting quarterback; Atlanta to bench Marcus Mariota

Atlanta is turning toward the future, inserting rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder into the starting lineup for Week 15. The Falcons are officially replacing veteran Marcus Mariota with the 2022 third-round pick during their bye week, preparing him to take over as the starter next week against the Saints, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. …

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Canceled Zelda Game Documentary Ripped From YouTube By Nintendo

Image: Nintendo / YouTube / Kotaku In October, gaming history YouTube channel DidYouKnowGaming reported on a failed 2004 pitch for a Zelda tactics game on the Nintendo DS called Heroes of Hyrule. Two months later, the mario maker has now used a copyright strike to erase the video from the internet. The channel, which has …

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Blackstone chief defends property fund amid withdrawal rush

Investors worried about Blackstone’s real estate investment trust should view it as a long-term vehicle well-positioned for the future, the company’s chairman said Thursday. black stone took heat over the past week for limiting withdrawals from the $69 billion private REIT, the Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust (BREIT). This decision followed redemption requests that exceeded …

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Padres, SS Xander Bogaerts agree to 11-year, $280M contract: Sources

The San Diego Padres and free-agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts have agreed to an 11-year, $280 million contract, major-league sources confirmed to The Athletic. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report the news. Here’s what you need to know: Bogaerts slashed .307/.377/.456 with 73 RBIs and 15 home runs in 150 games last season. He …

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Eagles News: ESPN ranks Jalen Hurts as the second-best quarterback from the 2020 NFL Draft

Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links … Ranking 2020 NFL draft QBs: Burrow, Tua, Herbert, Hurts – ESPN+The first off the board is the same guy who came off first in 2020: Joe Burrow. His accuracy, decision-making and ability to process quickly is extraordinary for a player this early into his career. He has …

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FBI Calls Apple’s Enhanced iCloud Encryption ‘Deeply Concerning’ as Privacy Groups Hail It As a Victory for Users

Apple yesterday announced that end-to-end encryption is coming to even more sensitive types of iCloud data, including device backups, messages, photos, and more, meeting the longstanding demand of both users and privacy groups who have rallied for the company to take the significant step forward in user privacy. ‌iCloud‌ end-to-end encryption, or what Apple calls …

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Wisconsin hiring Phil Longo from North Carolina as offensive coordinator: Source

New Wisconsin coach Luke Fickell is hiring Phil Longo from North Carolina to be the Badgers’ offensive coordinator, a source familiar with the hire told The Athletic. Tar Heels offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. is also expected to join the Wisconsin staff as O-line coach. Here’s what you need to know: The 54-year-old Longo …

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