One of the best poker players of all time has announced today that he will not play in this year’s World Series of Poker. Phil Ivey has suit in Las Vegas electronically today against Tiltware, the software and marketing firm for Full Tilt Poker. Full Tilt was one of three online gambling sites including PokerStars and Absolute Poker that were shut down by the FBI in April 2011. Players were not been able to retrieve their funds from the online poker sites during the shutdown. 11 people were indicted on charges they knowingly tricked banks into illegally processing payments for gambling in the crackdown.
Full Tilt and PokerStars have reached agreements to reopen to let their players withdraw their money. PokerStars has reportedly paid it’s players back but the Full Tilt players have not been so lucky.
In a Statement released by Phil Ivey on PhilIvey.com he says:
“For many years, I have been proud to call myself a poker player. This great sport has taken me to places I only imagined going and I have been blessed with much success. It is therefore with deep regret that I believe I am compelled to release the following statement.
I am deeply disappointed and embarrassed that Full Tilt players have not been paid money they are owed. I am equally embarrassed that as a result many players cannot compete in tournaments and have suffered economic harm. I am not playing in the World Series of Poker as I do not believe it is fair that I compete when others cannot. I am doing everything I can to seek a solution to the problem as quickly as possible.
My name and reputation have been dragged through the mud, through the inactivity and indecision of others and on behalf of all poker players I refuse to remain silent any longer. I have electronically filed a lawsuit against Tiltware related to the unsettled player accounts. As I am sure the public can imagine, this was not an easy decision for me.
I wholeheartedly refuse to accept non-action as to repayment of players funds and I am angered that people who have supported me throughout my career have been treated so poorly.
I sincerely hope this statement will ignite those capable of resolving the problems into immediate action and would like to clarify that until a solution is reached that cements the security of all players, both US and International, I will, as I have for the last six weeks, dedicate the entirety of my time and efforts to finding a solution for those who have been wronged by the painfully slow process of repayment.”
A deal between social network giant Facebook and online music streaming service Spotify has just been announced. The two social media platforms will reportedly launch together in the next few weeks.
Spotify with over 10 million users online is excited to break into the US social media market leveraging Facebook’s 206 million US users. Similar to social networking site Last.fm and Pandora Spotify looks to enhance the Facebook integration into a seamless and user experience. Last.fm has long had “Connect with Facebook” feature which allows Facebook users to enjoy their friends playlists.
Spotify is reportedly ecstatic about the deal which will feature a Spotify icon next to a person’s post in the newsfeed.
Clicking on the Spotify icon will install the service on their desktop in the background, and also allow users to play from Spotify’s library of millions of songs through Facebook. The service will include a function that lets Facebook users listen to music simultaneously with their friends over the social network,” reports Forbes‘ Parmy Olson.
The fact that you have to install software that runs on your desktop seems a bit cumbersome. It is nice you will be able to listen to music libraries and songs through Facebook and with friends. Myspace has been allowing people to upload songs on their pages for years. Spotify is paying for their music though and it seems to be more interactive because friends can all listen at the same time. I remains to be seen how much advertising revenue Spotify will bring or if they will start charging more for users to listen. The feeling I get from Facebook is they are still looking for ways to monetize the partnership.
It’s not breaking news that Al Qaeda is using social media management to communicate and influence it’s followers. Officials are now warning that terrorists and criminals are stealing personal information using the death of Osama bin Laden.
With many version of the Osama Virus appearing including on Facebook be careful of unsolicited emails that include attachments like videos and photos involving the worlds most infamous terrorist. The US Government has decided not to release the photos of the dead terrorist citing safety of the troops and as far as I can tell their have been no leaks of the actual photos.
The content in these malicious emails could include cyber attacks from shutting down your computer to stealing things stored on a computer, like Social Security numbers, credit card and bank numbers, and usernames and passwords.
Don’t become a victim of these terrorist Cyber Attacks. Fraudulent messages often include misspellings, poor grammar and nonstandard English. Use virus protection software that updates daily and say never to agree to download software to view videos.
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