Tdream realised, a quest for gold finally successful and a new name added to the roll of honour. We just didn’t expect it to be Mexico. Brazilian football cannot yet call itself all-conquering since the Olympic Games have again caused them pain and with it ravaged their credentials at the 2014 World Cup they will host.


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International football is full of ‘broken’ teams, whereby one unit lets down the rest. At Euro 2012, Netherlands served as a perfect example, where a porous defence left a glittering forward line with too much to do. It seems that Brazil, who still boast the deepest talent pool in the world game, cannot produce a defence worthy of the name either. When a much-garlanded attack fails, as it did here, then strong defence is needed to see a team through. Brazil were simply too vulnerable. A last-minute header from Oscar could have taken the game into extra-time but it would have registered as something of an injustice had Mexico been denied.

El Tri, as a result of resolute and organised defending, and deadly finishing by Oribe Peralta, are deserved gold medallists. A line-up composed entirely of players from the Mexican league has achieved the country’s greatest footballing achievement. Their senior equivalent have never got past the quarter-final of a World Cup and only did so when hosting the tournament. Over in London, 5,500 miles from Mexico City, their Under-23-plus-three contingent has won the medal that Brazil crave so much and must wait another four years for. The worry must now be that Olympic gold in Rio might have to serve as consolation for a disappointment in the World Cup that looks all too possible.

Despite the presence of Thiago Silva, the world’s most expensive and coveted defender, Brazil had defended poorly all tournament, with both Honduras and Egypt scoring twice against them. And Mexico are a far better outfit than either of those. The warning signs have been ringing since Brazil’s opening match; a failure to heed them led to their wearing sorrowful silver.

In heat that was more Brazilian or Mexican than North London, Brazil were caught cold and never warmed to their task until the very last moments. Peralta’s goal after 28 seconds became the quickest in any FIFA tournament final. His second, with 15 minutes remaining, was a classic centre-forward’s header but he had again been left with the freedom of Wembley to direct his effort past Gabriel.

Right-back Rafael, a young man who Premier League fans will know has more than a few mistakes in him, was culpable for the first goal, and was ragged throughout. As he left the field for Lucas Moura with six minutes to play, he did so with the angry words of Juan in his ears. Juan, meanwhile, could in no way consider himself blameless for his team’s defensive malaise. As a unit, they had been frankly horrible. Silva’s second-half error should have resulted in a goal from Marco Fabian, but he hit the bar with a hurried overhead kick, almost in surprise at the chance he had been gifted.

The likes of Dunga, at Los Angeles 1984 and Romario, at Seoul 1988, were once forced to accept silver medals yet eventually went on to win the World Cup. This Brazil generation can look to such forefathers for consolation, but defeat here was calamitous and avoidable.

The plan had been that this team of U-23s, augmented by Thiago Silva, Hulk and Marcelo as the overage trio, would form the backbone of Brazil’s assault on winning their sixth world title. While it is foolhardy to predict a starting line-up in the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo on June 12, 2014, the likes of Ramires, Lucas Leiva, Julio Cesar, Dani Alves and Robinho will be challenging for places and now others will be sought too.

By 2014, Neymar, who seems likely to stay at Santos until Brazil’s World Cup campaign is completed, is expected to be the godhead, with Oscar as his creative lieutenant yet both showed flourishes that were merely fleeting. Neymar almost always took on too much, usually finding himself outnumbered and down a blind alley. Oscar, Chelsea’s £25 million new playmaker to go alongside the similarly pricey Eden Hazard, intermittently confirmed his undoubted talent and was responsible for his team’s most penetrative moments, usually in tandem with Hulk.

Porto’s expensive beast, who scored a late consolation goal, arrived from the subs’ bench after just 30 minutes for Alex Sandro, which served as an admittance from Mano Menezes that he had got his tactics wrong. The fault was never corrected and failure here means that Menezes will almost certainly not get to coach the hosts in 2014. His plan will now be scrapped, and there will be much soul-searching about how to improve the defence without abandoning those Brazilian attacking ideals that are held so dear. To follow on from quarter-final exit at last year’s Copa America, a very winnable tournament has gone by the wayside.


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While praise must undoubtedly be lavished on Luis Fernando Tena and his players for Mexico’s golden achievement, in truth, this has been an undistinguished Olympic men’s tournament.

Indeed, it has been overshadowed by its female counterpart, which yielded far more in terms of entertainment. Since professional players were allowed in 1984, it is perhaps the lowest in quality we have yet seen. It certainly came nowhere near to matching the thrills on show at Atlanta in 1996 when Nigeria were victorious and in 2000 when Cameroon were winners in Sydney. It may have been highly satisfactory for the Asian contingent, with South Korea cherishing their bronze medal and the Japanese also impressing, but there has been little else.

The hosts, Team GB, put in a disappointing performance which did not help its profile amid a feast of other sporting triumphs and the early exits of Spain and Uruguay led to the latter stages lacking star quality.

That should not detract from Mexico’s glory and will certainly not sooth Brazil’s disappointment. In two years, the world will direct its attention to the silver medallists, and two years on from that when Rio replaces London as the Olympic city. In the country that considers itself the true home of football, only a double sprinkling of gold will do but, on the evidence of London 2012, there is much work required to avoid the further denial of dreams.


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Jared Lee Loughner on Tuesday pleaded guilty to the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and wounded 13 others including former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. The guilty plea was part of an agreement that prevents him from facing the death penalty.

With defense attorney Judy Clarke at his side, Loughner, wearing a khaki jail uniform, calmly answered questions from U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns, saying that he understood the court rules and that he would plead guilty to 19 of the counts against him, with the other 30 counts to be dropped. Asked if he understood each charge as they were read, Loughner simply replied, “Yes, sir.”

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to clean out your attics. Another long lost work of art has been discovered, hidden away for decades, this time in a Scottish farmhouse.

When Fiona McLaren’s father passed down an old painting he had received from one of his patients, she didn’t think much of it. When she redecorated, she didn’t bother to cover the canvas depicting a woman holding a young child while another plays nearby, letting the work get splattered in bits of house paint. But now that experts are speculating that the painting may be a 500-year old work by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci, her feelings towards the work of art have changed.

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The painting sat in McLaren’s home in Scotland for close to 50 years before she decided to take the work in for appraisal by Harry…

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On July 20, authorities say, suspected gunman James Holmes walked into a packed screening of The Dark Knight Rises at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. and opened fire, killing 12 moviegoers and injuring dozens of others. The following morning, Jake Meyers arrived at his gun store in nearby Parker, Colo. to find more than a dozen people lined up waiting for it to open.

In response to the mass shootings of recent weeks, gun stores are seeing a spike in gun customers–many of whom are first-time gun-owners and women.

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“A lot of it is people saying, ‘I didn’t think I needed a gun, but now I do,’” Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo, told the Denver Post. “When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing — ‘Hey, I go to the movies.’”

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On May 26, a cannibalistic ambush, one now entered into modern lore as a “zombie-like attack,” occurred on a Miami bridge that sent the southern city — and indeed, the nation — into a frenzy.

Rudy Eugene, seemingly crazed and stark naked, attacked homeless man Ronald Poppo, biting off pieces of his face and ripping out his eyes underneath an overpass on the MacArthur Causeway. The vicious attack, which was partially caught on a nearby surveillance camera, shocked viewers because of its randomness and gruesomeness. Eugene, 31, was shot dead by police at the scene, while Poppo was rushed to the hospital with much of his face torn off by the so-called Causeway Cannibal.

But after two months of recovery, the 65-year-old Poppo was healed enough to tell his side of the story. “He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes,” Poppo…

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An Australian medical team successfully completed the rescue of the endangered American government worker stationed at the McMurdo station in Antarctica Wednesday night.

Due to privacy issues, the patient and his or her condition has yet to be identified, but officials confirm that the person has left Antarctica and is currently in stable condition at an emergency center in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The particulars of the government worker’s “medical emergency” have yet to be identified, but U.S. National Science Foundation spokesperson Debbie Wing said that the person likely did not go to the research station with the ailment. To be eligible for McMurdo researchers have to pass a “very rigorous health screening process.”

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In a move reminiscent of Marie Antoinette, Ri Sol Ju, wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was spotted sporting a luxury Christian Dior purse on Tuesday. The bag, identified as a Lady Dior Clutch, retails for about $1,600 in South Korea, which is roughly the equivalent of an average North Korean worker’s annual salary.

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“Oh my god, I love Uber. I take them all the time.”

If you’re a young, urban, smartphone-owning individual, you’ve probably heard some variation of this phrase from a friend or acquaintance about Uber, the on-demand car service that’s become popular in cities like San Francisco. The app, which allows you to summon a car with the tap of an iPhone (for an elevated price, of course), has spread through word-of-mouth and become known for its popular promotional events, like the on-demand ice cream trucks Uber rolled out this summer to huge demand. But can you measure the created value of a marketing effort like on-demand ice cream trucks? And is such a campaign smart for every startup?

Michelle Broderick, who works in marketing at Uber, thinks you can — but that your mileage with ice cream trucks may vary.

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The Federal Trade Commission today confirmed that it has imposed a record-breaking fine on Google (s goog) over the search giant’s decision to circumvent privacy settings on the Apple’s (s aapl) Safari browser.

Google will pay a $22.5 million penalty as punishment for breaking the terms of a 20-year privacy settlement that the FTC had slapped on the company last year. Under that settlement, Google had to pledge it would not “misrepresent” the degree over which users had control of their privacy settings.

The FTC found Google had committed such a misrepresentation when it placed tools known as “cookies” to collect advertising information from users even though the company had suggested Apple’s browser settings would prevent this from occurring. In the words of the FTC:

for several months in 2011 and 2012, Google placed a certain advertising tracking cookie on the computers of Safari users who visited sites within Google’s…

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In the run up to the Office 15 release, Microsoft(s msft) execs are talking up a key goal: Making it easy for non-Windows web developers to build add-ons and enhancements to both Office and SharePoint. This is a shift in strategy — Microsoft is trying to make Office — the company’s undisputed cash cow —  cloud-worthy while also ensuring that it remains the center of most workers’ computing worlds.

With this version developers who know how to use JavaScript, HTML5, REST and OATH — can develop extensions and add-ons that can run in Microsoft Azure, but also on Amazon(s amzn), a LAMP-stack cloud — any cloud, said Richard Riley, director of technical product management for SharePoint. (Windows Azure guy Scott Guthrie recently blogged about the whole Office-365-add-ons-running-in-Azure thing here.)

Microsoft held its coming out party for Office 15 a few weeks ago but didn’t talk much about…

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Research In Motion(s rimm) shares shot up 10 percent at the opening bell Wednesday thanks to an analyst report suggesting that Samsung, the world’s top handset seller, may license the BlackBerry operating system, says Mobile Business Briefing. Shares retreated by half during the day and Thursday Reuters reports that Samsung has denied any interest in licensing BlackBerry 10 or in purchasing RIM, which has fallen from grace as more nimble competitors have passed it by. None of this should surprise, however.

Samsung could be playing coy, of course, but I can’t think of even one good reason for Samsung to even entertain the thought of licensing an operating system that isn’t yet on phones. The company is already the top seller of Google Android(s goog) devices, for starters, which according to IDC earlier this week, accounted for 68.1 percent of worldwide smartphone sales in the last quarter. Of…

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Just four months since officially launching, online education startup Coursera says it’s hit the one million mark for enrolled students.

In a blog post Thursday, the company, which reported 680,000 students less than a month ago, said its students come from every country in the world. About 39 percent of students are from the U.S., followed by Brazil, India, China, Canada and the U.K.

Coursera partners with universities and colleges around the world to offer massive open online courses (or MOOCs) taught by leading professors. Four weeks ago, it said that it’s partnering with a dozen new schools, bringing its total to 16. In addition to elite U.S. universities, including Stanford, Princeton and the University of Michigan, it has added international schools such as  the University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), to its list of partners.

Since its earliest days, Coursera has…

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Anyone who has ever owned a T-Mobile MyTouch is familiar with the little button on the lower right-hand corner labeled with stylized “G.” It’s T-Mobile’s Genius button, which, once pushed, allows you to issue basic voice commands from calling or texting a contact to searching the web or Google Maps(s goog). If you’ve used it before then you know: Siri(s aapl) it’s not.

The service’s vocabulary and contextual understanding is pretty limited. For instance, if you ask Genius to “find a restaurant” it will pull up the nearest eatery on Google Maps. But if you ask it to find “nearby restaurants” it searches Maps for a joint named “Nearby.” If you’re like me, you’ve probably fiddled with the button a few times and never touched it again, despite its relative convenience on the phone’s faceplate.

But T-Mobile has given Genius a much-needed overhaul, at least on the latest versions of…

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The past 18 months will be remembered as a time when solar manufacturers delivered ugly earnings reports and even witnessed some of their smaller peers face bankruptcy. That’s because the price of silicon — a main ingredient in traditional solar panels — has plummeted and subsidies from China have flooded the market with an oversupply of cheap panels.

So what do you do if you’re a startup that’s been head-down over the past few years developing next-generation solar technologies? Hope and pray? Well, over the past couple of weeks I’ve chatted with a variety of solar companies, and these are some options for how to survive and even break out in this difficult market:

Find big partners: A startup in Fremont, Calif., called GreenVolts, is making a next-gen solar concentrating photovoltaic system, which concentrates light onto tiny high efficiency solar cells. The company has forged a very important partnership with…

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