Three days before Liverpool start their Premier League campaign, the club are embroiled in two extraordinary transfer stand-offs that show how players are shaping their futures by wielding increased power.British and Spanish media have reported that midfielder Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Anfield to join Barcelona, while Virgil van Dijk is keen to join Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton.Each player is under contract until 2022, having signed extensions to their original contracts, and both clubs want them to stay.Reuters PhotoBut that does not mean the deals are dead, even though neither player has the sort of buyout clause that allowed Brazil forward Neymar to leave Barca, prompting the Spanish club to come calling for Liverpool’s Brazil midfielder.”Ninety nine times out of 100 it is a power game, a case of who blinks first,” sports legal expert Richard Cramer of FrontRow Legal told Reuters.”Player power is enormous. The reality is a club may make the right noises but player power is strong because a manager does not want a disillusioned player who can upset equilibrium in the dressing room and create disharmony. Players and agents are very experienced at forcing a situation.”Former Liverpool player Steven Gerrard believes that in Coutinho’s case everything depends on how far the Brazilian is prepared to go to force a move.”It comes down to Philippe Coutinho and his decision and what he’s prepared to do, what type of war he’s prepared to create to get out, because Liverpool won’t make it easy for him,” Gerrard, who is now Liverpool’s academy coach, told BT Sport.advertisementSuch “wars” are increasingly common in football and Van Dijk sparked his own this week after several weeks spent training away from the first team. He has now requested a transfer and revealed his unhappiness by releasing a public statement.”I have been left frustrated by the club’s position that I am not for sale and am disappointed that enquiries from multiple top clubs have been consistently rebuffed,” said Van Dijk, who is fit again after an injury cut short his 2015-16 season.Reuters PhotoAlthough the Dutch international did not mention Liverpool in his statement, Southampton reported the Merseyside club to the Premier League earlier in the trasnfer window for an alleged illegal approach to the centre back.Liverpool subsequently apologised and said they had ended their interest in the player. However, British media say they are keen to rekindle it should Southampton agree.That may not be possible given the original “tapping up” allegation. Under Premier League rules, negotiations over personal terms can only begin once a fee with the seller is agreed, but few clubs adhere to the protocol.SENSITIVE DEALSThe two deals are sensitive for Liverpool, who are treading a fine line between keeping their own key player and acquiring another, particularly after their failure to sign Nabi Keita, who Red Bull Leipzig have refused to sell – at least for now.In most cases players and agents use their power to force moves.FrontRow Legal’s Cramer does not believe much can be done to make contracts more enforceable unless players are made to sit them out in the reserves, an unsatisfactory result for all parties.”Players are very highly valuable commodities. You would not want any of your most valuable assets doing nothing,” he said, adding that most players eventually get their way.Precedent suggests that, for all Liverpool’s bullishness, they will end up selling Coutinho, with Fernando Torres, Javier Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling all having left the club in similar circumstances.The one exception was Liverpool’s former captain and talisman Gerrard, who almost joined Chelsea in 2005 after saying he wanted to leave. But as a Liverpool-born player, his situation was clouded by loyalty to his home-town club.”It’s very, very difficult,” Gerrard said of Coutinho’s situation. “Especially South American players who always go on record and say it’s a dream of theirs to play for Barcelona.”Van Dijk appears certain to leave Southampton, although his destination may depend on whether they will sell to a club who already have four ex-Saints players in the first team. Chelsea may therefore be a more palatable alternative.The transfer window closes at the end of August.
Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See It Sprint Turo: Save $30 on any car rental I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Angela Lang/CNET Uber,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 0 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Amazon TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Share your voice $6 at Tidal Post a comment Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $59 at eBay Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See at Amazon Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo See it Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Turo Post a comment Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Read Google Home Hub review See It Tags $60 at Best Buy $210 at Best Buy $999 Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Apple iPhone XS $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express The Cheapskate Mobile Roadshow Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Uber is going public. Hemant Mishra/Mint via Getty Images Uber on Friday set a price range of $44 to $50 a share for its initial public offering, according to an updated filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The ride-hailing company plans to offer 180 million shares and seeks to raise about $9 billion in its IPO.The San Francisco-based company will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol UBER. Its IPO could come as soon as early May.On Friday, payment service PayPal also said it’ll invest $500 million into Uber as it extends a partnership the companies have maintained since 2013.In its IPO filing, Uber said it has operations in more than 700 cities in 63 countries on six continents. More than 91 million people use one of its services, which includes food delivery, at least once a month, the company said. Its drivers reportedly complete 14 million trips every day. If all goes as planned, 2019 will be a big year for tech IPOs. Airbnb, Pinterest and Slack are also expected to go public. Uber arch-rival Lyft issued its IPO in March with a strong stock market debut, but has faltered some since then. Lyft shares were trading around $56 on Friday, well below their $72 IPO price. Uber didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. $520 at HP $999 Boost Mobile DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 $299 at Amazon 0 $155 at Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Turo
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan (left) with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh (centre) and Indian envoy Harsh Vardhan Shringla at Bangabandhu Air Force Base on Friday. Photo: UNBIndian home minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Dhaka on Friday on a three-day visit to further discuss on how two neighbouring countries can strengthen cooperation in security areas showing zero tolerance to terrorism and radicalisation, according to UNB news agency.UNB reports: Bangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and his Indian counterpart Rajnath will co-chair the 6th meeting of the Bangladesh-India home minister level talks at the home ministry beginning at 10:30am Sunday.Issues related to radicalization of youths by the terrorist groups, border issues, fake currencies, border killings, cattle smuggling, visa issues, movement of illegal immigrants and Rohingya issues are likely to be discussed during the meeting apart from discussing ways to further strengthen the mutual cooperation in preventing terrorism.Read more: Dhaka, Delhi to discuss security, border coop Sunday Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal received his Indian counterpart at Bangladesh Air Force Base Bangabandhu at 6:00pm upon his arrival by a special aircraft Friday.Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla, among others, was also present to welcome the Indian Minister.Rajnath will meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday morning to discuss issues of mutual interest between the two countries during his visit, an official told UNB.The Indian home minister along with his Bangladesh counterpart will open a mega and integrated Indian Visa Application Centre at Jamuna Future Park in the city after his meeting with the prime minister on the same day.State-of-the-art IVAC will have 48 counters together giving an opportunity for around 700 applicants together.On Saturday afternoon, the Indian home minister will visit Bangladesh Police Academy, Sardah to jointly inaugurate the Bangladesh-India Friendship Building there.The ministers are expected to discuss issues related to security, border management, cooperation in countering illegal activities and travel arrangements, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.The visit is taking place in the context of home minister level talks held on a regular basis between India and Bangladesh. The last home minister level talks were held in New Delhi in July 2016.Rajnath will visit Bangabandhu Museum to pay respect to father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He will place floral wreaths on Bangabandhu’s portrait.He will also visit Dhakeshwari Temple and will offer prayers there after visiting Museum.A 12-member delegation consisting of Indian home ministry officials and high ups of the Border Security Force (BSF) is likely to accompany the Indian home minister.The visit is expected to facilitate a comprehensive review of the “excellent bilateral relations” between Bangladesh and India; and contribute to the further strengthening of ties, said the Indian high commission.Home ministry sources said they have taken all the preparations for the visit which might see signing of three bilateral cooperation documents including revised travel arrangements 2018.Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla is scheduled to host a dinner in honour of the Indian minister on Friday evening.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal will also host dinner for his Indian counterpart on Saturday evening.He is scheduled to leave Dhaka for home on Sunday afternoon.
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YouTube shocked the internet world yesterday evening (Pacific time) when it faced a worldwide outage issue. The disruption lasted well for over half an hour (although it felt like a lifetime) for users worldwide. Users were unable to log in, upload or watch any of the videos as it showed a message saying “500 Internal Server Error: a team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation”. Although the cause of the outage isn’t clear yet, the YT team was well aware of the issue and took Twitter to update users on the issue: Last time YouTube experienced a service outage was back in July during the World Cup game between Croatia and England and once in May when YT TV faced a similar disruption during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Once yesterday’s issue got resolved, YouTube notified the users about the same on Twitter: While YT was down, users all around the world found themselves stuck with a question “what should I do with my life now?”. Twitter was just the perfect platform for passing time with everyone stepped up their meme game, venting their frustration over the outage. Here are some of the best tweets by users expressing their feelings about their temporary exile from YouTube: But, the meme game didn’t stop just there. Memes continued to roll out even after YT was up and running. We’re guessing it was people’s way of recuperating from the exile. Read Next YouTube’s CBO speaks out against Article 13 of EU’s controversial copyright law YouTube has a $25 million plan to counter fake news and misinformation Is YouTube’s AI Algorithm evil?