USC football continued preparations at Howard Jones Field on Wednesday, as the Trojans travel to Seattle to face the undefeated Huskies on Saturday, still with an outside chance at topping the Pac-12 South if they manage to pull off the upset.And the Trojans’ determination to do so was evident throughout practice this week. Recordings of barking dogs, screaming crowds and the Washington marching band provided the best imitation of Husky Stadium. USC has pulled out all the stops in an effort to gain an edge against Washington, but players credited a daily routine as the one that has helped the team progress throughout the season.“Iron Sharpens Iron”Every practice, the first-team offense and defense go head-to-head, and those in attendance get a chance to see matchups such as junior wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster taking on junior cornerback Adoree’ Jackson. The team calls it “iron sharpens iron.”“You get a real look at real starters in the Pac-12 — nothing can substitute for that,” junior safety Chris Hawkins said. “Going against [redshirt freshman quarterback] Sam [Darnold] and JuJu really helps us.”As a team that believes in its own talent, the Trojans think no one will push them harder than their teammates.“We’re always challenging each other in practice,” senior linebacker Michael Hutchings said. “And it’s paying off.”Housebreaking the HuskiesWednesday’s practice also focused on an efficient, pro-style Washington offense that has averaged 48.3 points per game: second best in the FBS. Head coach Clay Helton called the Huskies “the most balanced team we’ve played.”“They just line up and play good, sound football,” he said. “That’s the mark of a Chris Petersen team.”Indeed, Washington has threats scattered all over the field, from running back Myles Gaskin to the big-play receiving threats of John Ross and Dante Pettis. But most eyes will likely be focused on the Huskies’ quarterback: Heisman candidate John Browning.“He’s really a general for their offense. He gets everybody going,” Hawkins said. “He doesn’t really make mistakes … and he gets the ball to his receivers.”Facing a tough task this weekend, Hawkins called for the squad to rally around Helton.“I will say this. This is his biggest game,” Hawkins said of his coach. “We’ve got to go play for him and for ourselves. We want to bring USC back to where it used to be, and this is a big step in that way.”“We can’t worry about anyone else,” Hawkins summed up. “The season is on the line every week.”Injury UpdateHelton also provided updates on injured Trojans. Defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu made progress coming off a platelet rich plasma injection in his knee, and Helton said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if the redshirt senior played on Saturday.
StumbleUpon Share Chroma Sports is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Chroma Head of Business & Product Development Yosef Salameh about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?YS: The amount of televised coverage that there is of football plays a part in why betting on it is such an attractive proposition. The sheer volume of available markets for a host of games also makes it an appealing sport to bet on. There are often over 100 markets for any given big match, with a number of variations to get involved in. Because a number of these can last/continue to the end of the match (unlike a simple correct score or result bet which can be down within five minutes), there is appeal to stay engaged with both the live sport and the bet you have placed. The intrinsic nature of live football and social media platforms have allowed the betting companies to interact with customers to promote, engage and market their products, and often displays of punters winning large sums against these bookies is an attractive proposition for potential consumers. SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?YS: Gambling on football has changed hugely over the last five years. Whereas going into a bookmakers still has its own appeal, having everything you need on your phone or device makes it a very swift process and one you can get involved in at any point during a match. Features such as in-play and cash-out have helped the market grow into what it has become. Another key element is the activation tools which some companies promote and allow fans – and even non-fans – to be a part of. These games and apps have grown in popularity over recent times, with cash incentives offered without a stake even having to be placed in a number of cases. Such games have allowed a new target market and customer base to be reached and have allowed the betting companies to grow their brand in return for a fun, easy and appealing game. In fantasy sport, a move away from the classic format of season-long games have been replaced by daily fantasy and short form games, which are easy to play, don’t necessarily consume huge amounts of time or effort and can be resolved and resulted quickly. This has allowed for a just-as-interested audience to thrive, without feeling like they have to commit hours of time per week to play the games. SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?YS: Statistics and data are such a huge part of how the new breed of football fan engages with the sport. As the client demographic for bookmakers changes, the need for richer content and analysis, rises. The peripherals to any good sportsbook are becoming more and more important and the need to create a “destination site” for football fans is there for all to see in a crowded marketplace. SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?YS: Being able to create your own bespoke betslip is a big change in the industry. Being able to create your own betslip based upon whatever obscure outcomes you can think of has become extremely popular, as have the messenger services that allow you to do this. The slicker this process becomes, the more value there is to the end customer. The ability to converse in a personal way with your customer base will aid retention, and as we all know, retention is key in this industry. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?YS: The specialism that Chroma holds in the world of fantasy gaming makes the session on DFS and customer engagement especially relevant for us. Chroma products are all about using data and statistics to create engaging products for our clients and the rise of DFS has been a large part of defining our strategy. SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 Related Articles 10bet announce Drogba as brand ambassador September 13, 2019 Share Submit
Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles SBC (Sports Betting Community) will once again be organising the Sports Betting Tours at ICE London from 5-6 February as the sports betting industry gathers for the largest gaming event in the calendar.ICE London comes with a massive exhibition floor and tens of thousands of attendees, making finding and connecting with high quality or specific suppliers really challenging. The ever popular Sports Betting Tours therefore create a great opportunity for ICE delegates to easily and quickly get “the lay of the land” as well as meet and connect with key sports betting suppliers.Kicking off the tours, SBC’s Managing Director Andrew McCarron will give a short introduction on what to look for in different markets like the US, as well as a brief introduction to key sports betting events such as Betting on Football, Betting on Sports, and Betting on Sports America.SBC will guide participants around Excel London to meet 13 quality sports betting exhibitors, each available to discuss their latest innovations and products.RSVP here to confirm your placeAttendees can register for two tours, with the first taking place on Tuesday 5th February and the second on Wednesday 6th February. Both of these will start at 11am from the SBC stand (S3-206) and finish at 12:30pm.The first tour on 5 February will take in SBTech, Golden Race, Sporting Solutions, Kambi, OPTIMA and SG Digital, while the second on 6 February will include visits to 1xBet, Digitain, Betinvest, Betgenius, BetConstruct and Betradar. Each tour will be limited to 75 guests and take approximately 90 minutes. Attendees should arrive at the SBC Stand no later than 10:50am for an 11am start. All registered guests will also receive a special gift + a unique 50% discount code for SBC’s sports betting industry events.If interested in the tours you need to CLICK HERE to RSVP. Spaces are limited to 75 guests per tour, and based on very popular demand we recommend that you sign up for the tours ASAP.
Your browsing history may have been sold already by Martin Brinkmann on November 01, 2016 in Security – 84 commentsAdd-on companies are selling the browsing history of millions of users to third-parties according to a report that aired on German national TV.Reporters of Panorama managed to gain access to a large data collection that contained the browsing history of roughly 3 million German Internet users.The data was collected by companies that produce browser extensions for various popular browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.Panorama did mention only one add-on, Web of Trust or WoT, but did not fail to mention that the data was collected by multiple browser extensions.Browser extensions that run when the web browser runs may record any move a user makes depending on how they are designed.Some, like Web of Trust, provide users with a service that requires access to every site visited in the browser. The extension is designed to offer security and privacy guidance for sites visited in the browser.The data that Panorama bought from brokers contained more than ten billion web addresses. The data was not fully anonymized, as the team managed to identify people in various ways.The web address, URL, for instance revealed user IDs, emails or names for instance. This was the case for PayPal (email), for Skype (user name) or an online check-in of an airline.What’s particularly worrying is that the information did not stop there. It managed to uncover information about police investigations, the sexual preferences of a judge, internal financial information of companies, and searches for drugs, prostitutes, or diseases.Links may lead to private storage spaces on the Internet that, when improperly secured, may give anyone with knowledge of the URL access to the data.It is trivial to search the data for online storage services for instance to reveal those locations and check whether they are publicly accessible.Panorama reports that Web of Trust logs collected information such as time and date, location, web address and user ID. The information are sold to third-parties who may sell the data again to interested companies.WOT notes on its website that it hands over data to third-parties but only in anonymized form. The team of reporters managed to identify several user accounts however which suggests that the anonymization does not work as intended.The extension has been downloaded over 140 million times. While the data set that the researchers bought included only German user information, it is likely that data sets are available for users from other regions of the world.SummaryArticle NameYour browsing history may have been sold alreadyDescriptionAdd-on companies are selling the browsing history of millions of users to third-parties according to a report that aired on German national TV.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement