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Daily Links - 063021

NCAA clears student-athletes to pursue name, image and likeness deals

Every NCAA athlete in the country will be able to make money from endorsements and through a variety of other ventures starting Thursday.

The NCAA’s board of directors decided Wednesday to officially suspend the organization’s rules prohibiting athletes from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses. The new rules represent a major shift in the association’s definition of amateurism – a shift that NCAA leaders previously believed was antithetical to the nature of college sports.

It’s really about time. Your name is your name and no entity should have control over what you do with YOUR name.


Apple Opens First Public Betas for iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS - MacStories

I’ve installed the beta on my watch. The new Portrait face is nice as is the new mindfulness exercise.


iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 preview - The Verge

A good quick overview.


Bill Cosby released from prison after court overturns conviction - Axios

Seems too convenient.


Trump debuts at 41st in C-SPAN presidential rankings - POLITICO

Barack Obama moved his way up into the top 10 of C-SPAN’s presidential leadership survey for the first time this year, while Donald Trump clocked in at 41st on the list, months after the end of his term in office.

Only Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and James Buchanan scored worse than Trump. This dude’s America was anything but “great”.


Pacific Northwest heat wave, Canada temperature record shock experts - Axios

The extreme heat that shattered records across the Pacific Northwest — and still has not abated in many areas — has no precedent in modern record-keeping, data analyses shows. This is especially the case in British Columbia, where the temperature soared to an almost unimaginable 121°F in Lytton on Tuesday.

I feel for anyone who had to deal with this over the weekend. We really need to fix our broken planet, because it’s reacting to us.