first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Microsoft#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As we wrote last night, the new Live Mesh service that just launched as an invite only “technology preview” is Microsoft’s attempt to tie all of our data together. Live Mesh synchronizes data across multiple devices (currently just Windows computers, but theoretically it will extend to mobile and other devices in the future) as well as to a web desktop that exists in the cloud. It can sync data across devices used by a single users, as well as create shared spaces for multiple users. Accompanying the launch of Live Mesh is a new memo from Microsoft Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie. The full text of the memo appears to be out on the Web now, so we can reveal it for you…“Services Strategy Update April 2008Services Strategy Over the past decade our lives, our businesses, and our society have been transformed by the web.In its early days the web grew through the explosion of information portals as gateways to content, marketplaces for commerce, and communications tools such as email, IM and newsgroups that drove a sense of community on the internet. Over time, the significance of these “3 Cs” – content, commerce, and community – has expanded tremendously, growing in ways through which they?ve become intermixed and mutually reinforcing.Content has changed at both the “head” and the “tail”. The line between editorialized portals and blogs has blurred, and all are consumed through feeds. Beyond news, movies and music and television have all expanded to embrace the web. And the interrelation of content and community has created a world of “social media”, where both head and tail content is intrinsically social by virtue of community linking, tagging, and ranking. Relationships and collective behavioral intelligence have changed how we stay informed, find and share media, and interact with one another.Commerce on the web has moved well beyond the early online shopping cart. Nowadays, community is impacting commerce in dramatic ways. Head retailers such as Amazon utilize community extensively for recommendations, reviews, and wish lists. Tail commerce websites such as Craigslist utilize community extensively for conversation around local products. And Search has completely transformed online commerce. It?s an essential utility for how we research, how we shop, and how we buy on the web. It?s also become an essential mechanism for how we market on the web, and increasingly for how we sell on the web. Community on the web once meant “group communications”, largely through rudimentary tools such as email, IM and IRC, message boards and newsgroups. Today, the action has shifted toward using composite communications tools and platforms that mash together content, applications and commerce, all within the context of group interaction. These social platforms are altering the way we connect and coordinate, establish identity and affinities, and build reputation. While this notion of composite communications is most prominently demonstrated in how we use profile-centric consumer social networking tools, such as Facebook, the social platform is also finding its way into the workplace in the form of increasingly rich workspaces, both real-time and asynchronous, that integrate communications and content relevant to a project or a team.As the “3 Cs” have evolved, so has the significance of online advertising as the economic engine powering our world of services. With growth projected from $40B today to $80B in the next three years, online advertising will continue to be the primary monetization mechanism for consumer services on the web. As advertising transitions more and more to being digital, measurable, and competitively bid, the “ad platform” is key. The advertising ecosystem surrounding this platform is reliant upon the continuous innovation of publishers and developers, whose interesting and engaging properties capture users? time and attention and ultimately serve to match advertisers with a relevant audience. Continuous innovation in such high-engagement products and services, in each area of the “3 Cs”, will continue to provide the fuel to drive the advertising-based economic model. Given this context, it?s strategic that we invest broadly in solutions and partnerships that advance our position in current and future generations of content, community, commerce, and search, and also in an advertising platform that?s attractive to advertisers, publishers and developers.But while innovation in the “3 Cs”, search and ads is essential for success in services targeting consumers on the web, their impact barely scratches the surface of the much broader effect that internet services innovation will have on individuals, businesses, and developers.Indeed Microsoft?s overall services strategy encompasses all of these areas: services for the individual, services for business, and services for developers. The intent of this memo is to map out that all-up strategy. I?ll outline three principles that guide our work, and describe how those principles are woven into our myriad software and services offerings.Central to this strategy is our embrace of both a world of the web and a world of devices. Over the past ten years, the PC era has given way to an era in which the web is at the center of our experiences – experiences delivered not just through the browser but also through many different devices including PCs, phones, media players, game consoles, set-top boxes and televisions, cars, and more.It is our mission in this new era to create compelling, seamless experiences that combine the power of the internet, with the magic of software, across a world of devices. Guiding Principles There are three overarching principles guiding our services strategy – principles informing the design and development of products being implemented across all parts of Microsoft, for both individuals and business.1. The Web is the Hub of our social mesh and our device mesh.The web is first and foremost a mesh of people. Elements of this social mesh will be a first-class attribute of most all software and service experiences, as the “personal” of the PC meets the “inter-personal” of the web. Whether in work, play, or just life, the social element of software will continue to transform the ways that we interact with people with whom we have some affinity. All applications will grow to recognize and utilize the inherent group-forming aspects of their connection to the web, in ways that will become fundamental to our experiences. In scenarios ranging from productivity to media and entertainment, social mesh notions of linking, sharing, ranking and tagging will become as familiar as File, Edit and View. We?re also living in a world where the number and diversity of devices is on the rise; not just PCs and phones, but TVs, game consoles, digital picture frames, DVRs, media players, cameras and camcorders, home servers, home automation systems, our car?s entertainment and navigation systems, and more. To individuals, the concept of “My Computer” will give way to the concept of a personal mesh of devices – a means by which all of your devices are brought together, managed through the web, as a seamless whole. After identifying a device as being “yours”, its configuration and personalization settings, its applications and their own settings, and the data it carries will be seamlessly available and synchronized across your mesh of devices. Whether for media, control or access, scenarios ranging from productivity to media and entertainment will be unified and enhanced by the concept of a device mesh.2. The Power of “Choice” as business moves to embrace the cloud.Most major enterprises are in the early stages of a significant infrastructural transition – from the use of dedicated and sometimes very expensive application servers, to the use of virtualization and commodity hardware to consolidate those enterprise applications on computing and storage grids constructed within their data center. This trend will accelerate as enterprise applications are progressively re-factored from a centralized “scale up” model to the horizontal “scale out” requirements of this new utility computing model.Driven in large part by the high-scale requirements of consumer services, the value of this utility computing model is most clearly evident in cloud-based internet services. By extension, cloud-based enterprise utility computing, infrastructure services, and enterprise applications are all becoming a reality, affording IT a range of new choices in how to deploy solutions across and between enterprises; within their own data center, in a partner?s hosting facility, or with the vendor itself in the cloud. Software built explicitly to provide a significant level of server/service symmetry will enable IT to balance factors such as cost and control, and to leverage the skills of its key personnel most effectively. It will afford choice and flexibility in developing, operating, migrating and managing such systems in highly varied enterprise deployment environments that are distributed and federated between the enterprise data center and the internet cloud.3. Small Pieces Loosely Joined for developers, within the cloud and across a world of devices.Application design patterns at both the front- and back-end are transitioning toward being compositions and in some cases loose federations of cooperating systems, where standards and interoperability are essential. At the front-end, lightweight REST-based technologies have become ubiquitous, in some cases augmenting their WS-* counterparts, in integrating a broad variety of components combined seamlessly for the user at the surface of the browser. RSS and ATOM feeds have become lightweight channels and queues between software components. Declarative languages such as XAML have enabled rapid UI innovation and iteration. At a higher level, myriad options exist for delivering applications to the user: The web browser, unique in its ubiquity; the PC, unique in how it brings together interactivity/experience, mobility and storage; the phone, unique in its extreme mobility. Developers will need to build applications that can be delivered seamlessly across a loosely coupled device mesh by utilizing a common set of tools, languages, runtimes and frameworks – a common toolset that spans from the service in the cloud to enterprise server, and from the PC to the browser to the phone. At the back-end, developers will need to contend with new programming models in the cloud. Whether running on an enterprise grid, or within the true utility computing environment of cloud-based infrastructure, the way a developer will write code, deploy it, debug it, and maintain it will be transformed. The cloud-based environment consists of vast arrays of commodity computers, with storage and the programs themselves being spread across those arrays for scale and redundancy, and loose coupling between the tiers. Independent developers and enterprises alike will move from “scale up” to “scale out” back-end design patterns, embracing this model for its cost, resiliency, flexible capacity, and geo-distribution. Transformation of our Offerings Successful experiences on the web are those that are organically compelling, highly engaging, and viral across their intended audience. By applying our three principles consistently across all the markets we serve, we have an opportunity to reshape our offerings for individuals, businesses, and developers, and to deliver a broad range of compelling scenarios.CONNECTED DEVICES – We aspire to bring together Windows, Windows Live, and Windows Mobile by creating seamless experiences that span these offerings. Windows Live, for example, enables seamless communications and media experiences across Windows, Windows Mobile, and the Web. Live Mesh, a new services platform technology that will also become part of Windows Live, further extends the Windows / Windows Mobile / Windows Live experience by bringing your devices together to work in concert with one another using the web as a hub, enabling: Unified Device Management – Users will register their devices through a simple, web-based service. Once a part of a user?s device mesh, whenever they happen to connect to the internet the devices “report in” to the service – e.g. for status, health, location, and to exchange/synchronize information. Mesh-aware device configuration/personalization will be done through the web, and full remote control of a device (e.g. remote desktop) will be available from anywhere. Unified Application Management – Installation and management of “mesh-aware” applications on any or all devices, along with their application settings and data, will be simple and transparent for the user. Individuals will now enjoy the centralized cross-device purchase/deployment experience formerly available only within the enterprise environment.Unified Data Management – Folders and files (e.g. documents and media) will be automatically synchronized and made available across any or all devices, as well as through the web. Because every folder can now have an extended web presence, even PC-based documents and media can now have a social mesh element to them.CONNECTED ENTERTAINMENT – Building upon our device mesh vision, our aspiration is that individuals will only need to license media once, organize their subscriptions and collections once, and use any of their mesh-connected devices to access and enjoy their media – from the living room to the desktop to their pockets. And building upon our social mesh vision being interwoven into everything we do, each individual will be afforded a media-centric or gaming-centric web presence through which they can express their tastes/interests/affinities and interact with others through linking, sharing, ranking and tagging of music, video, photos, games, and more. This vision is being realized today through the Zune Social for media and Xbox LIVE for gaming. Services such as the MSN.com home page, MSN Mobile, MSN Video, Zune Marketplace and software such as Windows Mobile, Microsoft Mediaroom and Windows Media Center will be progressively transformed by this connected entertainment vision.CONNECTED PRODUCTIVITY – Office Live will bring Office to the web, and the web to Office. We will deliver new and expanded productivity experiences that build upon the device mesh vision to extend productivity scenarios seamlessly across the PC, the web, and mobile devices. Individuals will seamlessly enjoy the benefits of each – the rich, dynamic editing of the PC, the mobility of the phone, and the work-anywhere ubiquity of the web. Office Live will also extend the PC-based Office into the social mesh, expanding the classic notion of „personal productivity? into the realm of the „inter-personal? through the linking, sharing and tagging of documents. Individuals will have a productivity-centric web presence where they can work and productively interact with others. This broadly extended vision of Office is being realized today through Office Mobile and Office Live Workspace on the web, augmented by SharePoint, Exchange, and OCS for the connected enterprise.CONNECTED BUSINESS – We will extend the benefits of high-scale cloud-based infrastructure and services to enterprises, in a way that gives them choice and flexibility in intermixing on-premises deployment, partner hosting, or cloud-based service delivery. Businesses large and small will benefit from services that make it easy to dynamically connect and collaborate with partners and customers, using the web to enable a business mesh. Business customers of all sizes will benefit from web-based business services. This vision is being realized today through the likes of Office Live Small Business. For enterprises, our new Microsoft Online Services provide managed, service-based infrastructure through offerings including SharePoint, Exchange, OCS, and Dynamics CRM. Our enterprise solution platform extends to the cloud through SQL Server Data Services, BizTalk Services, and many more services to come. At the lowest level within the enterprise data center, we?ve begun to deliver on our utility computing vision, with Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V, and through our Systems Center products including Virtual Machine Manager.CONNECTED DEVELOPMENT – As individuals embrace a world of devices and our device mesh vision, and as businesses embrace cloud-based services and server/service symmetry, developers will need platforms and tools that span seamlessly from cloud to server on the back-end, and from PC to browser to phone (and more) on the front-end. This vision is being realized today in our .NET family of runtimes including .NET Framework and Silverlight, supported by Expression Studio for designers and Visual Studio for developers, enabling developers to leverage their skills across all these environments. Our tools will be designed to support development of solutions that seamlessly incorporate multiple tiers, with some pieces on the PC, and others on the web or mobile; with some pieces on an enterprise server, and others running cloud-based utility computing infrastructure.Transformation of our Company As our industry has evolved because of this web-catalyzed services transformation, so too has Microsoft. More than two years ago when I wrote the memo entitled The Internet Services Disruption, much of the company was still focused on bringing our Office 2007 and Vista products to market. Aside from MSN, IE/IIS and our tools groups, it was truly „software?, not „services?, that was top of mind. Since then, we?ve made tremendous progress in our expansion toward „software+services? – from the long-term quests we?ve undertaken and customer scenarios we now envision, to the great services and service-enhanced software we?ve begun to bring to market, and the amazing projects at various stages within our development pipeline. In light of all the work that we?re doing, it?s important that we build a shared sense of what Microsoft?s path looks like in this transition toward software+services. For consumers, advertisers and publishers, our investments in new forms of content, community, commerce, search and advertising are key. We?re investing significantly to ensure tremendous audience engagement, and to provide an attractive and well-targetable audience, ensuring that we continue to be an attractive partner for advertisers and publishers within a vibrant and competitive advertising ecosystem. For customers and partners who use and who?ve invested in Microsoft?s myriad offerings, we feel there?s tremendous growth potential in moving toward a world that fully embraces software, services and the web. The device mesh, the social mesh, cloud-based infrastructure, and server/service symmetry represent great opportunities across all markets we serve. Over the course of this year, and progressively over the next few years, you?ll see the principles and scenarios laid out in this document come to life through many new and service-enhanced products and services for individuals, businesses and developers. As you do, I hope you?ll share my excitement and optimism as you experience how we?re bringing together the power of the internet, with the magic of software, across a world of devices. Ray Ozzie” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Two months ago, Amazon – which has taken to sharing some of its massive computing power with mere mortals as a means of developing additional revenue streams – announced that they were developing a content-delivery network (CDN) to complement their existing Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) offering. Today, they unveiled the beta version of that service, named Amazon CloudFront. Boasting a now-familiar, pay-as-you-go pricing model, Amazon CloudFront promises to make CDN an affordable addition for any site looking to gain more efficient content delivery.In a day and age where more and more applications are built on the Web, availability and scalability are critical concerns for the companies developing these apps. And that has made the business of content delivery an extremely lucrative one. Unfortunately for smaller players, the pricing of content-delivery services has been prohibitive at best, leaving more traditional CDNs out of reach for small to medium size businesses. With CloudFront, Amazon hopes to tap this under-served market.At the time of Amazon’s original announcement, ReadWriteWeb’s Frederic Lardinois observed:“With this new service, Amazon is going up against a number of established companies, including Akamai and Limelight, which are almost synonymous with content delivery…. Just like Amazon’s S3 and E2 shook up the market for online storage and cloud computing, this new CDN solution will surely drive down the prices for content delivery.”[Update] Those Amazon Web Service efforts have enabled Amazon to gain considerable mindshare among fans of cloud computing. A recent survey from CloudCamp and Appistry – featuring a small but knowledgeable sample of cloud computing experts – placed Amazon well ahead of Google as the company that “will play the largest role in the future of cloud computing.” Those surveyed also pointed to “cost reduction” as one of the leading drivers for adopting cloud computing.CloudFront appears to have answered concerns about both cost and reliability for smaller organizations. The service leverages the same Amazon infrastructure that has made S3 such a popular solution – with eight edge locations in the US alone – and the pricing seems to fall in line with the affordable S3 offering, as well. Amazon is recommending users deploy the service for serving up frequently accessed Web site components, distributing software, and publishing popular media files like audio or video. Who are the early adopters? Popular deal-a-day site Woot is taking advantage of the new pay-as-you-go service to deliver product photos. Luke Duff, Retail IT Director at Woot, claims that the new service has so simplified the aggravating prospect of dealing with imagery that he now “can feel the rage melting away” thanks to CloudFront. Social-gaming platform, Playfish, doesn’t seem to have as much pent-up hostility, but they have used the service to reduce the delay customers experience when accessing apps.To take advantage of the new service, Amazon users can save their objects to an S3 “bucket” and then register that bucket with CloudFront. That makes those objects accessible via a simple API call. Customers in the US and Europe can use the service for $0.170 per GB out for the first 10TB per month. Customers in Japan and Hong Kong see slightly higher rates at $0.220 per GB and $0.210 per GB, respectively. For all locations, prices per gig decline as usage rates increase. To test drive the beta service, visit Amazon CloudFront. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting rick turoczy 1center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Amazon#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgThe final tally for spending in the Public Cloud Computing market in 2013 comes in at a whopping $45.7 billion according to a recent study by IDC.  IDC also predicts that the cloud market will continue to grow at an average annual rate of 23 percent through 2018.Cloud software spending, which includes both SaaS and PaaS, accounts for 86 percent of the cloud services market.  ERP and CRM are the two biggest components of this sector.  In 2013, $10.78 billion was spent on ERP and $8.13 billion was spent on CRM.  Salesforce.com and ADP are the two largest SaaS vendors, followed by Intuit, Oracle and Microsoft, according to IDC’s survey.Cloud infrastructure, which includes IaaS and storage solutions, accounts for 14 percent of the market share.  In this market, Amazon.com holds the top position with over 40 percent of market share, followed by RackSpace, IBM, CenturyLink, and Microsoft.Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC, said that “we are at a pivotal time in the battle for leadership and innovation in the cloud. IDC’s Public Cloud Services Tracker shows very rapid growth in customer cloud service spending across 19 product categories and within eight geographic regions. Not coincidentally, we see vendors introducing many new cloud offerings and slashing cloud pricing in order to capture market share. Market share leadership will certainly be up for grabs over the next 2-3 years.”last_img read more

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#New Media#news#NYT#web YouTube has quietly begun offering a variety of movies and TV episodes available for rental at youtube.com/store. After experimenting with $5 rentals of Sundance Film Festival movies this January, the site is now offering 48 hour rentals mostly between 99 cents and $3.99. Rental fees are paid through Google Check-out. Independent, Bollywood, Manga and documentary films dominate the charts so far. We expect a formal announcement from YouTube about the store soon, we were tipped off to its opening this morning by reader Ron Ilan, creator of children’s video aggregator site creator Totol. Gigaom’s video industry blog NewTeeVee reported that YouTube expanded its rental program in February beyond the Sundance films, but didn’t make a whole lot of money on early experiments with paid viewing. Video rentals have been available in iTunes for two years now. Microsoft has also seen some success in renting videos for more than 3 years through its XBox Video Marketplace.Are you interested in renting videos from YouTube? I am. Every time I open up one of those Netflix envelopes and stick a disk into my computer, I wonder “how much longer are we going to be using these physical media to transport video?” The end is clearly in sight for that method. YouTube is a great lightweight video community. If existing channel producers leverage the rental store on occasion, it could be a nice win for everyone. Bring on the rentals!last_img read more

first_imgA staffing agency was liable for New Mexico gross receipts tax on its sales of services in New Mexico. New Mexico imposes a tax on the gross receipts of persons engaged in business in New Mexico. The agency claimed that it was not doing business in New Mexico and did not have nexus with New Mexico. However, the agency was engaged in the business of providing staffing services in New Mexico since its placed its New Mexico employees into New Mexico health care facilities. Also, New Mexico had sufficient nexus to impose tax on the agency based on the agency’s approximately 100 employees present in the state.Joint-EmployerThe agency claimed it was not liable for tax because it was a joint-employer with the New Mexico facilities that used its staff. As such, it acted as the company’s agent when paying wages to the staff and providing other benefits. The agency entered into a service agreement with a health care company in New Mexico to provide staff. Under the agreement, the company paid the agency for employee services, and the agency paid the employees’ wages and benefits. The agency also took care of employment and contractual issues and withholding taxes or other taxes concerning the employees and subcontractors it used. Further, the agreement provided that the agency and the health care company were not to be construed to be agents or principals of the other and neither had the authority to bind the other party.Amounts received on behalf of another as a disclosed agent are not subject to tax. However, under the agreement, the workers provided by the staffing agency were employees of the agency. The agency was an independent contractor that had no authority to bind the health care company with a third party. In addition, the agency did not show that it was a joint-employer. The agency did not collect receipts as a disclosed agent of the health care company and its other New Mexico clients.NexusIn addition, the agency argued that it did not have nexus with New Mexico. Customers, like the health care company, secured the agency’s services almost exclusively through a vendor management system. Customers used the system, run by a company located outside New Mexico, over the Internet. The agency placed about 100 employees in New Mexico through the system. Physical presence in New Mexico creates substantial nexus with New Mexico. Having approximately 100 employees physically present and working in New Mexico satisfies the substantial nexus requirement for imposing state tax.Finally, the taxpayer claimed that, even if it had nexus, its activities in New Mexico were not taxable as de minimis transactions that were ancillary to sales and occurred in interstate commerce. However, the de minimis rule does not apply because the agency sold services not tangible personal property.In the Matter of the Protest of All Medical Personnel, Inc., New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, No. 17-35, August 8, 2017, ¶401-804Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

first_imgThe college football season is just over one month away, and while neither the AP Poll nor the Coaches’ Poll has been released, we do have one major indicator to take a look at – ESPN’s ‘Football Power Index.’ The Worldwide Leader has put together a formula that does its best to predict a team’s performance based on a number of factors, including strength of schedule. Here’s a quick definition of the measure:The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.It won’t surprise anyone to see that Ohio State, which won last year’s College Football Playoff, is on top. The Buckeyes are followed by Alabama, Baylor, TCU and LSU. Georgia, Oregon, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arkansas round out the top ten. Here are the top 20, per ESPN. ESPN FPI RankingsESPNOddly enough, even though Alabama is ranked second, the Crimson Tide is predicted to win just 8.7 games – most likely because of its top-ranked strength of schedule. If you’re wondering, the team with the easiest schedule in the top 20 is Baylor. You can check out the entire Football Power Index here.last_img read more

first_imgThe Italian goalkeeper stayed with the team after the Calciopoli scandal when his team was punished and forced to play in the Italian Lega Serie BDuring the Calciopoli scandal, Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus was punished with a demotion to the Serie B.And many would have thought all of its biggest stars like goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon would leave.But the veteran footballer stayed.“In football, you can send a message to the outside with loyalty,” Buffon explained to L’Équipe’s Sport & Style Magazine.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“To say to the fans: ‘in difficult moments, I’ll be there’. We play for fame, money, trophies and a lot of things, but we also play to feel a sense of belonging.”“I was captain of Italy, I was captain of Juve. I had a lot more responsibilities for the group. It’s a logical point of life, the normal evolution of a sporting career between 30 and 40,” he added.“When I was young I was different, I did what I wanted. It was beautiful and easier, I didn’t really follow the rules.”“But if you behave the same way at 40 as you did at 20 you have a problem,” he concluded.last_img read more

first_imgThe former Spain and Barcelona star appeared on Three Kings Day dressed as one of the kings with his face covered in black.A tweetstorm happened on Three Kings Day after Andres Iniesta published a photo on his Twitter account.Former Spain and Barcelona star published a photo where he was dressed as one of the kings, with his face covered in black paint.“Andres Iniesta’s family received the visit of the Three Magic Kings at his house and decided to photograph themselves to share this image with his fans on the player’s social networks,” an agency representing the player told Sports Illustrated.“With this post, Andres Iniesta wanted to show the world the children’s illusion in this magical and special day.”Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“The presence of the Three Kings belongs to the culture of our country, rooted for many years with which we want to celebrate the most magical day of the year with our children and is a tradition that the Iniesta Ortiz family repeats every year,” the agency added.“At no time, Andres Iniesta wanted to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologizes to those people who may have been offended.”👑👑👑💫💫💫 pic.twitter.com/RhCXAj1AqB— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 6, 2019last_img read more