Liz Gannes

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Watch an Oracle Boat Take an Epic Header in America’s Cup Race (Video)

What with Giants playoff baseball, a Niners game and the Blue Angels roaring overhead for Fleet Week, there was plenty of exciting action over the weekend in San Francisco. But one of the most spectacularly photogenic moments came during the America’s Cup World Series on Saturday, when an Oracle Team USA boat took a huge digger in one of the fleet races.

Here’s video of the wild scene involving the boat owned by Oracle Racing founder Larry Ellison and skippered by Jimmy Spithill:

But don’t feel too bad for Spithill; his team and his million-dollar boat recovered with little damage. They ended up winning both of the week’s two championships, and finished in first place in the overall regatta on a tie-breaker.

It was hard to be in San Francisco this week without encountering Oracle marketing dollars, between Ellison’s OpenWorld conference clogging up downtown, the Oracle Team USA sailing victory and an Oracle biplane stunt pilot headlining the airshow at Fleet Week. Oh, and wouldn’t you know: The Golden State Warriors are playing their first preseason game tonight at Oracle Arena.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work