Apple-Samsung Trial: Another Loss for Consumers

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 9:12 am

By way of disclosure, let me say that I own a Samsung Galaxy II and I love it. But others may not get the same opportunity after Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict in what was described in technology circles as the trial of the century. The jury in San Jose, California, not far from [...]

The Artist and Creative Destruction

By: Monday January 16, 2012 12:18 pm

Since it’s a very slow news day, and since The Artist picked up three awards at last night’s Golden Globes, I thought I’d divert from the norm here for a moment and describe how the silent film interfaces with something that has hit the headlines in the Presidential race recently, the issue of creative destruction. [...]

White House Petition Response Opposes SOPA and PIPA in Current Form

By: Sunday January 15, 2012 8:35 am

Responding to a petition on their new site “We the People,” White House officials criticized the two anti-piracy bills making its way through respective houses of Congress, warning against passing legislation that would “inhibit innovation” or lad to the “online censorship of lawful activity.” The reaction to SOPA and PIPA, the latter which is scheduled [...]

US Officials Admit CIA Flew Drone Over Iran

By: Tuesday December 6, 2011 9:35 am

In 25 years, John le CarrĂ© or his son or some new spy thriller author will write a hell of a novel based on our undeclared war with Iran. If they’re taking notes now, the next plot point will come when the US government acknowledges that the unmanned drone now in Iran’s possession belonged to [...]

Internet Giants Speak Out Against Online Censorship Bill

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 12:15 pm

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. Today is American Censorship Day. A coalition of Internet activists, joined by some of the largest sites on the Web, invented this day to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, legislation which had its first hearing in the House Judiciary Committee today. [...]

TSA Tests Less Invasive Body Scanner Software

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 6:26 am

During the “Don’t Touch My Junk” brouhaha, many observed that the technology already existed for scans that produced essentially a stick figure instead of a precise snapshot of the body. At the time, I recall TSA saying such software was months if not years away. A couple months later, they’re testing it out. As the [...]

US Trade Representative Will Investigate China’s Greentech Policies

By: Friday October 15, 2010 10:04 am

Could this be a prelude to the Treasury Department’s actions? The US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, just launched an investigation into China’s green technology investment and trade policies. The United Steelworkers petitioned the Obama Administration for an investigation into these policies in September, after revealing that China illegally subsidizes local exporters of green tech, among [...]

New CAFE Standards Go to 35MPG

By: Thursday April 1, 2010 11:10 am

The Obama Administration is kind of getting a double-dip announcement here. They announced new CAFE standards in a heralded statement back in May 2009. It took almost a year to get the final rulemaking process finished. Now, a day after pissing off the environmental community with the offshore drilling announcement, EPA and the Department of [...]

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