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  • Why John Oliver is wrong about native advertising

    08/19/2014 6:40:25 AM PDT · by ensignsj · 15 replies
    Strategy Online ^ | 8/18/14 | Scott Ensign
    Comedian John Oliver recently took an admittedly pretty funny shot at the concept of native advertising. His basic point was that the blurring lines between objective content and marketing pieces threatens journalistic integrity and consumer trust in the media. Now, I find Oliver to be a funny and talented guy, and he’s done some spot-on stuff (particularly his most famous piece on net neutrality). However, on this topic, he’s really off-base. Native advertising is everywhere, and all signs point to it becoming even more ubiquitous, particularly as news outlets try to come up with meaningful business models for their online...
  • Google’s $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire

    07/25/2014 8:46:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | 7/25/14 | Dean Takahashi
    Google has signed a deal to buy game-livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, confirmed sources familiar with the matter. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that...
  • What’s Wrong with Country Music Today?

    05/20/2014 8:58:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/20/2014 | Chris Queen
    I’ve complained about the state of modern mainstream country music for a long time now. And clearly, I’m not alone. Singer-songwriter Collin Raye, one of the top country artists throughout the ’90s, recently took to Fox News to air his grievances at the state of country music today. As a platinum-selling country music artist and, more importantly, a lifelong fan of the genre, I’d like to send out this heartfelt plea to the gatekeepers of the industry:Enough already.I’d like to think that I am expressing what nearly every artist, musician and songwriter (with perhaps a few exceptions) is thinking when...
  • The Jeb Boomlet: Why journalists are promoting another Bush candidacy

    04/02/2014 6:25:43 AM PDT · by maggief · 23 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 2, 2014 | Howard Kurtz
    You know who wants Jeb Bush to run for president? The pundits. It's not that they pine for another Bush in the White House; it's that they need a GOP front-runner, preferably a household name. The Republican race is too amorphous for their taste. Every story has to mention Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and on and on. What journalists love is a two-person showdown, especially if each candidate hails from a different wing of the party, paving the way for lots of civil war themes. Christie was their guy. A brash, blunt blue-stater with...
  • The Political Party Elites Have Spoken: It’s Bush vs. Clinton in 2016

    03/31/2014 9:36:59 AM PDT · by yoe · 167 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 31, 2014 | Ron Rodash
    I have no objections to Jeb Bush running for president. He obviously has a wide appeal as a potential candidate. With a Mexican wife, and as a man who speaks fluent Spanish, he would be able to increase the Hispanic vote in the GOP column. On the other hand, many in the Republican base find his position on immigration untenable, and would fight him tooth and nail during primary season. He is also a serious advocate of education reform. His support of Common Core, however, will also find many who are in the conservative ranks objecting, since they fear that...
  • North America to Drown in Oil as Mexico Ends Monopoly

    12/16/2013 3:59:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 90 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/16/13 | Joe Carroll, Bradley Olson
    The flood of North American crude oil is set to become a deluge as Mexico dismantles a 75-year-old barrier to foreign investment in its oil fields. Plagued by almost a decade of slumping output that has degraded Mexico’s take from a $100-a-barrel oil market, President Enrique Pena Nieto is seeking an end to the state monopoly over one of the biggest crude resources in the Western Hemisphere. The doubling in Mexican oil output that Citigroup Inc. said may result from inviting international explorers to drill would be equivalent to adding another Nigeria to world supply, or about 2.5 million barrels...
  • St. Joseph Abbey monks can legally sell caskets (SCOTUS rejects LA funeral dir board rq for hearing

    10/19/2013 1:45:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    nola ^ | October 15, 2013 | Heather Nolan
    The St. Joseph Abbey monks will be able to legally sell handcrafted caskets from their St. Tammany Parish monastery near Covington after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request by Louisiana's board of funeral directors to overturn an appeals court ruling that allowed the monks to sell caskets without a funeral director's license."We're just happy to know that our economic liberty has been protected, and we're also happy to know that maybe we've helped secure the rights of others," Abbot Justin Brown said of the Supreme Court's decision. "It's a good feeling. It does...hopefully put this issue to rest."The Louisiana...
  • Congresswoman: Obamacare creating health insurance monopolies

    09/28/2013 6:03:39 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 28 replies
    daily caller ^ | 9-26-13 | Patrick Howley
    Rep. Renee Ellmers raised awareness of a new problem with Obamacare’s implementation: the creation of private-sector health insurance monopolies that will limit Americans’ provider choices. The major health insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield, which is closely coordinating with the White House on Obamacare implementation, will enjoy perhaps the greatest monopoly of all, the North Carolina Republican said in a statement. “Although seven insurance companies currently operate in North Carolina, under the new Obamacare exchanges, those options will dwindle down to one in the majority of counties,” Ellmers said Thursday following the disclosure of figures by federal health officials showing...
  • Louisiana funeral directors want ruling that allows St. Joseph Abbey monks to sell caskets

    07/19/2013 2:29:05 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | July 18, 2013 | Heather Nolan
    The Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn federal district and appeals court rulings that allow the St. Joseph Abbey monks to sell their hand-crafted caskets from their St. Tammany Parish monastery near Covington. In a 37-page petition filed Wednesday, the funeral directors said the high court should step in because federal appeals courts have issued different rulings on "economic protectionism." The filing includes more than 100 pages of supplemental materials, including copies of previous court filings and state definitions of embalming funeral directors. In a March 20 ruling, the U.S. 5th...
  • In Case You Don't Appreciate How Fast The 'Windows Monopoly' Is Getting Destroyed...

    07/17/2013 8:09:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/17/2013 | Henry Blodget
    In the late 1990s, a single technology company became so unfathomably rich and powerful--and so hellbent on dominating not just its own industry but a massive and rapidly growing new one--that the U.S. government dragged the company into court and threatened to break it up over anti-trust violations. The case was settled, and the company, Microsoft, agreed to play nicer. But it turned out that the world had nothing to worry about. As often happens in the technology industry, what has really destroyed Microsoft's choke hold on the global personal computing market over the past 15 years hasn't been a...
  • EU to end mobile (cellphone) roaming charges next year

    06/15/2013 5:44:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:39PM BST 13 Jun 2013 | Christopher Williams
    Roaming fees for voice calls, texts and internet access will effectively be completely scrapped under the proposals, which are part of a broader effort to create a single European telecoms market. The group of 27 European Commissioners voted in Brussels on Tuesday to drive the package through in time for the European elections in May next year, to come into force as soon as 1 July 2014. … They expect the death of roaming charges to typically wipe 2 percent off mobile operators’ revenues … The reforms are designed to encourage radical consolidation of European mobile network operators. A source...
  • Organic growers lose decision in suit vs. Monsanto over seeds

    06/10/2013 8:04:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 June 2013 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto Co. on Monday won another round in a legal battle with U.S. organic growers as an appeals court threw out the growers' efforts to stop the company from suing farmers if traces of its patented biotech genes are found in crops. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a previous ruling that found organic growers had no reason to try to block Monsanto from suing them as the company had pledged it would not take them to court if biotech crops accidentally mix in with organics. Organic farmers and others have worried for years that they...
  • Adobe's move to subscription only

    06/06/2013 11:59:26 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 122 replies
    Adobe . . . has made a bold move to abandon their customers . . . and force them into a subscription sales model which some of us might remember from the 1950s door-to-door book and encyclopedia sales women who sold my mom a set. Only now . . . Adobe abandoned all their customers. From now on . . . you don't get rent to own. You only get to rent . . . What do you think?
  • Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto - GMO

    05/26/2013 8:26:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 144 replies
    Associates Press ^ | May 25, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said. Organizers said "March Against Monsanto" protests were held in 52 countries and 436 cities, including Los Angeles where demonstrators waved signs that read "Real Food 4 Real People" and "Label GMOs, It's Our Right to Know."… The U.S. Senate this week overwhelmingly rejected a bill that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Guarantees The Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA Monopoly

    03/31/2013 3:43:50 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/31/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The government mortgage giants Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae (FHA, VA) have a virtual monopoly on the mortgage insurance and securitization business. In an article written by former Freddie Mac employee, Nela Richardson, it is pointed out that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will set the benchmark for underwriting standards: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Qualified Mortgage rule, which is supposed to standardize underwriting practices across the industry once it takes effect in 2014, will have a negligible effect on the industry as long as Fannie and Freddie continue to dominate the market for mortgage funding. The companies...
  • Obama's Genetically Modified Food Bill is Bad for America's Health - “Monsanto Protection Act.”

    03/30/2013 5:52:38 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 28, 2013 | Peter Lind
    WASHINGTON, DC - President Barack Obama signed a spending bill, HR 933, into law, the "Monsanto Protection Act," that strips federal courts of the authority to immediately halt the planting and sale of genetically modified (GMO) seed crop regardless of any consumer health concerns. "The provision would strip federal courts of the authority to halt the sale and planting of an illegal, potentially hazardous GE crop while the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) assesses those potential hazards," explains a letter to the House that has been signed by dozens of food businesses and retailers, as well as interest groups and...
  • Monopoly fans vote to add cat, toss iron tokens

    02/06/2013 6:07:34 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 41 replies
    AP via WTOP ^ | Wednesday - 2/6/2013, 8:17am ET | RODRIQUE NGOWI
    PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) -- Scottie dog has a new nemesis in Monopoly after fans voted in an online contest to add a new cat token to the property trading game, replacing the iron, toy maker Hasbro Inc. announced Wednesday. The results were announced after the shoe, wheelbarrow and iron were neck and neck in the final hours of voting that sparked passionate efforts by fans to save their favorite tokens and businesses eager to capitalize on publicity surrounding pieces that represent their products. The vote on Facebook closed just before midnight on Tuesday, marking the first time that fans have...
  • Watching TV on web is disrupting cable, broadcast worlds

    01/26/2013 3:52:18 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 164 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | January 26, 2013 | Glenn Garvin
    Veteran programmer Rob Barnett recently attended a breakfast meeting of television executives where the talk turned, as it almost always does these days, to “disruption,” the industry buzzword for the way new technology is upsetting the TV applecart. From somewhere down the table, he heard a question: “Has anybody here cut the cord?” — that is, dropped cable service in favor of just watching TV through the Internet? Barnett shrugged and raised his hand. “Mine was the only one,” he recalls. “But when it went up, I saw beads of sweat break out on the foreheads of some of the...
  • Uncovered, the 'toxic' gene hiding in GM crops: Revelation throws new doubt over safety of foods

    01/25/2013 7:38:13 AM PST · by opentalk · 71 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | January 21, 2013 | Sean Poulter
    •EU watchdog reveals approval for GM foods fails to identify poisonous gene •54 of the 86 GM plants approved contain the dangerous gene •Gene found in food for farm animals producing meat, milk and eggs •Biotech supporters argue there is no evidence that GM foods are harmful A virus gene that could be poisonous to humans has been missed when GM food crops have been assessed for safety. GM crops such as corn and soya, which are being grown around the world for both human and farm animal consumption, include the gene. A new study by the EU’s official food...
  • Monopoly Transformed to Match Obama's Socialist Amerika???

    01/09/2013 7:12:50 PM PST · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-9-2013 | MOTUS
    You didn’t think that fundamentally transforming America was going to be cheap did you?(snip)     And speaking of fundamentally transforming our economy, have you heard what Hasbro is up to? They have plans for fundamentally transforming the game of Monopoly: the last existing format for educating children on how capitalism works.     Here’s the deal: Hasbro has launched an effort to introduce a new token (a robot, helicopter, guitar, diamond ring or cat – your choice) to the perennially popular board game. Butt instead of just adding it, they have decided to get rid of one of the...
  • Rest in pieces: Hasbro to replace a classic Monopoly game token

    01/09/2013 5:24:21 PM PST · by blueyon · 29 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/09/2013 | Chris Morris
    In many families, Monopoly fights start long before the property is purchased. Inevitably, every player wants the same playing piece. Well, it's time to stand up for your beloved old boot or Scottie dog or thimble, because Hasbro is aiming to get rid of it. The company has announced plans to upgrade Monopoly, which will include replacing one of the game's iconic tokens with a fancy new figurine. Even worse, Hasbro is making you decide which one will go. From now through Feb. 5, fans can vote to save their favorite token -- and which new one will take the...
  • Stuff Obama Says While Playing Monopoly

    11/29/2012 11:02:43 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 30 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 11-29-12 | The Looking Spoon
          
  • How Warren Buffett and his ilk are raping America, a must listen too

    11/23/2012 8:28:29 AM PST · by Abiotic · 17 replies
    KPFA ^ | November 21, 2012 | David Cay Johnston
    "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use Plain English To Rob You Blind" with Pulizer Prize-winning David Cay Johnston. Right Click, Save As
  • Do the debates unfairly shut out third parties?

    10/15/2012 4:52:35 AM PDT · by teflon9 · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 15, 2012 | Brian Montopoli
    The presidential and vice presidential debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit corporation that mandates that a candidate have at least 15 percent support in national polls to participate. Since the CPD took over running the debates in 1988, only once has a third party candidate been allowed to participate: In 1992, when Ross Perot joined Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush on the debate stage. The dominance of the two major parties at the debates has critics charging that the system is effectively rigged to shut out other voices. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee...
  • Rami Levy: Govt. Bigger Monopoly than Business

    10/10/2012 1:33:34 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/10/12
    Speaking to Arutz Sheva, businessman and supermarket chain owner Rami Levy criticized politicians who blame corporations for increases in the cost of living. “I always argue that the public sector is more of a monopoly and more centralized than the private sector,” he said. “The bureaucracy it creates makes the cost of living more expensive by 15-20 percent,” he added. “When it comes to water, electricity, and property taxes...there’s no competition.”
  • Apple Loses Bid to Keep Customer Survey Secret

    08/17/2012 1:18:41 PM PDT · by Fred · 3 replies
    All things Digital ^ | 081612 | Ina Fried
    The judge overseeing Apple’s patent lawsuit against Samsung said Apple can’t keep secret a marketing survey it took of its customers. Apple argued that the survey’s release would aid competitors, as the data is not available elsewhere. “It’s plainly a trade secret,” Apple’s lawyer told the court. “There’s no reason for a document to come into evidence in its entirety.” Judge Lucy Koh disagreed, but allowed Apple time to file an appeal. “I’m denying your request to seal today, so take it up on appeal,” Koh said. Meanwhile, in another hotly contested issue, Koh said she was denying Apple’s request...
  • Two BILLION people watch Usain Bolt's win... but none of them in America

    08/06/2012 5:03:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2012 | Staff
    An estimated two billion people around the world saw Jamaica's Usain Bolt thrash his rivals to win gold in the men's 100m final - but none of them were in the U.S., as NBC declined to broadcast the historic moment live. Bolt sailed through the semi-finals before successfully defending his Olympic title - against a field that included three Americans - at 4.50pm EDT. But, not for the first time this Games, NBC took the controversial decision to hold off broadcasting the hugely popular event until prime time, leaving millions of track and field fans outraged.
  • Israel Mourning Terrorists? LIVE report NOW on scene.

    04/24/2012 11:59:39 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 24/4/12
    Are leftists now equating the life of blood thirsty terrorists to fallen IDF soldiers? We get a LIVE report on the scene with Yoni Klein who is reporting at a demonstration against the equating of a terrorist's life being equal to an IDF soldier's life- in other words, is a criminal's life equal to that of a police officer's? "Combatants for Peace explains why it chooses to invite parents of TERRORISTS who died fighting IDF soldiers to its Memorial Day ceremony. - 'No one has a monopoly on grief', they say. This is a radio talk show. Your participation is...
  • Under Obama, Price of Gas Has Jumped 83 Percent, Ground Beef 24 Percent, Bacon 22 Percent

    01/24/2012 4:25:59 PM PST · by OPS4 · 41 replies
    CNS news ^ | 1/24/12 | Christopher Goins
    So far, during the presidency of Barack Obama, the price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 83 percent, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (AP Photo) During the same period, the price of ground beef has gone up 24 percent and price of bacon has gone up 22 percent. When Obama entered the White House in January 2009, the city average price for one gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $1.79, according to the BLS. (The figures are in nominal dollars: not adjusted for inflation.) Five months later in June, unleaded gasoline was $2.26 per gallon,...
  • BASF to end GM (genetically-modified) crop production for the EU

    01/16/2012 12:09:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    European Voice ^ | 16.01.2012 | 17:39 CET | Dave Keating
    German chemical company BASF today (16 January) announced that it is stopping production of genetically-modified (GM) crops for the European market, citing hostility from consumers as the reason for the decision. “There is still a lack of acceptance for this technology in many parts of Europe — from the majority of consumers, farmers and politicians,” said Stefan Marcinowski, a member of BASF's board. “It does not make business sense to continue investing in products exclusively for cultivation in this market.” The company will move its plant-science unit from Limburgerhof in Germany to the United States. It will also close other...
  • 2011 medication shortages set new record at 267

    01/03/2012 5:30:25 PM PST · by bd476 · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 3, 6:27 PM EST | By LINDA A. JOHNSON
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the number of medication shortages in the middle of the last decade. Figures just released by the University of Utah Drug Information Service, which tracks national drug shortages, show there were 56 more newly reported drug shortages in the U.S. last year than in 2010, when there were 211. By contrast, there were only 58 drug shortages reported in 2004. As the drug shortages worsen, so does their impact on patient care, particularly...
  • Woman Stabbed Boyfriend Over Alleged Monopoly Cheating

    10/29/2011 5:53:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 28, 2011 | Colleen Curry
    Laura Chavez is shown in this Santa Fe County Jail booking photo. (Santa Fe County Jail) Laura Chavez, 60, of Santa Fe, N.M., is accused of repeatedly stabbing her boyfriend, Clyde “Butch” Smith, 48, when a family game of Monopoly went terribly awry. Chavez began to argue with Smith while playing the board game with her 10-year-old grandson. The boy told police that Chavez accused Smith of cheating at Monopoly, and then sent the boy to bed around 11 p.m. mid-argument. According to a probable cause statement released by police, the couple’s argument escalated until Chavez hit Smith over the...
  • Woman, 60, Stabs Boyfriend Over Alleged Cheating During Monopoly Game

    10/28/2011 6:06:04 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 23 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 27, 2011
    A New Mexico woman repeatedly stabbed her boyfriend after accusing him of cheating during a Monopoly game early yesterday, according to police. Laura Chavez, 60, and her boyfriend were playing the popular board game at her Santa Fe apartment when the dispute occurred. Chavez, pictured in the mug shot at right, allegedly admitted stabbing her beau, Clyde "Butch" Smith, with a kitchen knife. Police reported that both Chavez and the 48-year-old Smith appeared to be intoxicated. The man, who cops found bleeding heavily from wounds on his head and right wrist, was hospitalized yesterday in stable condition. Smith told investigators...
  • Not So Safeway for This Market

    09/29/2011 6:20:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 29, 2011 | Crista Huff
    There’s a supermarket anomaly near my home. Two supermarkets, a block apart: King Soopers (a Kroger store) and Safeway. In my town, everybody shops at King Soopers. Safeway is deserted. There are literally more employees than customers. Consequently, I get tremendous prices at Safeway, including a large percentage of my groceries at 50% off. What’s up with that? For some reason, Safeway has made the corporate decision to keep the store open as a loss leader. Curious. They stock all the normal foods, but then they have to get the food out of the store quickly at 50% off while...
  • How Does a Wine Monopoly Lose Money? (Answer: When it is run by the Government)

    09/05/2011 3:04:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Reason ^ | 09/05/2011 | Jacob Sullum
    In a report issued today, Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner says the state liquor control board's wine vending machines, a wonderful illustration of what happens when a government monopoly tries to act more like a business, are operating at a loss, costing taxpayers more than $1 million since they were introduced a year ago. "We think the wine kiosk program has failed," Wagner said at a press conference, "and it needs dramatic, radical changes if the program is going to continue to exist." His report attributes the failure largely to mechanical problems that caused an embarrassing month-long shutdown of...
  • Are your Pets being Sold-Out by Big Pharma?

    08/18/2011 3:41:05 AM PDT · by EBH · 27 replies
    PetMD ^ | 8/18/11 | Dr. Patty Khuly, VMD, MBA
    According to last Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, pets who rely on drugs approved for people are likely to suffer now that nearly 200 of these are in short supply, according to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. So you understand, only a fraction of the drugs veterinarians use on animals are actually approved for use in veterinary settings. That’s mostly because it’s expensive to get drugs approved for specific uses in specific species (as the FDA requires for each individual drug). Luckily, the federal government makes exceptions for what’s called "extra-label" drug use. This means that when a critical mass...
  • How Google Dominates Us

    08/08/2011 5:57:14 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 10 replies
    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy Simon and Schuster, 424 pp., $26.00 I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 416 pp., $27.00 The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan University of California Press, 265 pp., $26.95 Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc. by Scott Cleland with Ira Brodsky Telescope, 329 pp., $28.95 Tweets Alain de Botton, philosopher, author, and now online aphorist: The logical conclusion of our relationship to computers: expectantly to type “what is...
  • Hypocritical Google Lashes Out At Apple And Microsoft

    08/05/2011 9:29:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Paul Thurrotts Supersite for Windows ^ | 8/4/2011 9:19 AM | By Paul Thurrott
    On the one hand, the tech industry is awash in patent trolls, companies that own generally spurious patents for technologies they didn't really invent, which exist solely to sue other companies into licensing said technologies. On the other, we have tech companies that have patents for technologies that they did, in fact, invent (or at least purchase legitimately) and, as important, use in actual products. These companies, too, must sue others to protect their patents, but for far more legitimate reasons. Google is upset about the latter kind of company, and it's citing two heavy-hitters, Apple and Microsoft, as example...
  • Seriously? Skype, too?

    05/13/2011 9:12:02 AM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-12-11 | Cultural Limits
    Just when you thought gentlemanly business competition was coming back to America…. Back in the ‘90’s, when all the bank mergers were happening and there was a massive consolidation of the defense industry going on, The Onion featured a headline that read something to the effect that Business has been Consolidated to Six Corporations. That’s about what it felt like at the time. Never mind anti-trust or the laws on vertical integration to prevent monopolies, competition was going out of style (and under a Democratic administration, too. Imagine that). That headline popped into my consciousness this week when I heard...
  • Take Another Chance On Obama

    04/14/2011 6:41:29 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-14-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
  • Opponents speak out against tuition vouchers [PA]

    01/20/2011 9:30:31 AM PST · by brityank · 35 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | January 20, 2011 | Tom Barnes
    Opponents speak out against tuition vouchers Thursday, January 20, 2011 By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-GazetteHARRISBURG -- In his inaugural speech, Gov. Tom Corbett barely hinted at what is sure to become one of the most hotly debated issues of the spring -- "school choice," also known as "tuition vouchers." It would be a major change in how the state funds education. "Our students compete not only with those from the other 49 states, but with students from around the world," the new chief executive said Tuesday. "So we must embrace innovation, competition and choice in our education system." The measure,...
  • Saarland in Germany Closes Two Schools of the SSPX

    01/10/2011 10:56:32 PM PST · by 0beron · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 01/10/2011 | Tancred
    The Society of Pius X identifies the measures of Education Minister Klaus Kessler (Grüne) as "politically ideological" and will challenge them legally. Saarbrücken (kath.net) The Education Ministry of Saarland has concluded that with the end of the current half of the school year, two Saarland schools, which are operated by the Society of Pius X, must conclude their operation. It falls upon the grade school in St. Arnual in Fechingen, according to SR-Online. The back ground for this is, according to Education Minister Kessler (Grüne), the long conflct related to the dormitory of the Heart of Jesus Realschule, which the...
  • Who screwed up Monopoly? (Vanity)

    12/17/2010 3:45:45 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 31 replies · 7+ views
    Vanity | December 17, 2010 | Pan_Yan
    So I'm playing Monopoly with the kids. It's a set we ended up with a few months ago. Christmas Fund Matures' is now 'Holiday Fund Matures.' 'School Tax' is now a 'School Fee of $50 instead of $150. And you now get $25 for 'Consultancy Fee' instead of 'Receive for Services'. Oh, and Luxury Tax has been jacked up to $100.
  • Health reform's competition-crushers

    11/23/2010 2:58:07 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 22, 2010 | SCOTT GOTTLIEB
    Liberal consumer groups are aghast to learn that the Obama health team are really monopolists at heart, bent on handing hospitals a cartel in their local markets. Sunday's New York Times report on this horror confirms what I wrote about in these pages weeks ago ("Killing Marcus Welby," PostOpinion, Oct. 18). I warned that the creation of "accountable care organizations," which put hospitals in control of all the doctors in their outlying areas, would lead to concentrated power over the provision of medical care -- turning physicians into salaried employees and reducing consumer choices ACOs were invented as a way...
  • Web censorship bill sails through Senate committee

    11/19/2010 5:41:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 223 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2010 | Sam Gustin
    On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would give the Attorney General the right to shut down websites with a court order if copyright infringement is deemed “central to the activity” of the site — regardless if the website has actually committed a crime. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is among the most draconian laws ever considered to combat digital piracy, and contains what some have called the “nuclear option,” which would essentially allow the Attorney General to turn suspected websites “off.” COICA is the latest effort by Hollywood, the recording industry and...
  • The Rules of the Game and Economic Recovery (Obama Demagogue Destruction Revealed)

    10/28/2010 4:50:22 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 6 replies
    Imprimus ( Hillsdale College) ^ | 09/2010 | Amity Shlaes
    AMITY SHLAES is a syndicated columnist for Bloomberg and a senior fellow in economic history at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of Yale University and pursued postgraduate studies at the Free University in Berlin. She has served as a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and as a columnist for the Financial Times. In 2009 she was winner of the Hayek Prize, a book prize from the Thomas Smith Foundation of the Manhattan Institute. In 2003 she was the J.P. Morgan Fellow in Finance and Economics at the American Academy in Berlin....
  • A kinder, friendlier Live Nation Entertainment? Cheaper tickets come with a cost

    07/16/2010 11:16:51 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 16, 2010 | Todd Martens
    ...ticket sales for the top 100 touring bands are down 12% this year, Live Nation Entertainment's major executives went on the defensive Thursday, blaming the press for "scaring" artists from touring and arguing that acts need to alter their pricing strategies. ..."The press," (CEO Michael) Rapino said, has "scared about every artist" out of touring in the fourth quarter. A number of major tours have struggled in 2010, including the refurbished Lilith Tour, and once-can't-miss artists such as the Jonas Brothers have been canceling dates... Yet the company's top brass did more than point fingers at the media, and promised...
  • $inging the Blues: Live Nation shares tumble on bleak ticket sales

    07/16/2010 10:54:36 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 16, 2010 | CLAIRE ATKINSON
    This could be one of the biggest bombs Live Nation Entertainment ever produced. Minutes after the concert promoter and ticket company told analysts at its first investor day that ticket sales for its biggest acts fell 9 percent in the first half of the year and were likely to see a steeper decline during the rest of 2010, its shares plunged -- tumbling throughout the afternoon until they lost about 18 percent of their value. The bad news rocketed from the stage of Manhattan's Irving Plaza concert hall near Union Square, where the meeting was held, to Wall Street and...
  • Net Neutrality is a Government Takeover

    05/19/2010 10:07:43 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 43 replies · 790+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | May 19th | Kelly William Cobb
    Last week, Sen. Byron Dorgan spoke to a room full of Internet regulation supporters at the Free Press Summit and said that the free-market community's argument that Net Neutrality is a government takeover is a lie. He also felt compelled to say that ATR and others were spreading falsehoods by calling it such. I shot back today with a piece in the Daily Caller explaining why I believe Net Neutrality is certainly a government takeover. From the op-ed: Sen. Dorgan dismissed the argument by the free-market community that this is a government takeover, claiming “nothing could be further from the...
  • SERE and the game called MONOPOLY

    05/13/2010 12:19:28 AM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 3 replies · 361+ views
    via email | Unknown
    Check this out - who knew about the utilization of monopoly? I wonder what one of these versions would bring at auction today! This is a very interesting little tidbit I've never heard about before concerning WWII. Read and enjoy just one more example of American/British ingenuity. Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape... Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not...