Tag Archives: Innovation

Morning Stories (1-13-2012)

  • The Hill reports that Sen. Patrick Leahy will be putting forth a manager’s amendment of PIPA for the January 24 vote, pledging to cut the DNS blocking provision from the legislation. Mike Masnick at TechDirt provides some critical analysis.
  • Meanwhile, Rep. Jared Polis has taken to the League of Legends gaming forum to rally the opposition to PIPA and SOPA. And Carl Franzen at TPM asks what the upcoming January 18th “Blackout” and House Oversight Committee hearing will accomplish.
  • Gen. Keith Alexander, head of US Cyber Command,  reiterates that active defenses are increasingly necessary to thwart cyber threats, suggesting the current approach used by most businesses is akin to the “Maginot Line.”
  • At the Technology Liberation Front, Berin Szoka, Geoffrey Manne, and Ryan Radia have a thoughtful piece on Google’s Search Plus Your World:

All the usual blustering and speculation in the latest Google antitrust debate has obscured what should, however, be the two key prior questions: (1) Did Google violate the antitrust laws by not including data from Facebook, Twitter and other social networks in its new SPYW program alongside Google+ content; and (2) How might antitrust restrain Google in conditioning participation in this program in the future?

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Morning Stories (1-12-2012)

  • Senator Wyden and Representative  Issa spoke about  SOPA at CES and warned that there’s not much time left to stop the legislation. IBI Times and cnet discuss their remarks.
  • The Brookings Institute hosted an event yesterday entitled “Principles of Internet Governance: An Agenda for Economic Growth and Innovation.” You can watch the event here, and read a recap of the event from National Journal.
  • Pirate Bay is again “clogged up” by Dutch Authorities, who have ordered two ISPs to block access to the site, or face daily fines of €10,000.
  • Carl Szabo at NetChoice discusses the Second Circuit decision of Kirstaeng v Wiley & Sons that held the first-sale doctrine is inapplicable for products manufactured outside the US. NetChoice has filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court asking the Court to overturn the decision.
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Morning Stories (1-11-2012)

  • From the WSJ, a story on the continued rise of Internet activism in Russia, with interesting stats on financial support protesters have received via the web.
  • Google has unveiled a new search feature, called “Search, plus Your World.” Twitter came out swinging against it, but other reactions have been more positive. Ian Paul at PC World provides some further analysis.
  • Stewart Baker briefly discusses his upcoming testimony against SOPA, slated for January 18.
  • CES also took to the SOPA debate, hosting a panel that included various stakeholders. ars technica provides a good recap.
  • Dara Kerr at cnet reports that Facebook will begin inserting sponsored ads into users’ news feeds. Users can place their mouse over the item to determine whether it is from a friend or a sponsored ad.
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Morning Stories (1-6-2012)

  • Larry Downes has an excellent piece discussing Silicon Valley’s response to SOPA, the risk of unintended consequences when regulators intervene in areas they don’t fully comprehend, and the potential for the tech community to establish a bulwark against ill-conceived legislation that threatens innovation and prosperity.
  • Google, Facebook, and Twitter have endorsed the OPEN Act, proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), as an alternative to SOPA and PIPA.
  • Vint Cerf had an op-ed in the New York Times yesterday making the point that technology is “an enabler of rights, not a right in itself,” and that engineers and technology creators have an obligation to empower and protect users of that technology. He closes on a thoughtful note:

Improving the Internet is just one means, albeit an important one, by which to improve the human condition. It must be done with an appreciation for the civil and human rights that deserve protection — without pretending that access itself is such a right.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the Iranian government is instituting draconian obligations on Internet cafes, requiring them to install surveillance equipment and obtain personal information from customers. There is speculation that this is a precursor to what will be an Iranian intranet, designed to “insulate its citizens from Western ideology and un-Islamic culture, and eventually replace the Internet.”
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Morning Stories (1-3-2012)

  • Verizon cancels its $2 fee for online or by phone bill payments, a day after it announced it.
  • European hackers plan to take the broader Internet censorship battle to the final frontier with plans for a satellite-based “Internet in space.”
  • Interesting story on the developing trend of “open innovation;” reveals some history about the iPod of which I was unaware.
  • Paul Vixie sets the record straight on the differences between “hop by hop” and “end to end” in DNS security and its relevance to SOPA.
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Morning Stories (12-23-2011)

  • Bloomberg Businessweek has a piece examining the optimism of Silicon Valley
  • Tim B. Lee discusses the boycott facing GoDaddy over its support for SOPA
  • Wired has a great profile on Dropbox and what’s in store for the future of Cloud
  • Apparently Israelis are the biggest users of social networks, according to The Next Web (H/T Financial Times)
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Morning Stories (12-22-2011)

  • At Technology Liberation Front, Geoffrey Manne and Berin Szoka provide some great perspective on the Google antitrust enforcement letter sent to the FTC by Sens. Kohl and Lee.
  • Mike Masnick at TechDirt dispells the myth that SOPA will only affect foreign websites.
  • Facebook is altering its privacy protections for European users in the wake of an audit by the Irish Data Protection Commission.
  • Digits has a nice review of Woman Innovate Mobile, a new “start-up accelerator” aiming to close the gender gap in the mobile technology market. The application period closes February 1.
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