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Friday, November 29, 2013

Black, Black Friday: Melee At Walmart... Over A Television

This 90 second video kind of speaks for itself. A very sad statement.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Swiss Proposal to Cap CEO Salaries

Swiss voters will decide whether to cap the highest wages in a company at 12 times the lowest pay. Swiss corporations and the government have joined forces to oppose the so-called 1:12 initiative, which is forecast to be rejected.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Yahoo! Proposes Encryption Of All Consumer Data

Perhaps a differentiator in the marketplace for Yahoo!? This could be a good test of what importance consumers place on privacy.


DC: The highest concentration of "rich people"?

Highest concentration of "One Percenters"  in the U.S. are in the DC metro-area (surpassing NY, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley).


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Judge Chin Dismisses Author Copyright Digital Book Scanning Suit Against Google

A great victory for Google...The lawsuit dates to 2005, when groups representing authors and publishers sued Google for scanning print copies of books in huge numbers. Years later, they agreed to a $125 million settlement, but Judge Chin in 2011 rejected the settlement. The publishers’ group later split from the authors and reached its own agreement with Google that was not subject to court approval.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Google Must Wipe Out Compromising Photos of Max Mosley From Its Search Database, French Court says.

Consistent with EU's principle of the "right to be forgotten", can one require search giant Google to wipe out troubling photos or other information? This goes to the heart of the tension of free speech/free flows of information vs. rights to privacy. While Max Mosley does not cut a very sympathetic figure, this is a fascinating test case. We'll see if this decision holds in France (my guess is "yes"). How long will it be before these trends/impulses find their way across the pond?


Monday, November 4, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunkist Nailed for Diverting Retiree Employment Funds for Operating Expenses

Major ERISA violations, not to mention major ethical lapses.


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