Attorney Howard Fredman, who represented Batzel in the case, said the next legal steps could include a rehearing before the appeals court, or petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court.
Giant earthworms are attracted to many things, but their first love will always be acid wash jeans.
Park knows the problem is systemic—a mindset that locks federal IT into obsolete practices—“a lot of people in government are, like, suspended in amber,” he said to the crowd at Mozilla. In the rest of the tech world, nimbleness, speed, risk-taking and relentless testing are second nature, essential to surviving in a competitive landscape that works to the benefit of consumers. But the federal government’s IT mentality is still rooted in caution, as if the digital transformation that has changed our lives is to be regarded with the utmost suspicion. It favors security over experimentation and adherence to bureaucratic procedure over agile problem-solving. That has led to an inherently sclerotic and corruptible system that doesn’t just hamper innovation, it leaves government IT permanently lagging, unable to perform even the most basic functions we expect. So it’s not at all surprising that the government has been unable to attract the world-class engineers who might be able to fix this mess, a fact that helps perpetuate a cycle of substandard services and poorly performing agencies that seems to confirm the canard that anything produced by government is prima facie lousy. “If we don’t get this right,” says Tom Freedman, coauthor of Future of Failure, a 61-page study on the subject for the Ford Foundation, “the future of governing effectively is in real question.”
Wal-Mart spokesman Tom Williams said its sales circulars consist of a “compilation of prices” and that the data contained therein “is very much copyrightable.”
“You can think of a future where there’s a Google map,” he said, “and with user’s permission, you could go into the houses and buildings and then have a full 3-D view of the world.” This only seems a little creepy when compared to the possibility that we may be helping some hidden artificial intelligence prepare for the Rise of the Machines by creating a Matrix-esque digital library.
Scoville also doubts that Thrive will really be able to escape the gravity of the global commodities market, which he believes is still the most efficient way to balance supply and demand. Thrive, he says, can set whatever prices it wants. But in the end the global price of a pound of coffee will still be its reference point. And if, as Jones hopes, the supply chain is stripped of middle men taking their cuts, Scoville says the market will simply absorb that change in cost structure as another data point in setting the price.
Now, when I tried this out, I had an iPad – maybe not the greatest idea. (They didn’t have a micro USB prototype for me to try at the time.) The weight of the iPad makes it pretty impractical to plug into something this small for charging unless you’ve got a very well positioned outlet. However, my husband borrowed it to charge an iPod, and it was perfect. I love a simple, clever solution to a problem. I’m also a sucker for startups.
First State’s response to Webster’s responsible disclosure makes it clear that not all companies know how to play nice with researchers. But vendors offering bug bounty programs generally include a promise to researchers, like one from Facebook, that says as long as a researcher gives the company reasonable time to respond to a bug report and makes a good-faith effort not to violate user privacy or destroy data while researching their website or application for bugs, “we will not bring any lawsuit against you or ask law enforcement to investigate you.”
This is especially worrisome for Apple because its iTunes store has seen little innovation in the last few years. “Apple is leading the market with an out-of-date music store that hasn’t been updated in four years,” says Mulligan.
For any online activist, especially one working at the first online civil liberties group, the mid-1990s were a tumultuous time. Using the comp.org.eff.talk newsgroup and the EFFector mailing list, McCandlish spread the word about the threat of the notorious Clipper Chip and started the wildly popular “blue ribbon” free-speech campaign.
And, on Thursday, YouTube announced that it has racked up 1 billion unique monthly users. About as many people use YouTube (which is owned by Google) as they do Facebook. That’s huge. Seriously huge. We won’t blame anyone over at Google+ if they’re feeling a little jealous today.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), the world’s largest retailer, said it sold 2 million toys during the first half of Cyber Monday, shattering records for the e-commerce giant. Eager spenders snapped up items including Hasbro’s (NYSE:HAS) Pie Face Game, the best-selling toy.
In Mexico, wireless phone users also outnumber fixed-line phone users: 14 million cell phone users to 12.3 million fixed-lines.
Nunan said that a company representative told her that they planned to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Monday. Chapter 7 usually involves liquidation of all assets.
“We are troubled by the secretive nature of the Gülen movement, all the smoke and mirrors,” an anonymous U.S. official told the New York Times last year. “It is clear they want influence and power. We are concerned there is a hidden agenda to challenge secular Turkey and guide the country in a more Islamic direction.”