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Tag Archives: Business and Economics

Volvo and Virgin Super Bowl Blastoff

First off, allow me to preface the rather notable news that Volvo is announcing a contest to give away a seat on the Virgin Galactic spaceship during their Super Bowl commercial Sunday, by noting that Richard Branson is a dickleak. I have nothing in particular against the guy and his …

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Green Hawks Arise!

Robert Bryce has some exceptionally interesting and encouraging news in Slate: a curious transformation is occurring in Washington, D.C., a split of foreign policy and energy policy: Many of the leading neoconservatives who pushed hard for the Iraq war are going green. James Woolsey, the former director of the Central …

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Government on Wrong Side of Grokster Case

On December 10, 2004 the Supreme Court agreed to hear the entertainment industry’s case against two file-sharing services, Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc (Morpheus), through which millions of people swap music and movies online, a decision that could decide the future of digital copyright rules and related technology for …

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Cynthia Webb Leaves WaPo for Her Own Site

I am sad to report the end of Cynthia Webb’s excellent tech and Internet column, Filter, for Washington Post.com. She said farewell on Friday: The tech sector has come along way since this column began two-and-a-half years ago. In 2002, pink slips were more common than initial public offerings, venture …

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Powell Leaving FCC

Michael K. Powell, 41, will step down in March as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission after almost four years as the government’s top media and telecommunications regulator, he announced today. Poor Michael Powell, the son of Colin Powell, was in over his head as major domo of the FCC. …

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Tsunami Wake

Wharton has a fascinating if oddly clinical (they are a business school, after all) look at the logistics and economics of disaster relief, the long-term developmental needs of the areas hit, and aspects of disaster planning. Though highly informative throughout, the most compelling portion of the article is an account …

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Music Club 101

Powerful and emblematic story in the Cool Cleveland newsletter by Lee Chilcote about the entrepreneural perils of running a concert club, trying to turn a neighborhood into a cultural center, and the leak of young creative types to more amenable climes. While the story takes place in Cleveland, it could …

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“Your call may be monitored … “

In general, my dealings with customer service/call center operators have been positive over the last few years: I may not get done exactly what I wanted to get done, but I usually have the sense the person tried, and more often than not I take my issue up a level …

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Bouncing Off the Satellites

Now please understand that I love radio and have been involved with it as a DJ, programmer, or commentator for much of the last 30 years, but commercial music-based radio, for a number of reasons including consolidation, for the most part and in the general sense, sucks dog ass. I …

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