RE: Cloud Science, Dropbox, and Behavioral Economics

What is a cloud?  I’m no meteorologist. In fact I can hardly spell the word (I mean, I have troubling spelling “meteorologist”; I can spell “cloud”). But I know what I see – and that’s that clouds are externally opaque.  Still we assume they work. In the context of cloud computing, this much is true as well. What is cloud computing? The National Institute for Science and Technology defines cloud computing in richly technical NIST-speak. Continue Reading →

English Premier League Loses Match in European Court

This week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a hotly anticipated ruling in Football Association Premier League v. Murphy, et al. The case pitted the English Premier League (EPL), the highest tier of club soccer competition in England, against, among others, Karen Murphy, a Portsmouth-area pub owner. Why would a billion-dollar sports juggernaut be bothered to take a small-time Portsmouth publican to court? As it turns out, a simple piece of satellite technology Continue Reading →

AT&T Says One Antitrust Suit is Enough!

In the wake of the Justice Department’s antitrust suit to stop AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel (the nation’s 3rd largest wireless carrier) and Cellular South (a smaller wireless company in the Southeastern U.S., which changed its name to C Spire last week) filed similar suits seeking to enjoin the merger. The suits were filed under § 16 of the Clayton Act which provides injunctive relief for private parties. The suits by Sprint Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 14, 2011

This week, Aurobindo Pharma became the first major generic drugmaker to join a patent pool designed to increase accessibility of AIDS/HIV treatments to the poor around the world. Lawmakers from across the country have written the Obama Administration in hopes of housing new satellite branches of the Patent and Trademark Office in their respective districts. The America Invents Act, signed into law last month, calls for the creation of three regional offices to help ease Continue Reading →

Privacy Rights Re-“Kindled”: eBook Reader Privacy

There has been a tremendous sea change in the publishing landscape over the last several years. As people have been shifting from buying books in brick and mortar stores like Borders and Barnes and Noble, to online distribution of physical media like Amazon, to the rise of electronic distribution like Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s iBooks ecosystems, the ease and accessibility of obtaining and exploring new works has been steadily increasing. However, what has remained constant Continue Reading →

STLR Link RoundUp – October 07, 2011

Tech visionary Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011. His name was listed on 317 Apple patents, including the Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. Sprint is urging the FCC to quickly hold hearings to rule on whether the transfer of spectrum licenses from T-Mobile to AT&T serves the public interest. AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile is currently under review by the FCC after the US Justice Department sued to Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 5, 2011

Privacy rights advocates filed a letter with the FTC, asking the commission to investigate Facebook’s user tracking after log off and whether Facebook’s new Ticker and Timeline feature constitute unfair or deceptive business practices.   The United States signs the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement this Saturday, an accord targeting intellectual property piracy. Some academics argue, however, that ACTA requires Congressional approval. T-Mobile files amicus brief in the Northern California District Court, supporting Samsung in a patent dispute Continue Reading →