Morning Media Summary

by Lee Doren on March 24, 2011

in Odds & Ends

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Tech:

Half Of Used Phones Still Contain Personal Info:
“More than half of second-hand mobile phones still contain personal information of the previous owner, posing a risk of identity fraud, CPP has warned.”

New York Times Fixes Paywall Flaws to Balance Free Versus Paid on the Web:
“New York Times Co. has been working to fix about 200 glitches in the technology for charging online readers of its namesake newspaper, just weeks before the project is scheduled to debut, said a person familiar with the matter.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

American Lung Association plasters Rep. Upton’s district with provocative ad:
“The American Lung Association, a leading opponent of efforts on Capitol Hill to repeal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, has plastered one Republican lawmaker’s district with a particularly provocative ad.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Smoking ban: No drop in off-track betting:
“A smoking ban implemented in an Indiana community did not hurt business at the off-track betting facility, U.S. researchers say.”

EU Gambling, Mortgage-Broker Demise, Bank Levy: Compliance:
“Online gambling companies including Bwin Interactive Entertainment AG and Unibet Group Plc will demand pan-European Union rules as regulators consider a possible overhaul of the EU’s patchwork of national gaming laws.”

Health / Safety:

Anthony Weiner: Waiver might work for New York:
“Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday he was looking into how a health law waiver might work for New York City.”

Economics:

Budget 2011: George Osborne fuels economy with surprise cut in petrol duty:

“The Chancellor told the House of Commons that he had “put fuel into the tank of the British economy” as he announced that petrol duty would be reduced by 1p a litre from 6pm this evening.”

Legal:

Manhattan Federal Judge Kimba Wood Calls Record Companies’ Request for $75 Trillion in Damages ‘Absurd’ in Lime Wire Copyright Case:
“Does $75 trillion even exist? The thirteen record companies that are suing file-sharing company Lime Wire for copyright infringement certainly thought so. When they won a summary judgment ruling last May they demanded damages that could reach this mind-boggling amount, which is more than five times the national debt.”

Labor:

SEIU taking to streets over stalled county labor talks:
“Citing little or no progress in closed-door negotiations, county labor union leaders began earlier this month taking more visible steps to get their point across.”

Who Killed Detroit?:
““Sure, a lot of the blame goes to a generation of bad management. But the main reason for Detroit’s decline is the greed of the industry’s main union, the UAW, which priced the Big Three out of the market.””

Transportation/ Land Use:

Joe Biden slams Gov. Rick Scott over high-speed rail:
“Vice President Joe Biden chastised Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa on Wednesday, saying he cost Florida thousands of jobs and cutting-edge infrastructure improvements by rejecting $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail.”

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