Morning Media Summary

by Lee Doren on June 13, 2011

in Odds & Ends

Tech:

Apple sued over use of iCloud name:
“I can’t say that I didn’t see this one coming. Apple keeps naming products very simple names like Phone, and Cloud simply with an i in front of them. With that kind of naming convention they are bound to run into some sort of trademark or copyright infringement.”

U.S. funding stealth Internets to circumvent repressive regimes:
“The revolution will be broadcast, despite efforts by repressive regimes to censor or shut down Internet and cell phone networks.”

F.B.I. Agents Get Leeway to Push Privacy Bounds:
“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents, allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.”

IMF hit by ‘very major’ cyber security attack:
“Officials at the fund gave few details but said the attack earlier this year had been “a very major breach” of its systems, the New York Times reports.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Where’s the warming?:
“Carbon emissions over the past decade actually exceeded predictions by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), no thanks to the global economic recession. According to their anthropogenic global-warming theories, global temperatures should have risen significantly as a result. James Taylor at Forbes wonders what happened:”

Debt-hit Greece sees profit in air pollution: report:
“Greece could earn up to 170 million euros for its cash-strapped treasury from a trade of greenhouse-gas emission allowances on the Athens stock exchange, a report said Sunday.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Australia Going to Legalize Online Poker?:
“While the online poker industry in the US is slowly collapsing as the federal authorities slowly yank poker site after poker site from under the feet of unsuspecting US players, Australia may be on the road to legalizing online poker.”

Health / Safety:

E.coli patients may need kidney transplants:
““Around 100 patients have suffered such terrible kidney damage that they will require a transplant or have to undergo dialysis for the rest of their lives,” he told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.”

Economics:

Obama Spends $80 Billion to Save or Create 225,000 Jobs ($355,555 per job ) – Calls it a Success:
“President Barack Obama heads to an energy plant in North Carolina on Monday to talk once again about the job-creating power of a green economy.”

Legal:

World Justice Project Rule of Law Index Ranks 66 Countries On Government, Rights:
“The United States trails most of Western Europe in protecting the right of ordinary citizens to have access to a lawyer regardless of their ability to pay, according to a report released Monday.”

Labor:

Apple store employee seeks to plant union seed:
“An Apple Inc store employee has started a union in a rare move at a company known for its near-fanatical following and cutting-edge mystique.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

High-speed rail might hurt airline business:
“The new Beijing-Shanghai high-speed trains might lead to a 20 percent to 30 percent reduction in airline passengers on that route, China Business News (CBN) reported Monday, citing an aviation industry insider.”

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