FBI Fear-Mongering About Mobile Encryption is Misplaced

Earlier this month, pressure from customers and civil liberties groups prompted Apple to issue a detailed statement on its data privacy policies, specifically those relating to their cooperation with government information requests. In the wake of the Snowden Affair and other revelations of digital surveillance by law enforcement, consumer technology…

Unlike Smartphones, Smartwatches Lack Enterprise Ancestors

Over at Fast Company's Co.Labs blog, Tyler Hayes has reviews of existing smartwatch offerings in advance of Apple's anticipated announcement of a similar product tomorrow afternoon. He's thorough, highlighting major deficits in the available options. His overarching concern is perhaps the most salient observation, however: if Apple botches the…

Jazz Is Not Dead, Nor Is It Phish

Justin Moyer had a bit last month at The Washington Post where he splayed his dislike for jazz music across a pretty careless listicle, one that John Halle at Jacobin was right to malign as "pretty shoddy work." But in his non-defense, Halle argues that the loss of counter-cultural cache…

The August Jobs Report Was Weak, But Not That Weak

Results of the monthly survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics were released this morning, announcing the estimation that a net total of 142,000 jobs were added to the US economy in August. This was a weak report by most accounts, since consensus expectations had been closer to 180…

Travis Kalanick Is Not Jordan Belfort

What is Uber? Salon’s Andrew Leonard lays out two possible answers: the service is either “a paragon of free-market efficiency” or “living proof” for the necesssity of commercial regulation. That is, of course, almost as absurdly hyperbolic as the Belfort/Gekko photo mashup that leads the piece. While it…

Purdue Showcases The Absurdity Of Our Trademark Regime

Purdue University is apparently upset that a new buddy film, widely dismissed by critics, uttered its name a few times while showing some of the actors in football gear during flashback sequences. It’s noted in the reporting that the film never uses the full name of the institution, Purdue…


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Hidden Municipal Elections: Why We See Such a Racial Political Disparity in Ferguson

One of the most striking aspects of the tension in Ferguson involves the racial disparity between the elected gentry and the citizens they purport to represent. Money Box’s Jordan Weissmann wrote this afternoon: The police force is 94 percent white. Only one of its six city council members is…


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Reactions to CFPB Advisory on Bitcoin Overstate Negativity

Digital currency analysts and market participants are reacting to an advisory report released yesterday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Naming Bitcoin and Dogecoin specifically, the document outlines risks associated with virtual assets and their transaction, focusing heavily on fraud hazards at the point of exchange. Efforts were also…

The True Spirit of Reaganing

Back in January 2008, Obama made several gestures at the idea that he wanted to emulate Reagan, not ideologically, of course, but stylistically. Beneath the immediate political trajectory of these mentions was the appearance of genuine admiration. His aspiration voiced authentic, and with two-thirds approval in the run-up to inauguration…

The Affordable Care Act Is In Jeopardy

Vox’s Matt Yglesias and Ezra Klein have written competing takes on the Halbig decision. In Ezra’s view, the political gumption necessary to judicially strip tens of millions of citizens of their health insurence would be too fraught. Upholding Halbig would thrust the Court into the realm of national…

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