Send in the Clowns: Meet the Security Chief of Your Government’s Data Apps, Eran Raven, Mentalist

Yes, that’s right.  Google’s security chief for its government products plays Russian Roulette with nail guns on national television.  And–according to his Wikipedia bio, “Raven has been linked to Heather Sweet (AKA Dita Von Teese) when they went to University High School together and Glamor Model Carmen Electra whom they met after his Nail Gun […]

Mr. “Don’t Be Evil” has a new one: Private Equity Firm YCombinator Says “Kill Hollywood” Starting with the Unions

MTP readers will recall the absurd post from Silicon Valley private equity firm YCombinator entitled “Kill Hollywood” which was a request for startups to…Kill Hollywood (see also New York Times “Investment Firm Y Combinator Goes on Offensive Against Hollywood“). Yes, bring on the digital chickenfeed.  And in a race for gratification between Citizen Kane and digital chickenfeed, we […]

Houston, We Have A Problem

 MTP readers will recall that one of the perks of being a Google insider is that you get to park your private jet at Moffett Field, the NASA installation near the headquarters of the Leviathan of Mountain View, a/k/a the Googleplex.  This is the kind of thing you get to do when your Google stock gets […]

Shadows in the Cave: Google’s 8K

“And if they could talk to one another, don’t you think they’d suppose that the names they used applied to the things they see passing before them?” The Allegory of the Cave by Plato, line 515b2. Reading a company’s SEC filings is always an interesting enterprise, particularly because you know that whatever they say is […]

“Your Horses Seem to be Winning”: The European Commission’s Antitrust Case Against Google Matters to Artists and Songwriters

Both the European Commission, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee are working at bringing an antitrust complaint against Google for a variety of reasons.  The EC and the FTC are pursuing both similar but different rationales due to differences in the antitrust laws of Europe and the United States.  Antitrust is a complex body […]

European Commission to Google: Evil is not Relative

Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, issued a statement today that is instructive for antitrust regulators around the world.  It boils down to this:  We know what you’re doing to abuse the privilege of operating in the free market–specifically our free market. You have special responsibilities for being a dominant firm and […]

#NewMusic Weekend: Guy Forsyth, The Maccabees, Deaf Havana, Future of the Left, Lacrymosa

The top five staff picks this week from Sempahore Music 1.  Guy Forsyth (Austin) “If I Was Sick” @guy_forsyth 2.  The Maccabees (London) “Went Away” @themaccabees 3.  Deaf Havana (Norfolk) “We Used to Talk” @deafhavana 4.  Future of the Left (Cardiff) “Sheena Is a T-shirt Salesman” @futureoftheleft 5.  Lacrymosa (New York) “Not About Want” @iamlacrymosa 5-19-12 Semaphore […]