The U.S. Congress has finally gotten around to examining the monopoly power of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. We will no doubt hear many stories of how these companies promote or restrict competition, exploit slave labor in China, run sweatshops in the U.S. and of course control the media message for political candidates. We will […]
If you’ve ever seen The Insider starring Russell Crowe you know the story of Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, the whistleblower’s whistleblower. Dr. Wigand worked for one of the Big Tobacco companies (Brown & Williamson) to help them perfect nicotine addiction. He eventually couldn’t take it anymore and went public with his inside knowledge. Dr. Wigand identified […]
There’s a case shaping up in the U.S. Supreme Court that I haven’t paid too much attention to–but suddenly realized it’s something we should all care about because it could set precedent for fair use cases for decades to come: Google v. Oracle.
As I noted on the Huffington Post, Judge William Alsup asked Google and Oracle to come clean about paid commentators about his case. When reading Oracle’s and Google’s responses to Judge Alsup’s order, I noticed one group was missing from the responses, particularly the Google response. The faceless hoard who are paid–directly or indirectly–to comment on […]