SOPA under fire from all sides

Wikipedia, the world’s fifth most visited website, has today replaced its English language pages with a holding page in protest against controversial anti piracy legislation currently making its way through the US Congress.

For 24 hours, Wickipedia’s global English-language pages have been replaced by a landing page explaining the issues surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). If passed, the legislation could “fatally damage the free...

By Matt Henkes, 18 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Government, Industry, Licensing, N America.

Will Companies Be Forced into Google+?

A month or so ago, Google started to integrate corporate Google+ results into its SERPs or search engine results pages. On the one hand this isn’t such a surprising move as a few days after my Google+ personal page went live it showed up in a Google alert for my name.

The potential challenge here is with this new search result behavior Google may be using its near-monopoly in search to take over another market – namely social networking. While the...

By Rich Tehrani, 24 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Government.

2 Insanely Simple Steps to Completely Bypass the Stop Online Piracy Act

How completely BROKEN is the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)?

Here are the two steps ANY consumer can take to COMPLETELY bypass the DNS filtering proposed in SOPA:

1. Find The Computer's DNS Settings

On a Mac, go into System Preferences, then Network, select the network connection being used (typically "Wi-Fi" or "Ethernet") and then click on the "Advanced..." button in the lower right corner. On the resulting screen, click on the...

By Dan York, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government.

If Government IT requirements are not driving the tech train, what can be done?

Not too long ago, the government drove the information technology (IT) narrative for computing and telecommunicaitons.  There are many examples:

  • Lease and use of the Hollerith punchcard system for the Cenus of the United States of America. This legitimized the use of technology to improve business activities.
  • The “first” all-electronic computer (albeit without stored programs) the ENIAC. Funded by the government to speed ballistics calculations.  This mainstreamed the idea of digital computation
  • The purchase of the first Univac computer for the US Census Bureau (one...

By Wesley Kaplow, 12 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

Apple gets the nudge on Samsung in patent wars

As Apple and Samsung continue to circle each other in the ring over a number of alleged patent infringements, the lawyers in the Californian corner may have landed a couple of jabs that could lead to victory, in this round at least.

As you have no doubt read, Apple is obstructing the release and continued sale of various Samsung products, fighting a bruising 20 cases across 10 countries on the grounds of design patent infringement on a number of features built into its iPhone and iPad devices.

A number of...

By Matt Henkes, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America.

Should We Define 4G Before the Government Does?

Every few years the American people elect politicians who say one thing to get elected and do another once in office. Conflicts of interest, scandals related to campaign contributors, tax evasion and other related issues have made us numb and political ethics is a phrase you may have just read now for the first time.But of course politicians being politicians need to help the people - at least that is what they say they want to do. One of the latest focus areas is 4G - what exactly is it? My company TMC runs a show on 4G called

By Rich Tehrani, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Wireless.

Reefer Madness II: Update on "Joint" Sales Advertising

Is the pipe dream of marijuana advertising going up in smoke?

What’s up with broadcast advertising of medical marijuana? 

It’s been two years since the Department of Justice hinted that maybe, just maybe, the federal government might go easy on fiendish pushers of the evil weed, er, we mean legitimate businesspersons seeking to provide dope to patients with...

By Francisco Montero, 09 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Government, N America.