Drinking Facebook’s Milkshake

Towards the end of the film There Will Be Blood, Daniel Day-Lewis, playing a ruthless oil baron we have watched rise from lone prospector, explains slant drilling technology to a rival. By angling his drill horizontally, he can tap the petroleum reserves underneath his rival’s property. He compares it to having a long straw to […]

FTC-Qualcomm Patent Dispute: No license, no chips

It’s not every day that the government and the tech industry agree on intellectual property policy, but both interests are united in their opposition to San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc.’s abusive patent-licensing practices. Hoping to escape impending and much-needed scrutiny, Qualcomm has asked the U.S. District Court for Northern California to dismiss an antitrust suit brought by the U.S. […]


The Equifax Hack: Time to get serious about consumer data protection

What’s said about money can be said about data: No one treats other people’s information the way they treat their own. Last week, Equifax—one of the “big three” consumer credit rating and reporting agencies— disclosed a massive hack that compromised the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. What makes this hack so damaging is that Equifax’s […]

Senate Takes Up Privacy Protection with New ECPA Bill

Faced with a national consensus concerning NSA’s activities as a large-scale violation of citizen privacy and a court ruling declaring PRISM unconstitutional, momentum has been building slowly in Congress to legislate boundaries around future government attempts at data collection. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D–VT) and Mike Lee (R–UT) Thursday reintroduced a bill they had cosponsored […]