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White House Plan To Reduce Drug Prices... Is To EXTEND Patents?

While Congress is still doing its thing to try to make the US healthcare system an even bigger laughingstock around the world, the White House is apparently considering an executive order targeting high drug prices. Of course, it handed this power over to Joe Grogan, a (very recent) former lobbyist for a giant pharma company, Gilead, that has been at the center of some controversy over its highly priced drugs. Grogan is apparently leading this e

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Deputy Attorney General Asks Congress For 21 Million To Solve The FBI‘s ‘Going Dark‘ Problem

James Comey may have been unceremoniously dumped by the Commander-in-Chief, but his device encryption legacy lives on. The Justice Department is requesting more than 20 million in federal funding to bankroll efforts related to resolving the government‘s continuing ‘Going Dark‘ problem, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday, signaling one of the Trump administration‘s first attempts at tackling the issue o

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Daily Deal: Xamarin Cross Platform Development Bundle

Streamline your app creation workflow with over 57 hours of training in this hot development platform. The 35 Xamarin Cross Platform Development Bundle will teach you to use the C# programming language to build fully-functional apps for iOS and Android at the same time. Over the 6 courses you‘ll explore basic C# programming, learn how to leverage the most common coding requirements for Xamarin iOS apps, learn basic and advanced UI elements

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How The Supreme Court‘s Recent Free Speech Ruling May Destroy Hollywood‘s Plans To Kick People Off The Internet

Earlier this week, we wrote about the details of the Supreme Court‘s ruling in Packingham v. North Carolina -- the case that said a North Carolina law that barred convicted sex offenders from using social media was unconstitutional. There were some good lines in the ruling, but this may be the most important: Even with these assumptions about the scope of the law and the State‘s interest, the statute here enacts a prohibition unpr

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Verizon Bucks AT&T And Comcast, Supports Utility Pole Reform For Faster Fiber Deployment

In addition to high costs and the slow pace of digging up streets, one of the reasons Google Fiber is contemplating a pivot from fiber to next-gen wireless broadband is the boring old utility pole. As it stands now, new market competitors often have to navigate an archaic, elaborate and expensive process to attach fiber to poles. Quite often, attaching fiber requires having any other ISPs in the area notified in writing, then waiting for each on

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Colorado Legalizes Another Vice: Texting While Driving

Distracted driving laws and the crusade against distractions in the car have a history that goes back many years. Generally, the trend has been to try to ban each new distraction that comes along, and to seek to place the blame on device makers and automakers for not figuring out how to reliably disable those devices. There was even a ruling in California that made it illegal for a driver to use a mapping app. But now, the state of Colorado has

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Secret Defense Dept. Report Shows Manning Leaks Did No Serious Damage

Prosecutors seeking to justify a lengthy sentence (and the abuses that had already occurred) in the Chelsea Manning case insisted the documents she leaked had caused serious damage to those exposed by them. They said this even as multiple government officials admitted the most the United States had suffered was some embarrassment. Jason Leopold has obtained an official assessment of the Manning leaks which shows the same thing: no real damage

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Cable Lobbyists Try To Scuttle State Inquiries Into Shitty Broadband Service, Slow Speeds

Whether it‘s rolling back already agreed upon merger conditions, killing net neutrality, or eliminating broadband privacy protections, giant ISP lobbyists are having a field day under the Trump administration, slowly but surely stripping away oversight of one of the least competitive -- and most anti-competitive -- sectors in American industry. We‘ve noted repeatedly that as giant cable providers like Comcast nab an ever larger monop

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Small Irish Craft Beer Joint Has Actually Original Trademark Opposed By Holder Of A Purely Geographic Mark

It seems like not a week can go by without some silly trademark dispute in the alcohol industries. This latest example comes to us from Ireland and provides a vivid demonstration for why trademarks ought to only be granted on unique and original names and not, say, on a mark based on common geography. Leo Mansfield of the Connemara region of Ireland opened a storefront business and called it "Conn O‘Mara" after the titular fictional char

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Coal CEO Threatens John Oliver With A SLAPP Suit

This past weekend on John Oliver‘s Last Week Tonight, he took on the issue of "coal" and some politicians‘ obsession with coal jobs as the only true "American" jobs. The whole segment is interesting, but obviously not the kind of thing we‘d normally write up. What we do frequently write about, however, is censorious threats, often from wealthy execs, designed to try to silence people from commenting on issues regarding those do

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