David Kappos, Director of the USPTO, appointed by Obama in 2009, is resigning. Kappos implemented a “first to file rule” and abolished the “first to invest rule.” This, among other initiatives, facilitated the insanely wasteful, and innovation inhibiting, patent wars.
Appointment of Director of the USPTO is heavily influenced by the National Bar Association, the powerful lobbying and professional association for lawyers. Generally, the Bar lobbies for legal reforms that encourage litigation, thereby enriching law firms, even at the cost of the national and international economy.
Kappos’ resignation, and the appointment of the next Director of the USPTO, deserve serious journalistic scrutiny. The decision will have an enormous impact on the tech industry (much more than any product release or startup funding), and it’s getting almost no coverage.
Here’s the real history of Techcrunch… Michael Arrington created Techcrunch. Then he created CrunchFund. Then he used Techcrunch to overhype things Crunchfund was investing in. Then a bunch of inexperienced daytraders made bad investments based on the hype he created. Then Michael Arrington sold his equity in the overhyped companies. Then the value of the publicly traded equity plummeted. Then the inexperienced daytraders lost all their money. Then Michael Arrington ate an ice cream sundae on his pile of money.
This is the boogeyman you’ve heard creeping in the shadows. This is what gave birth to your political paranoia. This is former senator Chris Dodd’s wet dream. This is Hollywood’s wetter dream. This is the slow death of your privacy.
Eight months ago, the MPAA and RIAA were blue in the face with frustration. They legally bribed every government official they could find, in an effort to force SOPA and PIPA into law before anyone noticed. But just when they thought they’d won, their plan went down in flames.
In just a matter of weeks, the public caught wind of what was going on. SOPA and PIPA became household names. Major internet companies blacked out their websites in protest. Journalists kept the dialogue alive. And in the end, everyone calmed down after hearing that these draconian rules would get shelved.
But therein lies the problem - SOPA and PIPA lived on, in the shadows, only to emerge more discreetly, under a new name, as the nation hyperfocused on the presidential election. Like Tolkien’s Gollum, the recording industry needs its preciousssss... and it won’t stop till it has it.
So here’s where things stand today: The MPAA hired Chris Dodd, a Democratic Senator from Connecticut until 2011, as its new CEO. Dodd used relationships he made over thirty years in the Senate to engage Gloria Espinel, Obama’s copyright czar. Espinel then secretly negotiated an agreement between Hollywood (RIAA and MPAA), and the five largest ISPs (AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner, Comcast, and Cablevision) to develop the “Copyright Alert System.” The system allows Hollywood to monitor consumers’ internet activity more deeply than ever before, and then sue for up to $150,000 per file shared. Notably, too, the monitoring is performed by the “Center for Copyright Information,” which is privately owned by the MPAA & RIAA, among other Hollywood organizations, and operated in tandem with ISPs. Most of this information was obtained after investigative journalists filed a request for Gloria Espinel’s emails under the Freedom of Information Act. And because the public is so invested in the presidential election, no one is resisting this new intrusion into our privacy.
So there it is. This is how Hollywood bribes elected leaders to protect their inflated prices and bloated budgets in entertainment. This is how a Senator sold out the public and became a parasite swelling on the underbelly of the United States. This is how our privacy slowly dies, attacked from all angles, as we buckle in exhaustion trying to defend it.
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WhatAppleSays v. WhatAppleDoes
UnspinTheNews will not weigh in on the Apple v. Samsung decision.* But as always, we like to point out lies and deception, so in that spirit, here you go…
What Apple Says:
"At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right." - Tim Cook, Apple CEO
What Apple Does:
Apple Steals OS from Mirror Worlds
Apple Steals Google Glass
Apple Steals Sony Controller
Apple Steals 5 Key Android Features in iOS5
So, as stated, we won’t spin some hyped up opinion about the trial. But we sure will call out Tim Cook on lying through his teeth about Apple’s moral superiority. And don’t even get us started on Foxconn…
*We were not at the three week trial, and so we can’t assess the legal merits of claims that encompass years of business practice between two multi-billion dollar, international corporations.
Facebook is required by law to disclose its first quarterly earnings and growth report today. Most signs suggest that the report will be disappointing to investors (including a 40% drop in Facebook’s key partner, Zygna). But that didn’t stop CNN from telling the public they should just keep calm, weather the storm with Facebook, and hemorrhage more of their personal wealth for Mark Zuckerberg.
Why would CNN broadcast such bad advice? Here’s why…
1) Facebook accepted $100billion from the public, on the premise that they would use that money to grow as a company and produce profits for investors, 2) Facebook failed to generate growth and produce big profits, 3) Disappointed investors have been dumping their Facebook stock at a 30% loss 4) Facebook fears an even bigger selloff when it is forced to report its financials today 5) So… Facebook ordered its PR Firm (Brunswick Group) to bribe journalists into generating optimistic news about Facebook that might persuade investors not to sell.
That’s right, Facebook has delivered big losses to investors, and now it’s using investor money to fool its remaining investors into absorbing even bigger losses. And CNN is delighted to be Facebook’s well paid accomplice.
More info here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57478391-93/ahead-of-earnings-day-facebook-manages-expectations/?tag=cnetRiver
Funny what this article ignores: 1) Undisclosed sponsorship of “news” published on TechCrunch enables well capitalized corps. to warp public perception and behave badly without fear of consumer reprisal, 2) Objectivity, the former pillar of journalism, enabled civil and human rights movements to coalesce for decades, and 3) Self-aggrandizing, and secret-sponsor-serving articles like this are what’s lead to the misdirection and confusion of an entire generation of Americans, and as educated members of that generation, we’re calling them out as money suckling misinformers.
~Keep it objective my friends @UnSpinTheNews.