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The Real Reason Trump Blocked the Broadcom, Qualcomm Merger

March 13, 2018

U.S. regulators will often stop mergers and acquisitions because they are bad for the public in some way. Too much market control could inflate prices wildly, etc. When deals are killed it isn't always obvious why.

Disintermediated News Companies Get Government Help

March 7, 2018

Disintermediation often is described as "taking out" the middle-man between buyer and seller but when if comes to news, the Big Tech companies such as Google and Facebook and perhaps even Twitter have taken the essence of news content - perhaps a title, snippet and photo and provided it for free to their users.

Of course quite often, newspapers and magazines provide their information for free as well but use advertising as a monetizing vehicle. Big tech companies have disintermediated the advertisers and the eyeballs.

The Democrats in the House of Representatives have gotten involved and introduced a bill today that would allow media outlets to band together to negotiate for better terms with giant tech platforms.

Rep. David Cicilline's (D-R.I.) Journalism Competition and Preservation Act would grant a temporary antitrust waiver for news publishers to collectively negotiate with companies like Facebook and Google.






Chelsea Manning: Top U.S. Traitor and Leaker, May Become Senator

January 13, 2018

History Will Remember the U.S. Government as Going too Easy on Hackers and Leakers


Photo courtesy of AP

The United States made a nuclear deal with Iran and also paid a ransom to have numerous American hostages/prisoners returned. In exchange, billions of dollars changed hands.


Chess Master Dorsa Derakhshani Left Iranian Oppression for the U.S.

December 29, 2017

The origins of chess are not 100% known. Historians believe it was invented in India or China but either way, it spread to Persia until the Arabs conquered the country and then spread it around the world.

It's exciting to know that one of the best chess players in the world is Iranian-born Dorsa Derakhshani. She recently fled the oppressive middle-east filled with religious tension and the treatment of women as second-class citizens (at best).


Photo from Beyond Chess



She recently penned an editorial worth reading. In it she refers to how Iranian federation officials were more concerned about the tightness of her jeans or head-covering than her ability to play chess.

They eventually banned her from playing, Her brother was banned as well for playing an Israeli.

She concludes that chess is like America at its best.










President Tim Cook?

June 15, 2017

Last December we analyzed 28 CEOs that could potentially become the next president of the United States. At the time, Mark Zuckerberg was rumored to be considering a run. This past May in fact it was discovered there is a PAC looking to draft him into considering it.

Tim Cook just had an interview with BusinessWeek and as Gizmodo noticed, some of his answers seem more political than you might expect. Not overtly but in the sense that he seems to be positioning himself to appeal to moderates.

Some examples include that he feels responsible for growing U.S.



Logic Prevails in EU as Bill Gates Robot Tax Dies

June 2, 2017


As we wrote in February while eating sushi and reading about Bill Gates trying to set global tax policy, taxing robots is a terrible idea. We wondered why Mr. Gates who we have the deepest admiration for in terms of his contribution to the world of tech, didn't volunteer the idea to tax office productivity applications which replaced workers. Could it be perhaps because Microsoft, the company he founded, made hundreds of billions of dollars selling these applications?

Just a guess of course.

No one wants people to be jobless or poor or for that matter unhappy, unhealthy, etc. but taxing technology isn't the answer and never ever will be.




The Utter Hypocrisy of Feigned Russian Hacker Outrage

December 19, 2016

From the president to the mainstream media, all of a sudden it seems state-sponsored hacking is a problem

Whether you believe Barack Obama’s presidency was a failure or a success, there is no doubt on the subject of cybercrime, this administration not only failed to bring state-sponsored hackers to justice, they rewarded the people who directed them with hundreds of millions of dollars in cash.

The U.S. knew the Iranian government hacked American financial institutions as well as public infrastructure which could have killed Americans.

President Zuckerberg? The Top 28 CEO Choices for U.S. President

December 12, 2016

Now that Donald Trump has become president, the mold has been broken and lots of other wealthy CEOs will throw their hats in the ring. Billionaire founder of Bloomberg L.P., Michael Bloomberg almost ran for president this time around according to reports.

A lot of hype has been made recently about Mark Zuckerberg toying with running for office. This got us thinking – what CEOs have enough name recognition or success to run for office and win?

President Obama, After $400 Million, Where are Those Criminal Iranian Hackers ?

August 5, 2016

Why did we ship a fortune to our mortal enemy and not get the indicted cybercriminals living in Iran who attacked us, in return?

The U.S. is in a cyberwar. It's common knowledge.

Profit: The Real Reason Whitman is Backing Clinton

August 3, 2016

HPE is a leading user of outsourced workers and skilled immigrants

People generally vote their own self-interest and in most cases they align themselves with the party which best matches these interests. This isn't always the case but seems to hold up as a general rule.

Eric Schmidt for example backed President Obama and as a result they aren't dealing with the antitrust issues they are faced with in Europe. In addition to other perks they have received unprecedented White House access. Google has visited Obama at least 128 times!



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