Google bias

Google bias

On a daily basis, most of us visit Google more often than the water cooler, bathroom, and break room combined. “Visit” is, of course, a figure of speech. It’s sometimes

One tune fits all

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is quickly becoming the Rockefeller of the music industry. Online music sales are exploding–almost tripling since last year–while overall album sales have declined 3.9 percent in

Save the net from what?

The advocates of network neutrality regulations are working very hard to create a sense of crisis, but is there really a need to regulate the Internet?

Ouvrez la pomme

Ouvrez la pomme

France recently mandated Apple to open up its iTunes technology. But the right approach is for the state to remain neutral, neither forcing companies to open their proprietary technologies to others, nor preventing rivals from building compatible devices if they can figure out how to do so without the incumbent’s help.

The best telecom reform is no reform

A new telecom bill would probably make things worse than they already are. For supporters of free markets, the best telecom bill is probably no telecom bill.

Eight buns, eight wieners, eight channels

If it’s absurd to require newspapers to sell their news, sports, and business sections separately so that consumers can get just what they want, how is forcing cable TV to offer channels “a la carte” any less nuts?

An analog armageddon?

Hollywood movies are replete with bad guys nefariously plotting to control the world, but these days, music and movie industry associations are looking awfully like power-hungry villains themselves as they attempt to assert control over the devices that play and record their content.

Sony Music’s spyware

Sony Music’s spyware

Security researchers recently discovered that digital rights management (DRM) software bundled with some of Sony BMG CDs will, among other things, send information about the user’s listening habits back to remote servers. This is simply not a good business strategy. Smart businesses treat their customers as cherished assets.

Internet tug-o-war

Internet tug-o-war

In the battle over control of the Internet, it’s not that the U.S. government manages the Internet better than other countries would, it’s that it barely manages the Internet at all, and it’s important that it stay that way.