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Apple vs FBI: Does the Government Have the Authority to Grant Itself Absolute Power?

3:40 PM, Mar. 15th, 2016 · · Editorial

The current legal conflict between Apple and the FBI has proponents on each side. The issue seems almost impossible to resolve. However, John Martellaro has been pondering the larger problem and casts the current arguments in a broader perspective. The real question is not fighting terrorism; rather it's an issue of how much authority a modern American government has to grant itself absolute power.

FCC Slaps Verizon’s Wrist for Pooping on Customer Privacy

6:22 PM, Mar. 7th, 2016 · · Editorial

Trust being carried to the trash

The Federal Trade Commission fined Verizon US$1.35 million for an egregious breach of customer privacy and an even worse breach of trust. Bryan Chaffin argues that such a fine isn't even a slap on the wrist, and it shows that the FCC's fangs need to grow to keep pace with the ever-larger size of the mega-corporations it theoretically regulates.

Why Tim Cook Has Declined to Reveal Apple Watch Sales is Now Clear

4:40 PM, Feb. 24th, 2016 · · Editorial

Cook's Apple Watch Strategy

Even before the Apple Watch first shipped, Apple's CEO Tim Cook announced that Apple Watch quarterly sales would not be broken out for financial analysts. At first that seemed overly defensive by Apple and worrisome to observers, but in time, we've seen how clever a strategy it has been. John explains why.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Offers Milquetoast Support for Apple in FIve Tweets

9:51 AM, Feb. 18th, 2016 · · Editorial

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Google CEO Sundar Pichai offered support, of sorts, to Apple and CEO Tim Cook's fight against a government order to create software that would allow the FBI to brute force attack a terrorist's iPhone. In series of five whole tweets, Mr. Pichai called an open letter from Mr. Cook "important" and questioned the judge's order that would force Apple to create surveillance tools, but his comments were a far cry from endorsing Mr. Cook's position.

Kanye West Needs Help and not Just Because he Hates Apple Music

6:51 PM, Feb. 16th, 2016 · · Editorial

Kanye West at Tribeca Film Festival 2009

Self proclaimed best musical artist of all time Kanye West isn't going to have anything to do with streaming his latest album on Apple Music and instead is going exclusively with Tidal. This is after he begged people to sign up for the streaming music service a couple days earlier—and tried to get Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to throw some serious money his way—in what looks like a complete and very public emotional unraveling.

The SoDoSoPaization of Silicon Valley

5:43 PM, Feb. 15th, 2016 · · Editorial

SoDoSoPa Screenshot

John Kheit thinks that Silicon Valley has allowed itself to become SoDoSoPaized. Nothing else can explain the unbearable, total non-thinking, incessant, goose-step mimicry of Apple, and he wants it to stop.

What Happens When Your Autonomous Car Crashes?

5:00 PM, Feb. 10th, 2016 · · Editorial

Autonomous (self-driving) cars will certainly be built to a high level of reliability and safety. However, there will still be the rare case when an autonomous car goes awry and there's a crash. Lives could be lost. What will happen then?

Apple’s Vision is Plain for (Most) Everyone to See

7:45 PM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · · Editorial

Apple's Clear Vision

Scott Galloway, in a fascinating and informative presentation, asserts that it's fairly easy to grasp the basic message of Amazon, Facebook and Google. But when it comes to Apple, the argument is that Tim Cook, the superb operator, isn't a good storyteller. Worse, he says "What is Apple's mission? They don't have one that they can articulate." This blindness to Apple's charter from Steve Jobs is a mystery.