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The day of the writing of this blog post, Vanderbilt University–yes, the one situated in Nashville, Tennessee–is closed for its second straight Snow Day.  While frigid temperatures and power outages pose incidental hazards, the main reason for closing shops and schools today is hazardous travel conditions.  And, as far as I know, the overwhelming proportion [...]

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China’s anti-trust investigation of the American chip maker Qualcomm came to an end when the chip giant agreed to pay a record fine of about $975 million last Monday. According to the decision issued by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the royalties Qualcomm collected from Chinese smartphone manufactures were “unfair” and “excessively [...]

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Campaign Technology 2016: A Political Odyssey

On February 13, 2015 By Zac Parsons

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in everyday life, politics is no exception. In 2008, President Obama’s campaign harnessed data in an unprecedented way. He created a digital apparatus that harnessed the power of social media and other emerging digital mediums. Following that unprecedented use of technology in 2008, many campaigns focused their [...]

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After a series of cases holding software patents invalid in the wake of Alice v. CLS, the Federal Circuit, in DDR Holdings v. Hotels.com, encountered a set of software patents that it held to meet subject matter eligibility requirements. The patents in question were directed toward both systems and methods of generating composite [...]

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Last year, when Comcast announced its plan to purchase Time Warner Cable, the deal came under heavy scrutiny from consumer advocates. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, called the proposed deal “a disaster.” In a letter to the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the [...]

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In mid-February, Airbnb will begin to collect hotel taxes in four more cities: Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Jose, and Amsterdam. The short-term home rental service has been collecting taxes in Portland, Oregon and San Francisco for about a year now.

The company allows users to list their home for rent for any amount of [...]

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On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an Enforcement Advisory that notified businesses that blocking personal WiFi networks, or “hotspots,” is illegal and in violation of Section 333 of the Communications Act. Such actions, the FCC warned, “could lead to the assessment of substantial monetary penalties.”

This warning comes after the [...]

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With more and more police departments purchasing body cameras and adopting policies that officers wear these cameras at all times when on duty, one is left wondering what will the effects on the criminal justice system be?

Departments that have implemented the use of body cameras have achieved staggering results.  The police department in [...]

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Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has been getting a lot of media attention lately. Unfortunately, the coverage hasn’t totally been focused on reliable and affordable clean energy.

The facility, located in the Mojave Desert, is the largest solar “power tower” system in the world. Among its advertised benefits, the company’s website promises to avoid [...]

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Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released a plan for electric monitoring and reporting in its Southeast fisheries, marking a significant step towards regulatory agencies embracing technology to better protect and manage the environment. The plan’s goal is to provide more timely, accurate, and comprehensive data for fisheries management and science.

Successful [...]

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