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Alleged “patent troll” benefited from state tech programs

October 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Did you see the news reports after a federal jury rejected the claims of a company that had been seeking $93.7 million in damages due to what it had said was infringement on several patents by Apple Computer? The website arstechnica.com has a good story about the case (“Jury trial concludes: Apple slaps down patent […]

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Tags: Business · Media · Politics · Tech

What’s the real trend in Hawaii tourism?

October 10th, 2014 · 9 Comments

In a post back in August, I commented on what appear to be two conflicting views of the state of the state’s visitor industry (“Tourism: Hitting record highs or steadily declining?“). On the one side were the enthusiastic comments from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, on the other were far more sober comments from economist Paul […]

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Tags: Business · Economics · Politics

Civil Beat column takes on the fine print in consumer contracts

October 8th, 2014 · 3 Comments

My column in Civil Beat today takes a look at stuff no one ever reads. I’m talking about the boilerplate language in contracts we agree to when making routine purchases of goods and services (“Hawaii Monitor: Why Consumers Get Speared by the Fine Print“). These are take-it-or-leave-it transactions. And lawyers call the deals “contracts of […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

How regulators are “captured” by powerful corporations

October 7th, 2014 · 1 Comment

If you’re visiting this site, you’re likely concerned about accountability, and worry about government officials bending over backwards to satisfy demands of influential individuals and corporations. Well, a recent episode of “This American Life” is something you really shouldn’t miss. “The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra” is available as an hour-long podcast and it’s free. […]

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Tags: Business · Consumer issues · Politics

Star-Advertiser owner heading towards statewide monopoly in daily newspapers

October 6th, 2014 · 15 Comments

A reader caught a couple of online bloopers at Staradvertiser.com yesterday. He wondered: “Does anyone read this stuff after it gets published? Do they ever make corrections or do they just let it slide?” Speaking of the Star-Advertiser, I’m wondering how others view announced purchase of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today by Oahu […]

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