Rivlin on eBay Fee Increases

Gary Rivlin writes a good in-depth article on the seller community’s response to eBay’s fee increases. The article articulates eBay’s rationales—eBay wanted to restore some balance in the use of certain tools, so price increases were the ways to drive…

Another Dumb Utah Law

The Utah Legislature is at it again. (See my critique of their efforts to regulate spyware/provide some extra bucks for a few local companies at the expense of free competition). The Utah legislature has passed another sloppy and ill-conceived law…

Google a “One-Trick Pony?”

BusinessWeek calls out Google for its “tunnel vision” obsession with search to the exclusion of other revenue-generating activities.

More on Anti-Phishing Act of 2005

Leahy’s Anti-Phishing Act of 2005 (S. 472) is finally online. See my earlier post. I’m still slightly troubled by the inchoate nature of the crime, but its scienter requirement (“intent to carry on any activity which would be a Federal…

Cleveland State v. Oracle

Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the settlment of an interesting lawsuit by Cleveland State over a bad PeopleSoft implementation. Oracle is paying $4.25M to settle the lawsuit, while Cleveland State is still suing the systems integrator.

Leslie Walker on AutoLink

Good article by Leslie Walker in support of Google’s AutoLink feature as a time-saver and matter of consumer empowerment. Her lead paragraph says it all: “Bring it on, Google. Bring us more shortcuts, one-click look-ups and Googlespeak, that strange language…

Article on Google Technology Architecture

Good technical article on how Google handles its massive data infrastructure. The article reinforces the redundancy built into Google’s system. Imagine how hard it must be to build a system that can store the entire known web—then build a system…

More Amicus Briefs in MGM v. Grokster

Yesterday was the deadline for respondents’ briefs in MGM v. Grokster. So far, EFF’s website shows 18 amicus briefs filed in the case on respondents’ side, making for a total of 46 amicus briefs. I joined the brief drafted by…

My Reactions to Seeing My Credit Report

Yesterday I got my three free credit reports from annualcreditreport.com. At my other blog, I wrote about my experiences downloading the reports. I spent last night poring through them, reliving old memories of credit cards I’ve used and abused over…

Anti-Phishing Act of 2005

Sen. Leahy introduced the Anti-Phishing Act of 2005 on Feb. 28. The text is not on Thomas yet, nor is it on Leahy’s website. If you have the text, please let me know. Leahy released a statement about the bill…