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I had more to show for myself than usual on this holiday-shortened week, and I can thank Apple and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for much of that. 6/30/2015: Why The Tech Industry Hates Patent Trolls, and You Should Too, Yahoo Tech I’d written and filed…
I had more to show for myself than usual on this holiday-shortened week, and I can thank Apple and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for much of that. 6/30/2015: Why The Tech Industry Hates Patent Trol...
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Here I am writing--again!--about patent trolling. This +Yahoo Tech post tries--again!--to explain why this isn't just a problem for dot-commers with cash to spare. 

I know I've got a more technical audience here than on average; if any of you have either applied for a patent or been on the receiving end of a demand letter, I'd like to hear from you. 
Congress is inching closer than ever to fixing the single biggest problem in U.S. tech policy: patents.
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I spent four years studying history in college, and the big takeaway was that progress is a slow game that requires the ability to get up after getting knocked down, over and over. The exceptions to that rule are rare and delightful. My freshman year, we…
I spent four years studying history in college, and the big takeaway was that progress is a slow game that requires the ability to get up after getting knocked down, over and over. The exceptions t...
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Very well written. Good article, you get it. I hope others will take the time to read your thoughts as well. +Rich White​​​​​ +Ifeoma Anene​​​​​ +shawn dahl​​​​ +Marty Demichele​​​ +ProgressivesAreLiars​​ +Dejan Jancevski​
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Remember when Google didn't think that insisting on a warrant before disclosing your stored e-mail to the government wasn't something we'd want to know about? That was only two years ago (as some of you may have read in my posts then at the +DisCo blog). It fascinates me how the tech industry has gotten... radicalized on this subject so quickly, as I note in today's +Yahoo Tech column.
In its annual report, the Electronic Frontier Foundation grades tech companies on how well they defend their customers’ rights against government snooping. Over the last 5 years companies have gotten much better at protecting our privacy; the government, far worse.
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At the start of this week, I had different topics in mind for each of these two columns, and then things happened. I also made a quick run up to New York Thursday for a few tech events, then wrapped up the visit with a pilgrimage to the top of One World…
At the start of this week, I had different topics in mind for each of these two columns, and then things happened. I also made a quick run up to New York Thursday for a few tech events, then wrappe...
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Anybody here use +LastPass? If so, don't read my +Yahoo Tech column until you've changed your master password there. Then, let's talk about password security and password-manager security.
LastPass, the password management firm I use on a near-daily basis, discovered on Friday that somebody got into its network. What, me worry? Don’t Panic, Pass the Salt Email addresses, password reminders, salts, and hashes.
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There are a lot of things I love about living in the D.C. area, but weather like today’s is not among them. It’s only just now dipped below 90 degrees and the humidity’s been stuck at about 50 percent–and neither number is even that bad compared to how…
There are a lot of things I love about living in the D.C. area, but weather like today's is not among them. It's only just now dipped below 90 degrees and the humidity's been stuck at about 50 perc...
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Do everything as early in the morning as possible.
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It’s July 4th, and if you’re in the nation’s capital you (or at least, those of you without small children in tow) have one job: Find a way to see the fireworks that doesn’t involve dealing with the hordes on or near the Mall and the transportation chaos…
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Beyond a trip to New York for CE Week, the last seven days also brought me back to 1150 15th Street NW for a Washington Post alumni reunion Thursday night. That will be the last such gathering at that address, because the paper is moving to rented space…
Beyond a trip to New York for CE Week, the last seven days also brought me back to 1150 15th Street NW for a Washington Post alumni reunion Thursday night. That will be the last such gathering at t...
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I took a bunch of photos from the top of One World Trade Center on Friday, thinking that Google Photos might automatically create a panorama from them. Instead, I got this stop-motion video.
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It's  the rocking of the horizon that makes it troublesome.  
OT, Google may have automated another skillset...
http://googleresearch.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html
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Dealing with your work disappearing

If you were going to look up any of the tech-guide stories I wrote for Gannett’s NowU last year, don’t. NowU has become more like NotForU: Gannett stopped updating the site in the spring and shut it down a few weeks ago. This wasn’t the first time I’ve…
If you were going to look up any of the tech-guide stories I wrote for Gannett's NowU last year, don't. NowU has become more like NotForU: Gannett stopped updating the site in the spring and shut i...
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I lost all my work on UBM's Internet Evolution when the company just shut down the site.
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In addition to the items below, I probably tweeted out an article’s worth of copy at the Techonomy Policy conference in D.C. on Tuesday. After that, this week’s other highlights were two only-in-D.C. events: the NOAA Fish Fry, an annual event that sees…
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Curious, sometimes cranky freelance tech journalist; occasional international statesman of goodwill
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I try to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through my reporting, reviewing and analysis. I've done that in multiple channels: print, Web, social media, radio, TV, podcasts and public-speaking appearances.

The bulk of my work so far has been at the Washington Post, where I wrote a consumer-tech column for the Business section from September of 1999 to April of 2011. For most of those years, I also hosted Web chats, did a weekly Q&A tech feature and blogged for the paper.

I started at the Post in 1993 by sorting mail and answering phones. I also proofread copy, assigned and edited stories, spent an unholy amount of time in meetings, wrote for almost every section of the paper (National, Metro, Style, Sports, Business, Health, Food, Home, Weekend, Real Estate, Outlook, Sunday Arts, Sunday Source, Travel, Book World and the Magazine), and appeared on the front page all of three times.
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Married, one kid. Have run two marathons and biked 11 centuries (but none recently!). Can tie a bow tie by hand.
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