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A Pro- Single Payer Doctor’s Concerns About Obamacare

Adam Gaffney | Salon.com | April 11, 2014

Believe me, the right's approach would be much worse. But the underinsured are getting a worse deal than you think

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A Refresher: Warrantless Spying Was Blatantly Illegal

Conor Friedersdorf | The Atlantic | May 14, 2014

Frontline's new documentary about NSA spying is an important reminder of how Bush officials violated the Constitution...

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Amazon Pushes Yet Another Publisher Around

Jordan Weissmann | Moneybox | May 9, 2014

Once again, Amazon appears to be putting the screws to a major publisher. According to the New York Times, the king of all Internet retailing “has begun discouraging” shoppers from buying Hachette releases by stretching out shipping times to two weeks or longer...

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An Apple Employee Admits That iPhone Won't Deliver iMessage Texts To Android

Jim Edwards | Business Insider | May 14, 2014

...an Apple customer support employee has admitted to Lifehacker's Adam Pash that, in fact, "a lot" of users have this problem: If you switch from an iPhone to an Android, iMessage won't deliver texts from iPhone users to your new Android phone...

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As Predicted, Elsevier's Attempt To Silence Sci-Hub Has Increased Public Awareness Massively

Glynn Moody | TechDirt | March 18, 2016

Last month, Techdirt wrote about the growing interest in Sci-Hub, which provides free access to research papers -- more than 47,000,000 of them at the time of writing. As Mike noted then, Elsevier's attempt to make the site go away by suing it has inevitably produced a classic Streisand Effect, whereby many more people know about it as a direct result. That was first pointed out by Mike Taylor in a short post, where he listed a few titles that had written about Sci-Hub. This week, David Rosenthal has produced a kind of update, listing many more posts on the subject that have appeared in the last month alone.

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Big Brother Would Like To Warn You About Big Brother, Inc.

Philip Bump | The Wire | May 2, 2014

...The new report, titled "Big Data: Seizing opportunities, preserving values," tries to flesh out what those private-sector ramifications might be...The report is the White House "hoping to move the national debate over privacy beyond the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities to the practices of companies like Google and Facebook," as the paper puts it...

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If You Want Your IPO To Be A Success, Hire Fewer Bankers

Heather Timmons | Quartz | May 2, 2014

Chinese pork producer WH Group pulled a much-anticipated $1.9 billion IPO this week, citing “deteriorating market conditions.” What this really means is “we couldn’t raise the money we expected,” and now the recrimination and finger-pointing has started...

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Is Shkreli the Exception, or the Norm, in Big Pharma?

I didn't want to write about pharmaceutical companies.  They get enough bad press, and adding to it almost seems like piling on.  If Valeant is the poster company for outrage about drug pricing, it's less because what they are doing is unusual than it is because we suspect they are the norm. Honestly, I wanted to discuss McDonald's turning their Happy Meals boxes into VR headsets --I'm not making that up -- but, gosh darn it, it's almost like the pharmaceutical companies are daring me to talk about them.  So I will.

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Revealed: The NSA’s Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security

Jeff Larson, Nicole Perlroth, Scott Shane | ProPublica, New York Times | September 5, 2013

Newly revealed documents show that the NSA has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption that automatically secures the emails, Web searches, Internet chats and phone calls of Americans and others around the world. The project, referred to internally by the codename Bullrun, also includes efforts to weaken the encryption standards adopted by software developers. Read More »

The Promise And Peril Of OpenNotes

Gizabeth Shyder | KevinMD.com | May 1, 2014

...I worry about and applaud the possible effects of patients being able to read their notes online. We doctors need our own forum to make notes without worrying about hurting our patient’s feelings...

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