Erik Vesterlund

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Court Decision Means Another Look At Google Street View Case

The U.S. Appeals Court in San Francisco refused Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Google of violating federal wiretapping laws by collecting emails and data about people's Web surfing habits as the company's Street View cars crisscrossed the world.<p>Millions of people use unencrypted wireless …

Hillary hype poses risks for a potential 2016 candidacy

Hillary Clinton's lofty status as the apparent 2016 Democratic nominee-in-waiting has some allies concerned that the hype might be too much, too soon.<p>This seeming inevitability makes her more sensitive to attacks and risks amplifying any stumble, no matter how minor. And voters may react poorly to …

The Truly Staggering Cost Of Inventing New Drugs

During the Super Bowl, a representative of the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly posted the on the company’s corporate blog that the average cost of bringing a new drug to market is $1.3 billion, a price that would buy 371 Super Bowl ads, 16 million official NFL footballs, two pro football stadiums, …

A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and …

Obamacare Isn't Causing Employers To Cut Worker Hours: White House

New data from the White House Council of Economic Advisers suggests that President Obama's Affordable Care Act isn't having the detrimental effect on workers some feared it would.<p>According to the White House, nine out of 10 jobs that have been created since Obamacare became law in March 2010 have …

Ambitious Women Face More Obstacles than Just Work-Life Balance

For the past year and change, the American conversation about women and leadership has revolved around challenges of work-life balance — which most of the time actually means “work-family balance.”<p>The women we’re hearing from — Anne-Marie Slaughter, Sheryl Sandberg, and the rest — aren’t jetting …

Sears Ignores The Invisible Band

By Jonathan Haidt and David Sloan Wilson<p>Imagine that a major league basketball team is bought by a hedge fund manager who is a firm believer in the value of competition. Not just competition <i>across</i> teams, but competition <i>within</i> teams. He implements a radical new policy: each player’s salary is …

Lots of growth on the prairie

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G20 nations to crack down on tax cheats, agree to share records by 2015

Leaders of the world's major economies are planning a co-ordinated crackdown on people and corporations that evade taxes and shortchange public coffers.<p>The Group of 20 countries agreed to share tax records by 2015 as part of a pledge to crack down on individual tax cheats and global corporations …

Economy

Arkansas Is Next Battleground For Citizens United Constitutional Amendment

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of national and state government reform groups announced on Thursday that Arkansas is the next battleground in the fight for a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision.<p>The groups Common Cause, Public Citizen, Free Speech for …

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Chinese leader calls for curb on 'hedonism'

<b>A senior Chinese leader is urging Communist Party members to help restrain the "hedonism" that he says has infected Chinese society.</b><p>Politburo member Wang Qishan said party members should live frugally in order to counter decadent lifestyles.<p>Economic reforms have brought prosperity to a country that …

China

Minneapolis Courts Chicago's Same-Sex Couples

With the skyline of Chicago behind him, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak stands on a rooftop plaza in Boystown, the heart of a predominantly gay community.<p>He's here on a recruiting mission. Minnesota legalized gay marriage just over a month ago, but Illinois' same-sex measure is stalled in its …

Roman Catholic clergy are urged to start preaching in support of immigration reform at Sunday Mass.

Catholic Church getting more aggressive on immigration reform<p>Starting at Sunday Mass, clergy nationwide are urged to address immigration and to encourage congregants to contact their members of Congress.<p>September 07, 2013|By Cindy Carcamo<p>Roman Catholics from Los Angeles and Orange counties march …

De nya studenternas svagheter är ett samhällsproblem

<b>Vi är bekymrade. Larmen om förfallet</b> inom den högre utbildningen blir allt fler. I vintras publicerade nio universitetslärare vid Uppsala universitet …

The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers

When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grass-roots uprising on their behalf. Here’s why it always works<p>On Election Day, November 2, 2010, more than eight million Americans voted for congressional candidates who claimed to represent the Tea Party and its grassroots insurgency against the …

Who Is Bill de Blasio, and Could He Be New York's Next Mayor?

The newly minted Democratic frontrunner is a populist progressive and yuppie dad whose son has an awesome Afro.<p>The surprise new leader in the New York mayoral race is Bill de Blasio, a yuppie Brooklyn dad who’s running as a crusading liberal. The Democratic primary is on Tuesday, and suddenly de …

Fringe Factor: Gay Panic, Secession Fever & More

A strike on Syria is doomed by all the gays and women in the military, Texas is ready to become its own country, and Pennsylvania is racking up a …

Zeus 3D copier and printer does it all in one

The world of 3D scanning and printing is about to get simplified immensely with the Zeus, an all-in-one 3D machine.<p>We're already used to 2D copiers and printers. Slip a piece of paper in, push a button, and a copy comes out. Now, that same sort of capability is coming to the 3D world with the AIO …

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Making the grade in Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs are becoming increasing popular as a way for people to access lessons from Ivy League universities. But access doesn't always translate into student success.<p>Back to school isn't just for kids. As professors at top universities put more of their course materials online, everyone from Silicon …

Online Education

Google is waging war on apps that attack, infiltrate and steal from your phone

Late last month, Google made sweeping changes to its policies for developers on Play, the official store for apps that run on Android, Google’s smartphone operating system. The changes, which among other things affect how ads are displayed and permissions sought, are meant to make Android safer so …

Apps

Why Syria Is Good for American Democracy

This debate is what America needs after Iraq. But we’ll do the right thing on Syria. By Jane Harman.<p>Sometime in the next several weeks, we will find …

The Best Time to Post Tweets, Facebook Posts and More

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email …

The South killed the safety net

Europeans came to this country for a better life. It hasn’t always meant helping the less fortunate<p>The South’s aversion both to taxes and to mandated government safety net structures had a long, and somewhat surprising, pedigree. In the late eighteenth century, popular radical writers such as …

Why Futurama Was The Greatest Show About The Future Ever Aired

R.I.P. Futurama, we'll miss ya<p>The first time I saw <i>Futurama</i>, the long-running (but off-and-on) animated series from <i>Simpsons</i> creator Matt Groening, I was a kid watching it on summer afternoons at my grandmother's house. I don't think I'd ever laughed that hard--not at its colossally influential older …