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  • Congress should bring copyright law into the 21st century

    Congress should bring copyright law into the 21st century
    Congress updated copyright law in 1998 to address the nation's shift from analog devices and packaged goods — think turntables and vinyl records — to computers and e-commerce. Unfortunately, the law it wrote has proved to be a better fit for a dial-up era dominated by America Online, not broadband and the World Wide Web. The tools the law created to protect songs, movies, pictures and books from piracy have been no match for the rampant global bootlegging that new technologies have unleashed. At the same time, innovative entrepreneurs eager to help consumers create, store or share content online complain that the law left too much uncertainty over whether they could be held liable when their users violate copyrights.
  • BermanBraun becomes Whalerock Industries

    BermanBraun becomes Whalerock Industries
    With one of its two big fish gone, BermanBraun has changed its name to Whalerock Industries. The Santa Monica TV production and digital media company, owned by veteran media executive Lloyd Braun, made the announcement Friday.  Braun's founding...

    Where does WhatsApp acquisition rank in history of tech deals?

    Where does WhatsApp acquisition rank in history of tech deals?
    One day later, Silicon Valley is still trying to pick its collective jaw off the floor following news that Facebook is going to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. Even in a region accustomed to seeing companies pay big bucks for other companies with little...

    Balancing family and work shouldn't be hazardous to your employment

    Balancing family and work shouldn't be hazardous to your employment
    Lately we’ve learned from some very powerful companies that trying to balance family and work can be hazardous to your employment. This month, AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong incited a firestorm when he blamed rising healthcare costs for...

    Comcast taps its ex-SEAL, Neil Smit, to lead bulked-up cable group

    Comcast taps its ex-SEAL, Neil Smit, to lead bulked-up cable group
    Should Comcast Corp.'s $45-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable be approved, the company plans to dispatch its ex-Navy SEAL. Neil Smit, Comcast Cable chief executive and a former Navy SEAL, this week was named Comcast's go-to guy: the executive...