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Are Book Publishers Useless?

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Have digital books rendered the publishing houses obsolete?

Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

Baseball And Cash

All of the major sports leagues are trying to stop New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling. They should not be allowed to succeed.

U.S. To Route All Travelers From Ebola Stricken Nations To Specific Airports

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A new regulation will require all persons arriving in the U.S. from the nations western Africa dealing with the Ebola crisis, either directly or indirectly, to come through one of five airports: WASHINGTON — Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter the country through one of five airports […]

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

Ebola Travel Ban Protester

A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

CBS Announces Streaming Service, And Cutting The Cord Starts To Become Easier

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One day after HBO, CBS announces its own streaming service. And the future approaches just a little bit faster.

Lockheed Martin Says It Made A Breakthrough On Nuclear Fusion

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion (CF) experiment are critical to plasma containment, as pictured in this undated handout photo

Lockheed Martin says that it has made a promising breakthrough that could lead to the development of reactors based on nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the Sun: (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first […]

HBO To Launch Stand-Alone Streaming Service In 2015

HBO Go

The start of a trend? Probably.

Sandwich Shop Workers Forced To Sign Non-Compete Agreements

Jimmy Johns

A national sandwich chain makes its employees sign a very restrictive covenant not to compete. It’s probably not enforceable.

Why Top Students Are Being Rejected by In-State Colleges

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Their places are being filled by students who pay higher tuition rates.

Is Amazon a Monopoly?

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Frank Foer proclaims, “Amazon Must Be Stopped. It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy.”

NBC Courted Jon Stewart For Meet The Press

Jon Stewart

A desperation move by NBC News?

U.S. To Begin Ebola Screenings For Travelers From West Africa

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Starting as early as this weekend, the U.S. will be screening arriving passengers from West Africa for signs of the Ebola virus: ATLANTA — Federal officials said Wednesday that they would begin temperature screenings of passengers arriving from West Africa at five American airports, beginning with Kennedy International in New York as early as this […]

Farewell To Lotus 1-2-3

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The program that helped bring IBM PC’s into offices across America will soon be no more: Thirty-one years is a good run for any product and that is how long we have lived with the spreadsheet that defined the PC generation, Lotus 1-2-3. Earlier this week IBM Lotus 1-2-3. Millennium Edition, IBM Lotus SmartSuite 9.x, […]

Google Being Targeted Over Leaked Celebrity Nude Photos

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Attorneys for celebrities caught up in the leak of nude photographs are targeting Google.

Why Costco Gives Free Samples

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People possess a strong reciprocity instinct and are much more likely to purchase a product if they’ve taken a free sample.

Today Was The First Saturday Without Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday Morning Cartoons

The end of an era.

Amazon Employees Demand Pay for Waiting in Line

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Amazon warehouse workers want to be paid for time going through security checks to leave work.

Common Sense On The N.F.L.’s Tax Exempt Status

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The idea that the N.F.L. “doesn’t pay taxes” is largely false.

September Jobs Report Bounces Back From August Doldrums

Now Hiring Sign

After a disappointing August, the jobs report for September showed the same good numbers we’ve seen for much of 2014.

Banning Air Travel Is The Wrong Response To The Ebola Outbreak

Ebola Virus

Closing down international air travel won’t stop Ebola from becoming a bigger public health threat.

F.C.C. Set To Ban The Word “Redskins” From The Airwaves?

Washington-Redskins

The F.C.C. will be considering a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

F.C.C. Eliminates Sports Blackout Rule Over N.F.L Objections

Television Sports Remote

A long standing rule is finally repealed, but it’s not likely to change your viewing choices.

Mind-Blowing Maps

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Trending on Twitter this morning is a collection of infographics compiled by Ezra Klein under the heading “22 maps and charts that will surprise you.”

Law Enforcement Claims New Apple And Google Encryption Policies Will Hurt Investigations

Smartphones

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are pushing back against Apple and Google’s efforts to provide greater privacy to users.. They’re wrong.

Economy Grew At 4.6% In Second Quarter

Economy Heartbeat

A strong rebound for the economy from the downturn at the start of the year.

Who’s Going To Pay For The President’s War Against ISIS?

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As we head into a new conflict, perhaps we ought to give more thought to fiscal issues than the President is to overall strategy.

Fixing Comments Sections with Financial Incentives

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Jess Zimmerman offers “An ingenious way to save the comments section,” if she does say so herself.

Apple Sells 10 Million iPhones In Three Days

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Apple sold ten million new iPhones in three days: Early sales of Apple’s new iPhones have lived up to high expectations. The company on Monday said it sold more than 10 million of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the first three days they were available in stores. That is higher than the […]

Apple Strikes A Blow For Privacy

iPhone 6 launch

A recent change by Apple is good news for advocates of privacy and civil liberties in the Internet Age.

Compact Discs Still Rule The Japanese Music Business

Compact Discs

A nation known for adopting new technology is behind the rest of the world in one interesting way.

Chinese Airlines Rebrand ‘First Class’ as ‘Business Class’

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A scandal erupted when the Chinese people learned their leaders were flying first class and staying in five-star hotels. Problem solved!

August Jobs Report Disappoints

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After several months of good news, the August Jobs Report was quite a disappointment.

Maryland Teacher Arrested For Writing Story About A Shooting 900 Years In The Future

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A teacher in Maryland finds himself suspended and the subject of  a police investigation because of a science fiction story he wrote that includes a shooting at a school in the 31st Century: He’s a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of […]

Hollywood Has Worst Summer In 17 Years

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The summer of 2014 was the worst Hollywood has seen since Bill Clinton was President. It’s pretty easy to figure out why.

UK Poorer Than All US States Except Mississippi

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Alabamians like to exclaim, “Thank God for Mississippi.” Perhaps it’s time for that slogan to cross the Pond.

Burger King Should Not Be Condemned If It Moves To Canada For Tax Purposes

Burger King

The announcement of a potential merger between Burger King and Tim Horton’s has led to much moral preening from the usual suspects.

Russia Imposes Sanctions Of Its Own

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In response to the multiple rounds of sanctions that the West has imposed in response to Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Russia has banned the importation of a broad range of Western food and agricultural products: MOSCOW — Russia announced on Thursday that it was banning the import of a wide range of […]

The Things One Learns (Austrian Economic and Praxeology Edition)

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Fun with praxeology.

July Jobs Report Not A Home Run, But Still Pretty Good

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While not as big as previous months, the July Jobs Report was still mostly good news.

Debt Default In Argentina

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To our south, the nation of Argentina has just defaulted on billions of dollars in loans thanks largely to a dispute with at U.S. hedge fund: The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul E. Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, into a position where it […]

Economy Bounces Back From The Polar Vortex Slowdown

Economy Heartbeat

A much better Second Quarter.

New Sanctions Announced Against Russia, But It’s Unclear Russia Will Care

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The U.S. and Europe have announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but it’s not clear that the Russians will be motivated to change course.

Chamber Of Commerce To Endorse Mary Landrieu In Louisiana Senate Race?

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been at the center of many of the “Establishment v. Tea Party” battles that we’ve seen during the 2014 primary season, generally backing incumbents and candidates closer to the traditional idea of Republican conservatism over candidates supported by Tea Party groups and national organizations such as FreedomWorks. The Chamber […]

The Solar Storm That Nearly Destroyed Civilization As We Know It

July 2012 Coronal Mass Ejection

Just about two years ago, we dodged a bullet. We might not be so lucky next time.

Dad Tweets About Rude Gate Agent, Family Booted From Plane as Security Threat

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Ticket collectors at Southwest Airlines are our first line of defense.

F.A.A. Halts Flights From U.S. To Israel For 24 Hours

US Israel Flags

The Federal Aviation Administration has halted all flights from the U.S. to Israel for 24 hours in response to a rocket attack near Ben Gurion Airport: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and after the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers […]

Why Were Commercial Jets Flying Over Eastern Ukraine To Begin With?

Ukraine Airspace After MH17

Basically, the answer is that nobody really thought there was much of a risk that a plane could be shot down.

Rupert Murdoch Rebuffed In Initial Bid To Buy Time Warner, But It’s Not Over Yet

Time Warner

Big news, and potentially a big merger, in the entertainment industry.

There Is No Such Thing as Europe

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The English-speaking and Scandinavian countries are very different.

Implementation Of Europe’s ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ About As Absurd As You’d Expect

Google Privacy

Judging by the early results, the so-called “Right To Be Forgotten” recently created by Europe’s highest court is creating more problems than it will solve.

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