Are Set-Top Boxes Finally Ready For Disruption? (It’s the User Interface, Stupid!)

Are Set-Top Boxes Finally Ready For Disruption? (It’s the User Interface, Stupid!)

One of the most perplexing issues in communications policy — with a convoluted 20-year history — is that of the cable television set-top box. We may finally be on the verge of a new era where the user interface is more important than that archaic box.

Four Reasons Fairsearch Is Wrong

Four Reasons Fairsearch Is Wrong

We’ve been discussing the FTC and EU investigations of Google’s search practices for more than two years. The latest FairSearch contentions represent a transparent attempt to forestall resolution of the European process, moving the goalposts in light of the failure of their dire competitive predictions. It is time for Commissioner Almunia and the EU to close up shop, settle and move on.

A Vietnam of Internet Regulation

A Vietnam of Internet Regulation

No one can say with any seriousness that Google has captured a large share of Web search, and search advertising, with anything other than smarter software writers and more refined product developers. It simply built a better mousetrap. The EU’s challenge is that reality does not support the amorphous and transparently biased charges leveled against Google by rivals who have been unable to top it in the marketplace.

Patent Wars and Blackmail in Silicon Valley

Patent Wars and Blackmail in Silicon Valley

With reality television all the rage, viewers may wonder why there’s been no reality series about the inbred high-tech ecosystem of Silicon Valley. There should be, because the reality of how our technology bastion really competes today — namely by patent litigation and acquisitions — is astonishing.

Search Neutrality: Antitrust As (Bad) Social Policy

Search Neutrality: Antitrust As (Bad) Social Policy

According to the New York Times, Texas attorney general Greg Abbott has launched an antitrust investigation of Google, based on the concept that deviations from “search neutrality” are anticompetitive and unlawful. Texas Attorney General Investigates Google Search | NYTimes.com. The examination involves the fairness of Google search results, a concept called search neutrality. Some companies worry Google […]