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Net neutrality's latest champion: San Francisco mayor Ed Lee

Unlike most of what happens at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C., the raging debate over network neutrality has attracted the attention of businesses and activists nationwide — and now mayors, too.

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The Innovation Act wins startups a battle but loses them the war

There are definitely bad actors in the patent space that are abusing the system, and there are provisions in the Innovation Act that will help deter them. However, the larger issue is how the Innovation Act as a whole will destroy the startup ecosystem.

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The biggest threat to patent reform: The Apple/IBM/Microsoft coalition

There’s a new coalition in D.C., and big players like Apple, DuPont, Ford, GE, IBM, Microsoft, and Pfizer have all signed up. Unfortunately, launched on the day the Senate was supposed to take up the latest effort to reform the patent system, the coalition’s sole purpose appears to be an effort to derail the important strides we’ve made toward fixing the patent troll problem via the proposed Innovation Act legislation.

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Why you nerds should stop hating sports games

Basketball game NBA 2k11 doesn’t start off with a title menu. It throws you straight into the classic 1991 championship game between the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time and the superstar shooting guard of the ’91 Bulls, turns to you and asks if you are ready.