Sufficiently confused? Decidedly undecided? You are not alone. TCO opined a few months ago—tentatively—that the merger is a good thing for consumers, but the Justice Department disagrees.
The European Commission’s Vice-President for a Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes earlier this week indicated that the EC is aiming for a 2012 Cloud strategy that reflects the EU focus on human rights. She has recruited former federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to be an adviser in the creation of the strategy. Full Story
When the House of Representatives returns from its August recess it plans to take up a number of bills designed to repeal various labor- and employment-related regulations and agency actions. According to a memorandum issued by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), their regulatory relief agenda will include repeal of specific regulations, as well as fundamental and structural reform of the rule-making system. Full Story
In retrospect, it’s obvious: battering your brain and sustaining concussions on a regular basis as part of your job can have severe long-term consequences. I remember back when I played football in school that there was already a long-standing debate over the apparent safety of big, heavy helmets with wire face masks. At first blush, it seemed the answer to the broken noses, broken jaws, and facial and head laceration that had long plagued football was to use modern plastic injection-molding techniques and build bigger helmets with bigger face masks. More padding is safer than less padding, right? Full Story
In the latest example of the SEC’s use of its compensation clawback authority under Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the SEC reached a settlement with the former CFO of Beazer Homes to return more than $1.4 million in bonus compensation he earned during a period when the company was committing accounting fraud. As is contemplated under Section 304, the former CFO, James O’Leary, was obligated to return the bonus compensation even though he was himself not charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the accounting fraud. The SEC’s August 30, 2011 press release about the settlement can be found here. Full Story
The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan’s top industrial research organization, is planning to adopt three main strategies to assist smartphone maker HTC Corp and other Taiwanese IT firms in defending themselves in international patent lawsuits. Full Story