Ep. 102 – Regulatory Capture



This week the guys are all back & talking tech. Companies are being sneaky, trying to get around Amazon’s ban of paid-for-reviews (as Jacob experiences first hand). Samsung still hasn’t said why the Note 7 was bursting into flames.  It the brand too tarnished at this point to salvage?  Should they just rebrand the Note 8 next year; will they?  And if they do, what do they call it?

Not to keep kicking Samsung while they’re down; but this week they used the DMCA to try to demand that a mod for Grant Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) be removed which featured Samsung’s Note 7 as a sticky bomb.  In the end the modder was victorious and it’s like a Streisand effect moment for Samsung (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect).

AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to a merger that will see AT&T paying a whopping $85.4 billion for Time Warner. It still has a lot of regulatory approval hoops to jump through before it’s a sure thing. Should regulators allow a deal of this magnitude to go through? And where will AT&T get the cash for the half-stock-half-cash deal?  They don’t have nearly that much cash-on-hand and will have to leverage a load of debt to make the deal work.

The Google Pixel XL gets the iFixit teardown treatment. If you’re a fan of electronic innards on display, head over to iFixit to check out the carnage! https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Google+Pixel+XL+Teardown/71237

What we love

Jacob loves the iOS app Really Bad Chess: http://reallybadchess.com/

Todd loves the free speech/First Amendement blog Popehat and highly recommend checking out “The Tale of Sigmund And The Skunk” https://popehat.com/2011/08/04/the-tale-of-sigmund-and-the-skunk/

Jeff loves the FOX network adaption of Lethal Weapon: http://www.fox.com/lethal-weapon


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