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  • Wandering Eye: Under Armour sues Skechers, Google aims to compete with Uber, and more

    Wandering Eye: Under Armour sues Skechers, Google aims to compete with Uber, and more
    Google is planning to compete with Uber, Bloomberg News reported on Feb. 2. The company is invested in Uber but has bigger dreams—Google CEO Larry Page wants to push driverless cars as a way to make "cities operate more efficiently," according to the story. That a person as powerful as Page is working on this problem means that something is likely to happen sooner rather than later, and the story is all about how Uber is worried, but consider: Is "inefficiency" the biggest problem facing cities right now? And is that inefficiency tied so closely to single-occupancy private vehicles that driverless cars are the best and most efficient way forward? How a problem gets defined is the first step before resources can be brought to bear on it. Today, problems are most often defined by very large, for-profit companies, who then move to "solve" (or exploit) them in order to profit further. On the long list of problems besetting cities, where does "inefficiency," as Page defines it, fall? (Edward Ericson Jr.)
  • Cory Doctorow's "Information Doesn't Want To Be Free" presents his most dystopian sci-fi yet and it's nonfiction

    Cory Doctorow's "Information Doesn't Want To Be Free" presents his most dystopian sci-fi yet and it's nonfiction
    In his new book “Information Doesn’t Want to be Free: Laws for the Internet Age,” Cory Doctorow writes that “science fiction writers are terrible at predicting the future.” But, this book, which he will be discussing at Red...

    An attempt to trademark a logo with "hon" and the Oriole "O" creates another hontroversy

    An attempt to trademark a logo with "hon" and the Oriole "O" creates another hontroversy
    When Marco Gentile, the Orioles' vice-president for corporate partnerships, saw a new design for hats and t-shirts being sold in the midst of 2014 pennant fever his response was immediate. "That's not good," said Gentile, a Baltimore native. "That's not...

    "Weird Al" Serenades the Inner Harbor: "Weird Al" Yankovic, Pier Six Pavilion, July 11

    There's many different ways you could look at "Weird Al" Yankovic: a comic genius, an opportunistic hack who got lucky, and all points in between. But if you still harbor an inner 11-year-old who once thought UHF was the greatest movie ever, and wore...

    Mutek: Considerably Human

    To clarify: Mutek is not a giant rave. Yes, there is some bad-ass lighting and visuals, and the dude dancing next to me last night made me want some of that, but, really, the festival is a whole bunch of nerds. Granted, these are quite fashionable nerds--...