Consumers Agreeing to Outrageous Things

Does Anybody Read Terms and Conditions?

Time and again, someone pulls a prank getting consumers to agree to outrageous things that are included in the terms and conditions and without fail consumers rush to claim the benefit without reading the terms. 2010 – Gamestation In 2010, UK video game e-tailer Gamestation changed its terms and conditions to add the language below as…

The Dumbest Things Said About the Internet

Last week, long-serving Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner sought to defend his vote repealing FCC internet privacy rules, by telling constituents that they don’t have to use the internet if they don’t like it.  In doing so, the former House Judiciary Committee Chairman evoked memories of the late-Senator Ted Stevens and joined him and some others…

14-May-1888: A Geek Star is Born

Tesla Speaks to the IAEE On this day in 1888, Serbian-Ameircan Nkola Tesla presented his inventions in his first lecture on “A new system of motors and transformers of alternate currents” to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE). Immediately after that lecture, the Westinghouse Co. bought his 40 patents on polyphase currents. In Pittsburgh…

Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees

Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees JUNE 26, 2013 INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS, ACTIVISTS, AND ENTREPRENEURS CHANGED HISTORY THROUGH VISION AND DETERMINATION Ceremony to be Held 3 August in Berlin, Germany   [Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland — 26 June 2013]  The Internet Society today announced the names of the 32 individuals who have been selected…

How anyone can be a sports announcer with YouCommentate

How anyone can be a sports announcer with YouCommentate (via Pando Daily) By Kym McNicholas On April 29, 2013I grew up in a family of football fans. How could you not be a football fan though, growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 90s with the five-time Super Bowl Champion 49ers and…

Ted’s Tubes: E-Commerce Trillions, Amazon Tax Update and Google, Twitter Transparency

Global E-Commerce Sales Surpasses $1 Trillion A report by eMarketer states that global e-commerce sales have surpassed $1 trillion for the first time in 2012.  Total sales will reach $1.3 trillion in 2013 led by the big four – United States ($385B); China ($181B); United Kingdom ($142B) and Japan ($140B).   China’s market has tripled…

President Obama: No Death Star, But the Force is With Us

OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE RESPONSE TO Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016. This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For By Paul Shawcross The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:…

Ted’s Tubes: Backpage Backlash, Broadband Speed and The Million Dollar Free Movie

Village Voice Media Under Increased Pressure to Drop Backpage Sex Ads Two years ago State Attorney Generals pressured Craigslist to drop adult oriented advertisements which reportedly generated approximately $36 million in revenue annually for the online classified giant.  The advertisements and pressure have now migrated to Village Voice’s Backpage.com.   H&M, Pfitzer Pharmaceutical, IKEA, Barnes and…

Ted’s Tubes: ICANN, Online Dating, Passwords and Cyber-Censorship

 Commerce Department Rejects ICANN Bid for Long-Term Contract The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which has managed internet domains since 1998 under contract with the U.S. Department of Commerce has failed in its bid to win a long-term extension but instead won only a six-month reprieve as DOC announced it had “received…