Liz Gannes

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FTC Staff Said to Formally Recommend Google Lawsuit Over Patents

Yet another story out of Washington about the U.S. Federal Trade Commission staff’s inclination to sue Google for antitrust violations came through today — this time focused on patents. The agency is waiting to make its formal recommendation public until at least after the Nov. 6 presidential election, according to Bloomberg. This is separate from the FTC investigation into Google’s allegedly unfair search rankings, though it has also been reported that the FTC is leaning toward bringing a case about conduct against the company before the end of the year.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work