Two Boeing-built P-8A Poseidons — among the Navy’s newest surveillance aircraft — have arrived at Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Katharine Cerezo said.
Okinawa is 260 miles east of the new Air Defense Identification Zone, which was established by China on Nov. 23 around the disputed Senkaku Islands claimed by both Japan and China. The P-8 has a range of 1,200 miles.
Due to time differences, Navy representatives in Japan were unavailable for comment on whether the P-8s will patrol in the China air defense zone. The aircraft arrived in Japan on Sunday.
The P-8s, built on a Boeing 737 commercial airframe, achievedinitial operational capability on Friday, Cerezo said, with two aircraft from Patrol Squadron 16, based at the Jacksonville, Fla., Naval Air Stationdeployed to Okinawa on the same day. Read more...
For parents thinking about getting their child a cell phone for safety, the FiLIPsmartwatch and phone hybrid may stave off that need for a few years.
FiLIP helps parents easily call and keep track of their children. Of course, the watch tells time, but it can also pin down a child's location.
Parents can program up to five numbers into the gadget, which kids can call with the touch of a button. Using the FiLIP app, parents and other pre-authorized adults can track the child's location, make calls, send texts and set "SafeZones," which are virtual radii around a specific destination. Parents select SafeZones based on the location where their child usuallyspends the most time, such as school. FiLIP sends a notification to parents whenever their child leaves or arrives at a SafeZone. Read more...
Apple updated its Reuse and Recycle Program to allow water-damagediPhones to be traded in.
Previously, iPhones that have been damaged by water or other liquids were not accepted in the trade-in program, which Apple launched in the U.S. in August and in the U.K. in October. But as reported by 9to5Mac, which cites Apple retail employees, that is no longer the case as of this week.
Of course, there are still caveats to consider:
This week’s changes to the program … will allow more customers to trade in their devices. However, the company isn’t going to start allowing seriously water-damaged phones for trade-in anytime soon. If there is evidence of liquid under the phone’s display or corrosion in the ports, the phone will still be ineligible for any trade-in value regardless of what the liquid contact indicator looks like. Read more...
When I was a youngish “tech lawyer” in D.C., I discovered that every D.C. lawyer advocating for tech entrepreneurs thought they were full-blown tech lawyers. We were not. We were policy advocates.
I learned this the hard way, perhaps at the expense of my own terribly innovative client. I was a lawyer for a startup that had the potential to dramatically disrupt the telecom sector. My client, Free World Dialup (FWD), was launching a peer-to-peer IP network that would provide for free global voice communications. Sound familiar? That’s because FWD paved the way for another startup — Skype.
But FWD was Skype before Skype was Skype. The difference was that FWD had U.S. attorneys who put the reigns on FWD to seek FCC approvals to launch free of regulatory constraints.
In lightning regulatory speed (18 months), the FCC acknowledged that FWD was not a telecom provider subject to onerous telecom regulations. Sounds like a victory, right? Think again. During the time it took the FCC to greenlight FWD, the foreign founders of Skype proceeded apace with no regard for U.S. regulatory approvals. The result is that Skype had a two-year head start and a growing embedded user base, making it difficult for FWD, constrained by its U.S.-trained attorneys, to compete.
Conversely, every lawyer within the tech centers from Silicon Valley to SiliconAlley thought they were “tech lawyers.” We, too, were not. Frankly, we were largely clueless on the trajectory of evolving policies and politics that would dramatically affect the prospects of our tech clients. When that rare attorney came along who understood the trajectory and implications of tech policy and politics, great ventures were launched.
I point to CMP.ly, a company founded by a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur — and an early client of my students and me — who anticipated where Federal Trade Commission (FTC) disclosure obligations were headed and created a platform to help companies comply with those regulations. CMP.ly is a venture that only a legally-astute and policy-aware entrepreneur could have launched.
I resolved to play a role to ensure that the next generation of tech lawyers was well versed across the spectrum of substantive and procedural issues needed to provide meaningful counsel to their tech entrepreneurial clients. Knowing the intricacies of tech transactions without knowing how policy would affect the venture does a disservice to the client. Advancing policy reform without really understanding the needs of tech startups does a disservice to tech ventures and the future of tech and entrepreneurship.
Eight years ago, I was working with tech-oriented startups and simultaneously teaching telecommunications law as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. Every 22-year old I met had an idea that she thought would become the next Google. None of these upstarts, although often well-educated, had the independent expertise, or the financial resources to hire competent counsel, to turn their ideas into sustainable ventures upon solid legal foundations. Frankly, few NYC-based tech lawyers were even equipped to understand the full ramifications of next-generation startups pushing the limits of law and policy.
At the time, I also observed that many law students were frustrated entrepreneurs themselves. They often went to law school because they didn’t believe they could spend the next three years of their lives mono-maniacally focused on their grand quixotic ventures. So, why not train this next generation of lawyers to think like the next generation of entrepreneurs? This would let them work together to transform legal education and the legal profession while advancing the needs of next generation startups.
This week Brooklyn Law School is launching the Brooklyn Law Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE), what I view as the next phase in the evolution of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic. CUBE will serve as a unified hub for scholarship, practice, education, and events on issues at the intersection of law and entrepreneurship. Among other pursuits, CUBE will embed faculty and students in the outposts of Brooklyn’s startup community. Like anthropologists, we will live among the entrepreneurs, learn to think like the entrepreneurs, learn to better enable entrepreneurs, and, perhaps, even become entrepreneurs ourselves.
Jonathan Askin founded the BLIP Clinic when he joined Brooklyn Law School in 2008, bringing more than a decade of experience in the communications industry from both the public and private sectors. He has provided legal and policy counsel and strategic advice for companies that build and develop communications networks and Internet applications, as well as for other technology-oriented enterprises and startups. A sought-after expert in the field of Internet law, he played a key role in the tech task force of President Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign. He has also served as president and general counsel for the Association for Local Telecommunications Services and was a senior attorney at the Federal Communications Commission. He is actively involved in developing Brooklyn as the 21st century “Silicon Alley.”
On arrival in France at Lyon’s Saint Exupéry Airport, you wouldn't picture the Alps city of Grenoble as a major French tech hub or a challenger to Paris.
The taxi driver tells me the city is more than 60 miles away. The journey will take more than an hour. Compare that to the 30 minute-drive from San Francisco airport to Silicon Valley. Grenoble already broke a cardinal tech cluster rule: easy transportation links to the rest of the world
But there’s something about the wry grin and sparkling eyes of the driver that disarms me. It’s as if he's saying, "Don't worry about it. You have something to look forward to." Read more...
The Internet Association is a fairly new trade association for tech companies, with members such as Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga. Formed about a year ago to represent the interests of the tech community, the firm has mostly focused on big-picture issues of legislation, backing this or that bill or broadly backing things like stronger privacy protection.
But this is one of the first cases of The Internet Association stepping in to a fight regarding one of its particular member organizations. By filing an amicus brief, it's like the full weight of the tech world is siding with Airbnb in this local fight.
In the brief, The Internet Association states that the New York Attorney General exceeded the limits of its power by requesting information on all of Airbnb's hosts in New York “without any explanation as to whether or how any of those hosts may have violated any law.”
Not surprisingly, this is the same argument that Airbnb used when it first publicly came out against the NY Attorney General's demands. But as the brief states, this type of “fishing expedition,” if upheld, has broader implications for the tech industry as a whole.
The association argues that should a court require Airbnb to comply with the NYAG's demands, it would set a “dangerous and harmful precedent” whereby local governments could request large swaths of information about users without showing any proof of wrongdoing.
As a company name, HTC looks like a vague acronym. That's because it is. The company beganlife as High-Tech Computer Corporation in 1997. But, taking a leaf from the 'KFC - KentuckyFried Chicken' school of thought, the company rebranded as HTC in 2008. Now, the company is renowned for its smartphones. In 2012, More Info »
Think the current pace of digital business is fast and furious? According to a new Forresterreport on the top technology trends, you should hold onto your virtual hat. The future is real-time, agile, elastic, engaged — and accelerating the blending of digital and physical businesses.