An interview with the 11 year old girl, Madison Root, who was barred from selling mistletoe in Portland, Oregon, but was told that she was allowed to beg. The future is looking bright.
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SpaceX successfully launched a commercial satellite to geostationary orbit for a dramatically lower price than the international competition. This was part of the point of having a private space industry, after all, but it’s great to see it get real.
Blue Origin has successfully tested their new, American-made rocket engine.
Perhaps the biggest discovery in 50 years, in Australia, on top of the ridiculous amounts of oil now known to exist in the United States.
But also not trademark infringement, in my decidedly “I am not a lawyer” opinion.
How to create a meaningful one. This hits home for me, given my experience starting a business with partners in 1996 in a far too casual fashion.
I was intrigued by this news about Shoney’s reviving. I hadn’t heard the name in years, which itself is telling, if not as much as it would be if they existed in New England.
I first heard of Shoney’s from the CPA I worked for in 1985. He had a place in Florida and went there for an extended time twice each year, after tax season ended, and then in October. He just loved Shoney’s, and had been investing a lot of money in their stock. The very next year, I stayed in Florida for six weeks, so I went to Shoney’s once or twice. One in Raleigh, NC was my first exposure to a breakfast buffet. Yum.
That’s the bottom line of asking an actual expert in the Beastie Boys versus Goldieblox kerfuffle. I sympathize more with the band than I did originally, given their express decision never to allow a song to be used in a commercial. However, that apparently doesn’t apply to parody, with control limited to use of the actual song in a way that would be compensated, commercial use.
If it’s any consolation, people like me who’d never heard a Beastie Boys song and were barely aware a band by that name ever existed are far more aware of them than before.
I saw the news yesterday about Katie Couric moving to Yahoo, of all things, and was intrigued. I thought it was clever and had potential as a business move for the news aspect of Yahoo. I’d love to see Yahoo succeed, for the sake of worthy competition among internet giants with overlapping business models or target audiences.
My thought was that, as a relatively washed-up talk/news personality from the TV world, but one with huge name recognition, it was a clever, novel, unexpected, and big fish/small pond move for Couric. One that was worth taking what I assumed would be a significant pay cut. Conversely, it brought that sort of name recognition and star power to the unexpected venue of Yahoo. This could only boost Yahoo’s work in becoming more about content and less about traditional features such as search, even mail.
As always, in time we will know how it works out.