Patent Legislation: How Will We Know When We Get it Right?


Each bill demonstrates the complexity and enormity of patent reform and reinforces the lack of a simple solution.

As a result, we are likely to see more attempts at patent reform. But how will we know when we get it right?

Source: Patent Legislation: How Will We Know When We Get it Right?

Chernobyl proves that humans are a bigger threat to wildlife than even nuclear accidents | Quartz


According to a recent study, the animals not only survived but are currently thriving in the abandoned area.

Source: Chernobyl proves that humans are a bigger threat to wildlife than even nuclear accidents – Quartz

Linux kernel dev Sarah Sharp quits, citing ‘brutal’ communications style | Network World


A prominent Linux kernel developer announced today (Oct 5) in a blog post that she would step down from her direct work in the kernel community, saying that the community values blunt honesty, often containing profane and personal attacks above “basic human decency.”

Source: Linux kernel dev Sarah Sharp quits, citing ‘brutal’ communications style | Network World

HP goes after Cisco, Arista with open source OS | Network World


HP is spearheading multivendor development of an open source network operating system for data centers in an effort to address scale, dynamic operation and vendor independence

Source: HP goes after Cisco, Arista with open source OS | Network World

Templeton Betting on ‘Multi-Decade’ Emerging-Market Opportunity | Bloomberg Business


“On a valuation basis, this is not a once-a-decade, this is a multi-decade opportunity to be buying very cheap assets,” Michael Hasenstab, who oversees 30 funds with $143 billion in assets, said in an interview posted on YouTube Monday (Oct 5).

Source: Templeton Betting on `Multi-Decade’ Emerging-Market Opportunity – Bloomberg Business

How the Fed saved the economy | Brookings Institution


To begin, it’s essential to be clear on what monetary policy can and cannot achieve. Fed critics sometimes argue that you can’t “print your way to prosperity,” and I agree, at least on one level.

The Fed has little or no control over long-term economic fundamentals—the skills of the workforce, the energy and vision of entrepreneurs, and the pace at which new technologies are developed and adapted for commercial use.

Source: How the Fed saved the economy | Brookings Institution

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Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes | Reuters


Fortune 500 companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid taxes, with just 30 of the firms accounting for $1.4 trillion of that amount, or 65 percent

Source: Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes: study | Reuters

2,000% Drug Price Surge Is a Side Effect of FDA Safety Program | Bloomberg Business


A price survey of more than 21,000 generic drugs for Bloomberg News by DRX, a unit of Connecture Inc. that tracks drug prices, found that more than 3,500 have doubled or more since late 2007, ranging from basic chemotherapy medicines to old antibiotics.

“We’re not paying for innovation, we’re not paying for fewer side effects, and we’re not paying for better care,” John Lewin, director of the critical care and surgical pharmacy at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said. “We’re paying for somebody’s business model to make a profit.”

Source: 2,000% Drug Price Surge Is a Side Effect of FDA Safety Program – Bloomberg Business

Yale Endowment Model Thrives as Swensen, Proteges Post Top Gains | Bloomberg Business


The endowment model came under scrutiny when schools including Yale and Harvard posted losses of more than 20 percent for the year ended June 2009.

In the years after, wealthier schools often struggled to stand out from institutions with smaller, less sophisticated endowments as publicly-traded domestic stocks rebounded, often beating alternative investments

Source: Yale Endowment Model Thrives as Swensen, Proteges Post Top Gains – Bloomberg Business

TPP Trade Deal: Who Stands to Gain, Suffer in Asia-Pacific | Bloomberg Business


The deal sealed Monday (Oct 5) in Atlanta came after more than five years of negotiations between the TPP nations — the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The agreement must still be ratified by lawmakers in the TPP nations before it can take effect and President Barack Obama is likely to face a fight to secure passage by the U.S. Congress.

Source: TPP Trade Deal: Who Stands to Gain, Suffer in Asia-Pacific – Bloomberg Business

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