Morning Media Summary


Google Holds Honeycomb Tight:
“Open-source purists often contend that projects should be developed from the ground up, in front of the public, with people free to pick and choose the code they want, when they want it. This is the model Intel (INTC) has backed with its open-source rival to Android, called MeeGo.”

Nortel, in bankruptcy, sells IPv4 address block for $7.5 million:

“Wake up call for our friends in the Regional Internet Registries. Nortel, the Canadian telecommunications equipment manufacturer that filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009, has succeeded in making its legacy IPv4 address block an asset that can be sold to generate money for its creditors. The March 23 edition of the Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Report has reported that Nortel’s block of 666,624 IPv4’s was sold for $7.5 million – a price of $11.25 per IP address. The buyer of the addresses was Microsoft. More information is in its filing in a Delware bankruptcy court. Now the interesting question becomes, does the price of IPv4s go up or down from here? As the realities of dual stack sink in, I’m betting…up.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Some Radiation-Tracking Air Monitors May Not Be Working Properly, EPA Says:
“Eight of 18 air monitors in California, Oregon and Washington state that track radiation from Japan’s nuclear reactors are “undergoing quality review,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Casio decisions left up to voters:
“Maine may have a new governor and the first Republican-controlled Legislature in decades, but little has changed when it comes to setting policy on gambling.”

Health / Safety:

Global food scare widens from Japan nuclear plant:
“Countries across the world shunned Japanese food imports Thursday as radioactive steam leaked from a disaster-struck nuclear plant, straining nerves in Tokyo.”

UPDATE: Hazelwood Crackdown on Girl Scout Cookies:
“The city of Hazelwood says they do support the Girl Scouts but not when they are violating the home occupancy code.”


US Finances Rank Near Worst in the World: Study:
“The US ranks near the bottom of developed global economies in terms of financial stability and will stay there unless it addresses its burgeoning debt problems, a new study has found.”

Suttle unrolls toilet paper tax:
“Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.”

CBO: Taxing mileage a ‘practical option’ for revenue enhancement:
“The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released a report that said taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance at a time when federal funds are short.”


Rights Are Curtailed for Terror Suspects:
“New rules allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades.”


SEIU seriously weakened by budget-repair law:
“The new state budget-repair law, which removed most of the collective bargaining ability of public workers, contains two provisions that weaken one of the country’s most politically active unions: the Service Employees International Union.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Colebrookdale to cite man for burial of his son:
“Colebrookdale Township commissioners have agreed to issue a zoning citation against a resident who had his infant son buried by the family home.”

Is High Speed Rail Plan Dead?:
“For years the talk of high-speed rail in this community has been led by some local leaders who have enthusiastically fought for federal funds to begin work on the project. The idea is to link Upstate New York with New York City and cities from Boston to Canada. It’s now an idea that may be derailed.”