Morning Media Summary


Red Hat CEO hates patent trolls, but says sometimes you just have to pay up:
“With Red Hat on the verge of becoming the first billion-dollar company focused exclusively on open source software, it has attracted quite a bit of attention — from lawyers waving patents.”

New FCC seal gets wires crossed:
“A recent update to the Federal Communications Commission seal has resulted in a somewhat embarrassing problem for an organization staffed with technology experts and engineers.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

GE’s Immelt wishes he had soft-pedaled green talk:
“The head of the largest U.S. conglomerate, who in January was named a top adviser on job creation to U.S. President Barack Obama, said on Tuesday that GE’s focus on the environmentally friendly aspects of its wind turbines and high-efficiency appliances might have led his critics to believe he was more interested in saving the planet than growing the company.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Are sweepstakes cafes legal? So far, yes:
“It’s just after 10 a.m. and Angel Nicolodi has just opened her cyber café in Valrico. Fifty plush chairs sit empty in front of fifty computer consoles, waiting for customers to come in and try their luck at a variety of online sweepstakes games.”

Health / Safety:

Kraft set to raise food prices again this year:

“The company, which as well as Kraft and Philadelphia cheese products makes Oreo cookies and Dentyne chewing gum, made a first quarter profit of $799m (£488m).”


U.S. Payrolls Increased 244,000 in April; Unemployment at 9%:
“The U.S. economy added more jobs than forecast in April, easing concern that higher fuel prices are slowing the economic recovery.”


Dershowitz: We need to see the Bin Laden photos to be sure of how he died:
“Update: And so we come almost full circle to the original WH account. According to Fox News, Bin Laden didn’t use his wife as a human shield, he just sort of … shoved her in front of him:”


Former Mayor Tom Leppert pursued and got union endorsement, SEIU says:
“Below, you will find newsletters featuring him and a letter he signed asking for support for “meet and confer” that requires city management to sit down with employee associations to discuss work conditions but doesn’t bind management in the way collective bargaining would.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Illinois gets $186 million for high speed rail:
“The high speed rail effort between Chicago and St. Louis is getting a $186 million boost from the U.S. Depart