Morning Media Summary


United Nations: Disconnecting People From the Internet Is a Violation of Human Rights:
“The United Nations has declared Internet access a human right, and disconnecting people from it is against international law.”

“CloudFlare: A website security product accidentally makes sites 60% faster:
“I remember sitting in the front row of TechCrunch: Disrupt when CloudFlare was giving its pitch. At the time I commented to some other people around about how the service was answering a lot of questions, but probably wasn’t consumer-focused enough to win the competition. I was right, as Qwiki emerged as the winner but as time has moved on CloudFlare has managed to change the world of websites…and maybe even more than that.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

OPEC Divided as Saudi Pushes For Oil Increase:
“OPEC oil producers on Wednesday were split down the middle on whether or not to back a Saudi-led plan to increase supplies and try to cap inflated world crude prices.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Sports set to clamp down on exotic bets:
“Cricket Australia and other major national sporting bodies are set to follow rugby league’s ban on exotic bets.”

Health / Safety:

E. Coli confirmed in SWVA child that died, possible “outbreak” in NETN under investigation:
“Lab results confirm the presence of E. coli in the child that died this weekend and the presence of the bacteria in a close contact of the child, Virginia Department of Health Public Information Officer Robert Parker said.”

U.S. cancer drug shortage has doctors scrambling:
“Many drugs are scarce because there is no incentive for drugmakers to manufacture low-cost generics, which have slim profit margins for pharmaceutical companies. Doctors do not expect that equation to change any time soon, making them scramble to find acceptable alternatives, or to ration or delay treatment when they cannot.”


Obama Presses Europe, Pledges Help for Greek Crisis:
“President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged European countries and bondholders to prevent a “disastrous” default by Greece and pledged U.S. support to help tackle the country’s debt crisis.”


Airlines aim to take hassle out of security checks:
“Eye scanners and futuristic security tunnels may be standard in airports soon as the airline industry seeks to maintain safety while reducing the hassles of boarding a plane that deter some people from flying.”

NJ court: No Shield law for message boards posters:
“The New Jersey Supreme Court says people posting in online message boards don’t have the same protections for sources as mainstream journalists.”


Hundreds of Kaleida workers joined picket for new deal:
“Hundreds of Kaleida Healthcare workers staged an informational picket Monday outside Buffalo General Hospital.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Can high-speed rail advocates lobby D.C. with public funds?:
“Skeptics question whether the California High-Speed Rail Authority can lobby the federal government with public funds. The answer is: yes and no.