Morning Media Summary


Hacker Cops Felony Pleas In “Brute Force” AT&T iPad Attack:
“A California man today pleaded guilty to federal charges for participating in a “brute force” hack on AT&T that yielded the personal data of 120,000 iPad owners.”

Twitter plans bolder advertisements:
“Twitter is looking at introducing advertisements among the short messages that users see in the most active part of the social networking service, according to people with direct knowledge of its plans.”

Feds to Launch Probe of Google:
“Federal regulators are poised to hit Google Inc. with subpoenas, launching a broad, formal investigation into whether the Internet giant has abused its dominance in Web-search advertising, people familiar with the matter said.”

Hacker Group Posts Arizona Police Documents:
“A group of hackers that has claimed attacks on websites run by the U.S. Senate and the Central Intelligence Agency posted a cache of documents from Arizona police, calling it a protest against a controversial state law.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

‘Cars 2’: Big Oil Is The Bad Guy, Says Director John Lasseter:

“Could an animated film about cars become Big Oil’s next nemesis?”

Super! Obama to release part of strategic oil reserves:
“While everyone is briefly fixated on foreign policy questions following the president’s speech on Afghanistan, the White House quietly let slip that it was taking some action on the energy policy front. What’s that you say? Are they issuing new permits or easing EPA restrictions on exploration? No, no, silly rabbit. The president is going to dump off some of the strategic petroleum reserve.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Polish President Signs Online Poker Ban:
“Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski signed a bill into law that would ban online poker in Poland. According to a report at Card Player Europe, the law would take effect later this summer.”

Health / Safety:

Nevada Passes Law Authorizing Driverless Cars:
“The State of Nevada just passed Assembly Bill No. 511 which, among other things, authorizes the Department of Transportation to develop rules and regulations governing the use of driverless cars, such as Google’s concept car, on its roads.”


Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’:
“Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama”

Tax Dispute Stalls Debt Talks:
“The drive for a major deficit-reduction deal entered a new phase Thursday when Republican negotiators pulled out of bipartisan talks, leaving it to President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to resolve the toughest issues.”


Google’s Page, Schmidt May Be Subpoenaed by Senate Antitrust Probers:
“Google Inc. (GOOG)’s reluctance to provide a top executive for testimony to a Senate panel probing its market power has prompted threats of subpoenas for Chief Executive Officer Larry Page and Chairman Eric Schmidt.”


Tentative agreement reached between Gov. Tom Corbett’s negotiators and the Service Employees International Union Local 668:
“It took four days of hard bargaining to do it, but representatives from the Service Employees International Union Local 668 announced they have reached a tentative agreement with Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Only 34% support high speed rail link according to new poll:
“A major new YouGov/TaxPayers’ Alliance poll of 2,732 British adults reveals that the public support billions in spending cuts to foreign aid, high speed rail, trade union funding and a Green Investment bank.”