Morning Media Summary


Drug companies lose protections on Facebook, some decide to close pages:
“Facebook and the pharmaceutical industry have had an uneasy partnership in recent years. Many drug companies didn’t join the site until Facebook gave them a privilege that others do not have — blocking the public’s ability to openly comment on a page Wall.”

Google to Buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion:
“Google announced on Monday that it would acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings, the cellphone business that was split from Motorola, for $40 a share in cash, or $12.5 billion.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Forest: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t:
“A new study shows that as climate change enhances tree growth in tropical forests, the resulting increase in litterfall could stimulate soil micro-organisms leading to a release of stored soil carbon.”

EPA-Backed Study: Products Containing BPA Harmless:
“The US Environmental Protection Agency officially backed a study last week underscores what scientists around the world have been saying for years: BPA is not a significant public health risk.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Call for Change to US gambling laws:
“Caesars Entertainment, one of the world’s largest casino groups, is stepping up a lobbying campaign aimed at legalising online poker to fix a “bizarre” regulatory framework that allows US-based gamblers to play yet bars US companies from operating the games.”

Health / Safety:

FookPolitik: iPhones and Phonies:
“It’s common knowledge that there are minuscule amounts of mercury in fish. But it’s a fundamental rule of toxicology that the dose makes the poison. After all, drinking too much water can kill you.”


4-Italy delivers tough austerity measures:
“Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced a painful mix of tax increases and spending cuts on Friday to meet European Central Bank demands for action on shoring up Italy’s strained public finances.”


Prison Legal News sues to get into Michigan Jail:
“A monthly journal about prisons is being locked out of the Livingston County jail.”


APNewsBreak: Some Unions to Skip 2012 convention:
“About a dozen trade unions plan to sit out the 2012 Democratic convention because they’re angry that it’s being held in a right-to-work state and frustrated that Democrats haven’t done enough to create jobs.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Putting brakes on bullet trains:
“CHINA’s Beijing-Shanghai high-speed rail line was designed for speeds of 350km/h, but after last month’s deadly crash, warnings of a design defect and a train recall, that speed is too fast for passenger Qi Dezhou.”