Morning Media Summary


A Bull Market in Tech Patents:
“Google was willing on Monday to pay $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility in no small part because of its stockpile of 17,000 patents. The patent portfolio, some analysts estimate, could represent more than half of the value of the deal, or more than $400,000 a patent.”

IE 9 best option against Web-based malware attacks:
“This claim was made by NSS Labs in the recently released results of a test conducted globally from May 27 through June 10 of the current year, which saw five of the most popular Web browsers pitted against each other.”

Men jailed for inciting riots on Facebook:
“Two men who attempted to use social networking site Facebook to incite riots during last week’s unprecedented civil disorder in Britain were on Tuesday both jailed for four years, police said.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Seattle’s ‘green jobs’ program a bust:
“Last year, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city had won a coveted $20 million federal grant to invest in weatherization. The unglamorous work of insulating crawl spaces and attics had emerged as a silver bullet in a bleak economy – able to create jobs and shrink carbon footprint – and the announcement came with great fanfare.”

Insurance / Gambling:

Internet poker battle waged in Sacramento:
“A group of casino operators has taken to radio and television with ads urging state lawmakers to legalize Internet poker in California, prompting opponents to step up pressure for legislators to table the proposal for the year.”

Health / Safety:

Schools Restore Fresh Cooking to the Cafeteria:
“The idea of making school lunches better and healthier has gathered steam in many parts of the nation in recent years, but not equally for every child. Schools with money and involved parents concerned about obesity and nutrition charged ahead, while poor and struggling districts, overwhelmed by hard times, mostly did not.”


Take this job data and shove it: Candidates spar over job-growth numbers:
“Jobs, jobs, jobs. Every GOP candidate for president is running on his record, and his promise to create jobs.”

Obama Ag Secretary Vilsack: Food Stamps Are A “Stimulus”:
“Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: “Well, obviously, it’s putting people to work. Which is why we’re going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we’re going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that’s never happened in this country — something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the foot stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It’s the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.””


Judicial Watch sues NLRB for Boeing lawsuit documents:
“Government watchdog group Judicial Watch announced Tuesday it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to obtain records dealing with the board’s lawsuit against Boeing for opening a non-union plant in South Carolina.”


City workers union backs Yee – and Avalos:
“The press release I got from Leland Yee’s campaign made it sound as if Yee had won a major victory over progressive supervisor John Avalos:”

Developing: Ohio Business Owner Shot For Being Non-Union, Police Investigating:
“This is a developing story as police are still investigating the shooting of a non-union business owner, John King, by what appears to be a union assailant.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

Transit agency head defends cell service shut-off:
“The idea to cut wireless communications to quell a brewing protest – a tactic that has put San Francisco’s subway system in the middle of a global free speech debate – first came to the agency’s chief spokesman in the middle of the night.”