Morning Media Summary


Verizon Video launches. Bandwidth capped buyers beware:
“Yesterday Verizon rolled out an updated version of its V Cast app, rebranding it to Verizon Video. This is more than just an app update though; the service itself seems to have been rebooted.”

Global Warming / Environment / Energy:

Hurricane Irene strengthens to Category 3 storm: NHC:
“At 8 a.m. EDT, Irene was located about 55 miles southeast of Acklins island, Bahamas, and about 335 miles southeast of Nassau and was packing maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour (185 km/h).”

Insurance / Gambling:

California USA Celebrity Cassavetes Challenges Poker Laws:
“For those avid fans of online poker and even those who just like to watch the spectacle, poker is a major entertainment entity. When it comes to entertainment one must admit the American culture is alive and well and poker and gambling has been a big part of it. Say what you want, parts of America can be a paradise for gambling and great entertainment possibilities.”

Health / Safety:

Amtrak passengers warned about measles:
“Maryland health officials are warning passengers who took an Amtrak train from Boston to Virginia last week that they might have been exposed to measles from an infected passenger. Northeast Regional train #171 departed Boston last Wednesday at 8:15 a.m., with stops in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., before reaching Lynchburg, Va., about 8:30 p.m.”


Obama administration added $9.5 billion in new regulations last month:
“While Congress was focused on increasing the debt limit and giving Americans the impression that they were actually working towards reducing our debt (which didn’t happen), President Obama and his administration quietly piled on $9.5 billion worth of regulations to job creators…in just one month!”


Exclusive: Privacy lawsuit target comScore:
“The proposed class action lawsuit, filed on behalf of two plaintiffs who downloaded comScore software, also says comScore scans all files on users’ personal computers and modifies security settings, among other allegations.”


SEIU Mob Attacks Shopping Mall Security Guards:
“A group of striking janitorial workers blocking the entrance to the Westfield Mall in San Francisco taunt and scrap with security guards trying to open up the mall.”

Transportation/ Land Use:

California High-Speed Rail Headed for Trouble:
“Walk down Ashfield Road in this well-heeled town of 7,000 on the San Francisco Peninsula and you’ll find million-dollar homes surrounded by tall fences and lush, manicured landscaping. Down by the railroad tracks at the end of the street, the post office, the police department, the library and a small town hall cluster together — a perfectly self-contained unit of municipal government.”