Daily Discussion: US Trademark Office cancels Washington Redskins patent, says it’s racist. Help give the Redskins a new name
After a lengthy court battle between Native Americans and the NFL’s Washington Redskins, the US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday canceled the patent on the name “Washington Redskins”, citing that “Redskins” is a disparaging, racist term. This will not force the Redskins to change their name, nor does it stop the team from selling Redskins merchandise, but the fight for the team to keep the name may be nearly lost, so at some point, they’re probably going to have to think of something else to call the football team. The last time a DC team changed its name because of good reasons they went with the “Wizards”. So they could try that.
Say you’ve got this amazing idea for a product or the next big social media website or whatever… what is going to be your biggest concern in getting off the ground? If you said getting the shit sued out of you over a bunch of bullshit, you’d be correct. According to a new study, the persistence, even if it’s dwindling, of patent troll companies is the biggest thing that scares off entrepreneurs from getting started and from venture capital investors from investing. Way to go US patent system.
Even though the American porn industry prides itself on being incredibly safe, with all professional actors required to get monthly full panel STD tests, several big scares have temporarily shut down the industry over the past few years. With data showing that despite these self-imposed industry checks, porn actors are 10 times as likely as the general population to contract HIV, California recently passed a bill making condom use mandatory and setting monthly health screenings in stone.
Striking again at the way the US Defense Department awards its lucrative contracts, SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company wasn’t selected to launch satellites into orbit because he refused to hire a public official.
As some of the major players in the worlds of tech, internet services and entertainment continue to build and evolve, we’ve seen Facebook buy WhatsApp and Oculus VR, Apple picking up Dre Beats, Comcast snatching Time Warner Cable, AT&T grabbing DirecTV and now all rumors point to Twitter in talks to acquire music and audio service/social network SoundCloud. This will give Twitter a little more media depth, but it also may be all about Twitter making a move to diversify its service before all the good ones get bought up by Facebook or Google.
Now that Comcast has Time Warner, AT&T is looking to expand its TV and internet market by buying up DirecTV for a whopping $48.5 billion. The deal had been leaked last week, but wasn’t officially confirmed until this weekend.
Just a few years ago, talking about the demise of Barnes & Noble would have seemed ludicrous— they were expanding rapidly, getting into the e-reader market and seemed to be unstoppable, even as other bookstore chains were shutting down thanks to the likes of Amazon. But starting in 2012, B&N started closing 20 stores a year as profits started to dry up. And now in 2014, many are predicting that by this time next year, Barnes & Noble will have joined the mas grave of so many national bookstore chains before it. Remember Waldenbooks? Borders? Thanks, internet, you’ve killed off another place for homeless people to sleep.
Whether or not Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp is a good thing or not depends on who you talk to, but as far as the Iranian government goes, it’s definitely a bad thing, because Facebook is owned by an American Jew, therefore EVIL. Sorry Iranian WhatsApp lovers, that’s just how it goes.
For reference: Stoya doing what she’s amazing at
Last week, porn star Teagan Presley was notified by Chase Bank that her account had been closed because she’s “high risk”. Last year, the same happened to porn star Chanel Preston at National City Bank. And another porn star, Stoya, also ran into problems with Chase Bank last year when trying to deposit checks. So what the hell is going on? In early 2013, the DOJ launched “Operation Chokepoint”, which forces banks to act as morality police, closing accounts of anyone that might be “questionable”, which is a pretty wide-ranging and vague criteria to say the least.
Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX, announced Friday that SpaceX is filing suit against the Federal Government to protest and break the US Air Force’s awarding of lucrative launch contracts for high priority national security satellites to a sole rocket provider – United Launch Alliance (ULA) – on a non competitive basis.
Not that it’s terribly difficult to pop into one of the million corner stores and tiny groceries in NYC to grab some condoms if you’re hitting the bars for some action, but if you do happen to find yourself in a situation where you desperately need a condom but don’t have one and you’re in the City, a new service will deliver a pack to you within an hour. Because that’s totally not a mood killer when it would take five minutes to swing in somewhere and grab some when you’re “getting more beer” or whatever. But if you do like to have your condoms hand delivered, you’re in luck.