Article from The American Prospect entitled ‘Death By Dilution,’ on the world counterfeit drug market. The FDA estimates that 10% of the medicine in the world is counterfeit; others estimate that the figure is 50% in some countries.
Review of The Third Man (one of my favorite thrillers) here.
Back in 1993, IANA set aside the registration of single-digit domain names (six were floating around – IdeaLab used to own Z.COM, for example). Now ICANN is supposed to discuss whether such names should be released. Presumably some of these names would be quite valuable.
Some companies are making (possibly) premptory trademark filings. Yahoo has filed a trademark application for Y.COM. Overstock has filed for O.COM. A company named GQXZP2 (represented by Bracewell & Guiliani) has filed several ‘single digit.com’ applications, including A.COM.
Kazakhstan, taking the bait, has protested comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s portrayal of Borat, a fictitious Kazakh.
Borat’s fictional website here.
Compare results among three leading search engines. I tried it out with ‘Trademark Lawyer’ and the discrepancy was a little surprising. Via Searchblog.
There is now a ‘Black Friday’ ad website industry. More coverage here.
If you’re aware of (legally disclosable) lawsuits or protests arising from the ‘leaking’ of Black Friday pricing data, pass it on.