Felix Salmon

Nastygram of the day, NYSE edition

May 27, 2011


This is a photo of the NYSE trading floor. It was taken on March 3 by Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson, and Reuters holds the copyright. The only permission I need to run this photo is that of Reuters. The NYSE, however, thinks otherwise:

Broken market of the day: pharmaceuticals

April 3, 2011

Two highlights of the Kauffman Bloggers Forum were the presentations on the broken nature of the pharmaceuticals market. And they came from opposite ends of the left-right spectrum: Megan McArdle went first, followed by Dean Baker.

The best report ever on media piracy

March 29, 2011

I’m way late to the massive and wonderful report on Media Piracy in Emerging Economies by Joe Karaganis and a big team of international researchers. I blame the fact that Karaganis sent me the report a week before it was formally released, on the sensible grounds that it might take a bit of time for me to digest its 440 pages of detailed new information on one of the defining issues of the information age. Of course, like any good procrastinator, I did no such thing. But I’ve read a good chunk of the report at this point, and I highly advise you do likewise — or else sit back with Karaganis’s presentation of its main points.

Myhrvold heads to court

December 9, 2010

On September 17, 2008, while the rest of us were running around like headless chickens watching the world come to an end, the WSJ‘s Don Clark ran an important story about Nathan Myhrvold’s patent-troll shop Intellectual Ventures:

Can you patent financial innovations?

November 19, 2010

Time’s Stephen Gandel says that Loan Value Group’s Responsible Homeowner Reward program is one of “the 50 best inventions of 2010″:

How the WSJ magazine fails its readers

September 13, 2010

Lucas Conley’s piece on Ugg for the WSJ’s magazine is a perfect example of why the WSJ shouldn’t have a glossy, fashion-friendly magazine.

Bad idea of the day: copyrighting cocktails

August 31, 2010

I wonder whether Chantal Martineau stopped to think about her timing, as she wrote her piece for the Atlantic on a movement pushing for the ability to copyright cocktails. Intellectual-property protection isn’t getting great press this week, as Paul Allen has turned overnight into one of the world’s most gruesome patent trolls.