Monthly Archives: September 2014

Patent trolls of the Piney Woods

In my latest Texas Monthly column, I discuss how the tiny East Texas town of Marshall became a haven for patent trolls. One of the few things that Barack Obama and Antonin Scalia may agree on is that Marshall may … Continue reading

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Why Footnotes Are Becoming Obsolete

The footnote, the holdover of documentation from the pre-digital era, continues to be a mainstay in the online world, but should it be? Tim Parks ponders that question in the New York Review of Books blog, arguing that in many … Continue reading

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Why Bitcoin Is More Like a Penny Stock Than a Real Currency

Last week, Vox writer and Bitcoin evangelist Timothy B. Lee wrote a piece entitled “Why I’m Investing in Bitcoins.” By the end of the day, he wasn’t. Lee, a former Washington Post reporter, has long been a Bitcoin believer, and … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Ultra High Speed Internet. Now What?

Back in February, I wrote about Google’s efforts to bring ultra high speed internet service to Austin and how competitors, such as AT&T and Time Warner Cable were responding. A New York Times piece this weekend takes a look at … Continue reading

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Back on the Bitcoin Beat: KUHF’s “Houston Matters”

Last week, I was interviewed by KUHF’s Craig Cohen for “Houston Matters.” We were discussing Bitcoins and whether the virtual currency is really catching on in Houston and across Texas. Will it become a mainstream form of money or remain … Continue reading

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A New Column for Energy Voice

This week marks the debut of my new energy column for Energy Voice, a website devoted to the global energy industry. My first topic: an interview with former Yukos executive Bruce Misamore about the recent ruling by the European Court … Continue reading

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