Thursday, October 31, 2013

The British Monarchy and Disclosure in a Modern World

At the New York Times, Alan Cowell reports in The Royal Family on Twitter: Approved Disclosure, in Short Bursts.

The participation of the British Royals on social media reveals some of the strengths and weaknesses of these public forums.

Patent Trolls Blasted by Lawmakers

Ars Technica has the story by Joe Mullin at Lawmakers blast patent trolls, but split on parts of a key bill.

Money Matters: Will Bitcoin Become a Mainstream Currency and a Major Retail Payment Alternative?

"Money" is a big business, as any bank or other financial institution well knows. Accordingly, an "alternate" currency designed for the modern digital age must be viewed with interest.

At the New York Times see
Bitcoin Pursues the Mainstream.

Russia's Putin Seen as World's Most Powerful Leader

Putin of Russia tops Forbes power list as U.S. President Obama's struggles with Congress drop him to second place.

Obviously, lists like this are significant only to the degree that they reflect the world's opinions of the influence of various politicians and other persons on the important events of our time.

The realities may or may not be reflected in such opinions.

Often, things can be judged accurately only in the retrospect of history.

There is, however, no denying that Russia's Putin is a very strong leader by nature, whereas Obama can not be put in this category.

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