Jacob Goldstein appears in the following:
Monday, June 17, 2013
The birthday song — Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, etc. — is still under copyright protection. If you want to sing the song on TV, or in a restaurant, or whatever, you have to pay a licensing fee to Warner/Chappell, the music company that owns the rights. ...
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
In cities around the world, technology is threatening the taxi and Towncar business, and the people who own taxi and Towncar companies are going to courts and lawmakers for protection.
A New York court just ruled against Towncar operators who were trying to prevent people from using smartphone ...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Earlier this year, the percentage of Americans who are working or looking for work fell to its lowest level since 1979.
The figure (wonks call it labor force participation rate) rose for decades, as more women entered the workforce. It started falling over a decade ago. And the decline is ...
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Twenty years ago this week, researchers renounced the right to patent the World Wide Web. Officials at CERN, the European research center where the Web was invented, wrote:
CERN relinquishes all intellectual property to this code, both source and binary form and permission is granted for anyone to use, ...
Monday, April 22, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Until well into the 19th century, if you lived in the U.S. and wanted to heat your house, fire your forge, or whatever, you did what people had done for thousands of years: You chopped down a tree and burned it.
It wasn't until the rise of the railroads in ...
Monday, April 08, 2013
"It's an un-obvious chunk of meat that has been sitting there — a little diamond surrounded by a bunch of coal," Steve Price told me last year. "I'd love to tell you more. We just can't."
Today, Price told me everything. More to the point, he emailed me ...
Thursday, April 04, 2013
The economy added 88,000 jobs last month, according to today's disappointing jobs report. That's not even enough to keep up with population growth.
As of March, 11.7 million people were unemployed. But that number doesn't include people who were working part time because they couldn't find a full-time job. ...
Friday, March 29, 2013
Note: This podcast was originally published in 2011. With North Korea in the news again this week, we're re-running it today.
North Korea relies on charity to feed its starving people. But the country's elites like their luxuries — imported wine, fine china, dancing shoes.
To buy those ...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
One day, the legislature in the state where you live passes a new law: Until further notice, you're not allowed to take your money to another state.
There are exceptions. You can take a few thousand dollars with you if you go on a trip. You can do some out-of-state ...
Monday, March 18, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Thursday, March 07, 2013
One of the defining graphs of our time (yes, there are defining graphs of our time) comes from the blog Calculated Risk. It tracks the job market in every U.S. recession and recovery since WWII — and it shows just how brutal the the past few years have ...
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Just a quick, cranky reminder: Despite what you may have read, the Dow Jones industrial average did not hit a new high today in any meaningful sense.
After adjusting for inflation, the Dow was higher in 2000 than it is today. It was also higher in 2007. It ...