In Episode 17, Hooli’s lawsuit appears to be nearing its end – with Hooli poised as the apparent victor. In Episodes 9 and 10 the show had positioned the case so we thought Pied Piper was sure to win. What happened? The impact of a rogue witness should not be underestimated.As the episode opens, the Hooli brogrammers leave a Hooli Nucleus phone in a bar, and Big Head gives it to Richard. Richard realizes that Nucleus is truly awful. He calls Hooli and threatens speculates that the phone might end up in the hands of tech bloggers who might publish scathing reviews of it and tank Hooli’s stock (but that this won’t happen if Hooli drops its suit against Pied Piper). Gavin Belson (Hooli’s CEO) ridicules Richard’s threat speculation, claiming that tech journalists aren’t “real journalists” and would never protect Richard as their source. After a short stalemate, the … [Read more...] about Rogue Witnesses (Silicon Valley, Episode 17)
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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Nov. 23, 2018 / 9:45 AM GMT By James Rainey Wind and rain arrived in Northern California this week, providing welcome relief to a region buffeted by the state's deadliest wildfire and then besieged for nearly two weeks by a dome of thick, noxious smoke. A high-pressure system had stalled over the Sacramento Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area, leaving residents up to 200 miles south of the Camp Fire coughing, wheezing and tearing up from the acrid fumes. The ashy cloud closed schools throughout the region for more than a week and forced the delay of the UC Berkeley-Stanford football game, postponed for the first time in more than half a century. Smoke from the fire that destroyed much of Paradise, California, blew all the way to the Atlantic coast. "You see it everywhere and you feel something in your chest, a heaviness that is slightly … [Read more...] about Bad air from California’s Camp Fire makes people sick, but for how long?
After years of struggling to balance work with family and other interests, Jay Parkhill finally left the safety of full-time employment to hang his own shingle.So far, he says, the experience has been a breath of fresh air. He’s busy—but not so busy that he feels overwhelmed. And he is able to spend more quality time with his wife and three young children.But if he wants to maintain his newfound balance, Parkhill knows he’s going to have to start adding business development into the mix.Theoretically, getting clients should not be a problem, considering his experience as a transactional lawyer representing sophisticated clients in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Yet jump-starting the process is proving problematic. “I’ve never been the sort of person who feels remotely comfortable going to a party and making small talk,” he says. “That is why I’ve always felt that business development was painful and odious.” Indeed, when Parkhill … [Read more...] about Network Solutions
Every year, we see stories and musings about the death of blogging. Yet we keep finding new law blogs to pour into our directory. Even after we delete defunct and lapsed blogs, we count more than 3,000 in our listings. So for now, at least, reports that blogging is on its way out are greatly exaggerated.That’s especially true for blogs written with personality, passion and enthusiasm. New niche blogs pop up all the time—and those that are smartly written, teach us something and introduce us to new perspectives will catch and keep our attention.In our 4th annual Blawg 100, we organized a bit differently and created some new categories. Yet we know that many blogs defy categories. We have a “lighter fare” grouping, but you can find witty and funny blogs in any category. More of our readers had a hand in the selections this time around: We received more than 1,250 blawg amici, or friend-of-the-blawg, nominations; you’ll see some of the testimonials on the … [Read more...] about The 4th Annual ABA Journal Blawg 100
The Department of Defense (DoD) is considering a proposed rule that would prevent defense contractors from promising future Independent Research & Development (IR&D) investments as a way to gain a competitive price advantage in DoD procurements. Although DoD’s rulemaking is in its early stages, defense contractors with substantial IR&D programs should monitor these developments closely, as DoD seems poised to frustrate yet another incentive for pursuing defense-related IR&D. DoD’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Last week, on February 8th, DoD announced it is considering a proposed rule that would change the way prospective IR&D projects are evaluated in competitive procurements. Specifically, DoD:[I]s considering an approach whereby solicitations would require offerors to describe in detail the nature and value of prospective IR&D projects on which the offeror would rely to perform the resultant contract. Then, as a … [Read more...] about DoD To Reconsider How It Evaluates Proposed IR&D Projects In Awarding Government Contracts