Previously we’ve discussed Hooli’s reverse engineering of Pied Piper’s technology and the threatened lawsuit for ownership of the technology. In Episode 14, Pied Piper faces a new threat: Endframe, a Pied Piper competitor, has also stolen Pied Piper’s technology, in collusion with VC firm Branscomb Ventures. This started back in Episode 10, when the Pied Piper team pitched to Branscomb and were “brain raped.” The team shared the intimate, technical details of Pied Piper’s middle-out technology before realizing what was happening. Branscomb/Endframe then used the information Pied Piper revealed to create their competing product. But was there anything Pied Piper could have done to protect itself?Making Branscomb sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before the pitch meeting might sound like a good idea, but it wouldn’t have worked. The simple fact is that VC firms don’t sign NDAs for … [Read more...] about “‘Say it ain’t so, bro!’” (Episode 14)
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World Serial crime The creators of the smash hit podcast Serial are releasing a fresh installment of the show, delving not just into a single case but Cleveland’s entire criminal court system. The podcast, which launched to huge acclaim in 2014 as a spinoff of NPR’s This American Life, has so far drawn attention to the stories of two different, real-life figures—convicted murderer Adnan Syed and captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. After tallying hundreds of millions of downloads, Serial prompted authorities to re-examine Syed’s conviction, while Bergdahl has been dishonorably discharged, pleading guilty of desertion. Serial will return with two new episodes on September 20, before adopting a weekly schedule with an episode every Thursday, Variety reports. The new season will once again be narrated by Sarah Koenig and Ohio-native journalist Emmanuel Dzotsi will join her as they wade through a series of cases in the city’s criminal justice system, … [Read more...] about ‘Serial’ Season 3: Podcast to Take Broad Swipe at Criminal Justice System in Most Ambitious Installment Yet
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)
Home Daily News A look back: What's the best 'Perry Mason'… Law in Popular Culture By Adam Banner Posted November 8, 2018, 7:00 am CST A few weeks back, I wrote a column reviewing the ABC series “How to Get Away with Murder.” I received a bit of feedback as I often do. Some was positive. Some was negative. It’s the nature of the game, and honestly, regardless of the feedback, I’m just glad to know people actually read the column. One reader explained that he followed my “advice” and watched an episode of “How to Get Away with Murder.” However, I didn’t really recommend the show but rather examined the realistic vs. fantastical elements of the episode I actually watched. Nonetheless, the reader did not appreciate my “recommendation” (and also pointed out the unrealistic issues the series presents). The reader suggested I spend more time reviewing “worthwhile” legal shows, such as Perry Mason. To you, … [Read more...] about A look back: What’s the best ‘Perry Mason’ episode?
The White House on Tuesday refused to address President Trump’s apparent admiration for Roseanne Barr in the wake of her canceled ABC series and racist tweet spree.While traveling to Nashville, Tenn., where Trump is slated to host a campaign-style rally, Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly changed the subject to North Korea when questioned about the canceled series and Trump’s past support for the actress.“That’s not what the president is looking at. That's not what he’s spending his time on,” she told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I think we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now.”Instead, she said, Trump is more focused on a possible summit with North Korea and trade.It remains unclear if Trump will comment on Barr during his Nashville stop. If he does, it wouldn’t be the first time. 23 PHOTOS 'Roseanne' revival See Gallery 'Roseanne' revival ROSEANNE - 'Go Cubs' - The Conners can't pay their … [Read more...] about White House, Trump refuse to comment on ‘Roseanne’ cancellation