If you want to know why so many people are complaining about the U.S. patent system, how it stifles innovation and what exactly a patent troll is, I highly recommend you listen to This American Life’s episode on the subject:
Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.
We breakdown the This American Life mess that surrounds Apple, Foxconn and Mike Daisey.
This American Life ran an episode about Apple’s main supplier Foxconn that included troubling allegations by Mike Daisey. The episode has now been retracted, as Daisey did not do the reporting that he said he did. We discuss how this could have happened, why fact checking is important and why good journalism isn’t always good storytelling.
I also give my review of the new iPad. If you like to read, it’s a great upgrade. Text looks amazing — except on iPad news all that haven’t been updated yet.
Listen to this weeks’s show:
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Craig Silverman has a great piece about Mike Daisey’s lies about Apple, Foxconn and what he did or didn’t see:
“Mike Daisey thinks his work is serving a higher cause and purpose, and that makes him exactly the kind of source who needed to be thoroughly fact checked.”