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February 24, 2005

The Conservative Case Against Wal-Mart
Steve Bainbridge takes on Hugh Hewitt and the CEO of Wal-Mart.

Posted by Gordon Smith in Economics | Permalink | Comments (0)

February 23, 2005

John Holbo is Pining for Multiple Submissions
In my "Vision of the Future" I talk about the need to combine peer review with multiple submissions. Now John Holbo, fresh off a rejection, ponders the topic anew ... with interesting results.

Posted by Gordon Smith in Law Reviews | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jason Stark on Barry Bonds
"It's clear now that there are so many things he doesn't get, it's hard to know where to start." Spot on.

Posted by Gordon Smith in Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Firefox Live Bookmarks
If you don't already use the Firefox browser, you should. Jeff Nolan just pointed out another reason why: live bookmarks. This is "a new technology in Firefox that lets you view RSS news and blog headlines in the bookmarks toolbar or bookmarks menu."

Posted by Gordon Smith in Internet | Permalink | Comments (0)

Google's AutoLink Creates a Stir
"AutoLink inserts links into Web pages where an address, package tracking number, publication ISBN (International Standard Book Number) or VIN (vehicle identification number) appears in the content." The problem is that the address links feed into Google Maps, and people are concerned about Google manipulating traffic. Jeff Nolan asserts: "Google is close to becoming evil."

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February 22, 2005

"Will Blogs Kill the Law Review Case Comment?"
Orin Kerr has been thinking about law reviews a lot lately, and this is his latest question. If this interests you, take the time to read the comments, too. In my view, law reviews need to reinvent themselves. My guess is that within a decade most law reviews will cease to exist in their present form. Some will morph into peer-reviewed journals, while others will simply close shop, victims of competition with new electronic journals. Case comments on Supreme Court opinions and high-profile decisions by federal appellate courts have been irrelevant for some time. Blawgs may be the final nail in an already closed coffin.

Posted by Gordon Smith in Blogs and Blawgs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Winn-Dixie Stores Declare Bankruptcy
Apparently, the movie of the same name was the death knell for the Southern grocery store chain.

Posted by Gordon Smith in Art & Culture | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tom Evslin Offers an Entrepreneur's View of VC
Ten lessons borne of experience. I appreciate the emphasis on pre-screening. Many academics who write about venture capital forget that entrepreneurs hire VCs, and most of their protection is not found in the venture capital contracts, but in the power to screen VC ex ante. Thanks to Fred for the tip.

Posted by Gordon Smith in Venture Capital | Permalink | Comments (0)

SEO: The Rationale for the NYT-About Merger?
Jay Rosen: "Everyone I asked about the 'search engine optimization' told me it was a minor part of the deal. They're right, from the business point of view. I'm looking at it from a blogger's point of view." Thanks to Fred for the tip.

Posted by Gordon Smith in M&A | Permalink | Comments (0)

Kofi Annan Defends the UN
From the W$J editorial page: "In my eight years as secretary-general, I had already done a lot -- with the support of member states, often led by the U.S. -- to make the U.N. more coherent and efficient. Now we need to make it more transparent and accountable -- not only to diplomats representing member governments, but also directly to the public." The UN has never been a democratic institution, and has no mechanism of direct public accountability. That's the problem, for which there is no good solution.

Posted by Gordon Smith in Politics | Permalink | Comments (0)

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