July 20, 2012
"Dark Knight " Paris Premiere Cancelled
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the producers and studio of "The Dark Knight Rises" have cancelled the Paris premiere of the film after the deadly attack on an Aurora, Colorado, movie theatre where the film was showing. Several of the stars of the film have also cancelled appearances planned in conjunction with the premiere.
July 15, 2012
Governments, Technology, and Privacy
Two interesting pieces in the New York Times today. Eric Lichtblau writes about increasing government requests to cell phone carriers for subscriber information in the past year. Cell phone providers say that law enforcement agencies made 1.3 million such requests last year, not all accompanied by warrants. In another article, Mr. Lichtblau and Scott Shane write about the FDA's interception of emails, letters, and other material sent by its own employees to media, members of Congress, and others, including the President. The agency was apparently trying to tamp down criticism of its performance and decisions to approve certain medical devices. Some of the scientists critical of the agency were fired and are now suing.