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So Long, Thimble: Hasbro Axes Classic Monopoly Token

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.16.2017 | Weird News

Who’s got game? Not the thimble. Though that particular token has been a fixture of Monopoly since 1935, Hasbro confirmed Thursday that future versi...

Hasbro Leaves New Monopoly Pieces To Internet Voting, Because What Could Go Wrong?

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.10.2017 | Weird News

In 2007, the internet named a humpback whale ― that most regal of ocean creatures ― “Mr Splashy Pants.” In 2012, it sent Miami rap artist Pitb...

Monopoly Sets Up Holiday Hotline To Settle Family Disputes

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 12.21.2016 | Arts

Fear not, honest Monopoly players. Family members attempting to ruin Christmas by bending the rules or blatantly cheating during the game will now hav...

Man Uses McDonald's Monopoly Tickets To Feed Those In Need

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.23.2016 | Good News

We’re lovin’ this! On Monday, Matt Lawson, a photographer from Melbourne, Australia, shared a photo on Facebook of a ticket he received from the ...

Here's What Parents Of Kids With Life-Threatening Allergies Think Of The EpiPen Price Increases

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics

Jennifer DiMercurio’s 7-year-old son, Liam, relies on the EpiPen, an auto injector used to treat anaphylactic shock, to save his life in the case of...

Monopolies & Elitism: 5 Ways You Might Be the Elitist You Abhor

Robert Hall | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Robert Hall

In an age where we talk incessantly about the virtues of equality, local empowerment, engagement, freedom of choice, small business and democracy, the forces of monopoly seem to be gaining ground, sowing elitist seeds that make society's relationships more volatile. Surely none of us play a role in all of this - or do we?

After Net Neutrality

Victor Pickard | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Victor Pickard

Confronting the structural roots of internet monopoly power will require the same commitment to democratic principles and the same activism that won net neutrality.

'Monopoly: The Musical' To Hit Broadway, Hasbro Announces

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 06.20.2016 | Arts

Mr. Monopoly has his eyes set on some new property: Broadway. Plans are underway to lay down the classic board game’s first-ever Broadway production...

This Is the New Era of Monopoly

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Joseph E. Stiglitz

For 200 years, there have been two schools of thought about what determines the distribution of income -- and how the economy functions. It is important to understand both, because our views about government policies and existing inequalities are shaped by which of the two schools of thought one believes provides a better description of reality.

Expiring Airline Miles: Just One More Way to Penalize the Poor

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Samuel C. Spitale

When I logged in to my Southwest account last week, I was surprised to find my 30,000 accumulated miles were missing. Apparently, they disappeared aft...

'Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus' by Douglas Rushkoff

Phil Simon | Posted 04.04.2016 | Books
Phil Simon

Amazon has rarely been in the black over its twenty-year history, yet its investors have generally been ecstatic. Why? The company's sales continue to...

New Reports Expose Verizon NY's Financial Shell Game and the State Commission's Role

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 02.21.2017 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

While this is about Verizon and New York, this is playing out across America, and every state is going through similar, if not almost identical 'assessments'-- but the subplot appears to be to use it to allow the incumbent, in this case Verizon NY, to get rid of basic regulations and obligations.

Amazon the Monopoly: Getting Smart About Books

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 02.11.2017 | Business
Lisa Dale Norton

Who amongst you has not anteed up for a book from Amazon? Admit it, even those of you who dream of publishing your own book have spent money at Amazon buying e-books or printed books for less than any competitor could afford to sell them.

Clean Power Plan: 50 Ways to Get More Clean, Local Energy

John Farrell | Posted 02.10.2017 | Green
John Farrell

The Clean Power Plan is a breath of fresh air from the federal government too often known for climate inaction, but it shouldn't reinforce an increasingly unnatural electric company monopoly over the electric system.

NFL's Relocation Game Screws Fans

Ken Reed | Posted 01.20.2017 | Sports
Ken Reed

While watching the recent NFL relocation charade involving the Rams, Chargers and Raiders play out, I was reminded once again that the fundamental problem in professional sports is that each sport is a self-regulated monopoly.

The Climate Plan After Paris: Break Up The Energy Warlord Monopoly

Dan Carol | Posted 12.10.2016 | Impact
Dan Carol

The old rules of Monopoly are being written after Paris. The new game? It's called Deployment. Let's all play.

Was Monopoly Invented as a Tool to Show How Awful Land Ownership Was?

Brian Cronin | Posted 11.18.2016 | Entertainment
Brian Cronin

Famous board games often have surprising origins. In past Board Games Legends Revealed, I've detailed how Abraham Lincoln shaving his beard inadvertently led to Milton Bradley's first board game and how missing Scrabble game pieces led to the creation of Trivial Pursuit.

Dead Empires: How China May Overtake the U.S.

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 11.16.2016 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Cooperation and specialization -- "the division of labor" -- are the forces that generated economic growth and prosperity. But those same forces led eventually to collapse, as monopolization of land and other natural resources directed more wealth into ever fewer hands.

This Is The New Front In Corporate Surveillance And Monopoly Power

Nathan Newman | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Nathan Newman

If your business is advertising, knowing what people buy is golden data, since it helps other advertisers more precisely target ads to the demographic groups most likely to buy their goods and services.

5 Reasons Utilities Are Hating on Their Solar-Producing Customers

John Farrell | Posted 08.25.2016 | Green
John Farrell

It seems crazy that electric companies would have anything against customers that spend their own money to reduce their energy use with clean, local solar power. But any number of utilities are slapping excessive fees and charges on customers with solar to slow or stop them. Here are five reasons why...

4 Industries Currently Getting Warby Parkered

Kenny Kline | Posted 08.10.2016 | Business
Kenny Kline

Yes, Warby Parker is officially a verb. After musing through endless entrepreneurial ideas during my MBA education, the success of Warby Parker (started by a group of Wharton MBAs) became an inspiration for wanna-be millennial entrepreneurs with limited tech expertise.

Uber: When Big Data Threatens Local Democracy

Nathan Newman | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Nathan Newman

Big data is threatening to crush local democracy across the country -- and if it succeeds, it may distort local transit and infrastructure development for decades to come.

Monopoly Capitalism and the Greek Depression

Ravi Batra | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Ravi Batra

The Greek referendum is actually a vote against monopoly capitalism that now pervades the globe and has impoverished the poor and the middle class for decades, while enriching the rich beyond imagination.

Egypt Enforces Tough Media Restrictions

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.06.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

One can't blame journalists in Egypt for being confused about what they can (and can't) cover and what language to use in their reports, given the widening chasm between authorities and countless news organizations.

Dear Hawaii: Read Your Mail Before Your Utility Sells Out

John Farrell | Posted 06.16.2016 | Green
John Farrell

If your electricity--generated from imported oil--is the most expensive in the country and your solar resource is terrific, you'd expect your electric...