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The Prophetic Work of Barry Lynn

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 04.05.2013 | Business
Mary Manning Cleveland

Here's a mystery: What connects the following two stories, a column on legal implications of the lithium-ion battery whose failure has grounded Boeing's 787 Dreamliners and a story on how a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson concealed critical data on a design flaw in a metal hip implant?

The FCC Chief Is Awesome at His Job if You Own a Big Cable Company

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 03.24.2013 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Local businesses get it. Mayors get it. City councils get it. And unlike Chairman Genachowski, they know what the problem is: little incentive for massive, established cable monopolies to invest in networks when they are harvesting record profits and subscribers have no other choices.

LOOK: Monopoly To Change Forever

AP | MAE ANDERSON | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — The gig is almost up for one of the eight Monopoly tokens. But which will it be? Iron? Thimble? Top Hat? Or another of their board g...

Monopoly May Never Be The Same Again

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.09.2013 | Business

Next time you sit down for a game of Monopoly, savor the chance to be the cute little Scottie dog, top hat or thimble -- one of these pieces may soon ...

FTC "Brought Forth a Couple of Mice" in Slapping Google on the Wrist

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business
Nathan Newman

As predicted, the Federal Trade Commission has punted any serious action against Google's monopoly dominance. Worse, it turns out the investigation was so narrow and so perfunctory that it's hard to understand what took 19 months to get such a meager result.

New Year's Fiscal Cliff Hangover

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.01.2013 | Comedy
Randee Mia Berman

Considering the art of rock climbing and sport of cliff scaling, we might have better fiscal sports analysis from ESPN than CNN. We know it's got something to do with debt and taxes. Just what we're not clear.

FTC Punt on Google May Open Way for More Comprehensive Antitrust Probe by DOJ and States

Nathan Newman | Posted 02.03.2013 | Technology
Nathan Newman

If the FTC and European regulators are not yet ready to deal with the ultimate source of Google's economic power, its control of user data, then it may be just as well that any likely settlements in coming months will be limited.

How Walmart Is Devouring Our Food System (Infographic)

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 02.03.2013 | Food
Stacy Mitchell

Here's a look at how Walmart has dramatically altered the food system -- triggering massive consolidation, driving down prices to farmers, and leaving more families struggling to afford healthy food.

Lucia Graves

Pot Monopoly Up In Smoke

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business

As voters in Washington state this month legalized marijuana for recreational use, they overrode the concerted lobbying of a conspicuous interest grou...

Planes, Trains and Cars: Cartels Take Over the Travel Industry

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.22.2012 | Business
Blake Fleetwood

If airlines and car rental companies want to increase market share, the big guys should have to earn it by winning the business and loyalty of their customers; not by gobbling up competitors or driving them out of business

Monopoly, Risk and Sorry! Family Fun, Post-NOAA Holidays and the Quadrangle

Marie Woolf | Posted 01.16.2013 | Comedy
Marie Woolf

How awful, as we enter the great family fun season of sugar cookies, Charlie Brown and battered, beloved board games, to find ourselves suddenly flashing our hands in front of the kids' tender eyes to block them from the latest in the sordid franchise: Real Housewives of Military Bases.

HUFFPOST LIVE: Is Google A Monopoly?

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 10.19.2012 | Technology

Last week, Reuters reported that most of the major decision-makers at the Federal Trade Commission were convinced that an antitrust suit against Googl...

How He's Gaming The McDonald's Monopoly Game

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.16.2012 | Money

When McDonald’s promised “no purchase necessary” for its famous Monopoly sweepstakes, one man took the fast-food chain very seriously. Brando...

LOOK: Like Board Games? You'll Love This Place

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.18.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Parker Brothers fans no longer have to stay at home for a night on the board. Opening soon -- maybe as soon as this weekend, depending o...

Universal's Gambit Poses Peril for Music Biz

Chris Sagers | Posted 11.10.2012 | Entertainment
Chris Sagers

The digital distribution cases have a certain special place, because they tell us something about how easily businesses can talk us into betraying our own common sense.

The Koch Brothers Must Have LOVED Monopoly as Kids

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

What the Kochs want is to use their vast fortune to influence the political beliefs of people with a millionth their net worth, getting the middle class to buy into the notion that what's good for the rich is good for everyone.

The US Drought and Global Hunger: What We Know and What We Don't

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 10.20.2012 | Impact
Eric Holt Gimenez

The failure of the U.S. corn harvests spells a disaster for the world's poor, but not because the poor eat our corn. They don't eat corn-fed livestock from CAFOs either, nor do they fill up at the pump with ethanol-blended gasoline.

A Life Lesson, Courtesy Of 'Monopoly'

Eilene Zimmerman | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Eilene Zimmerman

After one "I'm bored" too many, I marched over to the bookshelves -- sagging under the weight of stimulating toys and activities -- and pulled out that old standby "Monopoly," jammed in and forgotten between "Life" and "Stratego."

Fantasy Veepstakes

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rather than write about the likes of Tim Pawlenty and his relative strengths over Rob Portman's budget experience... oh, sorry, I seem to have put myself to sleep there. The real choices aren't exciting to write about, so let's travel to the Land of Make-Believe instead, shall we?

A Day In The Life Of A Theme Park Character

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.12.2012 | Travel
Peter Mandel

It is July, a few summers back, at Paramount's Kings Dominion theme park near Richmond, Va. And as Patrick the Starfish, SpongeBob SquarePants' best cartoon friend, I am the goofy hero of the afternoon.

Hacking Away at the Pearson Octopus

Alan Singer | Posted 08.21.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Pearson is tilting the coverage of U.S. history to win approval by school boards in red states, and in doing this, allowing the most conservative school boards in the nation to determine what gets taught in New York State schools.

From Candy Land To Monopoly: Board Games Getting Movie Buzz

The Huffington Post | Crystal Bell | Posted 04.13.2012 | Entertainment

"Battleship," Peter Berg's sci-fi naval war adventure, is loosely based on the beloved Hasbro game of the same name. Well, actually, the film has very...

J. L. Greene

Big Business Finds A New Way to Kill Competition

HuffingtonPost.com | J. L. Greene | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

Instead of a taxicab across town, you could take a clean, upscale Town car for the same price. But despite car services in many cities ready to take y...

Tell the FTC to Stop the Music Monopoly -- Support Music Freedom

Christopher Naoum | Posted 05.16.2012 | DC
Christopher Naoum

Control by two behemoth labels would prevent the development of innovative new digital music distribution models, would take away avenues of exposure for independent artists, and would raise the price of digital music for consumers.

High Price of Monopoly: Why American Farmers Must Buy From Just One Seed Company

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 04.22.2012 | Green
John W. Boyd Jr.

Monsanto's monopoly limits farmers' choices and threatens our livelihoods. But America's antitrust laws were enacted to protect us from this very situation. These laws are premised on the belief that competitive markets produce the best products, and they need to be enforced.