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When Doves Cry: Legendary Artist Prince Found Dead at 57

I just wrote up a quick obituary on one of my favorite rock, R&B and jazz artists. The artist known as Prince was found dead today in an elevator inside his home. He was 57. Find my full obit for him here.

So far, the cause of death is unknown, reps say, adding that the police are investigating.

Earlier today, however, a rep talking to TMZ noted that the musician had been struggling with a bad case of influenza for weeks.

Here is “Purple Rain” from the eponymous album it headlines.

Very sad to see such a gifted artist go … gs.

Cover image credit: Above: Prince’s symbol, which Prince used instead of his name for several years in the 1990s: Simon Cousins, via Google+

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Dear Black Voters: What Is Going On With You? [analysis]

I just finished editing and posting Ted Rall’s piece on the growing racial divide in politics that liberals never want to talk about.

Why, he wonders, are African American voters mostly supporting Hillary Clinton, when Bernie Sanders has a long history of civil rights advocacy. (That’s a photo of Sanders, above, being arrested in 1963 at a Civil Rights march in Chicago).

While Sanders was marching against racial injustice in the early 1960s, Hillary Clinton was, by all accounts, a Young Republican … and a Goldwater girl.
Read the story here …

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Panama Papers: What Is E-volusoft?

So I’ve been digging deeply into the Panama Papers scandal. And I discovered that Mossack Fonseca, the multinational law firm at the center of the multi billion dollar controversy, didn’t just help create offshore shell companies for corrupt world leaders, drug dealers and other money launderers. It also offered a wide range of data services through a wholly owned subsidiary called E-volusoft.

Read my story over at aNewDomain — here.

If you’re a reporter, broadcaster or editor working on this story, let’s talk. I’d love to publish your work …

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BOAO Forum for Asia: China Premier Li Keqiang Meets with Global Biz Leaders, Media

Bo’ao, Hainan Province, China — So I was among 170 international business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and a handful of media invited to attend a closed-door, one-hour dialogue with China Premier Li Keqiang.

This was a sideline event related to the 2016 Boao Forum for Asia, an event that’s billed as “the Davos of Asia.”

I wrote a story about Li’s comments regarding keeping China open and creating a “level playing field” so foreign companies can compete with state-owned enterprises (SOEs) here without restriction.

For sure, this has been a business trip to remember. I’ll be posting images from the Boao Forum (BFA 2016) and my extended stay in the Chinese resort city of Sanya later this weekend. Click here to read my coverage of the closed-door session I attended with Chinese Premier Li …

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Fracking and Earthquakes: On The Sierra Club, Public Justice Lawsuit

The Sierra Club and Public Justice this week filed a federal lawsuit against three energy companies who are fracking in Oklahoma. Increasingly, scientists are linking the strong earthquakes in the region to the drilling practice — and they are especially concerned about possible contamination of the water supply, too. On this basis, the lawsuit demands these companies dramatically curtail the practice.

To understand what the connection between fracking, dirty water and quakes might be, click here. Read the recent filing in full, below.

The Sierra Club and Public Justice Sue Oklahoma Frackers, Feb. 16, 2016 (full filing)

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Throwback Thursday: Corporate Spying In Silicon Valley [Wired]

I worked on the Wired magazine launch way, way back when.

The first story I published in its pages was an investigative piece around Symantec, Borland and charges of corporate espionage. We called it “Undelete.” It appeared in Wired’s second issue (issue 1.2) and was dated May/June 1993.

Click here for the full version. Here’s an excerpt:

September 1 would’ve been just another day in Silicon Valley. But Eugene Wang had to drop the bomb.

At a mid-morning meeting, the Borland International executive was visibly choked up as he told a roomful of staffers he was resigning as vice president. And that was the good news. What Wang haltingly offered next was incredible: He was leaving to take up a similar post at Symantec Corporation – one of Borland’s archrivals in the software business.

When he finished, Wang covered his face and rushed out of the room.

“We were absolutely freaked watching Geno stand there, practically crying and …”

How’s that for a Throwback Thursday?

Further ancient trivia: John Battelle was a journalist back then, and he was my editor on that piece.

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12 Questions: Internet Pioneer Vint Cerf

My latest column, published over at aNewDomain, is a short 12-question interview with Internet pioneer, TCP/IP co-inventor and Google vice president Vint Cerf.

I haven’t spoken to him in ages. It was nice to reconnect. In the interview, he talked briefly about his hopes, fears and goals for the Internet, and also discussed some serious issues regarding piracy, educational issues and more.

Find the interview here. 

The seminal 1974 paper setting out early Internet communications standards, by Cerf and TCP/IP co-inventor Robert Kahn, is readable in full below. Enjoy.

A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication: Cerf, V.G. & Kahn, R.E., 1974