Russia Throwing Its Gassy Weight Around, Again

Lynne Kiesling Is anyone really surprised that Russia is stopping natural gas shipments to Ukraine and the EU? They did the same thing three years ago, in a cold spell. They used the same rhetoric, saying that Ukraine was at fault for stopping the flow of gas to the EU via the pipeline that runs … More Russia Throwing Its Gassy Weight Around, Again

News from the Ces: Induction Chargers Ftw?

Lynne Kiesling [Note: FTW=for the win, for those of you who don’t waste your time in the jargon of the tubez of the Interwebz.-ed.] I am glad to hear that the big buzz from the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 is induction chargers for electronic devices. Wikipedia’s got a nice explanation of inductive charging if you … More News from the Ces: Induction Chargers Ftw?

New Energy Blog: Master Resource

Lynne Kiesling Welcome Master Resource to the party! It’s a free-market energy blog with a decidedly Julian Simon-esque flavor, so I think these will be welcome online voices in our upcoming energy policy discussions. And thanks to Steve Horwitz for the pointer, and his kinds words about Knowledge Problem.

Apple’s New Itunes Pricing and Drm-free Songs: the Results of Competition

Lynne Kiesling Yesterday Apple announced two changes to its iTunes policies: they are introducing price discrimination, and they are removing DRM copy protection from the songs sold through iTunes. Resulting from extensive negotiations between Apple and record companies, these are two long-anticipated and welcome changes, and they are the consequence of competition in two different … More Apple’s New Itunes Pricing and Drm-free Songs: the Results of Competition