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Germany’s Magic Portal

Representing about 40 million TV households, Germans now receive virtually all on-demand content by Blu-ray Disc or DVD. Video-on-demand services are set to change that over the next three to five years, says Christoph Wagner, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s new Berlin office. “Look for dynamic, if not explosive interest in VoD as broadband… Continue Reading

The “Internet of Things” Rises

Refrigerators that tell you you’re out of milk, cars that warn of an imminent collision, implants that know if you’ve taken your medicine—by tying almost anything into a wireless network, the “Internet of Things” promises to transform several industries. Yet in the eyes of regulators and lawmakers, the IoT presents new risks ranging from privacy… Continue Reading

Europe’s Incubator Central

Berlin is becoming the Continent’s top start-up destination Jörg Meissner, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s new Berlin office, had an eye-opening experience while visiting Silicon Valley to check out the start-up culture there. “In Berlin, the streets and coffee shops buzz with people on their iPads pitching ideas, with start-up events happening practically every night,” says Meissner, a corporate and finance lawyer who represents… Continue Reading

A Smart Wallet

The Potential for mobile payments is huge. So are the potential legal and regulatory hurdles. Banks, retailers, and pundits are paying a lot of attention to mobile payments, which typically involve the use of smartphones and tablets to pay for purchases.  But a lack of mobile infrastructure has kept the use of mobile payments fairly low… Continue Reading

Outward Bound

As Chinese companies have matured, they’re eagerly looking to the U.S. as a source for technology innovation, talent and market penetration, says Jackie Liu, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office.  Until recently, Chinese companies have had a low success rate in acquiring companies abroad.  But that has started to change as Chinese… Continue Reading

Far Beyond the Valley

Global tech hubs are a source of technology, talent, and funding While media coverage of the technology industry focuses largely on Silicon Valley, savvy tech and life sciences executives have been looking much farther afield, well beyond American borders. Americans are engaging with overseas companies in more diverse ways, fueling our thirst for knowledge about… Continue Reading

The People Paradox

The marketplace for tech-savvy engineers and managers has become so competitive that companies like Yahoo! and Facebook are looking for new ways to find talent. One fresh approach they’re taking is to buy high-tech startups and absorb their talent. In May, Yahoo! tweeted about adding 22 entrepreneurs to “our growing mobile team” by buying three… Continue Reading

Telemarketing? Try Tweeting

The FCC’s revised rules for telemarketers and text marketers, taking effect in October, could signal a big shift in how companies direct market, posits Julie O’Neill, a Morrison & Foerster attorney specializing in privacy issues.  One section prohibits the use of an autodialer to call or text cell phones for marketing purposes, unless the caller… Continue Reading

Biotech: Let’s Make a Deal

Scientific acumen is crucial—but so is an understanding of today’s deal market. The risks and costs of life sciences product development have become so high that few companies are willing to bear them on their own. As partnerships become vital, skill in dealmaking has become almost as vital as scientific acumen for today’s pharma and… Continue Reading

Bring Your Own Hassles

How to manage the explosion of employee-owned devices Time was, organizations provided employees with the computer hardware they needed for their jobs. Today, many workers prefer to use the same device for business and personal use. Organizations have signed on to accommodate employee demand, but also in the hope of saving IT costs. But “Bring… Continue Reading

Rolling in the Deep: Piracy might get the headlines, but industry problems—and solutions—run much deeper

Shortly after the rude arrival of Napster, the pioneering peer-to-peer file-sharing site, in 1999, this uninvited guest was eating the music industry’s lunch and eyeing its supper too.  Within a year, Napster could offer Madonna’s single, “Music,” even before its commercial release, and by 2001 it had more than 26 million users worldwide.  Adverse court… Continue Reading

Power to the People: Saving energy by sharing information

Social media adoption is increasing rapidly. So why not leverage this trend to realize a desired social outcome, like energy savings? That’s the inspiration behind a joint effort between San Francisco-based startup Opower, Facebook, and the National Resources Defense Council’s new app that empowers people to reduce their use of energy. Leveraging the Facebook platform,… Continue Reading

Keep Control in the Cloud: Good governance practices in the cloud reduce future risks and costs

More companies are implementing cloud-computing solutions, lured by the promise of lower costs and the ability to adjust capacity as needed.  While many companies have focused on cost, flexibility, and security when choosing their vendors, they shouldn’t overlook governance, or the degree of control the company can exert over its own data.  Good governance is… Continue Reading