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Travis Kalanick's Uber helps city dwellers get rides on demand in luxury cars, and he wants to launch a cheaper service, one closer in price to taxis. But Washington, D.C., Councilmember Mary Cheh proposed a law that would have imposed a price floor on such services -- and effectively prohibited the new service.
So Kalanick fought back: He called on customers to email the D.C. Council -- and one council member said he got 5,000 emails about the issue.
I'd like to take a moment to applaud the Pacific Legal Foundation and the legislature and governor of Missouri for putting an end to that state's certificate of necessity law for moving companies. The law gave established moving companies "the privilege of basically vetoing" a newcomer's application for a license, PLF says.
How many people got HIV because the FDA didn't even want to consider approving a home test for the deadly virus? That's the question Roger Parloff over at Fortune raises now that the FDA has approved one:
It's "hard to find another social group persecuted on such a large scale" as businessmen, says Boris Titov. Ayn Rand, of course, called big-business men "America's Persecuted Minority," but as bad as things were for American businessmen in her time, and as much worse as they are today, Titov is ombudsman for business rights in a country where things are even worse: Over the past decade, he tells the BBC, "Russia has imprisoned nearly three million entrepreneurs, many unjustly."
A deaf person and two deaf-advocacy organizations are suing Netflix for making movies available for instant online viewing without providing closed captioning. Failure to provide captions -- which may cost hundreds of dollars per movie -- is a form of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, they argue. (H/T Walter Olson.)
Imagine trying to innovate with this going on.
There's been a burst of creativity in smartphone apps. But the FDA wants to regulate the ones that help with health challenges. So, just as with drug manufacturers, programmers who think they can help you with your health may have to get permission first.
Well, not all of them.