8:11am

Wed August 8, 2012
Morning Trail Mix

Kodak patents at silent auction today and 3D info from 2D images

Good morning. 

Kodak patent assets are on the (silent) auction block today.

The Seneca Indian Nation and New York state have agreed on a deal for the Southern Tier Expressway.

Hurry up and adopt HTML5 already.

Thinking of ditching your facebook account? People think you're a flake.

Increased natural gas production means cheaper prices.

The DEC report on fracking is going to be really heavy to carry around.

Late mortgage payments hit 3-year low.

Government

The Seneca Indian Nation is to receive 3% administrative fee on $28.5 million highway project, (Niagara Gazette).

Capitol Confidential has some good old-fashioned double-dipping to report. 

4,000 pages and counting, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens tells Gannett that "...everything is under consideration and nothing is final" when it comes to the report on hydrofracking options for NY state.

And more on the issue of cybersecurity from NPR, a topic also covered last week by Innovation Trail's Marie Cusick.

Late mortgages hit 3-year low in the 2nd quarter, reports Alex Veiga for AP and Bloomberg.

Cuomo gives more insight into his attitudes to home rule as he answers some questions on Article X at Fort Drum, (North Country Public Radio).

Technology

Employers will think you're a flake if you don't have a facebook page. (Forbes)

It's an investment group led by Google Inc. up against an investment group led by Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. bidding behind closed Manhattan law firm doors on valuable Kodak patents. (Matthew Daneman and the Democrat and Chronicle.)

And this is a useful backgrounder by the Democrat and Chronicle's patent reporter Sean Lahman on the Rochester company Pictometry International's new take on aerial photography, (see above).

More detail on the Fort Drum biomass project from North Country Public Radio and this working document put together by the Adirondack Common Ground Alliance says that a pro-fracking decision in NY would be bad news for the potential biomass market. (ADK Futures.)

Hurry up and adopt HTML5 urges Ryan Paul at ars technica.

Energy

Increased production of natural gas (partly thanks to hydrofracking) has had an impact on company balance sheets, reports NPR's Jeff Brady.

Josie Garthwaite at Grist does a neat job of explaining the ins and outs of petroleum pricing.

Education

A New York Times editorial outlines the details of fraudulent behavior by some private companies providing special education services in the state. 

Environment

A new manager at the nation's most attended National Park decides his priorities. (Niagara Gazette).

This has been the hottest year on record in the Northeast says the Northeast Regional Climate Center as reported by at timesunion.com.

The Great Drought and how its going to impact on food prices writes Michael T. Klare for TomDispatch.com.

From the Innovation Trail today:

Daniel Robison in Buffalo reports on a blue-colored virus buster the size of your washing machine.

Ryan Delaney looks at why Syracuse wants companies to take on more interns.

Plus other good stuff.