Toxic Sludge Is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry by John StauberI have always thought the PR industry was made up of a crooked bunch of shysters who would sell their own grandmothers if it could either get their press releases on the front page or - probably more common - bury news of the crooked deeds of their employers on the back page. Well, it turns out they are much worse than that.
The most shocking thing about this book is that it was written in around 1995 so the PR industry has had another two decades to think up even more immoral deceptions in the mean time.
To give you the flavor here is a brief example from that book of the cynicism of the PR industry that will make you fear for the future of the human values of honesty and integrity.
Many thinking people know that the PR companies have units that set up fake grass roots campaigns (astro-turf campaigns) intended to pressurize politicians.
But did you imagine there are even companies that specialize in telephoning round to try and find individuals who they can groom with a few grass roots opinions on a topic? These companies then conference-call their mark through to the relevant politicians phone while dropping off the line. This was in 1995 - just imagine how worse things must be today.
Wireless charging startup uBeam accused of being the next Theranos
They accuse the startup of being unable to fulfill promises made about its technology. More below]. But in a series of blog posts about the startup, the author asserts that the product is a sham. The criticism will increase the pressure on uBeam to reveal a working prototype. We contacted uBeam; it did not provide comment.
Over the last week I've heard from a number of people as to some significant events at uBeam - last Monday the 10th June around half th I'm happy, because there's finally a chance for me to write about something other than Energous - in this case to return to the topic of "Things That Just Shouldn't Be". Not content with just being a shade, this has everything you've always thought you needed when out on the deck in the sun. It's got lights in case the shade is a little too much, WiFi in case your phone lacks that kind of connectivity, speakers Harmon-Kardon! I'm surprised it doesn't mine bitcoins for you. Among any list of "first world problems", this product has to be pretty near the top of it. So 9 months after founding, the company exhibited at CES to launch a product concept only?
Over the last week I've heard from a number of people as to some significant events at uBeam - last Monday the 10th June around half th
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Over the last week I've heard from a number of people as to some significant events at uBeam - last Monday the 10th June around half th Thursday, August 22, Perry Out at uBeam. For someone who controls a pretty hefty amount of stock in the company, it's hard to be removed from the board.
Over the last week I've heard from a number of people as to some significant events at uBeam - last Monday the 10th June around half th Paul - Even at a greatly discounted price, who do you suppose would want to buy them? And if it was just for the IP, wouldn't the buyer do better to wait for a liquidation I honestly can't think of a situation where it makes sense to buy them. But dumb deals have been done before
Over the last week I've heard from a number of people as to some significant events at uBeam - last Monday the 10th June around half th So it appears that it's not just uBeam that will be showing at CES , but that Energous the company that claims to do at-distance wireless charging via RF will be there as well. While they are not in the official exhibitors list , one of the EEVBlog readers pointed out to me that they've applied for an experimental demo license from the FCC Special Temporary Authority to show equipment there that does not have FCC approval. They did this earlier this year for CES , as well as back in June when trying to demonstrate their earlier system to the FCC. It would be interesting to know why they did this - but without further information it is hard to tell. Forgotten, or done via a separate commercially available part? Note this power is way down from what they tried to demonstrate to the FCC in June - not only was it at 5.