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Tim Fernholz

Tim Fernholz covers state, business and society for Quartz.
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Apple and Others Could Stop Smartphone Theft. Here’s Why They Don’t

May 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Now that we all love carrying tiny computers worth hundreds of dollars in our hands and waving them around at every opportunity, smartphone theft has become common. According to the US Federal Communications Commission, 30% to 40% of robberies in major US cities involve smartphones. In Europe and Australia, stolen...

SpaceX Takes a Hit as NASA Chooses Russia’s Space Agency Instead

May 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Blaming budget cuts, the US space agency NASA signed a $424 million contract with Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, to ferry six American, European, Japanese or Canadian astronauts to the International Space Station through 2016. Apparently space flight isn’t immune to outsourcing when countries or companies are looking to cut...

Could Taking Down Zombie Satellites Be as Lucrative as Launching Them?

April 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The European Space Agency’s conference on space junk, which just wrapped up in Germany, brought news both bad and good for the space industry. The bad news: The $100 billion worth of satellites orbiting earth are in more danger than ever from space junk. The good news: There could be...

Is Facebook’s Immigration Lobbying Because It Can’t Find Workers, or Just Wants to Pay Them Less?

April 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Proposed changes to the US immigration system would be a boon for America’s tech companies, but some worry that if Facebook, Google and others get their way, it will just give them more leverage over employees at the bargaining table. The legislation would increase the number of H-1B skilled worker...

Could a Satellite Company Decongest American Wi-Fi and Save Itself In the Process?

March 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Go ahead and take a look at how many wireless networks can be detected on the device you’re using to read this story. Chances are, you’ll see quite a few, especially if you’re in a city. If you’re using Wi-Fi, this article, and whatever else you’re after on the internet,...

Can America code its way to more factories?

February 21, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the simpler stories we tell about the global economy involves still-industrializing markets taking over much of the world’s manufacturing, while advanced economies provide the design, software architecture and innovation. It’s a useful framework, but it doesn’t take into account innovation coming from emerging markets, and perhaps more importantly,...

Seven ways to look at US Energy Secretary Steve Chu’s resignation and legacy

February 1, 2013 US Energy Secretary Steven Chu confirmed that he will leave his position a few weeks into President Barack Obama’s second term. Chu is something of a nerd hero: A Nobel-prize-winning physicist for his work on how lasers affect cooling atoms, he was a professor at Stanford University and then the...

The private drone industry is like Apple in 1984

January 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the Phantom first takes off, it sounds like a swarm of bees. But when it rockets 200 feet into the air at 25 miles per hour, you can’t hear it at all. It’s just a small dot with blinking lights, waiting where you tell it to wait, taking pictures...

Why the $1 trillion platinum coin won't solve the U.S. debt problem

January 8, 2013 When faced with absurdity, it can feel like the only recourse is more absurdity. The U.S. public borrowing limit, as it is constituted today, is fairly absurd: While Congress separately authorizes and appropriates a yearly budget running into the red, it is also threatening to stop paying America’s bills, potentially...

Baseball players are also worried about the fiscal cliff

December 3, 2012 Athletes aren’t economic indicators, but we can get yet another take on the fiscal cliff, thanks to public interest in sports wheeling and dealing. B.J. Upton, the talented Major League Baseball outfielder, just signed a $75.25 million deal to play for the Atlanta Braves in the next five years. That’s...