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Tech and policy: Social media and the workplace; Groupon halts gun deals; will Google pay French news outlets?

Once again, we're at the intersection of tech and policy: • Talking shop in the age of social media is fraught with all kinds of issues. The National Labor Relations board has been asking employers to rewrite or scale back rules Read More →

The Pat and Mike Chat: Jan. 22, 2013

Welcome back, everyone (assuming "everyone'' has shown up as expected). Hope you enjoy our five-minute rumination on the hottest new verb in Moneyland (as in, "Let's just BK' the whole thing''), while we try to get our heads around the sprawling Read More →

Quoted: Steve Ballmer slammed in new book by ex-Microsoft exec

"They don't need this guy on stage with this fierce, aggressive look, announcing the next version of Windows and thinking he can score with that." — Joachim Kempin, whom the Associated Press says is the most senior Microsoft executive Read More →

Off topic: Chinese-English translation, imprisoned dads dance with their daughters, pop culture times two, all about ‘you’

Beijing, we have a problem: Famed shopping street in the Chinese capital is told to clean up its English translations. (via Marginal Revolution) A father-daughter dance — in prison. In the age of Honey Boo Boo and TV Read More →

Apple earnings coming this week; let the betting begin

Remember Apple’s Map Flap, when its new iPhone 5 app was erroneously sending some users, well, all over the map? That’s sort of where the analysts are this week as they anxiously await Apple’s quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. Their estimates Read More →

An Inaugural Shout Out on Climate Change

After an election season in which climate change was barely mentioned, President Barack Obama gave a hearty shout out to climate change in his Inaugural address Monday. From the speech: "We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans Read More →

Tech and free speech: ‘Make Me Asian’ app removed; Amazon book reviews; North Korea tech and cell phones

Tech news with a free-speech flavor: • Google has reportedly removed the "Make Me Asian" app and others like it from its Play Store after an outcry that the apps were racist. "Make Me Asian" allowed users Read More →

Sergey Brin and Google Glass on the #3 train ..

What’s that about a photo being worth a thousand words? This one and the accompanying caption, both posted on Twitter yesterday by Brooklyn resident Noah Zerkin, say a lot .. “Yeeeah... I just had a brief conversation with the most Read More →

Quoted: In France, a push to tax Google, others’ collection of user data

"They have a distinct value, poorly reflected in economic science or official statistics." — from a report commissioned by French President François Hollande, referring to the mounds of personal user data collected by big American companies such Read More →

Off topic: Cleaning up seedy motels, dolls and divorce, mac and cheese and patents, diagramming life and love, states quiz

With the Olympics three years away, Rio's "love hotels" are trading in the round beds.  A reflection of reality: An American Girl doll's back story involves divorce. The mac-and-cheese war — who knew there was one Read More →
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