Friday, February 17, 2012

Week in Review

This week both Washington and the workplace paid close attention to technology.  Congress plans to approve a bill that will auction public airwaves in order to help cover the payroll tax cut extension.  The Federal Trade Commission called for better privacy notices for apps directed at kids.  App developers came under scrutiny by members of Congress after reports that many developers were gathering information from phone address books without the owner's knowledge.  And workplaces are realizing how mobile technology saves both time and money.
Technology and the Workplace
Why Companies Should Force Employees to Unplug (Time)
Technology "Geeks" the Most Productive Employees, Says Research (ComputerWeekly.com)
Mobile Apps Save Small Businesses Time and Money, Study Finds (HuffingtonPost)

Technology and the Law
Congress Will Auction Public Airwaves to Pay for Benefits (NYTimes)
Mobile Apps Take Data Without Permission (NYTimes)
Minnesota Court Hears Case on University Student's Facebook Speech Rights (TwinCities.com)
FTC Report Calls for More Notice Involving Mobile Apps Directed to Kids (InsidePrivacy)
Judge Allows Incriminating Text Messages Between Spouses in Child Abuse Trial (ABA Journal)
DOJ Losses in Two High-Profile Bribery Trials Linked to Racy Texts by FBI Agents (ABA Journal)

There's an App for That
Pinterest: A Scrapbook on the Web Catches Fire (NYTimes)
Tapping Your Inner Spielberg with a Software Assist (NYTimes)
Top 5 Best New Apps of the Week (Mashable)

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