Week in Review - July 24, 2013


As clearly evidenced by the flood of social media attention paid to the birth of the United Kingdom's royal baby this week, technology not only disseminates information faster but also makes it hard to avoid. Also reported this week, users are downloading anti-distraction apps to block social media because they cannot stop themselves from wasting time, and companies are developing new gesture recognition technology that eliminates both keyboards and touch screens. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals also contributed to the growth of information filters this week when it held that a service that records television and then automatically deletes the advertisements did not violate copyright laws. The Court found that the ability to record and skip commercials constituted “fair use.”
Technology and the Workplace
Apps Block Social Media Because Users Can't Stop Themselves (NPR)
Big Data Analysis Adds to Guest Worker Debate (NYTimes)
World leaders are on Twitter, but they’re not using it (WashPost)
The Myth Of Online Backup (Forbes)
Are Video Interviews the Future of Hiring? (Mashable)

Technology and the Law
Dish ad-skipping service doesn’t violate copyrights, appeals court rules (
Facebook "tagging" adds a new wrinkle to social media discovery (
Employer Handbook)
Is There a Reasonable Expectation of Privacy In Your Tweets? (
Delaware Employment Blog)
Judge Orders Google to Unmask Blogger (
How Obamacare's 'privacy nightmare' database really works (

There's an App for That
No Keyboard, and Now No Touch Screen Either (
18 Mac Apps Worth Paying For (Mashable)
Flipboard's user-created magazines now viewable via Web browsers (LATimes)
Samsung's own developer conference: A move to rely less on Google? (
The App of God (Atlantic)

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