Week in Review - May 30, 2013


The pocket dial: it happens to the best of us. Usually it ends in muffled silence, but, as the events of this week show, sometimes it can result in major life changes, like unemployment or prison time. Take, for example, the two Florida men featured below. One, working as a pizza delivery driver, pocket-dialed a recent customer and left an unintended voicemail full of racial epithets. He and the coworker he was talking to both lost their jobs. A second Florida man betrayed by his backside this week pocket-dialed 911 and inadvertently recorded a message about his intention to murder another individual. His plan was carried through minutes later, and the caller is now facing first-degree murder charges.

Other interesting articles this week discuss UCLA surgeons' use of social media to give a glimpse into their surgeries, the workplace consequences of constantly being glued to our cellphones, and Facebook's response to an alarming increase in sexist hate speech online.

Technology and the Workplace
Papa Johns' Driver Butt-Dials Customer, Leaves Racist Musical Message (MSN) (Lawffice Space)
House Dems Float Employee Social Media Privacy Bill (Law 360) (Employer Handbook)
UCLA Surgeons Using Vine, Instagram to Tweet Brain Surgery (LA Times)
Just Look Me in the Eye Already: the Workplace Perils of Staring at Our Phones (WSJ)
Journalists Threatened After Finding Massive Security Lapse (ABA Journal)

Technology and the Law
"Pocket Dial" to 911 Leads to Murder Arrest (WSJ)
Under Pressure, Facebook Targets Sexist Hate Speech (CNN)
Do Police Really Use Aircraft to Enforce Speed Limits? (Slate)
Ex-Marine Detained After Facebook Posts Files Suit (WSJ)

There's an App for That
Gmail's New Inbox Can Auto-Organize Your Messages (CNN)
Roam the World and Keep the Cellphone on a Budget (NYT)
FDA Questions iPhone App that Analyzes Urine (LA Times)
10 Apps for Enjoying the Great Outdoors (Mashable)
Forget the Bake Sales, Fundraising Goes Digital with Schoola.com (LA Times)

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