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    Could China Suicides Hurt Apple's Image?

    The spate of troubling suicides at Foxconn Technology Group, a major Chinese manufacturer of consumer electronics, presents a problem for companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell—and their gleaming, precision-engineered reputations.
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    Tylenol, Former PR Pros, May Face Criminal Charges for Recalled Meds

    Oops, looks like we’re going to need a new example of good corporate public relations. The FDA has referred McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the division of Johnson & Johnson that makes Tylenol, to its crime division for allegedly playing fast and loose with quality control. In congressional hearings held this morning, Deputy Commissioner Joshua Sharfstein revealed that the FDA had “growing concerns about the quality of the company’s manufacturing process.” Sharfstein’s strong words come just a month after McNeil recalled millions of bottles of children’s and infants’ medicines, including Tylenol, Motrin, and Benadryl. According to a company press release, the reason for the largest medicine recall in American history is that “Some of the products included in the recall may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than is specified; others may contain inactive ingredients that may not meet internal testing requirements; and others may contain tiny particles. While the...
  • Microsoft Running Out of Excuses

    I’m wondering what excuses Microsoft will invent to explain away the fact that Apple has now surpassed Microsoft in terms of market value. The unofficial version from Microsoft, delivered over the past few years in off-the-record conversations, has basically boiled down to the notion that investors are fickle creatures who are so swept up in Apple’s hype and hysteria that they fail to see how great Microsoft still is.
  • Who Said Facebook Owes You Privacy?

    Am I the only one that sees the irony in quitting Facebook because you feel your privacy is being violated? You signed up for it. It's a free service and you volunteered to use it. You can always sign off.
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    Facebook: Friend, Foe, or Frenemy?

    Mark Zuckerberg and company may be technological whizzes, says Dan Lyons. But they’ve got a lot to learn about customer and public relations.
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    Politicians Really Are Prone to Hypocrisy

    Could the seemingly inexhaustible supply of high-profile hypocrites reflect the fact that the media covers the Richard Blumenthals of the world and not your philandering, church-deacon neighbor? In a word, no. They are worse than the rest of us.
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    How 9/11 Affected Birthrate

    Scientists have long known that stress can depress the male-to-female birth ratio, but the study in BMC Public Health zones in on miscarriage, rather than several other potential factors, as the culprit for the 9/11 drop. To make the analysis, researchers compiled data on fetal death from 1996 to 2002, for a total of some 156,000 fetal deaths of both genders. in September 2001, the rate of male fetal deaths increased by 12 percent over September 2000.
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    A Doctor on Why She Left Pediatrics

    It’s been more than 11 years since I last stepped into my office as Dr. Li, the pediatrician. After 10 years in private practice I decided to say goodbye to the profession I had been preparing for my whole life. It wasn’t an easy decision to leave.
  • 'Autism Doctor' Loses His Medical License

    Andrew Wakefield, the sham scientist whose now-retracted 1998 paper led millions of parents to believe in a link between autism and the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, has just lost his license to practice medicine in Britain. This sounds like an important development, but Wakefield doesn't think so. On the "Today Show" this morning, he described it as "a little bump in the road." ...
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    The Twitter Universe

    Today in infographics that are cool but really far too big for your monitor: From IA, the 140 most influential people on Twitter, sorted by name, handle, category, influence and activity (via Mashable)
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    Who Needs Friends Like Facebook?

    Facebook's current troubles began in April, when it rolled out new rules that push members to share more information about themselves. Facebook also said it would start sharing info with some partners like Yelp, Pandora, and Microsoft. Tech pundits howled. Some vowed to quit Facebook. Government officials in Europe, Canada, and the United States threatened to take action.
  • Bigger, Stronger, Faster: Doping, Training, and Human Evolution, and How Sports Change as Players Get Huge

    Floyd Landis's admission that he did indeed take performance-enhancing drugs is one of the least shocking sports headlines in recent memory. In fact, the idea that doping scandals are still making news might be more surprising: illegal drug use exists in all major sports. It's a vicious cycle: players get bigger as the sport evolves, others feel the need to take performance-enhancing drugs to compete, and they get even bigger as a result. The good news: doping is down, according to David Baron, professor and chair of psychiatry and behavioral science at Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital. During this year's Olympics, where he helped coordinate the drug screening, no athletes tested dirty. "I don’t think we learned to be better cheaters," he says. "The culture is there are other things we can do: you can get fairly close [to the effects of steroids without the side effects] with high-end training techniques available now that didn’t exist." ...
  • EXCLUSIVE: One Of The Heroes Behind the MetaFilter Human-Trafficking Rescue Speaks Out

    Late Wednesday night, Kathrine Gutierrez Hinds, 24, came across a frightening story—unfolding in real time on an online message board—about two young Russian women who, by the looks of it, were about to unwittingly become hostesses at a seedy nightclub. Now, less than 48 hours later, they are sleeping in her Chelsea apartment in Manhattan, and she is trying to keep them safe while helping them figure out their next move. In an exclusive interview with NEWSWEEK, she tells her story, which, unfortunately, isn’t over yet. ...
  • Pakistan to the Internets: Shut Up!

    What happens when the president of Pakistan awkwardly interrupts a stump speech to lean to the side of his podium and sneer "Shut up" at a group of noisy spectators below? The Internet happens, of course; every smart-ass with a Youtube account promptly gets to work setting Zardari's deliciously unfortunate gaffe to pop music, in loop. But then Pakistan's government happens right back,  shutting down the entire video-sharing site for hours to keep news of the gaffe from spreading. ...
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    The Invisible Gorilla: And Other Ways Our Intuitions Deceive Us

    Did you see that gorilla just run by? Probably not. Expanding on a psychological experiment that garnered some very surprising results, Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons challenge the confidence you have about how well you observe the world around you, and how you see yourself.
  • Does It Work? Kevin Costner's Oil-Cleaning Machine

    Kevin Costner has a machine that he says could help clean up the massive oil slick from the ongoing spill in the gulf. Developed with the help of his scientist brother, Dan Costner, the device uses centrifugal force to separate oil from water. It draws in an oil-water mixture at up to 200 gallons per minute, and spits out separate streams of oil and water from the other end. Kevin Costner has reportedly spent millions on the device over the years and believes that he has finally found a use for it. BP officials say the company plans to test some of Costner's machines in the coming days. ...
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    Sayonara, iPhone: Why I'm Switching to Android

    I was already fed up with my lousy AT&T service, and was seriously considering switching to the HTC Incredible, an Android-powered phone that runs on the Verizon network. But then, after seeing Google's new mobile-phone software, I've made up my mind. Goodbye, Apple. I'm ditching my iPhone. Seriously, I'm gone.
  • Autism Doesn't Necessarily Lead to Divorce, But What Does?

    Marriage, as everyone knows, is hard work. And couples who face undue stress—a lost job, a foreclosed home, the death of a child—have an even harder time staying together. That's what make the results a new study of parents with autistic children so interesting. There's long been a statistic that's floated around the autistic community: parents whose children are diagnosed are 80 percent more likely to get divorced. "You can imagine the impact of getting a diagnosis of autism, and immediately following that getting a diagnosis of divorce," says Brian Freedman, Ph.D.,  who wanted to find out if such a dire prognosis was true....
  • DNA: Congress on the Case

    The claims of DNA testing companies such as those I describe here are about to get some much-needed scrutiny. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, chaired by Rep. Henry A. Waxman, has just sent letters to the big three (23andMe, Navigenics, and Pathway Genomics) asking for more information than the companies have in the past been willing to divulge. It will be interesting to see what kind of response the congressmen get, but one committee source is already expecting pushback from the companies' lawyers. ...
  • The Thinking Person's Guide to Easing Tourette's

    Add Tourette syndrome to the list of psychiatric and neurological disorders that you may be able to think your way out of.That is only a slight exaggeration, but then emphasis is on “slight.” The recognition that mental illnesses are biological diseases of the brain is a welcome change from the medieval notion that they are evidence of witchcraft, demonic possession, “refrigerator mothers,” and the like, but the conclusion that scientists leapt to—that the only effective treatments for biological diseases are drugs—is both illogical and unfortunate. Hard on the heels of research showing that changing the way a patient thinks and behaves can be as effective in treating depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (to name just two) comes evidence that changing behavior can also alleviate Tourette syndrome.Tourette’s, which strikes an estimated 6 in 1,000 school-age children, is characterized by verbal and behavioral tics such as repetitive and uncontrolled blinking, head jerking,...
  • Pesticides, ADHD, and Personal Health: Why We Can't Always Control What Happens to Our Brains and Bodies

    If a study found that Acme Brand Cleaning products led to cancer in kids, you'd better believe that parents would step up: they'd boycott Acme Brand, they'd write angry letters to both the CEO and the government, and they'd create such an uproar that the cleaning products would be pulled from the shelves. The PR would be so bad that Acme Brand might even have to change its name.Consumers have a lot of power when they vote with their wallets. But when it comes to things like pesticides and chemicals, the ability of individuals to enact change becomes a lot less likely. And still, after the study linking ADHD in children to pesticide exposure was released yesterday, several articles followed up by telling parents "what you can do" to keep kids safe. Although the study is one of the more comprehensive takes we have on how exposure to chemicals can alter children's brains, it has a few flaws: first, it doesn't prove anything—because we can't...
  • Why DNA Doesn't Always Predict Disease

    The latest research to throw cold water on the crystal-ball powers of DNA is a paper in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. It starts out as a standard genomewide association study (GWAS) in which scientists sequence genomes of people with and without particular diseases and identify genetic variants associated with those illnesses.
  • North Carolina Battles Amazon in Tax Dispute

    Like most states, North Carolina has faced a budget shortfall in recent years. But its response—to tax online purchases—has been more novel, and potentially lucrative, than most. The effort, which began last summer with a law requiring Amazon and other e-retailers to collect state taxes, was modeled after a similar bill in New York. Amazon sued the Empire State, however, arguing that Web sales are exempt under the protections offered to mail-order catalogs and home-shopping channels. So North Carolina shifted its approach. Earlier this year, it moved to audit Amazon in an effort to collect hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes back to 2003.