Facebook’s disclosure last week that it had tinkered with about 700,000 users’ news feed
as part of a psychology experiment conducted in 2012 inadvertently laid bare what too few tech firms acknowledge: that they possess vast powers to closely monitor, test and even shape our behavior, often while we’re in the dark about their capabilities.
NYT, July 2, 2014, The Bright Side of Facebook's Social Experiments on Users
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's not just a people problem: Growing rates of obesity in pets have led to the emergence of fat farms offering "pawlates," "doga" and "Barko Polo," doggie versions of Pilates, yoga and Marco Polo to help slim down man's best friend. In the U.S., 53 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, up from 45 percent four years ago. In cats, the figure is almost 58 percent, said Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian and founder of the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention in Calabash, North Carolina. Overweight pets can suffer diabetes, joint problems, heart disease and decreased life expectancy, just like obese people, he said.
Associated Press, July 2, 2014
The Guardian, July 2, 2014
FREE BLAGO! … WELL, MAYBE
“any criminal conviction in U.S. history” other than Blagojevich’s in which a politician was convicted for trying to trade one job for another.