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+ - 101 Dumbest Moments in Business 2007

Submitted by gwoodrow
gwoodrow (753388) writes "Plenty of tech companies made this list. Blunderers of note to Slashdot include Comcast, Vonage, the FCC, RadioShack, HP, YouTube and others. Google, Microsoft, Sony and AOL make multiple appearances throughout.

One of my favorites: Number 28 on the list, National Semiconductor.

'In June, National Semiconductor boosts morale by handing every employee a 30-gigabyte iPod, for which it makes computer chips.

In July, National lays off 35 employees — and demands their iPods back, claiming that the portable music players are company "equipment."'"
Privacy

+ - Why web pirates can't be touched

Submitted by gwoodrow
gwoodrow (753388) writes "Forbes has a brief article about, essentially, the ultimate futility of fighting online pirates. From the article:

'Pirates don't just plunder. In Sweden, it seems, they also believe in sharing.

As the world's largest repository of BitTorrent files, ThePirateBay.org helps millions of users around the world share copyrighted movies, music and other files — without paying for them.

That's illegal, of course — at least it is in the U.S. But when Time Warner's (nyse: TWX — news — people ) Warner Bros. studio accused them of breaking U.S. copyright law in 2005, the pirates gleefully reminded the movie company that they didn't live in America, but rather in "the land of vikings, reindeer, Aurora Borealis and cute blond girls."'

Also touches on the many YouTube clones and AllofMP3.com. Nothing that most of us regular slashdotters haven't read/heard before, but a decent article nonetheless."
Editorial

+ - MySpace photo sagas continue

Submitted by gwoodrow
gwoodrow (753388) writes "We've all heard the "fired because of myspace" issues, where a simple blog or picture gets someone canned. But even as it's getting worse, the targets are fighting back:

"Teacher in training Stacy Snyder was denied her education degree on the eve of graduation when Millersville University apparently found pictures on her MySpace page 'promoting underage drinking.' As a result, the 27-year-old mother of two had her teaching certificate withheld and was granted an English degree instead. In response, Snyder has filed a Federal lawsuit against the Pennsylvania university asking for her education diploma and certificate along with $75,000 in damages."

The offending picture? A picture from halloween 2005 of Stacy in a pirate outfit drinking from a cup."

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