>> is that the right number (of steps) for any of you?...It's just a number that's now built into the apps
It's worse that being built into a crappy little "health app" - it can actually cost you hundreds of dollars a month.
I was recently at a company where you got a discount on your health care plan if you walked 3,500 steps a day. With that in mind, I downloaded the related health-care app so I could reverse-engineer the web services and feed them the appropriate numbers each day to avoid paying more.
>> more Apple employees from more teams will be present, simply because they won't have to devote an entire day to being there
You'll have MORE employees, buzzing through so they can tell their managers they were there, but probably LESS engagement, because, you know, they gotta get back to the office and fill out those TPS reports so they can leave at a decent hour.
>> Facebook's social aspects could make it easier for potential employers to trawl your profile for details of your personal life
Umm...they already do. That's one of the reasons I quit Facebook years ago. And that was before one of my buddies who works in "gov PR" showed me how he uses Facebook to pinpoint exactly who is whining about what issue - regardless of the "friend" or "privacy" settings they have set up.
>> there also were beneficiaries -- namely consumers and employers
Er...have you have had to deal with H1B code? Most of the "security vulnerabilities" and other showstopping bugs I've seen over the last ten years could be traced to a "consultant" working as an indentured servant for one of the interchangeable Indian body shops.
If you work at a place with a decent IT shop, they'll happily put company email on your phone as long as you run their remote watch-and-wipe app. It's just not worth it to me - instead I publish my personal cell phone number everywhere along with a note "text me if it's serious" and check work emails when I get the next business day.
Political parties love candidates who can "self fund" especially in hopeless races. The political questions are probably coming from D-leaning pols who'd like to see some rich CEO run for office. (See Rahm's speech on recruiting candidates this week for an example.)