Reader: Is Apple’s Siri pro-life?, 2011 was ‘most difficult year in history’ for PP, In RI it’s a ‘holiday’ tree

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Siri, which is a voice recognition program for the iPhone, won’t help you find a place to get an abortion. Maybe this is why Siri is like that. The Grinch is alive in Rhode Island: Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an Independent, calls it a “holiday tree.” What holiday, si... More

Is Steve Jobs really the APPLE of our eye?

EDITOR’S NOTE: We welcome Jennifer Roche to as a guest blogger for the month of November. Here’s an article she wrote for us examining the business practices of Steve Jobs, who died October 5. Before Steve Jobs no business leader had been elevated to celebrity-cult status. Since the announcement of his passing, he has been mourned like a superstar, and the world over h... More


How much is that (custom) baby in the window?

So here’s the thing. If you’re looking for something to follow that’s strange, weird, and fascinating, forget reality TV or any other fiction. Just look into the largely unregulated world of assisted reproductive technologies (ART). It’s all especially ironic in light of the attention given to the fact that Steve Jobs was adopted, not ordered like an iProduct. Read more here. ...R... More


Steve Jobs, Requiescat in Pacem

Steve Jobs, visionary, has died of cancer. He was 56. Jobs was featured in CV's "Imagine Spot 2" as one of the many adopted persons who had a major impact. Stephen Green has a great short post that enumerates the absolutely remarkable impact this one man had on communications, technology, entertainment, the music industry, and, of course, personal computing. An excerpt: Even most suc... More



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