Christie Gets Testy About His Weight

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took on a former White House doctor who said he was at risk of dying in office because of his weight, calling her a “hack” and telling her to “shut up” unless she examines him, ABC News reports. Said Christie: “If she wants to get on a plane and […]

Quote of the Day

“I’ve always viewed politics the following way: if you do a good job at the job you’re doing, you’ll have opportunities to do other things in the future. Maybe things you never envisioned.” — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), quoted in a cover story in Time magazine. Read more from the original source…

Americans Confused About the NRA

A new Quinnipac poll finds that an astonishing 92% of Americans, including 89% of Republicans, support requiring a background check for all would be gun buyers. Fifty-six percent support banning assault weapons and high capacity magazine clips. That said, Americans also say they think the National Rifle Association better represents their views than President Obama, […]

Jeb Bush Tries to Buy a Baseball Team

The Miami Herald reports that Jeb Bush was rebuffed in an offer to buy the Miami Marlins baseball team during the offseason. First Read: “Just asking… but doesn’t the fact… send a signal he’s not all that interested in running for president? Trying to buy a baseball team doesn’t exactly say your focus is prepping […]

Why Some Brand Extensions Are Brilliant and Others Are Just Awkward

When done correctly, a brand extension can be a huge hit, with the only complaint among consumers amounting to Why didn’t they do that sooner? Sometimes, though, the launch of a new product featuring a well-known brand is such a mismatch the reaction is more like What were they thinking? Brand extensions are all around […]

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Decline to 366K

(WASHINGTON) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, indicating companies continue to hire at a modest but steady pace. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 350,500, the lowest in nearly five years. The average is […]

How a $54K-Per-Year School Is Deemed a ‘Best Value College’

The private universities listed in a new “Best Value Colleges” roundup run $54,200 annually for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. That sounds pretty expensive, and it is. Could it also represent a good value? What if students actually paid less than half the list price? In fact, that’s what the majority of students […]

How to Fine-Tune Your Privacy Settings for Facebook Graph Search

Facebook Graph Search is coming, and now — before it hits — is a good time to tweak your Facebook privacy settings. What is it? Graph Search is a new search function within Facebook. It’s not yet been officially launched yet, but it is available in Beta. Graph Search differs from existing Facebook search functions […]

Nearly a Million iOS Apps and Discovery Still Sucks

There are well over 800,000 iOS apps in the App Store, 300,000 of which are native to the iPad, and I’m constantly surprised and irritated at Apple’s inability to help its customers discover great apps. Of course, maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m the only one who actively goes into Apple’s various App Store points […]

Windows 3.1: Geeks’ New Choice for Graphics?

They say everything old is new again, and it would be difficult to find a better example than a post on Slashdot last week. “Why a Linux User Is Using Windows 3.1” is the title of said post, which refers to a recent NetworkWorld story by the same name. “About two weeks back, I was […]

Small Cells Could Solve AT&T’s Data Problem

It looks as though AT&T Mobility has developed a small cell solution to the wireless industry’s spectrum shortage — a data capacity problem that will affect customers of every carrier. AT&T’s is not the only solution — there will be others as well — but it is an important one. The wireless industry has been […]

5 Business Lessons to Learn From PR Flacks

As a journalist covering technology, you get bombarded with material from PR people trying to get you to write about their clients. Although there are some stellar PR people, the majority of pitches I get are not targeted at what I write about, addressed to the wrong person, or make claims that are demonstrably false […]