Lydia DePillis

How to Prevent Chinese Employees From Stealing Secrets: Drunk Karaoke

That's one consultant's advice, anyway, for paranoid companies

That's one consultant's advice, anyway, for paranoid companies.

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In February, the Knight Foundation—a nonprofit devoted to the future of journalism—paid disgraced science writer Jonah Lehrer $20,000 to speak at a conference, only months after he was nailed for plagiarism and fabricating quotes. When the dollar amount became public, Knight apologized for rewarding bad behavior. But the fee itself wasn’t abnormal: Pretty much anyone with a smidgen of name-recognition can rake it in with canned speeches at conventions, graduations, and retreats—and you can find out how much many of them make on speaking bureaus’ websites.

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It should come as no surprise that The Internship, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson's dude flick about being 40-something summer interns at Google, is a two-hour infomercial for the famously fun-loving company.

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Why Tech Companies Are Better Than Phone Companies at Protecting Your Privacy

Verizon handed over data to the NSA. Why don't Google or Facebook?

Verizon may not have been able to fight a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, revealed last night by the Guardian, to hand over subscribers’ call data to the National Security Agency. But over the past decade, the phone company—and its competitors—haven’t tried very hard to resist such government surveillance.

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The Guilt Index: Tag Check

Just how bad you should feel when your new shirt says “made in X”

Just how guilty you should feel when your new shirt says “made in X.”

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The Myth of the ‘Twitter Police’

What a Washington Post story gets wrong about online outrage

What a Washington Post story gets wrong about online outrage.

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The Drain Catcher

Even superstar athletes fall for get-rich-quick schemes. Managing them is Corey Galloway's business.

Even superstar athletes fall for get-rich-quick schemes. Managing them is Corey Galloway's business.

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Why Did Apple Hire Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson?

It's a clever move by the embattled company

It's a clever move by the embattled company.

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Immigration Reform's Unwanted Foreigners

How the bill before Congress could ignite a trade war with India

Could the bill before Congress ignite a trade war with India?

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Grilled Apple

The political theater of CEO Tim Cook's congressional testimony

The political theater of CEO Tim Cook's congressional testimony.

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