Friday Four: Technology’s Connection to the Empire State Building Shootings, Politics and Potties */?> Friday Four: Technology’s Connection to the Empire State Building Shootings, Politics and Potties

Posted by · August 24, 2012 3:17 pm

First of all, I want to say how saddened I am to hear about the shooting at the Empire State Building this morning.  It seems like random acts of violence are happening more and more these days; and honestly, it makes even going to the grocery store feel a little bit unsafe. Tech darling LinkedIn is one of the many companies that call the Empire State Building home.  Fortunately, according to their Twitter account, no one on the LinkedIn staff was harmed in the shooting.  Not surprisingly, Twitter users were among the first people to break the news of the shooting, though members of the blogosphere are taking issue with their reporting skills.

Today’s shooting marks the third time in just a matter of weeks that a gun-wielding maniac has taken innocent lives, making me think that gun control will be a big issue in this year’s election.  But before President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney crack down on crime, perhaps they should axe some of their Twitter followers. Not that it matters.  Paul Ryan will still be more popular than both of them.   (Does anyone else see Ryan’s resemblance to the Glee club leader?)

Speaking of politics, it seems my fellow Californians and I will not have to worry about having our locations tracked by law enforcement anymore. The rest of you will have to wait and see what happens with Senate Democrat Ron Wyden’s GPS Act or House Republican Jason Chaffetz Wireless Surveillance Act of 2012. And lest you think surveillance requests aren’t a big deal, think again.  Then again, if these requests help mitigate some of the aforementioned acts of violence, then track away, law enforcers, track away.

Since most of this edition of the Friday Four has been depressing, I’d like to end with a few lighthearted stories for you to take into your weekend.  First of all, good news for Battlestar Galactica fans: you’ll soon be able to stream it on Amazon Prime Instant Video.  (Parks and Rec fans, you’ll be able to stream that too!) Microsoft’s got a new logo, which is strikingly similar to Apple’s logo, and not nearly as cute as the fluffy kitty on the Techcrunch post about the similarities or nearly as funny (disturbing?) as the logo for Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ high-tech toilet campaign. Speaking of potties, here’s a question for you to take into your weekend: If you could create a multi-tasking toilet, what else would you want it to do?