These may be the first elections in which class will carry more weight than race; the “right to be forgotten” threatens freedom of speech on the Internet; meanwhile, some smartphone voice recognition software is racist and sexist. These discoveries and more below.
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Apple Asks Outside Group to Inspect Factories
Responding to a growing outcry over conditions at its overseas factories, Apple said Monday that an outside organization had begun to audit working conditions at the plants where the bulk of iPhones, iPads and other Apple products are built, and that the group would make its finding public.
A Grave New Threat to Free Speech From Europe
At the end of January, Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, announced a sweeping new privacy right: the “right to be forgotten.”
Dogs Against Romney
A protest planned for the Westminster dog show is the latest sign the scandal Mitt Romney’s treatment of his dog, Seamus, during a 1983 road trip, just won’t die.