So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski gave a few prepared remarks at a back-to-school even in Washington and asked that kids consume their media in moderation, the internet's wonderful but maybe don't overdo it, and also please don't text and drive. Sounds good! And hopefully we're still at a point where being sensible isn't news. Just barely. [NY Times]
Auckland, New Zealand Hands Out Free Wi-Fi Like Candy
Congratulations, Auckland commuters! Your city has granted you free Wi-Fi for your public transit system. You get three sessions, 30 minutes a day. Worth noting: this is somehow rugby-related. Then again, when you think about it, isn't everything? [ComputerWorld]
Lowes Will Start Using iPhones to Check You Out
Not in a pervy way! They're going to swipe your cards through iPhones in a set-up similar to what's used at the Apple Store. They're not the first to do it, they won't be the last, but it'll sure make it easier to get out of the store with that step-ladder in a hurry. [Bloomberg, Photo credit: Chris Keane]
Germany Is Cracking Down on Beer Bikes
1) What is a beer bike? 2) Why do we not have any? 3) No, seriously, why do we not have any? [Der Spiegel]
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