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 Mitch Wagner

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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

Articles by Mitch Wagner
posted in February 2009

Shareholders Criticize Apple Over Steve Jobs' Health Disclosures

2/26/2009
Apple shareholders are taking the company to task over how it handled disclosures about Steve Jobs's health, saying the company needs to be more forthcoming about the CEO's condition. But Apple directors say they've done nothing wrong -- and that nothing has changed since Jobs announced last month that he was withdrawing from day-to-day operations, and the ailing CEO plans a June return.

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Lawmakers Twitter During Obama Address

2/25/2009
Lawmakers listened to President Obama's not-the-State-of-the-Union address with their heads bowed -- not in respect or in prayer, but so they could better share their observations and comments with followers on Twitter. About a dozen federal legislators Twittered before, after, or during the speech, according to a roundup at the Huffington Post.

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An Apple Netbook Won't Just Be A Notebook For 'Cheapskates'

2/24/2009
ZDNet's Adrian Kinglsey-Hughes writes a blog I would have agreed with 100% a few weeks ago, ridiculing the idea of Apple shipping a netbook. A netbook is a machine for the budget market, he argues. Apple makes devices for people willing to spend more to get the best, and isn't going to compromise quality to cut costs. "If I was going to go down that line I'd also want a cheap yacht, a cheap Rolex, and a cheap Ferrari," he argues.

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Internet Child-Protection Bill Raises Too Many Questions

2/24/2009
Are you a child molester? I know I'm not. And yet U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Lamar Smith apparently think that there's a pretty good chance we both are. They've introduced bills that would require Internet service providers to keep customer records for two years. The law presents all kinds of creepy potential for abuse, and I don't see any reason to believe that it will be a cost-effective way to reduce the problem of molestation.

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How Social Media Changes The Way Citizens Talk To Government

2/19/2009
An interesting article in Federal Computer Week looks at how social media are changing the face of public participation in government. Traditional public comment has citizens talking to government, and government (hopefully) listening. But social media involves people talking to each other, with government in the mix participating in the discussion.

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Where Does Apple Go From Here?

2/19/2009
Apple's got room for future triumphs -- but it also faces threats from a battered economy, rejuvenated competitors, and a leadership crisis precipitated by Steve Jobs' illness.

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How Do You Measure Success On Social Media?

2/13/2009
I got active on social media in 2007, when I became a Twitter addict, and continued all through last year, expanding my social media empire onto LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr, FriendFeed, Tumblr, and more. But recently, I've hit a bit of a wall. It's not that I'm pulling back from social media involvement -- I'm still hooked. But I'm having a tough time figuring out what the next step is. I'm having a tough time figuring out what the business value of all this is, or will be. And I can't really fig

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Critics Spank Congressman For Twittering From Baghdad

2/12/2009
Pete Hokestra did what a lot of people do. While traveling overseas, he posted regular updates to Twitter, to keep the folks at home informed. But Hoekstra isn't just any Twitterer: He's a congressman, his trip was a congressional delegation to Iraq, and now he's taking heat for possibly violating security protocols and endangering everyone he was traveling with.

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Is The Federal CTO Job Too Much For One Person?

2/11/2009
When Candidate Obama promised to create a national Chief Technology Officer, it was part of his campaign to bring change and new ways of governing to the White House. But what will the CTO job entail? What will the responsibilities be? Now that Obama is president, he has a lot of work to do to define the parameters of the job, even before the new CTO starts work. The job could entail many different responsibilities, some different enough that they might be better split into different positions.

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Twitter Makes It To 'The Price Is Right'

2/11/2009
Last month, a group of friends who hang out on Twitter made an excursion from San Diego to L.A. to try to appear on the game show The Price Is Right. One of them succeeded: Peggy Gartin, who goes by the handle @thepegisin, got called by the announcer to come on down.

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Street Signs Hacked To Warn About Zombies, Raptors

2/5/2009
It's a funny story, but it has a serious point: Hackers in Illinois and Texas fiddled with electronic street signs to warn motorists about upcoming zombies and raptors. "The latest breach came during Tuesday morning's rush hour near Collinsville, Ill., east of St. Louis. That's where hackers changed a sign along southbound Interstate 255 to read, 'DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES,'" according

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Second Life Plays Host To Healthcare Hearings

2/4/2009
Avatars don't need health care, but the people at the keyboard do. That's why a Chicago marketer, who previously worked on the Budweiser "Wassup" campaign, organized a hearing on health care policy for then-President-elect Obama in Second Life.

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New iPhone 3G Due In June: Reports

2/3/2009
Apple is planning to release the next version of the iPhone in June, with support for running apps in the background and a brand new, more powerful hardware architecture, according to reports on the buzzing Apple blogs.

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