A Tasty, Fun Way to Fight Hunger in AZ

Economic woes have hit Arizona harder than any other state, and higher unemployment means many Arizonans are struggling to feed their families. Demand for Emergency Food Boxes is up more than 50% from this time last year, according to the Arizona Association of Food Banks (AAFB). In Phoenix, it’s even higher. For example, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance is reporting a 90% increase in total distribution over the past year. But unfortunately, donations and funding have not enjoyed the same increases.

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Facebook Change in Terms Causes Online Uproar

I’ve had a presence on Facebook for a while, with a large group of both personal and professional friends. I update my status with regularity (with the help of Twitter), manage several fan pages, and spend entirely too much time on the site. I was one of the first people in my group of friends to ask if anybody had actually read the new terms of service (TOS) that popped up. The changes sparked an online uproar after popular blog Consumerist.com posted a blog on the changes called “Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: ‘We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.'”

“Now, anything you upload to Facebook can be used by Facebook in any way they deem fit, forever, no matter what you do later,” The Consumerist wrote. “Want to close your account? Good for you, but Facebook still has the right to do whatever it wants with your own content.”

The blogosphere was soon ablaze with postings on the controversial changes to TOS. In short, the new terms say all of the content you’ve ever uploaded on Facebook can be used, modified or even sublicensed by Facebook in every possible way – even if you quit the service. [Read more…]

Past headaches return for Tylenol?

The AP is reporting today that the 1982 “Tylenol killings” case is being revisited with new evidence seized in the Boston area.


If you are not familiar with the case; in a space of three days beginning Sept. 29, 1982, seven people who took cyanide-laced Tylenol in the Chicago area died. That triggered a national scare and a huge recall, and eventually led to the widespread adoption of tamperproof packaging for over-the-counter drugs. Nobody was ever charged, but James W. Lewis was believed to be the primary suspect. Lewis served more than 12 years in prison for sending an extortion note to Johnson & Johnson demanding $1 million to “stop the killing.”

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When HR needs PR

There’s no debating the fact that we live in the age of instant communication; information can span the globe in mere moments. Take news of the May earthquake in China, for example; information was spread instantly by Twitter users, easily scooping news organizations. In fact, many reporters were relying on tweets for information and reporting it on-air. “Tweets,” as messages on Twitter are called, are abbreviated text messages that can be instantly posted on online and sent to the mobile telephones of selected friends. For those of us who have made communications our profession, it has been remarkable to witness the evolution of Web 2.0, but along with the fascinating developments we’ve made are also a number of challenges that require adapting our organizations to the constantly evolving communications paradigm.

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