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Tracking Your Every Move

From this week's magazine: When a teenager named Alyson in Bloomington, Ill., posted a Twitter message earlier this week about her dog's penchant for Cheetos, she had no idea that her whereabouts were being broadcast globally on Using just the tweet, the site posted her full name and photo, highlighted her precise location on Google Maps, and linked to a picture of her toy poodle, Fendi, being offered one of the puffy, orange-colored snacks.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 11:00am

Unemployment Steady, Gov't Job Losses Paint Ugly Picture

The unemployment rate held at 9.6% in September but the economy lost 95K jobs, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.

That unemployment rate held steady beat most economists' expectations. A survey of economists by Thomson Reuters released Thursday predicted that the unemployment rate would rise from 9.6% to 9.7%.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 8:50am

Starting Lineup: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Good Friday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. On the agenda today: Boehner makes his closing argument against Obama, the last jobs report before Election Day brings bad news for Democrats; Jerry Brown steps in it; the Massachusetts governor's race takes a turn for the bizarre; and Joe Biden stumps in Seattle.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 8:12am

Poll Shows Parents, Teens Concerned About Online Privacy

A poll released Friday shows that most parents are concerned that their children are sharing too much information online, and both parents and teens say more restrictions should be placed on what information is shared about children. The poll, released by Common Sense Media, found that 92 percent of parents say they worry that their children are sharing too much information online, while 79 percent of teens say they believe their friends share too much information online.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 1:00am

Obama Returns Home To A Purple-ish State

The gang was all there to greet President Obama when he arrived home in Chicago Thursday evening to raise cash for Illinois's struggling Democratic establishment.Mayor Richard Daley, Gov. Pat Quinn and Rep. Mike Quigley made the trip out to O'Hare Airport to welcome the president in person and ac

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Waiting For The Ax

The last major piece of economic news before November's election is unlikely to bring relief to the millions of American workers searching for jobs -- or to the Democratic lawmakers who soon may join them.Forecasters expect the Labor Department's 8:30 a.m. release of September unemployment statis

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Unemployment Holds Steady At 9.6 Percent

Updated at 4:10 p.m. The unemployment rate held steady at 9.6 percent in September, according to this morning's much-anticipated Labor Department jobs figures -- the last to be released before the November 2 midterm elections.The number was slightly better than economists' forecasts, which pre

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Jones To Depart White House

Updated on October 8 at 4:40 p.m. President Obama announced today that Gen. James Jones is stepping down as national security adviser later this month. He will be replaced by his deputy Thomas Donilon.Jones’ departure has been long expected, and Donilon was on a short list of potential replace

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Paladino Defends Outburst, Notes Cuomo's "Prowess"

After a week of headlines about his threats against an influential reporter his unsubstantiated accusation that his opponent committed adultery, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino bought three minutes of TV air time on upstate stations. No apologies were forthcoming.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 6:50pm

Dispute Over FM Chip Mandate In Mobile Phones Continues

The Consumer Electronics Association urged the National Association of Broadcasters not to pursue a Congressional mandate that would require manufacturers to install FM radio chips in all mobile phones in a letter sent to NAB on Thursday. The "free market, not government mandates," wrote CEA President Gary Shapiro "holds the best hope for ensuring that [manufacturing and broadcasting] continue to innovate and thrive." "We will vigorously oppose any effort to force manufacturers by legislative fiat to include legacy technology in devices," Shapiro added.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 4:56pm