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Excellent Friday news: A lot of people do other things while on conference calls, including send emails, eat, text, go to the restroom, play video games, shop online and exercise.

White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel argues his lack of technical expertise is an advantage as it will keep him from getting distracted from the broad strategic picture.

Spotify’s new map shows places in the world where people have turned on the same song — a potential powerful tool for social interaction.

Revolving door: Bart Chilton, former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission member and an outspoken critic of high frequency trading, has been recruited for a Washington, DC-based effort to improve the industry’s image.

Pressure is mounting for new rules that would require lead partners at audit firms to sign off on the financial statements they prepare. The audit industry, of course, is resisting, as is the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Extremism full circle: The UK has warned watching the video of the execution of journalist James Foley is a crime under an anti-terrorism code.

Anonymous posts on Secret may not be very secret. The company has sealed up (with the help of friendly hackers) 42 security holes since February.

First Read was one of those kids who grew up in the 1980s mesmerized by Sierra’s adventure games like Kings Quest. News that Activision is resurrecting the label, and bringing back Kings Quest, just brightens our day.

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