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Tuesday Workplace News Round-up

I'm so busy I'm not sure what day it is. Tuesday? I think that's right. Well, that's how my week is going. Hope you're having a good one. Here are some headlines catching my eye today:

Be careful charging things to your employer.

JP Morgan Chase is letting employees test out the iPhone. Let's just hope they don't help create another economic bubble while they're testing it.

Middle class tax rates will go up again at the end of the year unless Congress act soon. Oh crap, that means taxes will go up.

70 employees are asked to hand back bonuses given to them a year ago. But the boss is accused of operating a Ponzi scheme, so...

The average American employee who still has a job has been with his or her employer for 4.4 years, according to new numbers.

Cuba is laying off one million government employees.

More women than men are piling it higher and deeper.

Gay federal workers in the United States can now take leave without pay.

Meanwhile, a vote on repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is set for next week in the U.S. Senate. The Pentagon seems to be digging in for a fight, though.

Michael Kinsley ponders if the Baby Boomers can save the U.S. economy. I say, let's give them some snacks and a few Wings albums and let them get to work on it.

I think I speak for Generation X when I say, "No, no, noooooo!"

Robert Half International finds the recession has united us. Yeah, we're all unemployed now.

If you're a headhunter or job recruiter with dreams of a reality show, here's your chance.

Warren Buffett says all will be well. Whew.

The four-month strike at Mott's is finally over.

Going to Kenya next week? You might want to pack a flashlight.

An Ivy League education isn't a job guarantee in this recession.

Oh, great. The cost of employer health plans will increase almost 11% over the next year.

Working Mother magazine's list of the 100 best companies for working mothers is out.

Small companies will get to keep dealing with all those 1099 forms.

Inventories are up! Inventories are up!

The world needs more people like Uncle Toni. That is all.

The Senate Democrats smack down a Republican filibuster to give small businesses a $30 billion lending fund and $12 billion in tax relief.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary says the company should ditch all of its co-pilots. Now others are saying Ryanair should ditch O'Leary.

It was among the New York Times most-read stories for weeks, and now this article is back again. It's like the editorial equivalent of bedbugs.

Finn Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, officially becomes an American.

Microsoft employees hold a funeral for the iPhone to celebrate Windows Phone 7's "Release to Manufacturing" status. Microsoft's phone won't be out until November.

Speaking of Apple, did Steve Jobs get busted for putting some Ninja throwing stars in his suitcase?

Singer George Michael is going to jail for two months, but his sentence doesn't involve Ninja throwing stars. Time for a song break! Love this little time capsule of China in the mid 1980s.



Speaking of international travel, the Australian government will spend nearly $3 million (U.S.) to bring Oprah and some of her fans to the country. So Australians get stuck with both the bill and this pack of screaming, hyperventilating women. My condolences, people of Australia.


Oprah's Audience Freaks Out Again
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