Google, Groundhogs, and Tipping

Technology: Google Being Awesome

As I mentioned in a previous post, during the Egyptian protests, the Internet in Egypt was just shut off in order to suppress the ability of civilians to communicate with each other and the outside world. Internet usage has since been re-allowed. However, while still shut off, Google teamed up with Twitter in an attempt to allow the voices of Egyptians to still be heard around the world. They engineered a system called speak-to-tweet, which allowed those without Internet access to call a number and leave their tweet in a voice mail, and the service would instantly tweet the message for the user. Just another way caring people use technology and ingenuity to make the world a slightly better place amidst the chaos.

News: Hawaii Restaurant – Automatic Tip on Foreigners

In many other countries, it isn’t customary to tip your server at a restaurant, as is expected in America. In Hawaii, 99 percent of Keoni by Keo’s customers are tourists, and the lack of tipping becomes a problem for workers. So, they are imposing a 15 percent automatic gratuity on non-English speakers. The restaurant says it is protecting its servers from being stiffed. Others are outraged by apparent discrimination. What’s your opinion?

Random: Groundhog Day

Punxsutawney Phil is the famous groundhog that predicts whether or not we will have six more weeks of winter, based on whether or not he sees his shadow on the morning of February 2 each year. As it turns out, he’s only been right 39 percent of the time since the first Groundhog Day in 1887.

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