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Best of the Web: 13 August 2010

Best of the Web: 13 August 2010

Spies, secrets and smart-phones; Seven paths to discipline for remote workers; 15 most shocking CEO downfalls

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August 13, 2010 12:02 by



Spies, secrets and smart-phones

Millions of Blackberry users should be afraid, the Economist says. Very afraid, in fact. Last week, “as it negotiated with the Saudi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Indian authorities over their demands for monitoring, the smart-phones’ Canadian maker, Research In Motion (RIM), was dodging journalists’ demands for proper explanations about what exactly is negotiable about the phones’ security,” the Economist reported.
After repeated attempts for comment from RIM, the magazine published the company’s seemingly reassuring, but ominously exclusive statement, that appears to guarantee security only for “‘enterprise’ customers—large organizations that give BlackBerrys to their staff, and which route messages through a server on their own premises,” the statement said.
For the rest of us, contracted directly to a mobile telecoms operator, the situation is far more dicey. Read why RIM’s guarantees of security and “uncrackable” codes are not as reassuring as they used to be.

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Seven paths to discipline for remote workers

The 21st century work environment is a dynamic and constantly changing place. And the rules of engagement are radically different than they were just a decade ago. With a variety of reliable and instant options for communication, more and more professionals are working from remote locations– and getting more done. But while it may sound simplistic, with new freedoms come new responsibilities.

“We all know that successful remote work takes more than a good playlist [of tunes],” contends this week’s feature writer for Bloomberg’s Businessweek. “Planning your work—and breaks—and even plugging housework into your schedule can help render remote work enjoyable and productive,” she adds.

Managing the freedom of remote work takes discipline and planning – and the will to stay at your desk, even “when no one will know if you’re not there.” Check out Bloomberg’s seven tips for realizing more productivity when working solo, and find the “kind of discipline that keeps the television off and your brain switched on.”

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15 most shocking CEO downfalls

The enduring appeal of Greek tragedy proves it: we are as interested in crushing failures as we are in spectacular successes. And the old adage seems to hold: the higher they climb, the harder they fall. Whether it’s the latest celebrity gossip, or the daily news headlines that chronicle the crash and burn of high-flying CEOs, we simply can’t get enough of the dirty laundry of the rich and famous. Business Insider has compiled their take on the “15 Most Shocking CEO Downfalls.” Read them with relish. It’ll be our little secret.

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Eight reasons to tough out your job

Tough economic times present a double edged sword when it comes to assessing your workplace happiness. While you may not be thrilled with your job, you may be frightened to take a risk and look for something better. Take heart – and take a step back – with these tips from Forbes. If you’re feeling unfulfilled at work, before planning a move, make an honest assessment of the situation. Whether it’s skimpy pay, annoying colleagues, or unrealistic expectations, Forbes has a prescription for making your current situation more “workable.”

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Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses

And because there’s no better way to end our recap of the week’s best than with a rundown of Hollywood’s loveliest and most talented actresses, we offer you this photo shoot from Forbes.
Who said beauty and brains don’t go together?



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