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Joe Queenan is a regular contributor on business issues, corporate culture, and financial follies to Barron's and The Wall Street Journal.

Some Say, “Wi-Fi?” I Say, “Why Not?”

A huge, unpleasant controversy erupted recently when an international marketing agency, whose higher-ups seemed to have a few screws loose, hired a bunch of homeless people in Austin, Texas to walk around and serve as human, Wi-Fi transmitters. The zany idea, devised by BBH Labs, the innovation unit of the marketing agency BBH (Bartle Bogle Hegarty), was introduced at the ...

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Citizen Fed

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Would citizen economists be able to do a better job than the jaded professionals who’ve missed the last two stock market bubbles and the recent housing market meltdown?

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Take One Tablet and Call Me in the Morning

Whenever an amazing new technology debuts, entrepreneurs start producing accessories or applications that can be used to enhance the end user’s experience. These add-ons can range from sophisticated phone apps to elegant docking units to tiny loudspeakers to colorful carrying cases.

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Gotta Keep Searching, Searching, Searching

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How many Web pages do you think there are on the internet? Well, it turns out there are more Web pages than there are things in the world. And author Joe Queenan is expecting 600,000 trillion Web pages to exist by 2020. If you're not involved in some way with a search engine, well, you're on the outside.

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They Walk Among Us

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"I love retirees. I'd love 'em even more if they'd go away." A take on public-sector retirees, their pensions, and why one writer wishes they would all move to Florida.

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