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Despite HP’s best efforts, CEO’s exit gets messy. A steady stream of reports following last week’s resignation by Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd has kept the PC maker’s name in the headlines despite its best efforts to avoid a scandal. The latest reports indicate that Hurd’s conduct was increasingly troubling to the board and his decision to settle a sexual harassment suit from a contractor without their authorization was the last straw leading to his resignation on Aug. 6. Hurd is accused of authorizing $75,000 in travel expenses and payments for former actress Jodie Fisher, as well as falsifying expense reports to cover up an inappropriate relationship with her. http://nyti.ms/cUQEC5
Bill seeks to make electronics accessible to blind, deaf. WaPo takes a close-up look at the accessibility legislation that has passed both chambers, which makes rules so that technology companies must make their products more usable by people with disabilities. Some gaps would still remain in spite of the legislation. Videos “made and shared by users on YouTube and Facebook wouldn’t require captioning. Vision-impaired cellphone users will in many cases have to download speech software at an extra cost.” http://bit.ly/di1bGs
“What’s it like to film an episode of Big Bang Theory? I’ll let you know tonight, but not what the episode is about.”
—Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak revealing an upcoming TV spot on his Facebook page. http://bit.ly/9xfSaz (LA Times)
CULPRIT — Consumer complaints to the FCC on radio and TV broadcasting issues increased more than 1,259 percent in the first quarter of the year over the previous quarter, according to a report released by its consumer bureau on Friday. The numbers surely do not represent a major turnabout in how consumers view television and radio broadcasting. Rather, a single indecency breach appears to have galvanized more than 100,000 calls after the show “American Dad” made a sex joke about horses. Further details here, if you want them. http://bit.ly/94c6an
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