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Best of the Blogs, Consumer: Do iPads Discourage Job Creation?


Plus, flame retardant chemical research was falsified.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary for consumers from around the Web every Wednesday.
Discover Magazine: 80 Beats
"The average American baby is born with 10 fingers, 10 toes and the highest recorded levels of flame retardants among infants in the world." So begins the Chicago Tribune's damning four-part series about spin and science, or lack thereof, in the flame retardants industry. Flame retardant chemicals have become so ubiquitous-there's two pounds of the stuff in just the cushions of a large couch-because we've accepted the health dangers are worth the protection they provide against fire. Except, there is no scientific basis for the claim that flame retardants save lives. (Also Read They Claimed What? 10 Products With Outrageous Marketing Claims.)
Wonk Blog
The Economics of Momofuku
"Momofuku's David Chang tells Bloomberg that rising prices for pork and beef have forced him to a duck-heavy menu. It's an interesting look at how food trends that can seem faddish or random to consumers can actually be the restaurant industry responding rationally to changing price signals."

Market Watch: The Trading Deck
"In today's society there are three popular modes of communication. Whether they are from Motorola, Apple (AAPL), Nokia (NOK), or Samsung, smartphones are almost a requirement. Some people wonder how they ever lived without them, and I am guilty of the same, but their small screens and limited resources make them difficult to efficiently use for even the smallest task, like sending an email. Still, the pocket-size and light weight, not to mention the phone capabilities, make this communication device a must have.The second is the tablet, and let's just say it, the iPad specifically." (For related content, see Getting Back to Full Employment: Where Will the Jobs Come From?)

The Consumerist
Chipotle Facing The Investigative Heat Over Its Compliance With Immigration Laws
"Mexican fast food chain Chipotle (CMG) announced yesterday that it's the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors into the possibility that it violated criminal securities laws with its hiring practices."

ABC News: Technology Review
Safety Experiment: Cars That 'Talk' to Each Other
"In August the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration plans to have 2,800 cars, trucks, and buses on the streets of Ann Arbor, augmented with technologies that will alert drivers to road hazards such as sudden stops and vehicles in their blind spots. Partnering with the University of Michigan, DOT distributed the equipment to volunteer residents of the city and some public transportation vehicles." (Also read Drive, Talk, and Surf? Automakers Pushing Media Gadgets Despite Dangers.)
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