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Strange Business: Google Chairman Trusts Governments, Not Citizens, With Drones

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Plus, a favorite bedtime story will be made into a movie.

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do

Despite leading a company that used cars to create a street-view map of the Earth, Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is wary of drones and the possiblity of privacy violations through their use. In an interview with the Guardian yesterday (which has now been termporarily removed), Schmidt declared his support for international regulations that would govern civilian drone technology. He has more faith in government leaders, though, stating "It's got to be regulated. … It's one thing for governments, who have some legitimacy in what they're doing, but have other people doing it … It's not going to happen."

'Go The F**k to Sleep' Will Hit the Big Screen

In what is sure to be a great family movie, Go The F**k to Sleep, the 32-page children's-book-for-adults will be made into a movie by Fox 2000. Comedians Ken Marion and Erica Oyama will lead the project to adapt the book, which sold 1.2 million copies, to a film. Author Adam Mansbach said, "I'm psyched about it," regarding the announcement. The movie's release date has not been stated.

Listen to Your Brain, Not Your Stomach

A study published in the Journal of Health Psychology by a research team at the University of New South Wales found that education in mindful eating did not help with controling food consumption. The study incuded 96 women as test subjects. The women who received the larger portion of food also received a brochure on external factors that contribute to overeating, plus researchers taught the women about significance of internal sensations experienced when eating. Despite the knowledge, the women who ate dishes containg larger portions of pasta ate a third more than the other group. The test confirmed past studies that demonstrated hunger and good taste did not contribute to eating larger portion sizes, but rather, the size of the portion itself contributed to the overeating.

Unfair Competition

Taiwanese regulators from the Fair Trade Commission have launched an investigation into allegations that Samsung (KRX:005930) hired students to post libelous comments online attacking rival HTC (TPE:2498) while praising Samsung products. If found guilty of false advertising, Samsung and its local advertising agent could face a fine up to $25 million Taiwan dollars, or $835,000. Samsung apologized on its Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) page for "any inconvenience or confusion caused by the Internet event."

Family Feud

The 85-year-old T. Boone Pickens has had an illustrious business career, but his family life is in shambles. His son, Michael, created a blog called "5 Days in Connecticut," which not only contains posts about his recovery from drug addiction but also states that his father caused his addiction by abusing him. Michael also accused his siblings of being drug addicts and stealing money from their mother. Furthermore, he stated that Boone had sabotaged his son-in-law's business. Boone and his three children are suing Michael in a Dallas County Court for invasion of privacy, defamation, libel, harmful access by computer, and extortion of $20 million.

To complicate matters, Tom Boone Pickens III, Michael's younger brother, already stands accused by his own CFO for stealing millions out of his failing company, Astrotech (NASDAQ:ASTC).

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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