Gabatron Morning Briefing – 7-22-15: First They Came For The Butt-Dialers

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that accidental phone calls aren’t private. The panel said a pocket- or butt-dial is comparable to leaving your blinds open, it’s not an invasion of your privacy for someone to look in the open window.

Interesting Stat of the Day: 37 million people. That’s the number of users exposed in the Ashley Madison hack.

Military recruiters are saying ‘thanks but no thanks’ to the armed civilians who have decided to stand guard at recruiting centers. They say they can handle their own security, they are after all professional soldiers and Marines.

In science news, a NASA-funded study suggests that human beings could return to the Moon as early as 2021. Instead of using their own rockets and spacecraft, they would partner with commercial companies like SpaceX and Bigelow Aerospace.

People in the news, A federal appeals court has thrown out five of 18 counts against convicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Plus, Iowa Cubs outfielder Anthony Giansanti has a little crush on UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. He leaves a ticket to every game at the will call booth for her, hoping one day she’ll show up.


Each morning Keith Conrad will give you a few stories useful for starting conversations around the water cooler at work. Assuming that your office actually has a water cooler.

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