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Fidelity Investments recently fired three employees in Texas for participating in a $20 fantasy football league. While Cameron Pettigrew, one of the men fired for being part of the fantasy league, believes the decision is a “complete overreaction,” the company is standing tall in its defense, noting “We have clear policies that relate to gambling. Participation in any form of gambling through the use of Fidelity time or equipment or any other company resource is prohibited.” While similar, albeit more high profile cases have come up in recent years, particularly that of former Washington University football coach Rick Neuheisel who was fired for betting on college basketball tournament, the Fidelity case is a reminder to everyone that you can never be too safe, especially when gambling on the web.
Traveling abroad with a computer is often a necessity, but that doesn’t mean its easy. Just ask Lily Sussman, who, will recently on a trip to Israel, had her Macbook taken by Police, who subsequently shot the computer multiple times after being unsatisfied with Ms. Sussman’s answers to security questions.
Bit.ly is teaming with a number of content providers on the web to bring custom link shorteners to market. The New York Times, The Onion, Huffington Post, Associated Content and the Wall Street Journal have all signed up for Bit.ly’s pro service, which generates custom short links for specific sites. The new service comes just days after both Facebook and Google launched similar services.