100-watt bulb reinvented
Sorry to see 100-watt bulbs disappear from stores because they were energy hogs? You can now get LED bulbs that roughly match the 100-watters for size and brightness, but use far less energy. Until recently, your only alternative was a compact fluorescent bulb, which has several drawbacks compared with light-emitting diodes. Most people see the light quality as less pleasing, and the bulbs contain a small amount of mercury that's released if the glass breaks. LEDs, by contrast, don't contain any volatile, hazardous substances and are durable. They also last longer.
Americans are texting less
The New York Times reports that the third quarter of 2012 saw mobile text message usage decline in the United States for the first time. Both the number of text messages and carrier text message revenue declined due to internet-based alternatives. The average U.S. mobile subscriber sent 678 text messages per month in the third quarter of 2012, down slightly from 696 per month in the second quarter. Text messaging has already peaked in developed European and Asian markets where mobile data networks and services are more advanced, but the United States has, until now, resisted the change. Internet-based alternatives to traditional SMS and MMS messaging, such as Apple's iMessage service and Facebook, have become available to a large number of U.S. users and are likely to blame for the decline.
Woman accuses Waffle House CEO
A former female employee has filed a complaint alleging the CEO of Waffle House demanded she perform sexual acts on him in exchange for keeping her job. The woman told Atlanta police the alleged harassment by Joseph Rogers Jr. lasted for nearly 10 years, from 2003 through June of this year. The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual harassment. David Cohen, who identified himself as a lawyer representing the woman, told the AP that the man cited in the report is the CEO of Waffle House.