Harrisburg Mayor Stages Hunger Strike Over City's Budget Woes

Seth Abramovitch · 06/22/11 12:54AM

Linda Thompson — the mayor of the fiscally hurting Harrisburg, Pa. — has attempted everything from budget slashing to layoffs to bankruptcy filings to get the state capital's finances back on track. Nothing has worked. So now she's taking a different approach: She's staging a three-day hunger strike, hoping at some point during her calorically-deprived hallucinations, God will point the way towards an economic recovery.

Microsoft buys Fast for search, as Google rolls swiftly on

Owen Thomas · 01/08/08 12:50PM

Microsoft is buying Fast Search & Transfer, a Norwegian company, for $1.2 billion. Ostensibly, this is meant to bolster the search function within Microsoft's Office business. But I read it as an admission that Microsoft's multibillion-dollar annual R&D budget can't buy it a fighting chance against Google. Microsoft keeps spending more on "improving" its search technology, and yet consumers are indifferent; they continue to switch to Google in droves.