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Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Why is there a big hamster wheel where my desk used to be?

Henderson, you've got two miles to get that report done: Oregon's Legislature is being asked to provide special "treadmill desks" that allow workers to walk while completing their work, out of concern that long periods of sitting can cause health problems.


We understand the desire to get some exercise during the day, but if employers get the wrong idea we don't want to come to work and find we're being fitted with a bit and harness for our "plow desk."

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Never 'Scroogle' yourself: Microsoft is ramping up its "Scroogled" campaign against Google, claiming that the search-engine giant is more interested in profits than in protecting users' privacy. But some industry analysts think the effort may backfire and make Microsoft look like a desperate underdog.

Undeterred, Microsoft is going ahead with the next phase of its campaign, TV ads dubbed, "I'm a PC and he's a big old meanie."

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And you thought mimes were annoying: Street performers in New York's Times Square are upsetting visitors because they're smoking, swearing and assaulting passersby, all while dressed as Elmo and other wholesome characters. Cookie Monster, for instance, recently shoved a toddler.

The worst example was the guy dressed up like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who kept running off with people's Big Gulps.

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