Gabatron Morning Briefing – 6-3-15: Kinder, Gentler Big Brother

In political news, the Senate has passed the USA Freedom Act, which is just like the PATRIOT Act, except with a little less of your cell phone metadata in the government’s grubby hands. President Obama didn’t waste any time and has already signed it. Do you feel any safer from snooping?

Interesting stat of the day: 490 minutes, just over 8 hours. That’s the amount of time that people spend each day with media, according to a new report.

In technology news, Microsoft is coming up with a plan to provide WIFI just about everywhere.

In sports, Sepp Blatter has resigned as the head of FIFA amid massive corruption charges.

The city of Phoenix is suing the FAA because their airport is a little too loud. The FAA recently changed the flight pattern and some people as many as eight miles away claim that it’s so loud they can’t hear each other talk.

Plus, Happy Hours may be making a comeback in Illinois after both houses of the state legislature passed a bill overturning a ban on them.

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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