Employers watch what you do online — and you should too

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The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice.

—William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1848)

Welcome to the new funhouse called “social media,” where the lines are blurred between our professional and private lives. We put our music, movies, pictures, purchases, politics and morning lattes on display for the entire world. We present meta versions of ourselves with irony, wrapped in social commentary, often shrouded in a thin parchment of sarcasm.

For most of us, social media reflects the inconsequential fluff of life. Cat videos and memes and that amazing stir-fry you made just before you set the kitchen on fire. What could it matter? Who could possibly…

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Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley says energy producers should upgrade more oil in the province

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Energy companies operating in Alberta should aim to upgrade more of the oil they produce within the province, Alberta’s newly elected premier said in an television interview.

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley led the left-leaning New Democrats to a sweeping victory on Tuesday on promises that included energy industry reforms. Canadian energy stocks dropped following the win.

Notley reiterated in an interview on Global Television’s “The West Block” that she wants Alberta, the biggest source of U.S. oil imports, to be a “healthy place for investment.” But she said the industry should do more value-added processing in the province.

“Let’s make sure that we have more upgraded product and more upgrading here because the…

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Apple Inc, IBM Corp working with Japan Post to make apps for elderly care in Japan

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NEW YORK — Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership for a program that seeks to improve care of elderly people in the aging nation.

The companies say they hope other countries will follow suit as the world’s population ages.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro announced the deal in New York on Thursday.

Japan Post has a service in which its employees visit elderly people to check up on them on behalf of family members. The tie-up would allow it to use Apple’s devices to collect information on the senior citizens that would then be analyzed by IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence technology.

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The program will provide iPads with apps designed to help seniors manage day-to-day lives and keep in touch with family members. IBM will provide cloud services and help create…

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