Google shuts down SMS search, angers people who had forgotten it existed
Instead of texting back search results, Google responds with a short message noting that the service "has been shutdown" (sic) and that you can continue to search the Web by visiting google.com (duh).
Do school bus drivers undergo background checks?
Castro was a school bus driver from 1991 to 2012, during which time he was accused of domestic violence. Do they perform background checks on school bus drivers?
Slate: New "Facebook phone" is now selling for 99 cents
Less than a month after it launched, the new "Facebook phone" is on sale for 99 cents with a two-year AT&T contract.
Why do so many European countries still have monarchs?
European monarchs are largely powerless. Why do so many countries keep them around?
Need a reply fast? Email someone unhappy
People who tend to use positive, upbeat language in their messages - like "care" and "amazing" - only respond to 47 percent of their emails within 24 hours.
Slate: Parenting advice from Uncle Sam
In an era of high child mortality and chronically poor health, as well as rapidly changing norms for childrearing, the U.S. Children's Bureau was seen as a salvation.
Slate: 15 facts about our planet
We live on the surface of this great giant space-borne water-laden spinning rock, separated from the rest of the Universe beneath a thin veil of nitrogen and oxygen molecules. Even though you're immersed in its influence, what do you really know about the Earth?
Slate: A better way to manage your household budget
Most people who want to know about household budgeting turn to someone like personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, who has a carefully crafted household budgeting system which relies on a simple idea, sometimes called the "envelope system." There is a problem, though: It is in violation of basic economic principles.
Slate: How Americans parent
New parenthood is a desperate search for certainty: When you start knowing nothing, you are desperate to know something.
Slate: Google invents spam filter for your phone
The Federal Trade Commission's "Robocall challenge," a call to the public to come up with technological solutions to the ongoing phone-spam problem, was met with a creative entry from Google.
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