Morning Advantage: What Google Tells the Government About You

Google just added new information to its “Transparency Report” to tell users how the company handles government requests for personal information (like what you provide when you sign up for a Google Account, or the contents of an email) — which, according to Shara Tibken at CNET, is happening more and more often: “In the second half of 2012, Google received 8,438 U.S. requests for information, up 6 percent from the first half of 2012. Globally, Google received 21,389 requests, up 2 percent from the first half of the year.” Google’s Chief Legal Officer David Drummond wrote in a blog post that "it's important for law enforcement agencies to pursue illegal activity and keep the public safe. We're a law-abiding company, and we don't want our services to be used in harmful ways. But it's just as important that laws protect you against overly broad requests for your personal information."

In a nutshell, Google will review requests for your information (and will verify that there’s a search warrant) before complying, and will notify users about legal demands when possible.

SELF-MADE WOMEN

China Produces Outsized Numbers of Super-Rich Women (Reuters Magazine)

Women are making huge gains in the middle class around the world, but at the summit of wealth and economic power, they are almost entirely absent. Except in China. Half of the women in the world who earn their way to billion-dollar fortunes are in China, writes Chrystia Freeland. One explanation is that China’s family structure helps women get to the top. Close connections between generations mean grandmothers often help raise grandchildren, and there's little stigma for Chinese mothers who don't take care of their children. Plus the one-child policy means smaller families and thus less time spent nurturing them. — Andy O’Connell

THE MBA’S REDUCED ROI

MBA’s Salary-Enhancing Power Slashed (The Financial Times)

Bad news for MBAs. The paper's latest global business school rankings show that students are shelling out more money for their degrees but earning less when they graduate. One bright spot: the gap between salaries paid to female MBAs and those paid to their male counterparts is narrowing. But in a shrinking compensation pool, that's not much comfort. Oh, and the rankings: HBS (which is, of course, the parent organization of HBR) ousts Stanford for the top spot. — Alison Beard

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Smart Organizations Should Also Be Stupid, Says New Theory (Science Daily)
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What Twitter Really Looks Like (The Atlantic)

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