Monday News: 1,4 Dioxane Tide and the Microsoft Nook.

Last week I learned, through testing by environmental group, Women’s Voices for the Earth, that Tide Original Scent and Tide Free and Clear detergents both contain 1,4 Dioxane, a probable carcinogen. Because 1,4 Dioxane is a by product of the process used to make the products and not an additive, it does not appear on the label’s ingredient listing. The 1,4 Dioxane could be removed by altering the formulation process for the detergents, but Proctor and Gamble, the corporation that makes tide, maintains that the amount of 1,4 Dioxane is in keeping with safety regulation. Representation for Proctor and Gamble maintains that clothing would have to be washed and worn 1,000 a day in order for one to be exposed to toxic levels of 1,4 Dioxane. I understand that this substance may be in my food and drinking water, but I will be researching alternatives, because I don’t understand why anyone would knowingly use a product that contains a “probable carcinogen”.

The Microsoft Nook?

Microsoft has announced that they will be investing $300 million into Barnes and Noble’s Nook division for a 17.6 percent stake. Microsoft will use the opportunity to expand its presence in the tablet field and Barnes and Noble will most likely benefit from the cash infusion and the resolution of several patent disputes it has with Microsoft. Book publishers are also happy about the deal.

Monday News: Today is Autism Awareness Day.

Locations around the world are lighting up in the color of blue to commemorate Autism Awareness Day. Autism affects 1 in 88 children in the United States alone. Diagnoses have increased about 600 percent in the past two decades, which is only partially explained by improved and increased evaluation. Autism is a spectrum of developmental disorders linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain. It affects families of  all ethnic, socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. Children with Autism tend to have problems with social interaction and repetitive tasks. While research is very active, no cure has been found.

Microsoft , Barnes and Noble, Google, Twitter and The Social Express are among those in the tech sector offering resources and opportunities for customers to join the Autism Awareness Campaign.

Seven eleven could get real complicated.

Coca Cola is in the process of rolling out its latest Freestyle dispensers. The dispensers use Microsoft database technology to create over 100 different beverages. I don’t even drink their products, and I want to play with the machine. Sigh. Could you imagine things getting this complicated at the local orange and green? You could go through a new gully washer/big gulp or whatever every day for almost a third of a year. Wow.