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Twitter Now Allows Users To Receive Direct Messages From Any User

Monday, April 20, 2015

Before today, a Twitter user could send direct messages only if the recipient was one of the user's followers. Now there's an option that would allow users to message anyone on Twitter.

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Considering 'The Philosophy Of The Web'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Does contemporary technology fundamentally change our relationship to the world and to each other? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert to learn about this emerging area of philosophy.

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All Things Considered

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The series stars a blind superhero — but at first, it lacked audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Netflix has added that option, but the issue raises larger questions of online accessibility.

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Company's Secret Weapon To Make Videos Go Viral

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Videos don't always go viral just because they're clever or show a cat prancing on a skateboard. Often a company finds the video, promotes it and sells its licensing rights to media buyers.

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TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Feel Secure?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Computer security expert Bruce Schneier says there's a big difference between feeling secure and being secure. He explains why we worry about unlikely dangers while ignoring more probable risks.

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Fresh Air

On YouTube, A Global Archive Of Daily Life, Both Humble And Transcendent

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The video-sharing website is now 10 years old. YouTube estimates that each day 432,000 hours of video gets posted on the service: a stunning record of our current civilization.

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Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you're wondering how to get more people to contribute to your online charity drive, consider a photo of you smiling. Even better if you're an attractive woman. Biology is to blame, researchers say.

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EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations, Will Also Look At Android

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Saying that Google abused its grip on the online search market by "systematically favoring" its own shopping services at the expense of others, a European panel releases a list of antitrust charges.

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How Iconic: A Word Is Worth Thousands Of Pictures

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Inspired by the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Noun Project uses crowdsourcing to gather an army of people to define words. But instead of using other words to do it, they use icons.

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All Things Considered

Magic Mirror, At The Store, Should This Top Go In My Drawer?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Craning your neck in the dressing room is just part of the shopping experience. But Neiman Marcus hopes a new digital "Memory Mirror" will make it easier to find something that fits just right.

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Cooking With Emoji: We're Taking Eggplant Back From The Bros

Friday, April 10, 2015

The eggplant emoji has become a favorite of salacious sexters. To rescue its sullied rep, we turn to our emoji keyboards and conjure up recipes to highlight the fruit's, ahem, culinary attributes.

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Twitter Outrage Takes Toronto, Canceling Two Pianists

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa is a YouTube star. Reactions to her divisive and fiercely political Twitter account became the catalyst for a string of problems at the Toronto Symphony.

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More Black, Latino Teens Say They're Online 'Almost Constantly'

Thursday, April 09, 2015

About one-third of black and Hispanic teens say they're online just about all the time, compared with about 1 in 5 whites, a new study says. Experts say smartphones are defining teens' social habits.

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Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A major life insurer is offering lower premiums in exchange for policyholders' sharing activity data. But privacy advocates worry such programs eventually will be used to deny coverage.

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All Things Considered

A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

In a lot of video games, the default character is a man. If you want to play as a woman, you often have to pay.

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The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, says it is opening up a retail component and has the Big Five publishers on board. The move sets up Oyster to challenge Amazon.

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John Hancock Hopes You'll Trade Activity Data For Insurance Discounts

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Life insurance customers will receive discounts each year based on their activity levels. The practice is used in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. But privacy experts are concerned.

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All Things Considered

The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Lots of young adults are using apps like Venmo to settle all kinds of debts. As the apps get more popular, they've become targets for scammers and hackers. But that hasn't seemed to scare away users.

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All Things Considered

Airbnb Anticipates Tourism Boost With Launch In Cuba

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Ted Henken, professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College, CUNY, about Airbnb's entry into Cuba.

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In Movie Piracy Case, Australian ISPs Are Ordered To Share Customers' Info

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

It's being called a landmark ruling in Australia, where delayed film release dates are blamed for helping create one of the highest rates of Web piracy in the world.

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