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Facebook's Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

When online social networks open up spaces for suicide prevention with untrained peer support, they walk the fragile line between invasion of privacy and supporting those who need help.

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Elton John Leads Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana Over 'Synthetic Children' Remarks

Monday, March 16, 2015

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are locked in a public argument with Elton John over their recent remarks condemning in vitro fertilization and saying same-sex couples shouldn't raise children.

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Pew: Nearly One-Third Of Americans Hide Information Online

Monday, March 16, 2015

While Americans are deeply divided over whether government surveillance is serving the public interest, one-third of those surveyed are taking steps to hide their personal information online.

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Fresh Air

Don't You Dare Use 'Comprised Of' On Wikipedia: One Editor Will Take It Out

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wikipedia editor Bryan Henderson has made it his crusade to edit out the phrase "comprised of" in more than 5 million articles. While his quest is harmless, it shows that zealots can dominate the Web.

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FCC Publishes Full Text Of Net Neutrality Rules

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Two weeks after it voted to approve rules on net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission releases what Chairman Tom Wheeler calls "a shining example of American democracy at work."

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Morning Edition

Twitter Updates Policy To Combat Revenge Porn

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Twitter has a new privacy policy. The company says if someone posts a photo or video that is intimate in nature, they have to have permission from whoever is featured in it.

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All Things Considered

Think Before You Hit Send To Avoid Text Regret

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Most of us have had that moment of hitting "send" on a text and immediately wishing we could take it back. Of course there's an app for that, but that technical solution also has its issues.

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The App Of The Moment: Meerkat Tests Our Desire To Share Live Video

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The new mobile app for live video streaming piggybacks off Twitter and is easy to use. Meerkat comes at a time when video is increasingly popular. But can the hype last?

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New HBO Now Streaming Service Shows Consumer's Will Is King

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

HBO on Monday announced a new service presenting its shows online without a cable subscription. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it also shows the power of consumers to bring change in a digital world.

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Neighbors Surprise Man By Using Sign Language; Hearts Melt

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The story of how Istanbul residents learned sign language to create a special day for a neighbor has turned a Samsung ad into an international viral hit.

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An Interview With A Regular Watch

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Our occasional series of in-depth interviews with inanimate objects continues as we talk to a regular watch about the threat of smart Watches.

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The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A new book and study both show that the ability to rise from poverty to the middle class truly is shrinking. A child without married, educated parents starts life at a huge and worsening disadvantage.

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All Things Considered

Apple Reveals Details Behind Highly Anticipated Smart Watch

Monday, March 09, 2015

Apple is banking that people will want to read or watch videos on the watch face. But the company already has a remarkable track record of creating desire for a device where it didn't exist before.

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All Things Considered

Straight To Audiobook: Authors Write Original Works Meant To Be Heard

Monday, March 09, 2015

Writer Philip Pullman says it's all part of the oral tradition: "Long before writing, people were telling each other stories," he says. Audiobook technology has come a long way since the early days.

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Easy Knowledge Can Be A Dangerous Thing (Maybe)

Monday, March 09, 2015

Does heavy smartphone use lead to lazy thinking? Commentator Tania Lombrozo looks beyond the headlines.

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Developers Continue Push To Make Virtual Reality Mainstream

Sunday, March 08, 2015

As virtual reality becomes more lifelike and the technology more consumer friendly, developers continue to push it as the new heart of the video game and movie experience.

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DARPA Explores New Ways To Secure Our Lives Online

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The Defense Department has asked DARPA find a better way for computers to ID the humans using them. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with project head Angelos Keromytis about a future without passwords.

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All Things Considered

In Vermont, A Hyper-Local Online Forum Brings Neighbors Together

Saturday, March 07, 2015

At a time when many are connected to hundreds, if not thousands, of people on social media, a company called the Front Porch Forum is building smaller networks.

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U.S. Aims To Speed Up The Internet For The Disabled

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act was a watershed piece of legislation. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the ADA, advocates want to fold another facet of daily life into the law: the Internet.

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Voluptuous Veg: Can Food Porn Seed Lust For Healthy Eating?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Tempting-looking spoonfuls of chocolate are plentiful online. Beautiful Brussels sprouts? Not so much. A campaign aims to boost the number of these images and whet our appetites for healthy foods.

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