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Can Math Help You Fall in Love?

Friday, March 06, 2015

Mathematician Hannah Fry says math can help you find love. Using mathematical models, she explains how to find an ideal mate and the secret to maintaining a healthy relationship.

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Mass-Market Stocks In Handcrafted Goods: Etsy Preps To Go Public

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The e-commerce site, which focuses on quirky, handmade goods, has filed for an IPO. The paperwork reveals a plan to focus more on manufacturing and marketing — but not much suggestion of big profits.

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Florida Man's Facebook Post Against Employer In Emirates Leads To Jail

Thursday, March 05, 2015

While on vacation in the U.S., Ryan Pate called Abu Dhabi-based Global Aerospace Logistics "backstabbers" and described Arabs as "filthy." He was arrested upon his return. He faces 5 years in prison.

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Internet Memes And 'The Right To Be Forgotten'

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Becoming Internet-famous is a gold mine for some, a nightmare for others. The world of memes can pit free speech against the desire for privacy. And laws generally aren't keeping up, an expert says.

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All Things Considered

Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

Monday, March 02, 2015

A new service in a Portuguese city not only provides commuters with free Internet connections but also helps collect data that make the municipality run more efficiently.

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All Things Considered

Wi-Fi Everywhere May Let You Roam Free From Your Mobile Carrier

Monday, March 02, 2015

To get the most out of your smartphone, do you really need a cellphone plan? That's the question a Wall Street Journal reporter tried to answer by relying only on Wi-Fi networks for a month.

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Tinder's Premium Dating App Will Cost You More If You're Older

Monday, March 02, 2015

Tinder launches a new version with added features, including the ability to have another look at a potential match you swiped away. But there's a catch: Your age will determine how much you pay.

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Cuteness Break: The Genial Quokka Steals Scenes And Hearts

Monday, March 02, 2015

In many photos from an Australian island, the marsupial appears front and center, adding its enigmatic smile to images of happy tourists.

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All Things Considered

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

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Morning Edition

'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling

Friday, February 27, 2015

New Hampshire is the first state to outlaw voting booth selfies. Some call the ban unconstitutional and are challenging it in court. Others argue selfies compromise privacy and enable voter coercion.

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FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The FCC approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the agency will ensure that no entity "should control free open access to the Internet."

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Morning Edition

On Net Neutrality, Republicans Pitch Oversight Rather Than Regulation

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Backers say the net neutrality rules will ensure equal access to the net for content providers. But Republicans in Congress are no fans of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's plan.

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All Things Considered

What Net Neutrality Rules Could Mean For Your Wireless Carrier

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The FCC votes Thursday on rules that would make Internet providers treat all traffic equally. Big wireless companies say that will make it harder to keep their networks from getting too congested.

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Fresh Air

The World Loves The Smartphone. So How About A Smart Home?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The ultimate smart-home vision is a home that basically runs itself, from coffee makers to washing machines. But we're not there yet: The real world is a hard place for little computers to operate in.

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Morning Edition

Recruiting Better Talent With Brain Games And Big Data

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Some companies are using surveys or brain games to assess what kind of workers candidates are. Employers say the tests can help reduce turnover and surface talent recruiters might otherwise overlook.

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All Things Considered

A Stolen iPhone, A New Connection And Minor Celebrity In China

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Months after Buzzfeed writer Matt Stopera's phone was stolen, new pictures from China started uploading to his photo stream.

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Here's Where Emoji Skin-Tone Colors Come From

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Apple will be rolling out a more diverse set of emojis with browner — and yellower — skin tones. Here's the science behind how they come up with the colors.

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Morning Edition

As Homeland Security Steps Up Cybercrime Fight, Tech Industry Wary

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security, an agency repeatedly criticized for internal mismanagement and bloat, is the cornerstone of the new White House initiative to fight cybercrime.

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Morning Edition

In Beta Release, Apple Introduces New, Racially Diverse Emojis

Monday, February 23, 2015

The emojis now have different skin tones and the family icons now come in configurations that include two moms and two dads.

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All Things Considered

Awash In Social Media, Cops Still Need The Public To Detect Threats

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's hard to know when to take violent language seriously online. But when Jonathan Hutson saw an anonymous threat to an unnamed school on Twitter, he couldn't let it go.

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