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Try This On For Size: Personal Styling That Comes In The Mail

Monday, September 08, 2014

Too busy for the mall? Online services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club attempt to re-create personal shopping relationships of yesterday, powered by today's data analytics.

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I Feel Nothing: The Home Depot Hack And Data Breach Fatigue

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

So many big data breaches — not to mention celebrity data hacks — have happened in the past year that we're reacting to hacks with a shrug.

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Using Technology To Counter Police Mistrust Is Complicated

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., are now wearing body cameras. But cameras don't solve everything. Sometimes, they can create more disputes.

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Morning Edition

As Ferguson Unraveled, The World Found A New Way Of Watching

Monday, August 25, 2014

When protests over the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent in Ferguson, Mo., live-streaming videos showed Americans what they couldn't see on TV.

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Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

From the aerospace sector to Silicon Valley, engineering has a retention problem: Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field.

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All Things Considered

A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

Monday, August 11, 2014

Your doctor and lawyer may know a lot about you. But in a time when we are using computers to socialize, keep track of finances, do work and store family photos, your IT person probably knows more.

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Solving The Scourge That Is Slow Hotel Wi-Fi

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hotels are happy to charge you $300 a night for a stay, but their Wi-Fi speeds are often too slow to stream a movie. Now, two competing sites are trying to solve the problem.

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Morning Edition

Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech

Monday, July 21, 2014

Programs like Hack the Hood try to help young people in Oakland, Calif., find a gateway into the high-tech industry — and out of "dead-end" jobs.

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Morning Edition

Better Culture Could Have Prevented Viral Comcast Call

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Comcast service call making the rounds this week sounded really familiar to millions of Americans. But some companies have figured out how to make the universally unpleasant experience a lot better.

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Don't Fire The Comcast Guy, Says Caller Who Tried To Cancel

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The man whose frustrating call to Comcast went viral says the customer service rep should not be fired. Ryan Block says the problem he encountered is far more systemic than one person.

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Friday Feline Fun: A Ranking Of The Most Famous Internet Cats

Friday, July 11, 2014

Forget the Forbes Celebrity 100. This is the Friskies 50 — the new definitive guide of the most influential cats on the Internet. The list is based on a measure of the cats' social media reach.

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All Things Considered

We Asked, You Answered: Going To Extremes To Disconnect On Vacation

Monday, July 07, 2014

Giving up digital devices — even if for just a few hours or days — is a struggle. Whether it was to catch up on the news or peek in on the World Cup, NPR listeners found it tough to kick the habit.

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The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Pew surveyed more than 1,400 tech industry leaders and academics to find a troubling consensus: By 2025, the Internet will be more balkanized, more surveilled and less open.

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All Things Considered

An Algorithm Is A Curator At The Sept. 11 Museum

Monday, June 30, 2014

Curators at the September 11 Memorial and Museum came up with a novel solution to the problem of interpreting the tragedy. They put a computer algorithm in charge of an exhibit. But is it objective?

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Facebook Manipulates Our Moods For Science And Commerce: A Roundup

Monday, June 30, 2014

The scientific experiments of Facebook fueled wide Internet outrage over the weekend, when news surfaced that it was purposely manipulating users' emotions through content on their feeds.

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Watch This To Put Your Facebook Feed In Perspective

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What's on your mind? is a piercing short film reminding us that the social media lives showing up on various feeds are limited to what we want others to see.

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All Things Considered

A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The law says that once "personalized" guns are available in the U.S., all handguns sold in New Jersey must be smart guns. So, to avoid triggering the law, vendors aren't selling them — anywhere.

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How Dame Shirley Jumped Over Tech's Gender Gap In The 1960s

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley founded one of the U.K.'s first software startups, run almost entirely by women. The industry still has gender inequality, but Shirley showed alternatives were possible.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Peter Hessler on reporting from Egypt and China.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Peter Hessler on reporting from Egypt and China.

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'Digital Deadly Sins': The Morality Of Our Digital Obsessions

Monday, June 09, 2014

Envy, pride, lust and the rest — a new interactive explores the shifting morality of our always-connected lives.

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