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After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge03/31/15
To keep its code-breaking prowess, the NSA must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. But the Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.
Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth
About 5 billion people are mostly or entirely disconnected from the Internet. So to capitalize on this opportunity, Google and Facebook have begun high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected.
Though Most Americans Are Wired, Seniors Lack Internet...
While the U.S. is pretty well connected, there are still 20 million people who aren't online. Lee Rainie of Pew Research describes who they are and why that matters.
How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?
Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.
Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist...
Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.
App Helps Syrian Refugees Adapt To Life Away From Home
A Syrian refugee has developed a phone app and website to help refugees get information on services and seek other help in their long journeys in limbo.
Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers...
What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.
Monica Lewinsky Redefines Her Story In Anti-Cyberbullying...
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Jessica Bennett, contributor to The New York Times, about Monica Lewinsky's efforts to rebrand herself as an anti-cyberbullying activist.
Robot Reporters: Software Turns Raw Data Into Sports,...
White collar workers thought their jobs were safe, but nobody can escape the robots. A look at one of the more surprising human occupations to fall to the robot armies: sports and financial reporting.
Now Algorithms Are Deciding Whom To Hire, Based On Voice
If you're trying out for a job, the one judging you may not be a person — it could be a computer. Algorithms are evaluating human voices to determine which ones are engaging, calming and trustworthy.
Census Bureau Tests New Online Survey In Small Towns Ahead...
The year 2020 will be the first time the census will be available online. But the Census Bureau must persuade hard-to-reach groups to take the survey. So they're doing a practice run in Savannah, Ga.
Apple Planning To Offer 'Skinny' TV Service, Reports Say
NPR's Don Gonyea interviews Meg James, a corporate media reporter for the Los Angeles Times, about reports that say Apple plans to offer a "skinny" package of channels for cable cord cutters.
Companies Worried About Hackers Turn To Cyber Insurance
Health insurer Premera Blue Cross says hackers may have compromised 11 million of its customer accounts. Such attacks are worrying companies, and they're increasingly turning to cyber insurance.
Premera Blue Cross Cyberattack Exposed Millions Of...
The health insurance provider revealed Tuesday that a cyberattack discovered in January, may have made the medical and financial information of 11 million people vulnerable to thieves.
Debate: Should The U.S. Adopt The 'Right To Be Forgotten'...
People don't always like what they see when they Google themselves. EU residents have a right to request that unflattering material be removed from online search results. Should the U.S. follow suit?
A New Smartphone App Expands The Reach Of StoryCorps
Dave Isay founded StoryCorps with the goal of giving everyone a chance to be heard. Now a new smartphone app lets anyone record an interview that will be archived at the Library of Congress.
SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The...
Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.
Sex Discrimination Trial Puts Silicon Valley Under The...
Ellen Pao was vying to be one of the few women at the top of the venture capital world. Then she was fired. Now she's suing, in an industry where women often say they are sidelined and passed over.
What Cockroaches With Backpacks Can Do. Ah-mazing.
Researchers are developing technology to control the movement of cockroaches. Strapped with electrodes and sensors, these insects we often loathe could be used for disaster relief or surveillance.
An 'Upstream' Battle As Wikimedia Challenges NSA...
A law professor and expert on national security law sheds some light on the lawsuit by Wikipedia's parent company against the National Security Agency.
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