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In China, Like In The U.S., The Fight Over Ride Hailing Is Local

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:23:00 -0400

Until recently, migrant workers, lured by bonuses, drove for China's largest Uber-like service. But some local governments banned out-of-town drivers, apparently to protect local jobs and curb growth.

New USPS Service Gives You A Peek Into Your Mailbox Before You Get Home

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:01:00 -0400

Remember when you were excited to see what's in the mail? These days it seems we're getting fewer letters and more junk, but the U.S. Postal Service will soon let you preview what's coming your way.

If Congress Kills FCC Privacy Rules, 'Little' Would Protect Consumers From Providers

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:26:00 -0400

The Senate overturned Obama-era internet privacy rules. Electronic Frontier Foundation's Jeremy Gillula says the measure would make it easier for companies to share online activity without permission.

Prosecutor Makes The Case For Law Enforcement Access To Data

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:44 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos about his push to allow law enforcement to gain access to data on individuals' smartphones.

The Call-In: Answering Your Questions About Digital Privacy

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:44 -0400

Seamus Tuohy, a consultant with the digital security firm Prudent Innovation, answers your questions about how to keep your data secure and your personal information private.

Companies And Users Can Do More To Stay Secure With Smart Devices

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:14:00 -0400

None of the top internet and telecom companies passed in the latest Ranking Digital Rights rankings in regard to individuals' privacy standards. But what can they do better and what can we do at home?

Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren't Cheaper Overall

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0400

Many patients like the convenience of being able to quickly consult a doctor by text or phone or webcam instead of heading to an urgent care clinic. But the cost of consultations can add up.

Howard University Aims To Build Silicon Valley Pipeline Of Black Software Engineers

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:56:00 -0400

The historically black university in Washington, D.C., is sending computer science students to study at Google's headquarters in California, as part of an effort called Howard West.

Police Videos Aren't Going Away. How Can We Learn From Them?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:02:00 -0400

In the era of body cameras and cellphones, the act of seeing police do their job is radically altering the public-police relationship, and changing civilian and police behavior and perceptions alike.

Can Arianna Huffington Save Uber?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:04:00 -0400

While Uber wades through crisis after crisis, media mogul Arianna Huffington, the sole woman on its board, is emerging as chief of culture change.

U.S. Senate Votes To Repeal Obama-Era Internet Privacy Rules

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:25:00 -0400

The rules would require Internet providers to tell consumers what data they collect and get consent before selling. Republicans said ISPs were facing stricter regulations than companies like Google.

Hungry? Call Your Neighborhood Delivery Robot

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0400

Self-driving delivery robots have popped up on the sidewalks of Washington, D.C. — and other locations have expressed interest. The bots learn about traffic patterns with every trip they take.

Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:35:00 -0400

Since August 2016, there have been nearly 3,000 cases of mumps diagnosed in Arkansas. A epidemiologist explains how her team used online data and mathematical modeling to understand the outbreak.

A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:01:00 -0400

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

Researchers Test Hotter, Faster And Cleaner Way To Fight Oil Spills

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:50:00 -0400

The Flame Refluxer is essentially a big copper blanket: think Brillo pad of wool sandwiched between mesh. Using it while burning off oil yields less air pollution and residue that harms marine life.