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Uber Say It Will Cooperate With Investigation After Pedestrian Killed In Arizona

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:03:00 -0400

Uber says it is cooperating with an investigation into a fatal accident involving one of its self-driving vehicles over the weekend. A woman in Tempe, Arizona, was struck and killed as she was crossing a street outside of a crosswalk, according to police.

Russian Social Accounts Adding To Complaints That Austin Bombings Aren't Being Covered

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:03:00 -0400

Social media users are complaining that the Austin bombings isn't getting enough coverage in the press. But it isn't only American Twitter users, for example, who are saying that. Accounts associated with Russian influence operations also have picked up that thread.

Pa. Attorney General Probing How Data-Mining Firm Acquired Facebook Data

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:40:00 -0400

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro about his office's intent to look into how the data of 50 million Facebook users got into the hands of the political data-mining firm, Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook Admits Data-Mining Firm Got Access To Millions Of Users' Personal Information

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:40:00 -0400

Facebook is under intense pressure after it admitted that Cambridge Analytica, a political data-mining firm, got access to massive amount of user data. A look at why Facebook allows third parties access to its data and what the business objective is.

Attacked By Alt-Right Trolls, A Jewish Journalist Links Trump To The Rise Of Hate

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:47:57 -0400

Trump "has made nationalist policy into the policy of the executive branch," says New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. His new book, (((Semitism))), is about being Jewish in the Trump era.

Uber Suspends Self-Driving Tests After Pedestrian Is Killed In Arizona

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:38:00 -0400

A self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian walking her bicycle in Tempe, Ariz. The incident could be the first pedestrian death involving a self-driving vehicle.

In Push For Convenience, Walmart Wants To Help Shoppers Assemble Furniture, Mount TVs

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:00:00 -0400

Walmart has partnered with the app Handy to link customers with home-services professionals. Major retail companies are in a big movement, trying to become more than just places that sell you things.

Facebook: Firm Working With Trump Campaign Stole 50 Million Users' Data

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:50:00 -0400

Cambridge Analytica has been suspended by Facebook for harvesting information from millions of users. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with former Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia Martinez.

Report: Cambridge Analytica 'Harvested Private Information'

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:03:26 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times about Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly harvested information from millions of Facebook users without their permission.

Spot Fake News By Making It

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:03:00 -0400

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Sander van der Linden of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab about his online game which tries to teach players about fake news by making them produce it.

Can You Choose A Romantic Partner Just By Their Voice? A Dating App Thinks So

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:03:00 -0400

Waving is a Tinder-like app that lets users judge potential partners by their voice. An evolutionary psychologist provides some tips on sounding attractive.

Russian Trolling Continued After Election

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

U.S. citizens continue to be targeted by Russian operatives online. Ajah Hales was contacted by a Facebook page that promised to promote black-owned businesses like hers. She talks with Scott Simon.

Follow-Up: Did The Computerless Computer Teacher Ever Get A Computer?

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 07:01:00 -0400

The story of the middle school teacher without a computer prompted an outpouring of support. But did he get any laptops?

Facial Scanning Now Arriving At U.S. Airports

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 05:00:40 -0400

Airlines say taking a picture of your face speeds boarding, and Homeland Security says it stops fraud. Critics worry about privacy and bias.

How Cobalt Metal Affects Big Tech Firms Like Apple

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:13:00 -0400

Cobalt used to be a byproduct of copper mining, used in everyday, boring stuff like tires and magnets. Now it's one of the most important and sought after metals on the periodic table. This has implications for big tech firms like Apple.