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Uber Orders Investigation Into Sexual Harassment Claims

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

A former engineer for the ride-hailing app Uber published a blog post this weekend claiming that she faced sexual harassment while working at the company. Uber says it's investigating the allegations.

'#Republic' Author Describes How Social Media Hurts Democracy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks to Cass Sunstein about his new book, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media. He says democracy needs people to come across a variety of viewpoints, and much of social media limits that exposure.

Uber Will Investigate Sexual Harassment Claims By Engineer

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:43:00 -0500

Uber's CEO has ordered an investigation into a sexual harassment claim made by a female engineer after she published a blog post detailing her experience.

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:41:00 -0500

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.

Your Shareable Google Maps Lists May Be Really Interesting To Advertisers

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:01:00 -0500

A new feature allows users to create lists of places and share them with friends. Is Google Maps trying to become a social network or to collect more information about its users? Maybe both.

Local Police Departments Invest In Cell Phone Spy Tools

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

As we depend on our cell phones more and more, the tools to peek into our phones are getting better. Local police departments across the country are investing heavily in this technology. And, with few laws governing what police can collect and store, that has a lot of privacy advocates alarmed. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to City Lab reporter George Joseph about the spread of tools that let police collect cell phone data.

Scientific Conference Planners Concerned About Immigration Policy

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:32:00 -0500

There's increasing concern among planners of science and technical conferences about the Trump administration's immigration restrictions. Many groups signed a letter asking Trump to rescind the order.

Banned In Germany: Kids' Doll Is Labeled An Espionage Device

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:51:00 -0500

The doll Cayla looks like an everyday toy and gives no notice that it collects and transmits everything it hears, German regulators say.

The Turtles Lose Case Over Rights To Their Oldies In New York

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:56:00 -0500

Members of The Turtles lost their New York class action in a ruling from the state's appeals court.

Using The Blockchain To Change Prisons

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Charlie Shrem went to prison for his involvement in Bitcoin trading. Now he's out and part of the next evolution of Bitcoin's future, investments that trade using Bitcoin's underlying technology.

Yahoo Warns More Users That Their Private Information May Have Been Stolen

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:34:00 -0500

The company warned some users that their accounts may have been accessed using forged cookies in connection with a previously disclosed hack in 2014.

Recipe For New Sports? Just Add A Drone

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:17:00 -0500

You may have heard of drone racing, but people keep coming up with new ways to enjoy these flying machines. A Latvian firm has developed a drone to pull snowboarders in a sport called "droneboarding."

The South Has Been Slow To Harness Its Wind, But That's Changing

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:33:00 -0500

There are several reasons the region is lagging in wind energy — including lower wind speeds. But now North Carolina is home to the first large-scale commercial wind farm in the Southeast.

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction.

Nokia's Famously Indestructible Phone Rumored To Be Returning To Shelves

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:11:00 -0500

Launched in 2000, the Nokia 3310 was a rugged little brick that won Internet fame for its durability. There are rumors, which HMD Global won't confirm, that the company is bringing the phone back.