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How Apps Helped Log One Long-Distance Couple's 'Love Letters Of Our Time'

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:00:53 -0500

The odds of finding your future mate on an anonymous chat site seem low. But that's how a woman in Detroit and a man in Wales met. And their romance blossomed thanks to apps like Snapchat and Skype.

How Dangerous Is Misinformation On Facebook?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:58:44 -0500

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Roger McNamee, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and an early investor in Facebook. He believes the company threatens democracy because it has helped spread fake news.

Facebook Moves To Decide What Is Real News

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:46:21 -0500

It will combat fake news by pushing up news articles that come from "high quality" sources, and pushing down the others. It's asking users which news organizations they trust.

Is That Awl There Is? Remembering The Awl And The Hairpin

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:55:00 -0500

The website The Awl and its sister site The Hairpin are shutting down. The two sites always valued lively, thoughtful writing — even as the media landscape shifted around them.

Cryptocurrency Investors Worry, Wait After Bitcoin Price Drop

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:40:00 -0500

There are hundreds of digital currencies worldwide. The price of the largest, best known one just plummeted by 50 percent. Now, investors are watching for a boom — or a bust.

Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500

In the streaming era, music fans have access to more music than they could ever consume. Is there any way to slow things down?

Your Turn: How Are Poor Countries Portrayed By Aid Groups And The Media?

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:49:00 -0500

The controversy over President Trump's description of El Salvador, Haiti and African countries has global thinkers asking whether the aid community is partly to blame.

Facebook Rolls Out New Plan For News Feed: More Posts From Friends And Family

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:38:00 -0500

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the social media giant wants to emphasize more "meaningful" content on users' feeds to "bring us closer together with the people that matter to us."

A School's Way To Fight Phones In Class: Lock 'Em Up

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:53:00 -0500

At a Boston charter school, administrators take students' phones and lock them in a soft pouch until the end of the day. "It sucks," grumbles one student.

YouTube Limits Relationship With Logan Paul After His Video Depicting Dead Body

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:04:00 -0500

More than a week after Paul removed a post showing him laughing beside an apparent suicide victim, YouTube pulled the star from its top-tier advertising program and shelved planned original projects.

Man As God: 'Frankenstein' Turns 200

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:31:00 -0500

Mary Shelley cautioned us of the dangers of extending science into realms where we have little control of the outcomes; may we all read her tale — and take in its lessons, says Marcelo Gleiser.

Siri, Cortana, And Alexa Carry The Marks Of Their Human Makers

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:01:00 -0500

Before you dismiss them as inhuman or inhumane, consider their dramatic personal histories — and their ancestor grande damme Eliza, says guest blogger Jimena Canales.

James Damore Sues Google, Alleging Discrimination Against Conservative White Men

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:36:25 -0500

The former Google engineer was fired after he criticized the company's diversity efforts and suggested that innate differences between men and women explain gender gaps in the tech sector.

'Least Desirable'? How Racial Discrimination Plays Out In Online Dating

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:06:00 -0500

Research shows that online dating coincided with an increase in interracial marriages. But some dating app users say that Asian men and black women can still have a tougher time finding love online.

Large Shareholders Ask Apple To Help Wean Digital-Addicted Youths

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:17:00 -0500

Suggestions range from entering the user's age when setting up a phone to setting limits on screen time and confining the use of iPhones and iPads to certain hours.