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Tristan Harris: Do Our Devices Control More Than We Think?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:21:00 -0400

When Tristan Harris worked in Silicon Valley, his job was to direct users online to a particular website or service. Now, he speaks out against tech companies who manipulate their users' attention.

Elite Golden Keys Concierges Try To Stay Relevant Amid Growing Automation

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:49:00 -0400

The fraternal organization of high-end hotel workers met recently in Washington to discuss ways of staying relevant in an age when apps are replacing most traditional concierge services.

Once Its AIM Was True, But Soon AOL's Instant Messenger Will Be No More

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:42:00 -0400

AOL Instant Messenger, with 100 million users at its peak in 2001, was overtaken by mobile text messaging and social media platforms such as Twitter. It will be shut down in December.

Should You Leave Grandma With The Robot?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:27:00 -0400

Once a technology that treats emotions as data becomes pervasive, we may soon find that data is the only aspect of emotion we come to recognize or value, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

How Monopoly Man Won The Internet

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:07:12 -0400

Donning a mustache, top hat and giant bag full of money, a consumer rights activist became a social media sensation for protesting an Equifax hearing on Capitol Hill. Here is how it happened.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar On Social Media Political Ad Disclosure

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 05:02:00 -0400

Lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that would require greater disclosure of political ads that run on social media. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the co-author and talks with NPR's David Greene.

That Time #Ramona Made Everyone Smile For A Few Minutes

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:58:00 -0400

A snafu on NPR's Facebook account on Monday night revealed how some people needed something else to focus on in the aftermath of Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Florida and Houston.

What Can We Learn About The Effects Of Social Media Ads?

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 18:05:58 -0400

Amid news that Russian operatives may have bought ads to fuel social and racial unrest, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Scott Tranter, a director of analytics for a data and technology firm.

2 Viral Twitter Poets Are Rewriting The Book On Astrology

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:00:27 -0400

Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov of Astro Poets want to bring astrology up to speed with shifting views of gender, sexuality and pop culture.

Russia Continues To Use Social Media To Influence Public Opinion In The U.S.

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:54:00 -0400

Congressional investigators are continuing to talk with social media companies about what is known about the role Russian bots played in last November's election and how to prevent the next onslaught.

Paul Horner, Fake News Purveyor Who Claimed Credit For Trump's Win, Found Dead At 38

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:49:51 -0400

Horner made his living making bogus reports go viral and said he didn't expect for his stories to believed by Trump supporters. Authorities say they do not suspect foul play.

Ready Or Not, Twitter Is Doubling A Tweet's Character Limit To 280

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:37:00 -0400

A global beta group will go through initial testing with the new character limit before Twitter slowly rolls the change out more widely.

Twitter To Try Giving Users 280 Characters — Whether They Want Them Or Not

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 13:08:00 -0400

The company says it wants to give users more room to express themselves. But many users worry it will rob Twitter of its microblogging soul.

Katharine Hepburn's Brownies: A Recipe For Home-Wrecking?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:58:00 -0400

Two years ago in The New York Times' food section, Sydne Newberry commented on this recipe — and the bittersweet end to her marriage. The comment went on to become Internet legend.

The Next Big Focus In The Russia Investigations: Social Media

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:00:12 -0400

Social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter played a larger role than first thought in Russia's influence campaign against the 2016 U.S. presidential race — and Congress wants answers.