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Latest technology news and breakthroughs in technology, science, and industry. Download the NPR Technology podcast and Technology RSS feed.

Last Build Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:17 -0400

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Police Facial Recognition Databases Log About Half Of Americans

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:17 -0400

A new report from Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology says all it takes is a driver's license to be included in the searchable databases. Rachel Martin talks to co-author Alvaro Bedoya.

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The Next Generation Of Local, Low-Power FM Stations Expands In Urban Areas

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

The next wave of low power FM stations is coming on the air. Initially restricted to rural areas because of interference concerns, nearly 2,000 new stations have been approved — many in urban areas.

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AT&T To Acquire Media Giant Time Warner For More Than $85 Billion

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

AT&T and Time Warner agreed Saturday to an $85 billion merger that, if approved by federal regulators, would create a mammoth media and telecommunications company.

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AT&T To Buy Time Warner For $85 Billion

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:11:00 -0400

It emerged Saturday that AT&T is set to buy Time Warner for about $85 billion. If approved by federal regulators, the merger would create a mammoth media and telecommunications company.

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Voice Actors Strike Against Video Game Companies

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

The strike of the SAG-AFTRA union went into effect Friday after failed negotiations between the union's voice actors and video game employers, particularly over compensation and secrecy.

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WikiLeaks Dump Method: Sociologist Says Not All Leaked Passes Public Interest Test

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Scott Simon talks to Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about the perils of mass information releases, like the latest Clinton campaign email leak.

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Major Websites Experience Outages In Apparent Online Attack

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:28:00 -0400

A number of major websites, including Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, were knocked out of service for parts of the day in a sprawling, sophisticated online attack.

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Cyber Aggression Takes A Back Seat To Other Presidential Campaign Issues

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:09:00 -0400

The White House says it plans to retaliate against Russia for cyberattacks. Cybersecurity has been a constant issue on the campaign trail. No candidate professes to have expertise in this policy area.

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No Snapchat In The Bedroom? An Online Tool To Manage Kids' Media Use

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:03:00 -0400

The American Academy of Pediatrics has launched more liberal guidelines on children's media use. They're offering parents an online tool to help manage the what, where and when of family screen time.

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ProPublica Reveals Discriminatory Pricing By Computer Algorithms

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:27:00 -0400

We are relying more and more on machines to make decisions for us — which route to take, what to buy and where to buy it — but we have no idea how these decisions are made. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Julia Angwin, a ProPublica reporter, who has spent the year with her team looking at algorithms companies use to decide everything from what headlines we will read to what we will pay for a product. Among her most surprising findings, Asians were nearly twice as likely to get that higher price on SAT prep courses from The Princeton Review than non-Asians.

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Why Worries About Paperless Voting Loom Larger This Year

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:35:00 -0400

In tight elections, the loser often calls for a recount. But recounting ballots might not be easy in states that use paperless machines — including the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania.

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Pundits Vs. Machine: Who Did Better At Predicting Campaign Controversies?

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:40:00 -0400

We pitted two political pundits against an algorithm to compete at predicting the biggest issues to arise over a month in the presidential election. Now we find out who won.

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