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

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After A Sour Decade, Florida Citrus May Be Near A Comeback

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:50:00 -0500

Recent scientific advances have offered some hopes of recovery to Florida's citrus industry, which has been declining over two decades due to a horrible bacterial disease called citrus greening.

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Silicon Valley 'Bubble' Reflects On Role In Trump Era

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:39:35 -0500

Silicon Valley has been soul searching since the election last month. Tech entrepreneur Ben Parr tells Scott Simon that collaboration with Washington is needed in an age of accelerating technology.

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Episode 739: Finding The Fake-News King

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:42:00 -0500

We track down a fake-news creator in the suburbs, uncover his empire of fake-news sites, and get him to tell us his secrets.

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'Bloomberg' Reporter Enlists Experts To Become An Instagram Influencer

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

These days, a strong social media presence can say a lot about your identity. Some do social media well — almost flawlessly — to the point where they can become influential enough to use their personal brand to make money. But what happens when a modest dad-type aspires for the allure that comes with having millions of followers? NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Bloomberg reporter Max Chafkin about his month as an "Instagram influencer."

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For Advertisers, Fake News Is Not The Biggest Problem

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

The fake news controversy is rocking the ad industry, with Kellogg's and other brands pulling ads from Breitbart. But advertisers may be more worried about sites that generate fake traffic using bots.

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Lab-Grown Diamonds Come Into Their Own

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:36:00 -0500

Commercial labs can now make the large, clear diamonds people prize for engagement rings and other jewelry in as little as 72 hours. How will this change the diamond industry?

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Not A Hack: U.S. Office Of Government Ethics Tweets At Trump

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:24:00 -0500

In an odd sequence of events, the federal ethics watchdog praised Trump in a series of snarky tweets for allegedly deciding to divest his businesses — something he hasn't specifically promised.

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How To Find The Best Deals On Cyber Monday

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:22:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Joanna Stern, personal technology columnist at the Wall Street Journal, about this year's so-called "Cyber Monday." They discuss the best online tech deals, which tech gadgets make the perfect gift, and if consumers should be concerned about exploding batteries in this year's hottest gizmos.

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Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:04:00 -0500

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.

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Some Assembly Required: New Space Telescope Will Take Shape After Launch

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:51:00 -0500

The James Webb Space Telescope is undergoing its final series of tests in NASA workshops. It's designed to take even grander images than the Hubble telescope. But deploying it will be a major feat.

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As Batteries Keep Catching Fire, U.S. Safety Agency Prepares For Change

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:57:00 -0500

The Consumer Product Safety Commission grabbed the spotlight in recalls of hoverboard scooters and Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phones. It's a tiny agency with a vast oversight of thousands of products.

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TSA Takes To Twitter For AMA

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:06:26 -0500

The Transportation Security Administration has been using social media to answer travelers' questions about what they can bring on commercial planes. Questions like, "Are meatballs allowed in carry-on bags?"

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New Rule Requires Quiet Electric, Hybrid Cars To Emit Sound Alerts

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:06:26 -0500

The problem with those quiet electric cars and hybrids? They're too quiet. This month rules were finalized requiring automakers to install speakers in cars to emit sounds when rolling at low speeds.

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In An Automated Car Economy, Who Will Lose?

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:06:26 -0500

As holiday deliveries from Amazon and other companies start zipping around the country, businesses are considering how driverless vehicles will bring down shipping costs. But what jobs will be lost?

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We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here's What We Learned

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:31:00 -0500

"The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right," says Jestin Coler, whose company, Disinfomedia, is behind some fake news sites.

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