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Dreamhost Challenges Department Of Justice Anti-Trump Records Request

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dallas Kashuba, co-founder of DreamHost. The company challenged the Department of Justice's demand that DreamHost hand over 1.3 million IP addresses for people who visited an anti-trump protest site.

Quoting Mandela, Obama's Tweet After Charlottesville Is The Most-Liked Ever

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:16:00 -0400

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.

UNICEF Picks YouTube Star As Ambassador

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:07:00 -0400

Known as "iiSuperwomanii" to her 12 million YouTube followers, Lilly Singh represents a new kind of celebrity — and that's exactly why UNICEF has made her the face of its cause.

Here's What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:50:00 -0400

As America prepares for the eclipse on Aug. 21, here are some basic facts about the phenomenon.

DOJ Demands Files On Anti-Trump Activists, And A Web Hosting Company Resists

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:10:00 -0400

Legal experts called the government's demand for information unusually broad. DreamHost says the warrant would require it to hand over logs of 1.3 million visits to its customer's website.

Some Are Troubled By Online Shaming Of Charlottesville Rally Participants

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:59:00 -0400

The "Yes, You're Racist" Twitter account uses crowdsourcing to help identify white supremacists. But sometimes it gets things wrong. And not everyone is happy about efforts at public shaming.

British Cybersecurity Expert Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Malware Charges

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:59:23 -0400

Before these allegations, 23-year-old Marcus Hutchins was known for his role in finding the kill switch to the WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack last May. He is accused of creating a malware scheme.

Forget Tough Passwords: New Guidelines Make It Simple

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:51:00 -0400

We've been told to create passwords that are complicated, to change them regularly and to use different ones for each app or site. But the latest advice is to keep them simple, long and memorable.

Our Homes May Get Smarter, But Have We Thought It Through?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0400

As our houses fill with the Internet of things, sensors will tell us whether we left the stove on or that we're out of paper towels. But critics worry these devices won't be secure and will spy on us.

Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer Is Banned By Google After Attempted Move From GoDaddy

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:30:00 -0400

Both Google and GoDaddy have now banned the Daily Stormer site, after it published a story mocking protester Heather Heyer's death in Charlottesville, Va.

In Germany, Churchgoers Are Encouraged To Tweet From The Pews

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

As it celebrates 500 years since Martin Luther and the Reformation, the Protestant church in Germany is turning to social media to reach those too busy to attend.

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to ... Interactive Biodegradable Funerary Urns?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:01:47 -0400

Technology is fundamentally changing how we deal with death, memorials and human remains. One of the latest examples: A startup offers a smartphone-connected urn where ashes are used to grow a tree.

You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

It sounds so simple: Order a kit online, test for sexually transmitted diseases in the privacy of home and mail it back. But deciding what to test for and who gets tested is far from easy.

SoundCloud Saved By The Bell Of A Big Chunk Of Financing

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:36:10 -0400

After a noisy month in the press and a significant round of layoffs, SoundCloud announced today it had secured its largest round of financing to date, ending speculation of its demise (for now).

Sal Khan: Can Technology Help Create A Global Classroom?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:32:00 -0400

Sal Khan turned tutoring lessons with his cousins into a series of free educational videos called Khan Academy. His goal: to make learning accessible for everyone, everywhere.