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It Ain't Me, Babe: Researchers Find Flaws In Police Facial Recognition

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

Nearly half of American adults have been entered into law enforcement facial recognition databases, a new report shows. But problems with the accuracy of the technology could affect innocent people.

Buick Up, Honda And Subaru Down, Says Consumer Reports

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:24:00 -0400

Consumer Reports has released its Annual Reliability Survey. Lexus and Toyota are the top two, followed by Buick. The company ranks car brands based on a survey of more than a half-million car owners.

20 Years Later, Humans Still No Match For Computers On The Chessboard

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:36:00 -0400

IBM's Deep Blue beat chess great Garry Kasparov in 1997. Humans and computers play the game differently, but have computers taught humans much about the game?

Presidential Campaigns Blast AT&T-Time Warner Merger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:25:00 -0400

Donald Trump said it put "too much concentration of power in the hands of too few" and Tim Kaine called for "less concentration, especially in the media."

Waste, Families Left Behind As Nuclear Plants Close

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:36:00 -0400

The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant in Nebraska shuts down Monday, 17 years ahead of schedule. It is just the latest U.S. nuclear plant to close because it can't compete with other cheaper energy.

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.

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.

Police Facial Recognition Databases Log About Half Of Americans

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

TIMELINE: AT&T's Merger With Time Warner Follows Decades Of Industry Deals

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:39:00 -0400

The $85.4-billion merger of a telecom and a media giants is the latest in the web of consolidation, spurned offers and spin-offs that are increasingly interlinking the two industries.

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.

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.

'Internet Of Things' Hacking Attack Led To Widespread Outage Of Popular Websites

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

NPR's Scott Simon talk with NPR technology reporter Alina Selyukh about the internet outages that disrupted major U.S. websites on Friday.

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.

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.

'Dot': How A Little Girl Uses Technology To Interact With The World

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to former Silicon Valley tycoon Randi Zuckerberg about her new animated children's television show, 'Dot.'