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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.

Facebook To Turn Over 3,000 Ads To Congress In Russian Election Interference Probe

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:14:00 -0400

The ads ran during the 2016 presidential campaign. Facebook also will give users who see one attack ad the ability to find out who the company is targeting in others.

After Massive Data Breach, Equifax Directed Customers To Fake Site

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:13:36 -0400

The credit reporting agency set up a website to help people determine whether they had been affected by a cyberattack. But on Twitter, Equifax repeatedly pointed people to a phishing site.

SEC Says Cybercriminals Hacked Its Files, May Have Used Secret Data For Trading

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:37:00 -0400

The Securities and Exchange Commission says the "nonpublic information" might have given the intruders an edge in the markets, but didn't contain personally identifiable information.

Quantity Of 'Skills' Doesn't Mean Quality In Amazon Echo's Alexa

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:10:00 -0400

Amazon Echo's Alexa has helped people do all sorts of tasks. Although Alexa now has more than 15,000 so-called "skills," critics say that many of Amazon's skills are low-quality.

Rise Of The Beerbots: Is Tech Taking The Craft Out Of Homebrewing?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:44:00 -0400

Automated systems have turned the messy, ancient art of brewing into a tidy hobby requiring fairly minimal skill, and of course, a smartphone or tablet. Critics ask: Where's the craft in that?

Silicon Valley's Ellen Pao Tackles Sex Discrimination, Workplace Diversity In Memoir

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:21:00 -0400

The tech investor dives into the lawsuit that thrust her into the national spotlight and the workplace conditions that prompted it. She says firms are largely applying "tepid diversity solutions."

Cities Try Convincing Amazon They're Ready For Its New Headquarters

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:53:00 -0400

Atlanta, Denver and other cities are making their cases for the online giant to locate its second headquarters in their area. At stake: up to 50,000 well-paying jobs and billions in investments.

When Amazon Was Just A River In Brazil: An Early Chat With Jeff Bezos

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:22 -0400

Commentator Andrei Codrescu met with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 1995, back when the company was in its earliest days. We went to the archives to hear why Bezos was betting on the Internet to sell books.

iPhone X's Face ID Inspires Privacy Worries — But Convenience May Trump Them

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

Advocates are concerned facial scan data could be stolen, or that a successful rollout could make consumers more comfortable with less innocuous, less accurate uses of facial recognition technology.

Looking For Analog: Old Button-Mashing Arcades Come Back For A New Generation

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:11:00 -0400

"I know I didn't grow up with arcades, but ... I enjoy talking with my dad about it and it's just something we bonded over," says one 17-year-old player.

Apple Gets Mixed Reactions To New iPhone's Facial Recognition Technology

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:54:00 -0400

Clare Garvie of Georgetown University's Law Center on Privacy and Technology talks with NPR's Michel Martin about the implications of Apple's embrace of facial recognition technology.

What To Do When Your Personal Information Gets Hacked

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:59:26 -0400

The personal information of millions of people was potentially exposed after the hack of Equifax. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Lisa Gerstner of Kiplinger's Personal Finance about what you should do.

What It Might Take To Stop The Data Breaches

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 08:08:14 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talks to technology writer and professor Zeynep Tufekci about what she describes as Equifax's unaccountability after a massive data breach.

High-Tech 'Bodega' Falls Short Of The Real Thing

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:28:51 -0400

Two entrepreneurs attracted criticism after they unveiled a ritzy vending machine they named Bodega. NPR's Scott Simon muses on the value of the brick and mortar stores that predate the machine.