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Christian Science Monitor | Innovation



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'Flying car' to go on sale by end of year

A Kitty Hawk Flyer will be available to consumers by the end of this year. But how soon can would-be pilots go from hobbyists to commuters? 

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How Wikipedia’s founder wants to ‘fix the news' (+video)

Jimmy Wales is launching a new platform that he says will 'protect the integrity of information' from fake news.

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If you are in the market for a new Tesla, now might be the time to buy

The consumer tax credit, which will end for the company next year, is just one of several policies and market factors guiding Tesla and its competitors on the road to mass market.

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Volkswagen to roll out an electric car in China. Can it help reduce the smog?

Chinese officials hope the push to electric cars can clean up cities struggling to fight smog. 

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Burger King launches TV ad that triggers Google Home: clever marketing trick or invasive ploy?

The new ad has raised concerns about privacy and security in a world of 'always listening' smart devices.

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To boost transparency, Ukraine turns to blockchain

The governments of several countries have already adopted this transaction-tracking software to increase transparency and efficiency.

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Commentary: Is the Endangered Species Act facing extinction?

Before we overhaul the Endangered Species Act, we should better understand what it means to deliberately allow a species to go extinct.

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Is Google underpaying its female employees?

The company, which has been criticized for a lack of diversity among its workforce, is now accused of severely underpaying the small number of women who do work there.

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Federal government drops inquiry into Twitter account critical of Trump

After the company filed a lawsuit Thursday, the federal government withdrew its summons of personal information related to a Twitter account that spoke out against the president's immigration policies. 

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Google rolls out new 'Fact Check' tool worldwide to combat fake news

The new feature tags stories with potentially misleading information with veracity reports from organizations like Snopes and Politifact.

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White House agrees to save Trump tweets for National Archives

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has advised the Trump administration to keep a record of all presidential tweets – even ones that were later altered or deleted.

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Twitter drops egg avatar, hoping to make life more uncomfortable for internet trolls (+video)

The popular social media platform will change its default profile figure from a photo of an egg to a generic human head and torso, hoping to distance themselves from internet trolls who hide behind the egg avatar to harass fellow users. But will it be enough?

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Be My Eyes: App lets the sighted lend their eyes to the blind

How a relatively simple piece of programming is creating global micro-volunteering opportunities.

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With personal-cause tool, Facebook to lend a hand to individual fundraisers

The company already helps nonprofits fundraise. Now it's giving individuals a way to collect funds for their own personal crises.

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With Obama-era internet privacy rules in GOP crosshairs, VPNs get another look

Virtual private networks (VPNs) give users the ability to browse the internet privately, without allowing internet service providers to access their browsing history.

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In wake of London attacks, a call for state access to encrypted messages

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called upon WhatsApp and apps like it to make their platforms accessible to law enforcement and intelligence services, following an attack near Britain's parliament that left four people dead. 

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Howard University West: Can Google-Howard partnership increase diversity in tech?

The Google-Howard collaboration, announced Thursday, is intended to help Google access tech talent and give top computer science students at Howard a taste of life in Silicon Valley.

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'Solar-powered skin' could restore feeling to amputees

Graphene proves an ideal material for helping prosthetic limbs generate their own energy. 

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Will a cheaper iPad do much to boost tablet sales? (+video)

Among product updates announced by Apple was a new, cheaper 9.7 inch iPad.

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Cutting ties with YouTube: A win in the fight against racist web content?

Havas’s decision to cut ties with Google and YouTube marks a victory for a new type of consumer activism. But it could also give a taste of fights to come.

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