The original caption to this 1989 photo read, "Cellular phones are being offered by many car manufacturers as optional equipment for drivers who can't bear to be out of touch, even on the road." Richard Sheinwald/AP hide caption

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When Phones Went Mobile: Revisiting NPR's 1983 Story On 'Cellular'

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New technology helps trackers follow consumers' digital imprints — including across devices — through browser settings, battery levels and other details. Mark Airs/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow By 'Fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices

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Republicans Say Obama Administration Is Giving Away The Internet

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Apple (left) and Google screenshots of the Willamette National Forest. The pins in each image indicate where each app says the forest is located, when searched. Apple & Google/Screenshots by NPR hide caption

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Anti-Defamation League Steps Up Efforts To Combat Anti-Semitism Online

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Self-driving Uber vehicles are lined up to take journalists on rides during a media preview at the company's Advanced Technologies Center in Pittsburgh earlier this month. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Regulating Self-Driving Cars For Safety Even Before They're Built

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Pundits Vs. Machine: Predicting Controversies In The Presidential Race

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Tollbooth cashier Henry Gregorio collects change from drivers at the New Rochelle Toll Plaza on I-95. Gregorio has worked in a tollbooth since 1980. Tollbooths are gradually being replaced by E-ZPass technology. Stephen Nessen/WNYC hide caption

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Music, Spies And Exact Change: The Strange History Of Electronic Tolls

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is demonstrated in New York on July 28. All owners of the new smartphone have been urged to exchange the device after reports of phones' exploding or catching fire. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

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A self-driving car leaves Uber's newest riverside hub in Pittsburgh. Company officials say the Rust Belt city is perfect for beta testing, citing diverse topography, frequent weather maladies, near-constant construction and hundreds of bridges and tunnels. Megan Harris/WESA hide caption

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What It's Like To Ride In A (Nearly) Self-Driving Uber

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Jake Middleton (right) coaches his brother, Justin, on the cobra pose, which he says can help gamers improve their posture. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption

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Video Gamers Head To The Gym To Enhance Competitive Edge

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This is a June 8, 1972, file photo of South Vietnamese forces following after terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc (center). The Pulitzer Prize-winning image is at the center of a heated debate about freedom of speech in Norway after Facebook deleted it from a Norwegian author's page. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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With 'Napalm Girl,' Facebook Humans (Not Algorithms) Struggle To Be Editor

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Police crime tape marks the scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed and an 18-year-old man was wounded in April in Chicago. The grim milestone of 500 homicides already passed this year in Chicago. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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In Effort To Curb Violence In Chicago, A Professor Mines Social Media

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler says lack of competition in set-top boxes has meant consumers pay more to get TV services. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The new Apple iPhone 7 lacks a separate headphone jack, which makes people wonder how they can charge the phone while listening to music through a wired headphone via the Lightning connector. Apple's answer: a separate dock that starts at $39. Stephen Lam/Getty Images hide caption

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Apple May Test iPhone Users' Loyalty If It Dumps The Headphone Jack

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QWERTY Traveled From Typewriter To iPhone, But Alternative Keyboards Do Exist

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Why Your Facebook Habit At Work Makes Economists Worry

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