November 30, 2011 Technologies like GPS and social media are posing new challenges to interpreting the Constitution's guarantees of privacy and free speech. Law professor and journalist Jeffrey Rosen says we're now in an era the Founding Fathers could never have imagined, in which private companies are determining the rules for what can be shared.
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Big data is huge in both scope and power.
November 29, 2011 In the past couple of years, computing, storage and bandwidth capacity have become so cheap that it's altered the scale of what's possible in terms of collecting and analyzing data at every turn. It's a tectonic shift that will continue to affect many things we do for decades to come, one expert says.
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November 28, 2011 Smart electric meters are being installed in homes across the country. The wireless devices replace old meters and transmit electricity usage data wirelessly to utilities. But there are concerns about accuracy and safety. Guy Raz talks to David Baker, energy reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, for more.
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Workers process orders at an Amazon.com fulfillment center in Swansea, Wales, as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.
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November 28, 2011 Shoppers stormed retail stores this past weekend, and now on Cyber Monday, many are clicking their way to more purchases. One estimate says U.S. consumers may spend $1.2 billion online Monday, smashing last year's record of just over $1 billion.
November 27, 2011 The cloak-and-dagger world of corporate espionage is alive and well, and China seems to have the advantage. Their cyber-espionage program is becoming more and more effective at swiping information from America's public and private sectors, and the U.S. government has even blamed China publicly for hacking American industries.
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District Taco employees 33 workers.
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November 27, 2011 In the same month that the debt supercommittee failed to rise above partisanship for the sake of America's economy, a hyper-partisan House of Representatives managed a landslide victory. The crowdfunding bill it passed last week could be a big break for entrepreneurs — but does it put investors at risk?
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Some big-name tech companies are asking Congress to step in and clarify Americans' online privacy rights.
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November 24, 2011 The law that governs the privacy of cloud computing was written 25 years ago, when the concept of storing emails and other data away from the personal computer wasn't the norm. Some big-name tech companies are asking Congress to step in and clarify Americans' online privacy rights.
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November 22, 2011 One company is benefiting from the Occupy Wall Street movement: Livestream.com. The site has attracted 11 million unique viewers to the 80 or so Occupy-themed channels set up by organizers to broadcast raw footage of protests from around the world. But it made for an uncomfortable fit between advertisers and the Occupy audience.
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This video frame grab provided by the Mitt Romney presidential campaign shows a scene from an ad called "Believe in America" that is running in New Hampshire.
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November 22, 2011 Most of the videos in the presidential campaign so far have been seen, and distributed, online. They're cheaper for the candidates to produce, and often get picked up by news outlets anyway.
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Kevin Bacon: Six degrees has been the standard when it comes to him.
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November 22, 2011 Facebook and researchers from the University of Milan calculate that on average it takes 4.74 "hops" to connect one Facebook user to another. But how can you play "4.74 Degrees of Kevin Bacon?"
Spraying the Declaration of Independence (John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence").
November 21, 2011 A University of California Davis police officer is now the featured image in a growing number of ironic Web posts. Critics are commenting about the pepper-spraying of protesters with Web-based art.
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Roger Craig poses with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek after winning $250,000 in last week's Tournament of Champions.
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November 20, 2011 Roger Craig has wanted to be on Jeopardy! since he was 12 years old. When he finally got his shot, he knew he had to make it count. So he built a computer model to mine Jeopardy! for patterns. He says the most exciting part wasn't the money — it was that his system worked.
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November 20, 2011 The U.S. Army is working to use smartphones on the battlefield as a way to keep soldiers connected and give them better tools. Specialist Nicholas Johnson has designed a group of applications meant to help troops on the ground. Host Audie Cornish has more.
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November 18, 2011 Zynga, the company behind popular Facebook games such as Farmville and Cityville, is expected to have its initial public offering before the end of the year. Zynga is a phenomenon. More than 200 million people play its games each month. One person who doesn't feel Zynga's success is cause for celebration is video game designer Ian Bogost. Bogost thinks Zynga's games are mindless, designed to suck money out of players' pockets. To make his point he created a parody game of his own. As On the Media's P.J. Vogt reports, what Bogost didn't expect is that his satire would become one of the most popular games he's ever made.
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November 17, 2011 The Kindle Fire is not an iPad, and can't do what an iPad can do. But what it might do is open up a market for smaller, cheaper tablets for those who are willing to make compromises.
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