August 31, 2013 Mark Malkoff has lived inside of an IKEA store, consumed beverages at 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in less than 24 hours and proved that his kid's Big Wheel bike could beat a New York City bus. Now, the comedian has video chatted with people in 162 different countries — including North Korea.
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A bigger facial recognition database could allow Facebook to collect more data about whom we are interacting with in the real world.
August 30, 2013 Under the new rules, Facebook is expanding its use of facial recognition, making it easier for you, your friends and acquaintances to tag your likeness in their pictures. A bigger facial recognition database could allow Facebook to collect more data about whom we are interacting with in the real world.
August 30, 2013 Host Michel Martin and editor Ammad Omar crack open the listener inbox for backtalk. This week, listeners tweet about online activism, and education.
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A cyberattack, reportedly by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army, forced The New York Times offline this week.
August 30, 2013 The week's top headlines and conversations in the technology and culture space included the latest numbers on the digital divide, NSA-related pickup lines and more.
August 30, 2013 Drones are for spying, right? Right. But if Jasper van Loenen's idea works, drones will also become private moving vans. Crows won't like this. Trees won't like this. I'm not sure I like this. But you've got to see Jasper's instant-drone deliver a bicycle wheel across campus ...
On June 15, the day that Pandora became a publicly traded company, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange wore the company's insignia.
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August 29, 2013 Pandora, Rdio and Spotify are changing the way we listen to music, but all have had money issues. Apple and Google join the fray this year and music producer Jimmy Iovine is launching a service with Beats by Dr. Dre.
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A zoo in central China's Henan province swapped a dog — a Tibetan mastiff like the one shown here — for a lion, in another story that recently swept Chinese cyberspace.
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August 29, 2013 Foreign news coverage of China is often deadly serious: corruption, pollution and the like. Then there's the funny and bizarre that often goes viral — like the zoo that swapped a dog for a lion. A number of websites are making these offbeat and satirical tales increasingly available in English.
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August 29, 2013 As thousands of people gathered in the nation's capital to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, many more activists participated online. Host Michel Martin talks about social justice in the digital age with Michael Skolnik of Global Grind and Corey Dade of The Root.
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Free and findable thanks to this app.
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August 28, 2013 State and local public health departments are turning to apps as to help them reach people when they need help the most. Birth control finders, recipe tweakers and searchable restaurant inspections are in the mix.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer oversaw a system called "stack ranking," which employees have called toxic.
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August 28, 2013 The corporate culture at Microsoft seems to go against the tech industry's trend toward more empowered employees. The focus on the software giant's inner workings comes as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer prepares to depart.
August 28, 2013 A New York design team has just produced an invisibility cloak for your cellphone. Pop it in and no government, no merchants, no friends, no one knows where your phone is. Another design team in Canada says it could do stuff like this — but it won't. Who's right?
More than 200,000 gather on the Washington Monument grounds before marching to the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.
August 28, 2013 What if Twitter existed 50 years ago, on this monumental anniversary of the March on Washington? Our answer: @TodayIn1963. We've been reporting events of the summer of '63 as if they were happening now, in real-time, through this Twitter account.
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August 27, 2013 In a series of faux tutorials for seniors, a "senior tech expert" named Bob explains how Instagram works. Let's just say he doesn't get all the details right.
Facebook has issued a report on government requests for its user data.
August 27, 2013 Governments in 74 countries wanted information on 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, according to a report released by the social media giant.
The Cuddle Mattress is divided by a series of slats. Sleepers can wedge their arm in between these slats for better snuggling.
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August 27, 2013 The Cuddle Mattress is designed to let you spoon or hug your better half more comfortably. It's the latest product in our Weekly Innovation series.
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