April 30, 2011 Amateur radio operators are helping to restore emergency communication in some of the areas hardest hit by the tornadoes in the South. But those volunteers say their ability to provide that help is threatened by a new bill in Congress.
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April 29, 2011 A security analyst says hackers are trying to sell 2.2 million credit card numbers they say come from Sony's database.
April 29, 2011 Funding cutbacks have forced the hibernation of the Allen Telescope Array--that's the series of dishes used to search for radio signals from alien life. The SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute's Jill Tarter explains what the loss means for the search.
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April 29, 2011 Drop a clump of fire ants into water and they will assemble into a raft that stays afloat for weeks, according to a new study. Plus, a new soft-bodied robot is modeled after caterpillars that curl up and roll away from predators without joints. SciFri's "Pick of the Week" turns to insects and engineering this week.
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April 29, 2011 The 2006 film Who Killed the Electric Car? implicated oil companies, car companies, government and consumers alike in the failure of electric vehicles to reach mass market. Director Chris Paine returns to talk about his follow-up film, Revenge of the Electric Car, which celebrates the ultimate success of "EV's."
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April 29, 2011 A 130-turbine wind farm proposed by Massachusetts' Cape Wind Associates has won construction approval from the Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement. Cape Wind's CEO Jim Gordon discusses when construction will begin and who will buy the power the farm supplies.
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TomTom manufactures GPS navigation devices like this one from its competitor Garmin.
April 28, 2011 Using data they bought from a maker of GPS navigators, Dutch police set up speed cameras where drivers were most likely to break the limit.
April 28, 2011 Critics are up in arms since learning that the Apple iPhone keeps records of everywhere the mobile devices go. Technological tracking, in general, has increased as mobile devices, GPS systems, and Internet services such as Facebook and Amazon.com find new ways to gather and use consumer data. Host Michel Martin speaks with Sree Sreenivasan, dean of Student Affairs and Digital Media Professor at Columbia Journalism School. He says this tracking is neither new nor necessarily bad.
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the company's FaceTime app in October.
April 27, 2011 The company explained that the location data collected and saved by iPhones was caused by a programming error.
April 27, 2011 Sony is not the only major company to have faced a massive data breach recently. Just three weeks ago, dozens of well-known retailers and banks — including Citibank and Target — alerted some of their customers that their names and email addresses may have been stolen. Michele Norris talks with Kevin Poulsen, a senior editor at Wired.com, about data safety on the Internet and whether consumers are safer making purchases at brick-and-mortar stores versus online.
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April 27, 2011 For the past week, one of the most popular parts of Sony's PlayStation hasn't been working. Millions of gamers used to playing against each other online have not been able to connect. Sony says that its network has been hacked and personal information — possibly including credit card information — has been compromised.
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If Greta Garbo — the iconic movie star who famously wanted to be left alone — were around today, she might be a prime customer of the online privacy industry.
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April 27, 2011 Every step we take, every move we make, somebody's watching us. If Greta Garbo — the iconic movie star who famously wanted to be left alone — were around today, she might be a prime customer of the online privacy industry.
April 26, 2011 Sony encouraged PlayStation users to carefully monitor their credit card statements as well as credit report for signs of identity theft.
April 26, 2011 When doctors in Vermont found out their prescription records were being sold to data mining firms that then sold the information to drugmakers, they went to the state Legislature, which barred the practice. The data miners and the pharmaceutical industry challenged the law in court.
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Actress Reese Witherspoon is among a number of celebrities who yearn for privacy.
April 26, 2011 Reese Witherspoon is among celebrities who yearn for privacy. But with the proliferation of cellphone cameras, community-building websites, photo-sharing apps and ever-expanding companies dedicated to exposing as much of our lives and predilections as possible, we are all becoming public figures, whether we want to be or not.
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