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Paul Smith says he wanted "take a page from the Russian playbook" to influence a California congressional campaign. Deanne Fitzmaurice for NPR hide caption

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Inspired By Russia, He Bought Influence On Facebook

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CryptoKitties: Using The Blockchain For Cat Pictures

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A team at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore is developing a tumor-detecting algorithm for detecting pancreatic cancer. But first, they have to train computers to distinguish between organs. Courtesy of The Felix Project hide caption

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For Some Hard-To-Find Tumors, Doctors See Promise In Artificial Intelligence

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How Europe's New Data Privacy Law Is Supposed To Give Users More Control

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In California, an initiative expected on November's ballot would be one of the broadest online privacy regulations in the U.S. traffic_analyzer/Getty Images hide caption

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Do Not Sell My Personal Information: California Eyes Data Privacy Measure

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Massena, N.Y., Town Supervisor Steven O'Shaughnessy says the community is hungry for jobs, and cryptocurrency miners could represent a huge opportunity. "They need lots of power," he says. "And we can provide that." David Sommerstein/NCPR hide caption

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Cryptocurrency Miners Make Big Promises In Small Towns

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Newarker Josie Gonsalves says Newark Police's surveillance system will change how residents carry themselves in public. With the new technology, "everyone becomes a suspect," she says. Marco Jeurissen/Getty Images hide caption

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Newark Police Camera System Relies On Residents, Stirring Privacy Concerns

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Some personal injury law firms now automatically target online ads at anyone who enters a nearby hospital's emergency room and has a cellphone. The ads may show up on multiple devices for more than a month. sshepard/Getty Images hide caption

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Digital Ambulance Chasers? Law Firms Send Ads To Patients' Phones Inside ERs

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Jaron Lanier: How Can We Repair The Mistakes Of The Digital Era?

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Tristan Harris: What Is The Cost Of Infinite Distractions?

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Amishi Jha: How Can We Pay Better Attention To Our Attention?

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Manoush Zomorodi: Has Constant Stimulation Replaced Boredom?

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