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Hackers Target Controversial Italian Cyber Espionage Company

Spyware belonging to the security firm Hacking Team has been detected in many countries with repressive regimes. The firm's client list is secret, but a hack has made thousands of documents public.

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Overloaded Computers Give NASA's Pluto Team A Fright

NASA had a heart-stopping moment over the weekend, when engineers lost contact with a spacecraft they sent to Pluto. A computer crash was behind the problem.

All Things Considered

Hacking Team Breach Reveals Firm Sold Spying Tools To Repressive Regimes

What happens when one of the most notorious hacking companies gets hacked? That's the situation unfolding for one Italian company, which sells surveillance software to governments across the globe.

Reddit CEO Apologizes Days After User Revolt Over Firing Of Popular Figure

Ellen Pao said the company had "screwed up ... over the past several years," leading up to the way it handled the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, the key figure in the r/IAmA section.

A Hacker Is Hacked: Controversial Italian Cyber Espionage Company Is Targeted

Hacking Team's spyware has been detected in many countries with repressive regimes. The company has never revealed its client list, but a hack has made thousands of documents public.

All Things Considered

Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social-site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

Want A Taste Of Virtual Reality? Step One: Find Some Cardboard

Fancy headsets can cost between $200 and $500. But if you have a smartphone, some extra time and an empty pizza box, you can make your own.

You Haven't Left The Building But Your Brain's On A Virtual Reality Trip

You can now experience the aftermath of Nepal's earthquake or get a sense of what it's like to be in a refugee camp without leaving home. Will that make you more likely to donate to a cause?

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In A Twist, Tech Companies Are Outsourcing Computer Work To ... Humans

A new trend is sweeping the tech world: hiring real people. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Wired reporter Julia Greenberg about why tech giants are learning to trust human instinct instead of algorithms.

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

The Path To Scrabble V-I-C-T-O-R-Y

July 7, 2015
Freddy Osborne, left, and teammate Nikolai Darken, second left, both from Fairfield, Conn., play a word against teammates Yanni Raymond, right, and Knox Daniel, second right, both from Charlottesville, Va., during the first round at the 2015 North American School SCRABBLE Championship at Hasbro headquarters in Pawtucket, R.I., Saturday, May 16, 2015.  (AP)

From the living room to world championships, Scrabble is fun—and fiercely competitive. We’ll dig in.

The Rise Of The MP3 And The Fall Of The CD

July 6, 2015
Stephen Witt is author of "How Music Got Free." (Photo on right by Chad Griffith)

Stephen Witt discusses his book “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Privacy.”

Should You Subscribe To Apple Music?

July 2, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook, right, hugs Jimmy Iovine at the announcement of Apple Music in June. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Apple is finally getting in the streaming music game.

After Supreme Court Decision, Is There An Alternative To Lethal Injection?

July 2, 2015
People in support of abolishing the death penalty protest outside of the Supreme Court in Washington Monday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

On Monday, a divided Supreme Court upheld a state’s right to use lethal injection in death penalty executions.

ISIS Is Winning The Internet Game

July 2, 2015
This file image taken from a militant website associated with Islamic State extremists, posted Saturday, May 23, 2015, purports to show a suicide bomber, with the Arabic bar below reading: "Urgent: The heroic martyr Abu Amer al-Najdi, the attacker of the (Shiite) temple in Qatif", which the Islamic State group's radio station claimed responsibility for.  (AP)

A big, provocative look at the sophisticated online efforts of ISIS to recruit and lure Westerners to their cause.

Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter Among Social Media Sites Moving Into News

July 1, 2015
The Snapchat logo is pictured on an iPhone. (Adam Przezdziek/Flickr)

Millennials’ top source for political news is Facebook, according to a recent study. Now, other social networks are trying to get on board.

What It’s Like To Lead A Non-Hierarchical Workplace

July 1, 2015
Terri Kelly is CEO of W. L. Gore. (Courtesy)

Terri Kelly is one of few people with a title at W. L. Gore – the maker of Gore-Tex – and she says she really doesn’t like having one.

Is Being Smarter Just A Drug, Chip Or Gene Away?

July 1, 2015
A graphic shows the sections of a human brain. (Allan Ajifo/Flickr)

Scientists are investigating a variety of technologies to make human beings more intelligent.

Google Is Manipulating Search Results, Study Finds

June 30, 2015
A woman googles something on an iPad. (cogdog/Flickr)

The study by top legal and economic scholars found the search engine giant knowingly buries its competitors. Google refutes the findings.

The Worldwide Space Race

June 30, 2015
In this image provided by NASA/JSC, astronauts Steven L. Smith and John M. Grunsfeld are photographed during an extravehicular activity (EVA) during the December 1999 Hubble servicing mission of STS-103, flown by Discovery. The Hubble Space Telescope, one of NASA'S crowning glories, marks its 25th anniversary on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Global plans for outer space. We’ll look around the world at who has what agendas for out there.

Smart Meters: An Experiment In Power Grid Innovation

June 29, 2015
John Phelan with Fort Collins Utilities inspects the smart meter at his home. (Dan Boyce)

In Fort Collins, Colorado, customers can now see their energy use in 15-minute increments, instead of just once per month.

What Happens If Workers Become Obsolete?

June 29, 2015
Precision fitters and assemblers at work in the Ministry of Labour Training Centre at Waddon, England on May 19, 1931. Here, in a large factory building, miners from the depressed mining areas all over the country are being trained for entirely new jobs in a scheme which aims to cut unemployment figures. (AP)

The rapid rise in technology and machines has some experts predicting that workers could become obsolete.

Practicing Thumbmanship And Other Neat Tricks Of The Smartphone Age

June 26, 2015
Barbara Leedom: "Recently, it became clear: It was time to text. But how?" (Timothy Valentine/flickr)

Recently, it became clear: It was time to text. But how?

Apple Music Opens New Front In Streaming Debate

June 23, 2015
Taylor Swift accepts the award for top artist at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas.  (AP)

Taylor Swift takes on Apple over royalties and wins. We’ll look at the latest battles in music streaming – the players, the artists, and the music itself.

Low-Cost Clothes Wage High-Stakes Battle

June 22, 2015
In this May 14, 2012 file photo, shoppers walk by the GAP store at a shopping mall in Peabody, Mass. On June 16, 2015, the company announced it would be closing up to a quarter of its North American stores. (AP)

The battle to sell you clothes. J. Crew, Abercrombie, GAP are in trouble. New ways, new retailers, piling in.

Why Did An MIT Student Record His Own Brain Surgery?

June 19, 2015
Steven Keating has 3-D printed versions of his tumor, that took up 10 percent of his brain. (Courtesy Steven Keating, photo by Paula Aguilera & Jonathan Williams)

Steven Keating is on a quest for medical transparency, calling for legislation to create open source medical records.

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