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Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms Of Service Agreements?

Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.

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X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.

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Topping $11M, Coolest Cooler Breaks Kickstarter Record

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Ryan Grepper, creator of a cooler named Coolest, which has set a new record as the highest-grossing Kickstarter campaign.

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Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing

The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.

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New GoPro Camera Harness Captures Dog's-Eye View

This past week, the camera maker GoPro unveiled the Fetch harness, which allows people to attach the durable cameras to their dogs. The company was inspired by some DIY efforts at pet videography.

Tech Week: Uber's Tricks, JPMorgan Hacked & A Desk Microwave

Also in this week's roundup, Amazon's $1 billion purchase surprises some tech watchers. Yet we're most excited about finding a way to avoid physical exertion at lunch.

An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.

New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem to break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

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JPMorgan's Been Hacked, But Answers — And Fraud — Are Hard To Find

Hackers successfully infiltrated the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks recently. The FBI is investigating what's being called a sophisticated cyberattack, but bank officials have not yet found any evidence of fraud.

Quantum Computing: The Holy Grail Of The Information Age

September 1, 2014
A close-up of a microchip under a microscope. (Jasper Nance/Flickr)

Some of the biggest technology companies are working to build a computer powerful enough to solve complex mathematical riddles.

As School Starts, A Look At ‘Paperless’ Classrooms

August 29, 2014
Google's free tools -- like its online presentations through Docs -- can be useful in the classroom, but some are worried about its new "paperless classroom" plan. (Kevin Jarrett/Flickr)

Google’s new “Classroom” app is winning fans in teachers for its efficiency, but some worry about student privacy.

Mobile App Helps Transgender People Change Their Voices

August 29, 2014
Lorelei Erisis, a transgender woman, tries out the Eva app in her Ayer home. (Martha Bebinger/WBUR)

WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports on a new smartphone app that’s helping people who are transitioning to change the pitch of their voice.

Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014
Beyonce on stage with Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy as she accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif.  (AP)

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

Week In The News: Ukrainian Invasion, Burger King Tax Trouble, A Gaza Ceasefire

August 29, 2014
Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.  (AP)

War moves over Syria, Ukraine. Burger King moves to Canada. Nine-year-olds and Uzis. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Bloomberg: Bank Hackers Have Ties To Russia

August 28, 2014
JP Morgan Chase, in response to allegations that Russian hackers stole personal data from it and four other banks, says “companies of our size unfortunately experience cyber attacks nearly every day. We have multiple, layers of defense to counteract any threats and constantly monitor fraud levels." (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Russian hackers stole troves of personal data from JP Morgan Chase and at least four other banks, according to Bloomberg News.

‘Exoskeleton’ Lets Some Paraplegics Walk Again

August 27, 2014
Gene Laureano, a 51-year-old Army veteran from the Bronx, uses the ReWalk exoskeleton. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

ReWalk Robotics has built a motorized exoskeleton that gives some people with debilitating spinal injuries the ability to walk.

Snapchat Reportedly Valued At $10 Billion

August 27, 2014
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel poses for a photo in Los Angeles, Oct. 24, 2013. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson explains why the photo messaging app is valued so high, even though it has very little revenue.

What Broke Google Image Search?

August 26, 2014
This is what you might have seen today if you did a Google image search. (Screenshot)

If you happened to be searching for news or images on Google today, you may have come up with some unexpected results.

Back To School With The Educational App Boom

August 26, 2014
Matthew Triska, 13, center, helps Alex Fester, 10, to build code using an iPad at a youth workshop at the Apple store on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Stanford, Calif.  (AP)

Educational apps are all over these days. How are they working for the education of our children? Plus: why our kids need more sleep.

HubSpot Files For $100 Million IPO

August 26, 2014
HubSpot's founders Dharmesh Shah (l) and Brian Halligan (r). Courtesy photo.

HubSpot provides online marketing services to small and medium-sized businesses.

Stare At A Screen All Day? It’s Doing More Damage Than You Think

August 26, 2014
Ethan Gilsdorf: "Our digitally tethered, couch potato lifestyle has reached its logical conclusion. Namely, death and ignorance." (Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Our digitally tethered, couch potato lifestyle has reached its logical conclusion. Namely, death and ignorance.

Why Facebook And Twitter Had Different Priorities This Week

August 22, 2014
Beryl Lipton, left, douses Matt Lee during the ice bucket challenge at Boston's Copley Square, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 to raise funds and awareness for ALS.  (AP)

There’s no hidden agenda to the difference between most people’s Facebook and Twitter feeds this week. Just a hidden type of emotional content and case use. Digiday’s John McDermott explains.

Stunt Philanthropy In The Age Of Social Media

August 22, 2014
In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP)

The Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS, viral fundraising and how we give in the age of social media.

Our Week In The Web: August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014
An image of Earth from the International Space Station. (Reid Wiseman / Twitter)

On mixed media messaging, Spotify serendipity and a view of Earth from the International Space Station.

iPad Saturation: Have We Reached ‘Peak Tablet’?

August 21, 2014
A reporter films Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones on his IPad as he speaks to media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP)

Sometimes it seems like everyone who wants — or can afford — a tablet computer already has one. So where do things go from here?

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