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Free Wi-Fi On Buses Offers A Link To Future Of 'Smart Cities'

A new service in a Portuguese city not only provides commuters with free Internet connections but it also helps collect data that makes the municipality run more efficiently.

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Ben Franklin's Famous 'Liberty, Safety' Quote Lost Its Context In 21st Century

He once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." That quote often comes up in the context of new technology.

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Wi-Fi Everywhere May Let You Roam Free From Your Mobile Carrier

To get the most out of your smartphone, do you really need a cellphone plan? That's the question a Wall Street Journal reporter tried to answer by relying only on Wi-Fi networks for a month.

Nasdaq Index Hits 5,000 For First Time Since 2000

The NASDAQ composite index returned to territory it hasn't seen since the heyday of the dot-com boom, closing above the 5,000 mark Monday.

Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

Since 2009, a federal watchdog has levied only 22 penalties against health care organizations for failing to safeguard information about patients.

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'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling

New Hampshire is the first state to outlaw voting booth selfies. Some call the ban unconstitutional and are challenging it in court. Others argue selfies compromise privacy and enable voter coercion.

Morning Edition

This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

New episodes of Netflix's House of Cards debut today, and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says this season's challenges may please critics who say the show's vision of Washington, D.C., runs too smoothly.

Morning Edition

Long Before Net Neutrality, Rules Leveled The Landscape For Phone Services

The new FCC rules require service providers to be a neutral gateway to the Internet. The move has precedent in the 1930s, when regulators enacted "common carrier" rules on phone service companies.

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FCC Approves New Rules Intended To Protect Open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines — 3 to 2 — to approve new net neutrality rules that would regulate access to the Internet more like a public utility.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

The FCC approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the agency will ensure that no entity "should control free open access to the Internet."

The Universal Attraction Of Black Holes

March 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

Stereotypes, Unconscious Biases And Minorities In The Tech Industry

February 27, 2015
A Google logo is seen through windows of Moscone Center in San Francisco during Google's annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco on June 28, 2012 in California. (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/GettyImages)

Erica Baker is an African-American woman and a site reliability engineer at Google. She shares her experiences and insight.

Week In The News: DHS Shutdown Risk, Net Neutrality Win, Snowy South

February 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Remote Mexican Villages Build Their Own Cell Networks

February 26, 2015
Peter Bloom of Rhizomatica meets with the authorities in Tlahuitoltepec Mixe, Oaxaca. Rhizomatica is a non-profit group in Oaxaca city that has helped 16 remote villages install and operate their own cell phone networks. (

Thanks to cheaper technology, community organizers and computer hackers are bypassing the big cell companies.

Feminist Gamer Withdraws From PAX East, Citing Safety Concerns

February 25, 2015
An image from "Revolution 60," an adventure video game created by Brianna Wu's company Giant Spacekat. The story centers on a team of four women trying to liberate a space station. (

Video game developer Brianna Wu discusses the threats against her and her role as a feminist leader amid the Gamergate controversy.

Vote Nears On Net Neutrality

February 25, 2015
Activists gather outside the headquarters of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on December 11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The group gathered to rally for net neutrality prior to the FCC's monthly meeting. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

If the FCC votes to regulate Internet service like a public utility, it would be a victory for proponents of net neutrality.

Israeli Doctors Give Wounded Syrian A 3-D Printed Jaw

February 23, 2015
Israeli doctors rebuilt Mohammed's jaw using a titanium replacement, produced from a 3D printer. (BBC)

The young farmer with a new titanium jaw is among 1,500 or so Syrian refugees who have received treatment at Israeli hospitals.

All-American Drones

February 23, 2015
Dan Johnson of Sensurion Aerospace carries the Sensurion Aerospace Magpie commercial drone during an event Friday, Dec. 19, 2014, near Boulder City, Nev. The event was to announce the FAA's first issuance of an unmanned aerial systems test site special airworthiness certificate. (AP)

New rules for drones proposed by the FAA. Amazon’s not happy. We’ll look at the American drone future.

In Defense Of Screen Time

February 20, 2015
Nostalgia for a life without mobile computing is misplaced -- we’re fast finding ways to reap the benefits and develop strategies for the risks. (Unsplash)

Nostalgia for a life without mobile computing is misplaced — we’re fast finding ways to reap the benefits and develop strategies for the risks.

Bray On Technology: Wifi Phones, Apple Cars, Home Batteries

February 19, 2015
Volunteer Lucy Smith, left, and Kent State University graduate student Tommy Chesnes work on a planter and WiFi hotspot on a downtown Cleveland street Friday. (AP)

The biggest wireless phone network in America. It’s not AT&T. It’s not Verizon. It’s not even based on cell towers. It’s wifi.

Using Protective Headbands To Prevent Concussions

February 19, 2015
St. Thomas Aquinas women's soccer team members started using the ExoShield from Storelli this year. (Luis Hernandez/WLRN)

Critics say the headbands won’t work, but one girl’s soccer coach in South Florida is making them mandatory.

Toymakers Face Shifting Market

February 18, 2015
"The modern toddler iPad experience" (Wayan Vota/Flickr)

Children have become interested in playing games on tablets and mobile phones, shifting demand away from traditional toys.

Should We Abolish The Leap Second?

February 18, 2015
Alarm clock on the hour. (jonathan_bliss/Flickr)

We look at what would happen if scientists at the U.S. Naval Observatory convince the world to get rid of leap seconds.

The YouTube Decade

February 18, 2015
President Barack Obama sits down for an interview with YouTube star Glozell Green on January 22, 2015. (The White House/File)

YouTube turns ten. We’ll look at how it has changed music, culture, and the media.

UPS Shifts Delivery Decisions From Driver To Computer

February 17, 2015
A United Parcel Service (UPS) driver loads a cart with boxes before making a delivery on June 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The company is rolling out a new computer platform that would take over the decisions on how to make stops in the most efficient way.

Fighting Waste With Waste At Big Data Centers

February 17, 2015
The Microsoft Data Plant runs entirely on the methane emitted by the wastewater treatment facility next door. (Leigh Paterson/Inside Energy)

An experimental Microsoft Data Plant in Wyoming is the first data center in the country to be powered solely by methane waste.

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