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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

Morning Edition

Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

All Things Considered

App Helps Syrian Refugees Adapt To Life Away From Home

A Syrian refugee has developed a phone app and website to help refugees get information on services and seek other help in their long journeys in limbo.

How Did Ebola Volunteers Know Where To Go In Liberia? Crowdsourcing!

Kpetermeni Siakor was 900 miles from home when Ebola struck. But with special software, he helped direct volunteers and supplies to the right spots.

Superslick Coatings Conquer Ketchup, But What About Ebola?

A new coating makes ketchup slide out of the bottle and toothpaste slip out of a tube, right down to the last drop. So why not put the slick surface on an Ebola suit so the virus doesn't stick?

A 'Post Modern Skateboard' That Ditches The Board

It has been a while since we've seen an upgrade to either roller skates or the skateboard. But which one is it? These wheels give skating in the 21st century an effortless new look.

What If Web Search Results Were Based On Accuracy?

Google has been researching the possibility of ranking search results based on established facts. Were this to become the norm, it would have huge implications for future discourse, says Adam Frank.

Pilot Psychology And Flight Safety

March 30, 2015
A stele and flowers laid in memory of the victims are placed in the area where the Germanwings jetliner crashed in the French Alps, in Le Vernet, France, Friday, March 27, 2015. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, which killed all 150 people aboard, has raised questions about the mental state of the co-pilot. (AP)

The pilot who crashed his plane in the Alps. What we know now. And what to do about pilots’ psychological health.

Is It Time For Pilotless Planes?

March 27, 2015
Tom LeCompte: "Who’s going to land the plane if things go wrong? We already ride on trains without engineers and are preparing for driverless cars. Why not pilotless airliners?" Pictured: Rescue workers work on debris of the Germanwings jet at the crash site near Seyne-les-Alpes, France, Thursday, March 26, 2015. The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and “intentionally” rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain’s frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane. (Laurent Cipriani/AP)

Who’s going to land the plane if things go wrong? We already ride on trains without engineers and are preparing for driverless cars. Why not pilotless airliners?

Mobile Payments Offer Convenience If You Keep Your Email Safe

March 26, 2015
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Thinking about moving your wallet to your phone? You can! And maybe you should? But TechCrunch senior writer Josh Constine has a few things to tell you before you do.

Using Technology To Get Your Kids Outside

March 26, 2015
A view of winter constellations on a starry, clear night. (Phillip Chee / Flickr)

The latest and greatest — using apps to make natural exploration more fun for your kids.

To My Selfie-Obsessed Fellow Travelers, An Apology — And A Plea

March 26, 2015
Whether capturing the sights or ourselves at the sites, we brand ourselves through the pictures we take. (stefanedberg/flickr)

Whether capturing the sights or ourselves at the sites, we brand ourselves through the pictures we take.

2 Cambridge Students Participate In White House Science Fair

March 25, 2015
Kate and Sayed presented their inventions at the White House science fair on Tuesday. (Pool photo via Getty Images)

Kate Reed and Mohammed Sayed developed innovative ways to improve the average wheelchair. As a result, they earned tickets to the White House Science Fair Monday.

Wallet-To-Wallet, Peer-To-Peer: A Digital Payments Boomlet

March 25, 2015
This June 11, 2014 file photo shows Facebook's "like" symbol at the entrance to the company's campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to send their friends money using the social network’s Messenger app, the company announced Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP)

“Tap and pay”: mobile money, peer-to-peer, all over now. SnapChat, Venmo, now Facebook Messenger. We’ll look at security and the new anthropology of digital money.

Meerkat — Not The Furry Animal — Is The Latest Social Media Obsession

March 24, 2015
Meerkat is the hottest new app. But will it last? (Screenshot)

The social media app is enjoying success many startups dream of and few ever achieve. But will its success last?

Coal And American Energy Futures

March 24, 2015
In this Jan. 5, 2015, photo, dozens of people rally in Santa Fe, N.M., as the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission considers a proposal that calls for shutting down part of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station.  (AP)

The new battle over American coal, before the Supreme Court and beyond.

Hiawatha Bray On Tech: Premium Cable Networks Cut The Cord

March 19, 2015
Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, talks about HBO Now for Apple TV during an Apple event in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/AP)

We discuss HBO, Showtime and other premium cable networks cutting the cord, and the fall of Internet Explorer.

In Los Angeles, Surfing Catches On As The Newest Way To Network

March 19, 2015
The mild weather and activities of Southern California are draws for entrepreneurs to the fledgling tech startup scene in Los Angeles, known as "Silicon Beach." (Di Sanders/Flickr)

When you think “tech startup” you probably don’t think Los Angeles. But entrepreneurs are trying to draw investors and others to so-called “Silicon Beach.”

The Growing Allure – And Ease — Of Unbundling Cable TV

March 19, 2015
In this March 9, 2015 file photo, Richard Plepler, CEO of HBO, talks about HBO Now for Apple TV during an Apple event in San Francisco. For the first time, Americans will be able to subscribe to HBO without a cable or satellite TV subscription. (AP)

The Internet “unbundles” cable TV. We’ll look at big new deals and what they mean for cost, content and you.

Privacy In The Age Of Big Data

March 18, 2015
Circuit board. (Twechie /Flickr)

It’s a also a device of mass surveillance. Every time you slip that phone into your pocket, you’re making a deal with the carrier: you get to use it, but the company gets your data. All of your data: where you are, where you travel, where you shop, who you’re with, where you sleep — even who you sleep with.

Firm Uses Artificial Intelligence In Drug Development

March 17, 2015
A researcher at Berg Health's laboratory in Framingham. (Courtesy of Berg Health)

A cancer drug known as BPM 31510 may be the first drug candidate that was developed by artificial intelligence.

Apple In Talks To Begin Providing Cable Service

March 17, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks following an introduction of the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Apple’s new proposed cable service offers 25 channels, but it may complicate things for consumers — many of whom get their Internet through their cable provider.

The Week’s News In Social Media

March 16, 2015
"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough came under fire in social media for his comments about the SAE fraternity at the University of Oklahoma that created racist chants. (MSNBC screenshot)

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough’s comments about the now-disbanded University of Oklahoma SAE fraternity’s racist chants created a small firestorm on Twitter.

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