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As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?

Police cams have suddenly become a big business. But the real money is in selling departments a way to store each day's video. Firms are offering easy uploads to the cloud but costs are bound to grow.

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Silk Road Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison

Ross Ulbricht, creator of the website Silk Road, was sentenced to life in prison Friday. The website was a sophisticated criminal enterprise that specialized in selling illegal drugs.

Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

The creator of the shadowy online marketplace had faced at least 20 years in prison, but federal prosecutors had sought a "substantially" longer sentence.

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'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women In '80s Tech

Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she's more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a "damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams."

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Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

It works for singing competitions. What about landing a job? To beat hiring bias, some applicants could first complete an online challenge with companies that are in the dark about their background.

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low-Income Americans Afford Broadband

Tom Wheeler proposes to reboot the Lifeline phone-access program. The plan recognizes that everyone needs to study, apply for jobs and make social connections online.

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FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include Internet

The government currently subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans, and now the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to extend that benefit to Internet service.

Smartphones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

In a new study, an easy-to-use app did just as good a job as the machines in an eye doctor's office. That's a boon for people in low-income countries — and really for anyone with vision issues.

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Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

The debate over whether digital books are better continues. Yet in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.

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Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.

Why Can't Congress Just Get Along?

June 1, 2015
The U.S. Capitol is illuminated at night as the Senate continues to work late, Friday, May 22, 2015, on Capitol Hill as a pile of important bills await action. (AP)

Former Indiana Republican Senator Richard Lugar spent 36 years in office. Now he’s judging the current Congress and US policy. He joins us.

Uber, But For Everything

June 1, 2015
In this Wednesday, March 18, 2015, file photo, the Uber app displays cars available to make a pickup in downtown Manhattan on a smart phone, in New York.  (AP)

We look at the “Uber-fication” of the marketplace. On-demand services for almost anything, everything, are catching on. Changing our economy and our lives.

Preserving Disappearing Data In The Digital Age

May 28, 2015
A USB flash drive. (Ambuj Saxena/flickr)

How do we decide what we should keep and what we should trash online? And what does it mean for future generations if what we save is carefully curated?

The Epic Rise And Fall Of BlackBerry

May 28, 2015
Back in 2007, the head of BlackBerry's parent company had one thing to say about the iPhone: "We'll be fine." It wasn't. (roozbeh11/Flickr)

How does a company go from controlling half the world’s smartphone market to less than 1 percent?

Vox Media Acquires Tech News Site Re/Code

May 27, 2015
A view of Re/code's website. (Re/code via Facebook)

The growing digital media company has added Re/code to its stable of niche websites, which also include Vox and SB Nation.

The Arctic Rush

May 21, 2015
Ships dock at the piers at the seaport town of Murmansk on the Kola peninsula in Russia. Russian authorities have detained a Greenpeace ship 'Arctic Sunrise' and 27 crew and they face charges when they arrived at Murmansk. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)

The Arctic Circle is opening up at a gallop as the ice disappears. Oil, gold, armies, spies. Big opportunities and fear of the consequences.

A Fresh Voice For Venture Capital In Boston

May 20, 2015

C.A. Webb took the helm of the New England Venture Capital Association three years ago, turning it from not much more than a club that put on an occasional meet-and-greet to an ambitious organization trying to change the face of Boston.

The Wonkish Ways Of D.C.’s Tech Scene

May 19, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama participates in an interview with YouTube and Google from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, January 30, 2012. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington D.C. is emerging as a unique technology hub that’s eager to bridge the public and private sector gap.

Chinese Rail In South America

May 19, 2015
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As the US struggles with infrastructure, China moves to build a brand new railway across South America. We’ll get the story.

What Privacy Rights Do You Have At The Library?

May 18, 2015
Patrons use computers in the Teen'Scape area at the Los Angeles Public Library. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

In the age of data collection by both federal agencies and private companies, some librarians say it’s increasingly difficult to maintain patron privacy and intellectual freedom.

The Anatomy Of Viral Content And Internet Outrage

May 15, 2015
People using their phones (Adam Fagen/Flickr)

What makes an idea go viral? What creates Internet outrage? One man is finding out… tweet by tweet.

Hiawatha Bray On The Surprising Relevance Of AOL

May 14, 2015
Verizon is buying AOL, advancing their push in mobile and advertising fields. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Verizon has purchased AOL for $4.4 billion, hoping to capitalize on AOL’s strengths in digital advertising and mobile video.

A ‘Holodeck’ May Be Getting Closer To Reality

May 13, 2015
It's still a ways off, but UT researchers say that their improved GPS technology coupled with a virtual reality headset could create a holodeck-like experience. (intel.com)

Researchers say their improved GPS technology, coupled with a virtual reality headset, could create a Star Trek holodeck-like experience.

Verizon To Buy AOL For $4.4 Billion

May 12, 2015
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will remain at Verizon after the two companies merge. (Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

The merger will create what AOL CEO Tim Armstrong believes is “the largest mobile and video business in the United States.”

Nokia’s Map Service ‘Here’ Sparks Global Bidding War

May 12, 2015
A Here car outfitted with GPS, LIDAR and cameras. (Nokia Here)

Big technology firms, including Facebook and Uber, may be looking to reduce reliance on Google Maps.

NSA Bulk Surveillance Debate Gets New Heat

May 12, 2015
President Barack Obama, left, greets John O. Brennan, center, Dir. of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Admiral Michael S. Rogers, right, Dir. of National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), after speaking at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's (ODNI) 10th anniversary at ODNI headquarters in McLean, Va., Friday, April 24, 2015.  (AP)

A federal appeals court rules NSA bulk surveillance illegal just as the Patriot Act is up for renewal in Congress. We’ll have the debate.

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