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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Information Overload And The Tricky Art Of Single-Tasking

We know, we know. Digital distractions make us less focused. In a challenge from WNYC's Note to Self podcast, NPR staff come face to face with their consumption addictions.

Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

Video Chat Your Way Into College: How Tech Is Changing The Admissions Process

Virtual reality and other innovations are helping international students and colleges tell whether they're a good fit.

Password Security Is So Bad, President Obama Weighs In

In unveiling a sweeping plan to fund and revamp cybersecurity, the president asks citizens to consider using extra layers of security besides the password.

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9th Annual Crunchies Honors Silicon Valley Movers And Shakers

The San Francisco War Memorial Opera House was bursting with tech founders and investors Monday for the Crunchies. Among those honored, the best CEO and best startup funder.

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A Skeptical Review Of CBS' Super Bowl Online Streaming Success

For the first time, CBS put the full Super Bowl, with ads, online and claimed record viewership. But's Dan Rayburn says the decision to stream is getting too much hype.

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Infomagical: WNYC's 'Note To Self' Tries To Make Information Overload Disappear

NPR's Ari Shapiro checks in with Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's Note to Self podcast about the results of their "Infomagical" challenge aimed at curbing information overload.

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Twitter Users Blast Reported Plan To Change Display Of Tweets

Many Twitter users responded angrily after a published report said the company is planning to change how tweets are displayed. The BuzzFeed article said Twitter will switch this week to a curated timeline, based on an algorithm that determines what people want to see. Tweets are currently displayed in reverse chronological order. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says no such change is happening this week, but he didn't deny that it may happen.

The Team That Found Gravitational Waves

February 15, 2016
From left, Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Exectutive Director David Reitze, LIGO Scientific Collaboration Spokesperson Gabriela Gonzalez, and Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Co-Founders Rainer Weiss and Kip Thorne, appear next to a visual of gravitational waves from two converging black holes during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, to announce that scientists they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Einstein’s general theory of relativity confirmed. We’ll weigh the first evidence of gravitational waves, and what it may mean.

Love And Apps

February 12, 2016
Overcast sky surrounds a man as he rests beneath the art sculpture 'Cupid’s Span' Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 at Rincon Park in San Francisco. The Bay area has endured unsettled, rainy weather for a week. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Love in the digital age. Romance, sex and expectations in a time of Tinder, Bumble and OKCupid.

Week In The News: New Hampshire Votes, Shaky Wall Street, Gravitational Waves

February 12, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts to the cheering crowd at his primary night rally Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Trump and Sanders take New Hampshire. Ferguson under fire from the Justice Department. A rocky week on Wall Street. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

SCOTUS Stalls Clean Power Plan

February 11, 2016
In this Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, Vern Lund, president of Liberty Mine in central Mississippi near DeKalb, Miss., holds some of the lignite coal planned for use in the nearby Mississippi Power Co. carbon capture power plant. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

The Supreme Court hits the brakes on the heart of President Obama’s push to fight global warming. We’ll dig in.

Real Estate Through The Eyes Of Zillow

February 10, 2016
A sign reads, "dream home this way." (futureatlas/Flickr)

We revisit our conversation with the CEO and chief economist about their new book, “Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate.”

Kik App Faces Scrutiny After Murder Of Virginia Teen

February 9, 2016
A young woman uses an iPhone (Pixabay)

The messaging app Kik is popular with teenagers, but authorities are voicing concern that it may be unsafe.

The Disappearing Desk Phone Is Turning This Cambridge Company Into A Unicorn

February 9, 2016
The CEO of Fuze, formerly ThinkingPhones, Steve Kokinos, stands in the company's offices that are rapidly getting too small, thanks to the company's sudden growth. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The company, now called Fuze, announced it raised $112 million in a new investment round. It’s booming by helping companies move beyond the old office phone.

Navigating All That Music

February 5, 2016
A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

Do Babies Understand FaceTime And Skype?

February 4, 2016
It's unclear whether young children can emotionally understand why they're seeing someone they love on a screen but can't touch them. (Tatsuo Yamashita/Flickr)

It’s reassuring for parents and grandparents far away from their little loved ones, but what do babies get out of it?

MIT Engineering Students Win Hyperloop Design Competition

February 2, 2016
A team of engineering students from MIT took home first prize in a competition to design a Hyperloop prototype. (Texas A&M Engineering/Flickr)

A team of engineering students from MIT took home first prize in a competition to design a prototype for a Hyperloop pod.

Alphabet Tops Apple As World’s Most Valuable Company

February 2, 2016
Electronic screens post prices of Alphabet stock, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, reports quarterly earnings Monday. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

The parent company of Google officially overtook Apple to become the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world.

Elon Musk Called For A ‘Hyperloop’ And These Students Answered

January 29, 2016
Senior Oliver Tillman and junior Frederick Wachter are part of the Drexel Hyperloop Team. They use air compression in their design. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The inventor and billionaire laid out an idea – a sort of “moonshot” for transportation. Now, the finalists will pitch their prototypes.

Witnessing The Challenger Disaster: A Reporter’s Notebook

January 28, 2016
Thirty years ago, the nation watched as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on live television. Bob Oakes was there. (Bruce Weaver/ AP)

Thirty years ago, the nation watched as the shuttle carrying seven people exploded on live television. Bob Oakes was there.

Freezing: The New Science Of Cold

January 28, 2016
Crane shaped fountain is frozen at Hibiya Park in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Frozen. New science and a new understanding of life, death and freezing.

Where Will The Sharing Economy Go Next?

January 27, 2016
The sharing economy continues to grow and push the boundaries of trust. (Pixabay)

We’ve seen the rise of Zipcar, Lyft, Uber and Airbnb, not to mention hundreds of smaller services. What’s next?

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Remembered For His Accomplishments, Character

January 26, 2016
In this July 14, 1987, file photo, MIT's Marvin Minsky speaks to the audience during a panel discussion about artificial intelligence in Seattle. Minsky, a pioneer in the field, died Sunday at 88. (Robert Kaiser/AP/File)

Marvin Minsky, who helped found the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and designed several tools that shaped the world of robotics, died last weekend in Boston. He was 88.

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