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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is
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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

The story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess to California hippies.

Why Do We Blindly Sign Terms of Service Agreements?
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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.

Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach
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Nsa Implementing Fix to Prevent Snowden-Like Security Breach

A year after Edward Snowden's digital heist, the NSA's chief technology officer says steps have been taken to stop future incidents. But he says there's no way...

The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side
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The Hazards of Probing the Internet's Dark Side

Late last year, hackers breached Target's data security and stole information from millions of credit cards.

Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory
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Keeping Time By Rubidium at the Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.

The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is
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The Turing Test Is Not What You Think It Is

Whether or not you caught wind of the excited announcement that "Eugene Goostman," a computer program ("chatbot") devised by Vladimir Veselov, Eugene Demchenko,...

One Universe, One Life: A Conjecture
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One Universe, One Life: A Conjecture

Opening Disclaimer 1: Although there may be more than one universe, as per the hypothetical multiverse, we will humbly submit to our own bubble of information,...

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.s. Launches Its Own Attack
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While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, U.s. Launches Its Own Attack

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the...

'what Everyone Needs To Know' About Today's Cyberthreats
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'what Everyone Needs To Know' About Today's Cyberthreats

Even if cybersecurity isn't a subject you think about a lot, the data breach of credit card information from Target and Neiman Marcus customers has probably increased...

The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security
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The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

A former NSA general counsel tells NPR's Morning Edition that Edward Snowden advertised his theft of government secrets as an act of civil disobedience and should...

The Case For Clemency: Expert Says Snowden Deserves A Pass
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The Case For Clemency: Expert Says Snowden Deserves A Pass

What's to be done about Edward Snowden?

U.k. Official Urges U.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core
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U.k. Official Urges U.s. Government to Adopt a Digital Core

When he read about the technical failures plaguing HealthCare.gov, Mike Bracken said it felt like a real-life version of the movie Groundhog Day.

Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be Used Against You
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Your Digital Trail, And How It Can Be Used Against You

While the collection of private information by the National Security Agency is under scrutiny worldwide, a remarkable amount of your digital trail is also available...

Beyond The Shadows: Apple's Ios 7 Is All About The Screen
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Beyond The Shadows: Apple's Ios 7 Is All About The Screen

At some point in the coming weeks, users of Apple iPhones and iPads will wake up to an alert that there is a new version of the company's mobile operating system...

How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata
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How a Look at Your Gmail Reveals the Power of Metadata

Sometimes you have to give up a little privacy in order to find out how much—or how little—privacy you really have.

Will the Nsa Rethink Its Data Collection System?
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Will the Nsa Rethink Its Data Collection System?

Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin talks to Joel Brenner, former senior counsel at the National Security Agency, about whether the NSA can protect Americans'...

Mit's Magic Bag Of Sand
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Mit's Magic Bag Of Sand

The camera pushes in. And there, near the meridian line, you see a faint scattering of red lights. Something is in the tar. And it's glowing.

Is Massively Open Online Education a Threat or a Blessing?
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Is Massively Open Online Education a Threat or a Blessing?

In fall 2011, Sebastian Thrun, a research professor at Stanford, and Peter Norvig, the top scientist at Google, teamed up to develop and teach a free, online course...

Google Execs Say 'the Power of Information Is Underrated'
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Google Execs Say 'the Power of Information Is Underrated'

"We fear that the natural action for, in particular, autocratic governments experiencing what we describe as 'virtual urbanization' will be to balkanize the Internet...

Yahoo Buys News App from British Teenager For a Reported $30 Million
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Yahoo Buys News App from British Teenager For a Reported $30 Million

When Yahoo was founded in 1995, Nick D'Aloisio wasn't even born yet. He says he taught himself to program computers using books and video tutorials.
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