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1:10 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Defeat By Deductible: Millennials Aren't Hip To Health Insurance Lingo

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 8:07 am

Coinsurance? Premium tax credit? HMO and PPO?

Swimming through the health insurance word soup can be frustrating for anyone. Even though I cover health, I couldn't define "cost-sharing reduction plan" until I Googled it just now.

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NPR Story
5:07 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Government Workers' High-Value Data At Risk After OPM Breach

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 2:18 pm

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All Tech Considered
9:57 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Emoji Passwords Could Be Coming Your Way. Is That A Good Thing?

A UK banking services provider says emoji passwords will be easier to remember and safer than numeric or letter-based codes.
Intelligent Environments

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 3:32 am

Soon, you might be able to log into your bank account with a litany of smiling poo emojis, or a string of little chicken wing images, or multiple little monkeys holding their hands over their eyes.

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Latin America
6:30 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Cybercrime Runs Rampant In Brazil With More Elaborate, Far-Reaching Schemes

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:46 pm

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All Tech Considered
6:25 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Theft Of Social Security Numbers Is Broader Than You Might Think

A surprising number of Social Security numbers have been stolen, and that number keeps rising.
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Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:33 pm

As cyberattacks continue, analysts are seeing a new pattern: Hackers are focused on stealing personally identifiable information. That includes the security clearances of U.S. intelligence officers, with the reported theft of background information. It also includes information that's less sensitive but far-reaching — like Social Security numbers.

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Technology
7:48 am
Sun June 14, 2015

Reddit Dangles A Ticking Timer In An Online Experiment

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 2:00 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Fifty-two.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: 11:54.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Fifty-five.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Time for some number crunching from our data expert Mona Chalabi from fivethirtyeight.com. She has given us this number of the week.

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National Security
7:48 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Breach Of Government Personnel Data Compromised Security Information

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

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The Two-Way
6:41 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Federal Employee Breach Very Likely Included Security Clearance Info

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 12:58 pm

Along with the massive security breach that exposed millions of federal workers' personnel records, a possible separate intrusion may have exposed information from background checks that were done on both federal employees and applicants.

That's part of an update from a senior Obama administration official who declined to be named on the record because of the ongoing investigation into the cyberattack against the Office of Personnel Management.

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The Two-Way
5:39 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

#Distractinglysexy Tweets Are Female Scientists' Retort To 'Disappointing' Comments

Madison Herbert was among the female scientists who tweeted messages mocking the views of Nobel laureate Tim Hunt, who recently spoke out against women in labs.
Twitter

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 11:03 pm

A Nobel-winning biochemist's announcement that he has "trouble with girls" in labs because they either cause romantic sparks or start crying when criticized ignited wide condemnation. And as a barrage of tweets shows, the responses of many female scientists are neither silent nor unfunny.

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The Two-Way
5:01 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

#NPRreads: Love, Coding, Yuccies, And The 'NPR Sound'

Comedian Aziz Ansari, seen here performing a show last year, has written a book about love — and what people really want.
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#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you six reads.

From Tanya Ballard Brown, an editor for NPR.org:

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