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Technology
4:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Half The Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Defining What It Means

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:15 am

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Pop Culture
4:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Resurrected 'E.T.' Atari Games Fetch Thousands On EBay

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 10:15 am

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And now for some seriously wasteful purchases, emphasis on the waste.

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All Tech Considered
3:35 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Silicon Valley's Power Over The Free Press: Why It Matters

Facebook may not create stories, but it's the largest distributor of news stories for many news organizations.
Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 5:26 pm

A big shift happened in news and information over the past few years: The people who write news and information no longer control the distribution of it. Technology companies do.

Specifically it's Facebook and Twitter — the large social platforms created in Silicon Valley.

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All Tech Considered
5:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Action On Immigration Meets Silence, Skepticism In Silicon Valley

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:02 pm

Tech companies lobbies all the time — for tax reform, patent reform. But usually, it's in the form of big checks and quiet back room meetings.

Immigration was different — the issue where business leaders decided to ally with Latino community groups and labor unions. And now that President Obama has issued an executive action, the tech sector is sorting out its next steps.

Love Song Goes Quiet

For a while, it seemed, Silicon Valley and Washington DC were singing each other a love song.

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All Tech Considered
3:12 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

This Nov. 19 screenshot shows the cover photo of an unofficial Marine group on Facebook called Just the Tip, of the Spear. The group and those like it have been accused of promoting sexism and of acting as a forum for hate speech.
Just the Tip, of the Spear - 21 Facebook

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 3:58 pm

For veterans like Katherine Keleher, Facebook can be a nightmare.

When a photo of the 25-year-old former Marine was posted to "Just the Tip, of the Spear" last fall, she was so nervous she couldn't bear to look and asked a friend to check the page for her. The group's name, abbreviated JTTOTS, plays off of innuendo and the Marine Corps moniker as the Tip of the Spear.

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Digital Life
5:53 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Car Ride Service Puts Gender In The Driver's Seat

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 7:06 pm

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STELLA MATEO: I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I came here when I was 15 years old. And I have a degree in accounting, and I'm the mother of two daughters and the CEO of my household (laughter). I say that with pride.

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Book News & Features
5:53 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

After Backlash, Computer Engineer Barbie Gets New Set Of Skills

Computer Engineer Barbie is shown at the New York Toy Fair in New York. Critics took issue this week with a book that portrays Barbie needing help from boys in order to make a video game and fix a virus.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 12:53 pm

Women in the technology field have faced all manner of insults, including, most recently, GamerGate, which highlighted sexism and harassment in video game culture. This week, another insult — from a seemingly more benign source — set off a loud online cry of: "Are you kidding me?"

A book called Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer was originally published in 2010. Author and Disney screenwriter Pamela Ribon discovered the book at a friend's house and was initially excited at the book's prospects, she tells guest host Tess Vigeland.

But then she continued reading.

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All Tech Considered
7:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Terrible Video Game, Great Fundraiser: Meet Desert Bus For Hope

This is Desert Bus. This is it --€” plus the occasional bus stop.
Desert Bus

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 11:21 am

What would you give to watch someone else play what's arguably the world's worst video game — for nearly a week?

It turns out, people have given millions, as part of a fundraiser called Desert Bus for Hope.

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All Tech Considered
5:49 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Tech Week: Uber Under Fire, The Vision Behind Google's Lollipop

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has apologized for comments made by Senior Vice President Emil Michael, who at a private dinner last week suggested uncovering personal details about journalists.
Will Oliver EPA/Landov

Uber's public-relations nightmare dominated the week's technology news. A senior executive at the ride-sharing firm suggested that Uber should dig up dirt about media critics of the company. The comments came after Uber faced negative press over a promotion in France featuring scantily clad female drivers.

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Technology
5:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

Joel Bowman, 66, rides his e-bike six miles daily to his job at Emory University in Atlanta.
Courtesy of Joel Bowman

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:09 am

For Joel Bowman, decades of bike commuting started feeling like hard work. So the 66-year-old Atlanta resident recently switched to an electric bicycle, and now when he rides Bowman feels like the wind is at his back.

An e-bike looks a lot like a regular bike, but with an integrated electric motor, and it doesn't burn gasoline like an old-fashioned moped. As you pedal, an e-bike gives you a powered boost when you need it.

They are getting more popular in Europe, but in the United States, e-bikes still have to overcome the stigma of being just a toy for old people.

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