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4:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Online Crafts Marketplace Etsy Prepares For Public Offering

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:52 pm

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Technology
4:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

European Union Charges Google With Antitrust Violations

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:21 am

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Shots - Health News
2:49 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

Sequencing the genes of a cancer cell turns up lots of genetic mutations — but some of them are harmless. The goal is to figure out which mutations are the troublemakers.
Kevin Curtis Science Source

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:52 pm

It's becoming routine for cancer doctors to order a detailed genetic test of a patient's tumor to help guide treatment, but often those results are ambiguous. Researchers writing in Science Translational Medicine Wednesday say there's a way to make these expensive tests more useful.

Here's the issue: These genomic tests scan hundreds or even thousands of genes looking for mutations that cause or promote cancer growth. In the process, they uncover many mutations that scientists simply don't know how to interpret — some may be harmless.

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The Two-Way
9:16 am
Wed April 15, 2015

EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations, Will Also Look At Android

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announces formal charges against Google, accusing the company of abusing its dominant position as Europe's top search engine.
John Thys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 10:08 am

Saying that Google has abused its dominant position in the search market "by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product," the European Commission has sent a list of antitrust charges to the search giant. The European Union has also opened a new inquiry into the Android mobile system.

"I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service" and broken European law, says the EU commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager.

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Shots - Health News
10:51 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

Dr. Robert Wachter writes that computers have crowded out eye contact between the doctor and patient, in his latest book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age.
Courtesy of Susan Merrell/University of California, San Francisco

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:16 pm

Dr. Robert Wachter has long been an advocate for patient safety and a keen observer of trends in medicine.

Years ago, Wachter coined the term "hospitalist" and predicted the rise of these doctors who specialize in caring for hospitalized patients.

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Technology
4:45 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

'Overly Attached Girlfriend' Meme Star Turns Online Fame Into Comedy Career

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 7:53 pm

Laina Morris is the real person behind the Internet meme known as the "Overly Attached Girlfriend." She has deftly exploited her Internet fame, turning a spoof entry to a Justin Bieber contest into a full-time career of putting comic videos on YouTube.

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Technology
4:45 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Russia Bans Some Internet Memes That Mock Public Figures

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 7:53 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Kevin Rothrock, who wrote the article, "The Kremlin has declared war on memes" for Global Voices and Quartz. He talks about the Russian ruling banning the use of a public figure's image in a meme if it has nothing to do with the celebrity's "personality."

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All Tech Considered
9:22 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Once The Cream Of The Crop, Zynga Zigzags To Adapt To Mobile

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus gives a presentation in 2011.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sun April 12, 2015 11:01 am

Remember those days of tending rows of virtual soybeans and strawberries on your Facebook page with a game called Farmville? It was a moment, and Zynga, the company that makes the game, cashed in when it went public back in 2011.

Now, Zynga is losing money and its founder is back, to mixed reviews.

When Zynga launched Farmville in 2009, it surprised everyone with its success. It quickly became the most popular game on Facebook.

But people got bored with planting seeds on a desktop. The market had moved to mobile, and Zynga didn't keep up.

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Movies
6:19 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Know That THX 'Sound' Before Movies? That's Actually 20,000 Lines Of Code

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 9:04 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:48 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

How Iconic: A Word Is Worth Thousands Of Pictures

The Noun Project uses crowdsourcing to gather an army of people to define words using icons. This is just a small selection of the huge icon dictionary.
Creative Stall via Noun Project

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 10:37 am

Picture a dictionary that doesn't need words to get the point across.

It started after Edward Boatman read the book The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. The book is about Professor James Murray, the man who compiled the first Oxford English Dictionary. But Murray didn't do it alone. He had an army of people ready to help define every word in the English language.

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