Technology & Digital Life

The Two-Way
7:58 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

FBI Director Says Agents Need Access To Encrypted Data To Preserve Public Safety

FBI Director James Comey testifies that Congress should require digital encryption programs to allow access by law enforcement. The issue pits privacy against public safety.
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FBI Director James Comey told senators on Wednesday that increased encryption on mobile devices is complicating the FBI's job.

Comey, along with a roster of Obama administration officials, has been asking Silicon Valley companies for months for a solution that would allow law enforcement to monitor communications with a court order, while protecting the privacy of consumers. Technology companies like Apple and Google have resisted their entreaties, setting off a tense debate over encrypted data and a user's right to own their own information.

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Law
5:50 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

FBI Director Brings Silicon Valley Encryption Fight To Capitol Hill

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:34 pm

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Economy
4:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

NYSE Halts Trading After Computer System Issues

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 5:47 pm

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Technology
4:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Microsoft Cuts 7,800 Jobs In Its Ailing Smartphone Business

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 2:15 pm

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Microsoft is cutting up to 7,800 jobs. That's nearly 7 percent of its workforce, and it's mostly from the company's smartphone business. NPR's Aarti Shahani reports.

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All Tech Considered
12:28 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

The Blog Ewe Didn't Know Ewe Needed: Google Sheep View

These sheep in England chose an ill-advised napping spot as the Google Street View van drove through town.
Google

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 3:17 pm

Google Street View has caught a lot of wacky sights during its drives across the world — weird bird people in Japan, a giant uncooked chicken in Pittsburgh, and a lot of people showing their ... well, assets.

One new blog collects Google Street View images, but not of people in creepy masks standing at the side of the road. Instead, this blog collects pictures of sheep.

Google Sheep View was created to mark 2015 as the year of the sheep.

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All Tech Considered
3:36 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Amid New Overtime Rules, More Employers Might Set Email Curfew

New federal rules could expand the number of employees eligible for overtime. That may lead more companies to curtail the use of work email after hours.
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Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 1:17 pm

The buzzing phone or ding of an email from the bedside table might be standard these days. But a long-awaited proposal that would increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay could mean more companies curtailing the use of work email after hours.

When Nicholas Castillo was hired as a bank branch manager several years ago, he was told his $30,000 salary came with expectations.

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Technology
5:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Hackers Target Controversial Italian Cyber Espionage Company

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 7:44 am

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Space
5:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Overloaded Computers Give NASA's Pluto Team A Fright

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 1:22 pm

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Technology
4:42 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Hacking Team Breach Reveals Firm Sold Spying Tools To Repressive Regimes

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 3:23 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:42 pm
Mon July 6, 2015

Investigators Use New Tool To Comb Deep Web For Human Traffickers

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 9:02 pm

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Now to deep, dark, uncharted corners of the Internet where investigators are trying to stop human trafficking. It's time for All Tech Considered.

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