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7:31 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Just What Is Yahoo Anymore, Anyway?

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 10:27 am

The company has just hired Katie Couric, the latest in a long list of high-profile defections from other media outlets, including The New York Times. But what is Yahoo, exactly? Media analyst and journalism professor Jeff Jarvis joins host Scott Simon to explain.

Environment
5:37 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy's Prospects

Andres Quiroz, an installer for Stellar Solar, carries a solar panel during installation at a home in Encinitas, Calif.
Sam Hodgson Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 1:17 pm

There is a broad scientific consensus that to keep global warming in check, we need to phase out 80 percent of all oil, coal and natural gas by midcentury. President Obama has set a nonbinding target to do precisely that.

There are technologists who say this national goal is well within reach, but there are also economists who are quite pessimistic about those prospects. And you can find this range of opinion on the University of California, Berkeley campus.

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Around the Nation
5:10 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Early Champions Of Bitcoin Reap Unexpected Windfall

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 4:21 pm

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Bitcoin, which is basically digital cash, has been getting a lot of hype lately as governments such as Germany, China, now the United States begins to recognize its validity. That recognition has led to financial speculation; and bitcoin's value has soared, hitting a thousand dollars for the first time this week.

New Hampshire Public Radio's Emily Corwin recently visited a group of early bitcoin backers, who seem to have hit the jackpot.

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All Tech Considered
2:49 am
Fri November 29, 2013

For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier

A screenshot of Half the Sky, where virtual successes sometimes lead to real-life donations.
Games For Change

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 4:07 pm

Movies and books have long been used to advocate for causes, such as climate change or breast cancer. As video games become more mainstream, advocates are beginning to see how this art form can be a new way to reach out and get people engaged in a cause.

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All Tech Considered
2:47 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Businesses Woo Customers With Free Phone-Charging Stations

Customers at Honeygrow in Philadelphia can charge their cellphones while they dine using one of Doug Baldasare's kiosks.
Emma Lee For NewsWorks

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 11:42 am

It's around dinner time at Honeygrow, a casual restaurant in central Philadelphia.

Erin Campbell was on her way here to meet a friend when she realized, with panic, that her cellphone battery was dying.

"I noticed I only had 14 percent [battery] left, and I actually texted her on my way in to see if she could bring a charger with her," Campbell says.

But Campbell's friend told her there was no need to bring a charger — just inside the door of Honeygrow is a kiosk where customers can charge their phones.

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All Tech Considered
10:03 am
Thu November 28, 2013

HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visits navigators helping enroll people on HealthCare.gov.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 4:07 pm

Besides movie theaters and Wal-Mart, one place that will stay open this Thanksgiving is the new HealthCare.gov "exchange operations center." Staffers on the "tech surge" to fix the error-riddled site have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site.

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All Tech Considered
8:33 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Tech Team Podcast, Episode 3: Inside Video Games And Gaming

All our gaming week coverage, mashed into one podcast.
Marilyn Nieves iStockphoto

In our latest mashed podcast of our themed reporting, we take a deeper dive into the culture of gaming. It features stories on video games are teaching us how to feel empathy in the offline world or activating us to be more socially aware. And of course, we explore how much more real video games have gotten — heightening our experiences as we play.

Take a listen and be sure to send us your feedback.

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Technology
11:39 am
Wed November 27, 2013

A Day In The Life: Blacks At The Cutting Edge Of Innovation

NPR Staff

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:17 pm

NPR's Tell Me More is again using social media to reach out to a new community of leaders — this time, to recognize black innovators in technology. African-Americans represent just 5 percent of America's scientists and engineers, according to a 2010 study by the National Science Foundation.

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All Tech Considered
10:44 am
Wed November 27, 2013

I Can Haz Spanish Lessons: Cat Pictures Now Have A Purpose

A screen shot from Cat Spanish, a new app by online learning company Memrise.
Courtesy of Cat Academy

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:09 am

In our Weekly Innovation series, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Have an innovation to share? Use our form.

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All Tech Considered
5:29 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Misery Of Holiday Travel, In One Real-Time Map

The FlightAware Misery Map combines weather and flight data into a live map.
FlightAware

As I write this, snowstorms are swirling over the East Coast, threatening Thanksgiving holiday travel plans for millions of travelers. How much time in the purgatory of airports will this mean for you? Check out FlightAware's MiseryMap, which combines weather and flight data into a live map that lists which airports are being struck by storms, the number of delays and cancellations, and graphs that show flight destinations and the chances they'll actually make it on time.

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