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Tech Week That Was: Online Comments, iPad Hacks And The ACC

It's time for your NPR All Tech Week in Review! Here's a rundown, in case you missed any of the technology and culture coverage on the airwaves and around the interwebs this week.

ICYMI

I've never received so much email about a story as I did this week after declaring war on the acc, or "angry/annoying" cc. That practice of adding a boss-type third party to an ongoing email conversation to denigrate the original recipient's position needed a name. Almost all of you could relate, though not everyone thought it was such a bad practice. Elsewhere on the blog, we questioned California's new law requiring social media companies to let teens delete their profiles and chose a new way to Skype with your dog as our Weekly Innovation.

On the airwaves, Steve Henn eulogized the BlackBerry, once so addictive that it was called a CrackBerry; Laura Sydell talked with All Things Considered about how a surprisingly high percentage of the reviews we read on Yelp are fake; and West Coast producer Sam Sanders covered the clever kids in Los Angeles who found a way around the blocks on their school-issued iPads.

The Big Conversation(s)

Can comment sections be redeemed? The sometimes troll-infested world of online comments came into focus when Google's YouTube, long a place for comment detritus, announced that it would tie comments to Google Plus. In separate moves, Popular Science magazine declared its own comments sections "bad for science" and killed them off, and Gawker Media updated its Kinja commenting platform that gives users power to rearrange, filter and prioritize comments. GigaOm's Matthew Ingram wrote that that's the kind of move we should support — rather than kill off comments, organizations should be making comments sections better. Meanwhile, The New York Times Magazine wrote about the evolution of comments over time and offered four suggestions for improving commenting culture. Thoughts? Leave a comment, naturally.

What Caught Our Eye

Time: Man Uses Nipple To Unlock iPhone Instead Of Fingerprint

Of course, there's a video. Hey, the more you know, right?

PRI's The World: When There's No 911, Kenya Tweets For Help

The weekend terror at the upscale mall in Nairobi stretched into the start of this week, and PRI profiled one way the victims reached out for help.

NPR's Two-Way: iPhone Map Drives People Onto The Tarmac At The Fairbanks Airport

Yet another fail for Apple maps. Just download the Google Map app, folks.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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