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Tech Week: The CIA Apologizes, Twitter Soars, Foursquare Swarm

We know you don't miss a single NPR headline, but just in case you did, here's our weekly look back at what we covered in digital culture, and what we recommend from our friends across the mediascape.


Not OK, Cupid: On the heels of Facebook's much-maligned revelation that it conducts scientific experiments to test the emotional responses of its users, the online dating site OKCupid says it sometimes manipulates user profiles for experiments. Co-founder Christian Rudder spoke with our Audie Cornish on All Things Considered. And Slate's Will Oremus had a satirical response to the news, asking what other psychological experiments companies could play on us: What if Whole Foods injected gluten into foods that said gluten-free?

Not Swarming To Swarm: Foursquare spun off its signature feature, check-ins, to a new app — Swarm. Users are greeting it by deleting both the new app, and its predecessor.

If You Really Love Shoes: If you have a 3-D printer and some talent, 3-D-printed shoes are possible. The ones we wrote about for our Weekly Innovation series are pretty cute, too. But they're not cheap.

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CIA Apologizes for Snooping: The CIA did hack into Senate Intelligence committee computers, the agency chief admitted on Thursday. It comes after months of denying the meddling and brings an end — we think — to a very "public and contentious spat," our Eyder Peralta writes.

Twitter Stock Soars: After lots of handwringing last quarter, Twitter's stock soared 33 percent in one night on news it doubled its revenue from the previous quarter. Thanks is owed to the World Cup, the company said, which gave tweeting a big boost.


Fast Company: "I Lied To You A Few Days Ago": The Leak Messaging App And Anonymous Honesty

Forget Whisper and Secret, which allow you to widely share anonymous secrets. Now, one-to-one anonymous messaging is supposed to free us of guilt. Or something.

Foreign Policy: The Crypto King of the NSA Goes Corporate

The most recent leader of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, was the agency's leader when Edward Snowden was a contractor there, and when Snowden leaked troves about U.S. cyberspying. All of Alexander's insider knowledge commands $1 million a month, as a corporate adviser.

The Telegraph: Would you buy a driverless car?

Just as the British government prepares to legalize driverless cars, a survey finds Brits aren't getting on the driverless bandwagon.

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Christopher Marlowe Credited As Shakespeare's Co-Author On Henry VI Plays

True authorship of Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Now, the New Oxford Shakespeare edition will list Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three Henry VI plays, part one, two and three. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Florida State University professor Gary Taylor, one of the general editors of the new volume.

2,500 Years Ago, This Brew Was Buried With The Dead; A Brewery Has Revived It

In an ancient burial plot in what is now Germany, scientists uncovered a cauldron with remnants of an alcoholic beverage. They teamed up with a Milwaukee brewery to re-create the recipe.
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Do Hyper-Local Term Limits Work?

Montgomery County residents are voting this fall on term limits for their local council representatives. Are they picking up on lessons learned from Prince George's County?

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AT&T’s Proposed Acquisition Of Time Warner

AT&T’s bid to acquire Time Warner: Join us to talk about what the proposed merger of the country’s second-largest wireless carrier and a major content company could mean for consumers and the future of U-S media and telecommunications.

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