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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.

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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.

The Big Conversation

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.

Curiosities

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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In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack, and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.
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Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

California lawmakers just passed a landmark bill that would make farmworkers eligible for overtime if they work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week. Some farmers say they can't afford that.
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Republicans Consider Lasting Impression Of Trump On Their Party

Republicans are debating whether — win or lose — Donald Trump has already altered the DNA of the Republican Party.
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Facebook Faces Trending News Problems After Firing Curators

On Friday, news site Quartz reported that Facebook fired its "news curators" and replaced them with algorithms to compile the news that ends up on Facebook's "Trending" news section. Many users took note when a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was trending.

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