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Twitter gets a makeover to look more like Facebook. A White House report says Internet companies shouldn't snoop on their own users to send them targeted ads. And documentary filmmakers uncover a long-rumored cache of unopened Atari games, which were apparently buried in a landfill for 30 years. The Computer Guys and Gal are here to discuss the latest in the tech world.

Apps Of The Month

Chi Bingo is an app that aims to increase social activity at conferences. The idea is simple: Before the conference, enter nine names of people with whom you want to interact. Then the race is on to get "selfies" with each of them before the week ends. Once you're done you can share your 9x9 grid with others! Researchers at the FIT Lab in Swansea University developed the app, in honor of the late Gary Marsden, an HCI mobile researcher.

For "jet setters" like Kojo and Allison, there's a new app called Gate Guru

Make video games with a pencil and paper using Pixel Press. Draw your level designs on graph paper and scan them into your iPad to make them come to life. Pixel Press Floors allows you to make platformer video games (think Super Mario Bros).

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'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
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Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
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Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
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In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies

Natasha Balac runs a two-day boot camp out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center for people from all types of industries to learn the tools and algorithms to help them analyze data and spot patterns in their work.

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