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Online Health Searches Aren't Always Confidential

Searching a medical issue on the Internet seems harmless enough, but one researcher found that online medical searches may be seen by hidden parties, and the data even sold for profit.
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Insurer Uses Personal Data To Predict Who Will Get Sick

A Philadelphia health insurance company analyzes its clients' health data and other factors to find the frailest and assign them health coaches. That may improve health, but is it a breach of privacy?
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At DARPA Challenge, Robots (Slowly) Move Toward Better Disaster Recovery

Developers of disaster recovery robots gathered in California this weekend to compete for a $2 million prize. Some robots shone. Many got stuck, moved at a snail's pace or fell down on the course.
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What Makes Algorithms Go Awry?

Every time you "Like" a Facebook post, among other things, you help provide data to an algorithm. But algorithms, like the humans who design them, aren't foolproof — and can reflect bias.
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Sleep Like A Baby (Minus The Night Terrors) With Good Vibrations

A startup has developed a method the firm says will put to bed kids' night terrors, a minor sleep disorder that can impact a family's quality of life. The device uses app-controlled timed vibrations.
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With New Hires, Snapchat Moves Beyond Messaging

Sean Mills was recently named Snapchat's new head of original content. NPR's Scott Simon talks with NPR's David Folkenflik about where the app is headed and how it could be used in the next election.
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OPM Hackers Could Be Building Personal Databases

The Office of Personnel Management was the target of a massive cyberattack. Four million people may have had their data stolen. OPM says it will start notifying victims on Monday.
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Security Experts Warn OPM Breach Could Help Hackers Attack More U.S. Targets

Cybersecurity experts talk about the breach, by hackers, of the personnel records of millions of current and former U.S. federal government employees.
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China Dismisses U.S. Allegations That It Was Behind Cyberattack

The government plans to begin notifying on Monday the estimated 4 million federal employees who's data may have been hacked in an attack on its computers. Some officials are blaming China.
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Apple's Cook Takes Rivals To Task Over Data Privacy

Tim Cook didn't mention Google, Facebook or Twitter by name, but it's pretty clear those were the companies he meant. But is Apple faultless on privacy issues? It collects lots of data too.

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