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Hackers Stole 40 Million Credit, Debit Card Numbers From Target

Right in the middle of holiday shopping season, some 40 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen in a major breach of Target customer data. The thefts occurred in stores, not online. Target says it's working with a forensics company to investigate and prevent similar data thefts from occurring in the future. Security experts say one way to limit them is to switch from magnetic stripes on cards to embedded chips.
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Bay Area's Steep Housing Costs Spark Return To Communal Living

Young professionals "co-living" in San Francisco-area mansions say they're doing more than cutting costs and promoting sustainability — they're building communities, and tech-powered social networking makes it easier.
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Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Think Like People

The pioneer of "deep learning" explains how computers can learn to think by mimicking the brain's system of neural networks, and how Google and others are using that ability.

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Innovation Wish List: The Best Ideas You Sent In This Year

Along with submissions for our Weekly Innovation post, we've also received ideas for things that haven't been created yet, things that NPR readers want to see become a reality (like reversible tattoos or steering wheel fans). As we look ahead to 2014, here are our favorite ideas of the past year.
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Already Down 50 Percent, Will Bitcoin Bite The Dust?

Chinese authorities' are cracking down on use of the virtual currency. So the value of a bitcoin has plunged. Many experts expect further declines.
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What It's Like To Live On Low Pay In A Land Of Plenty

Employees at Silicon Valley companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook are highly paid and enjoy a wide range of perks on the job. The security guards who watch over their workplaces earn around $16 an hour, a tough wage to get by on in the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area.
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Tech Execs Complain About NSA During Obama Meeting

Leaders of some of this country's largest technology companies were at the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Obama. While the administration said the meeting would touch on a range of topics, including issues with the health care website, many of the tech executives had another matter on their minds: the National Security Agency.
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How This Bay Area Tech Boom's Different From The Last One

Finite rental stock and the latest tech boom are combining to squeeze a lot of San Franciscans out of their homes. One Bay Area writer explains how it's not the same as the last time around.
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In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

Some of the most heated protests in San Francisco have been over big, sleek buses — private shuttles that Silicon Valley tech companies like Google and Facebook use to get their city-living employees to work. They've become a symbol of the city's changing socioeconomic landscape.
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Obama Meets With Tech Leaders, Taps Microsoft Exec To Fix HealthCare.gov

President Obama met with tech leaders Tuesday at the White House. The subject was the troubled Affordable Care Act website and the challenges of federal procurement. The president also tapped one of their own to take over the overhaul of HealthCare.gov: Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive and husband of Rep. Suzan DelBene.

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