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How's The Sausage Made? These Folks Really Want To Share The Knowledge

Artisanal meat producers face a big barrier to getting into the game: They have to come up with a complex food safety plan that can take months of research and tens of thousands of dollars to craft. A new project wants to make it easier for the next charcuterie master to open shop by creating an open-source safety plan that newbies can look to.
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The Man Behind The Shadowy Illicit Drug Market, Silk Road

Federal agents arrested Ross Ulbricht, 29, known as "Dread Pirate Roberts," and took $3.6 million in Bitcoin. They're calling it the largest seizure of the popular digital currency in history.
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Social Media Detectives: Is That Viral Video For Real?

After the Boston Marathon bombing, Storyful helped journalists verify that a popular YouTube video was actually an eyewitness account. But it doesn't stop there — the company also hopes to change the "Wild West" model of news organizations using citizen journalists' uploaded content free.
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U.S. Opposes Tech Firms' Plea To Release Surveillance Requests

The U.S. was responding to a lawsuit by Google and Microsoft, demanding more information be made public. When the government makes national security requests for user data — like the content of email — it also comes with a gag order.
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Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

Could government agents really get access to all your private data in less than a minute? Experts say no but warn we are moving in that direction.
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iPad Program At L.A. Schools Needs Fine Tuning

Steve Inskeep talks to Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy about the district's $1 billion iPad initiative, which aims to put a tablet in the hands of every student over the next year. The plan has prompted questions about the role of technology in the classroom, and the extent to which it can enhance teaching and improve student achievement.
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Tech Problems Plague First Day Of Health Exchange Rollout

Many users trying to sign up for the new health care marketplace on Tuesday hit technical glitches and slow downs. Programmers say the tech powering Obamacare online can be very complicated. And the administration urges patience.
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Agency Websites Shut Down With The Government

If you're trying to look up some key facts on Census.gov or several other federal sites, you're out of luck. Many government websites, including those for the Library of Congress and USDA, were taken offline.
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Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access

Data we voluntarily provide online — such as on dating websites — may not stay with that site. While not always obvious, websites commonly allow other companies to track user behavior.
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Reporting On The Shutdown ... One Facebook Post At A Time

As the government endures a partial shutdown, we hear stories from people around the country whose lives have been affected. For additional perspective, host Michel Martin is joined by NPR business editor Marilyn Geewax, and Sudeep Reddy, of The Wall Street Journal.

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