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Health Exchange Tech Problems Point To A Thornier Issue

The Obama administration says the technology powering health exchange sign-ups buckled under unexpectedly high traffic. But healthcare.gov's glitches are part of much more complicated issue: a systemic contracting and procurement problem.
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State Health Exchanges: The Good, The Bad, And The Glitches

Melissa Block speaks with Jocelyn Guyer from the health policy consulting firm Manatt Health Solutions about the good and bad of the state health exchanges so far.
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Solved: The Minds Behind The 'NSA' Billboard Reveal Themselves

Last week, we joined the speculation on who was behind the shadowy billboard on the 101 Freeway near San Francisco — a plain white sign with black text reading, "Your Data Should Belong To The NSA." Now the makers behind the signs are coming clean, and we're not too surprised by who they are.
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Enter The Quiet Zone: Where Cell Service, Wi-Fi Are Banned

For the few hundred people living in the cell- and wireless-free town of Green Bank, W.Va., staying connected — to each other and to the outside world — is a daily challenge. The area is within a zone designed to protect a giant radio telescope from interference.
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Why Did Lavabit Founder Shut Down His Company?

Melissa Block speaks with Ladar Levison, founder of the secure email system Lavabit, about how he defied orders to hand customer information over to authorities, which led to fines and his decision to shut down his business.
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Funding For Software To Cloak Web Activity Provokes Concern

A service called Tor makes it possible to communicate and surf the web anonymously. It sounds like a plot by privacy-minded rebels, but in fact the service receives most of its funding from the government and was started by the Pentagon. Despite recent revelations of government email snooping, the U.S. government supports anonymous communication so foreign dissidents can work undetected, and so government agents can pursue bad guys without giving away their identities. But now the service faces new accusations that it might be serving NSA surveillance efforts.
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Managing Online Comments

Popular Science announced that it will no longer post comments about its articles on its website. We explore different approaches to dealing with comments online.

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Fixing HealthCare.gov

The Obama administration is scrambling to fix problems with the president's online health insurance marketplace. Diane and her guests discuss what's at stake politically and prospects for getting the new health insurance exchanges fully operating by a mid-December deadline.

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Wanted: A New Generation Of High-Tech Aviation Workers

Millions of U.S. factory jobs have been lost in the past decade. Now, in North Carolina, high school students are being encouraged to think about taking manufacturing jobs. But this isn't the furniture-making or textile labor of generations past — it's a new kind of highly technical work in aviation.
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Composing Game Soundtracks That Move 'Faster Than Light'

Sound designer Ben Prunty integrates audio into some of the most popular independent video games. He figures out how to make sounds that match the feel of the game and build tension at the perfect moments in action-packed adventures.

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