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WhatsApp Adds End-To-End Encryption To Its Communication Services

That means only the sender and recipient of a message can view it. The people who run the popular messaging service cannot, and they cannot hand data over to law enforcement.
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Hackers Broke Into MedStar Hospital's System Despite Software Flaw Warnings

The hackers who seriously disrupted operations at a large hospital chain recently and held some data hostage broke into a computer server left vulnerable despite urgent public warnings since at least 2007 that it needed to be fixed with a simple update, The Associated Press has learned.

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Laid-Off Tech Journalist Joins A Start-Up, Finds It's Part Frat, Part Cult

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he lost his job reporting on the tech industry. He took a job at a start-up, where he was the old guy. His new book is Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble.
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How Colorado Is Turning Food Waste Into Electricity

At the Heartland Biogas Project, spoiled milk, old pet food and vats of grease combine with helpful bacteria in massive tanks to generate gas. It's all thanks to anaerobic digestion.
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Twitter Wins NFL Deal To Stream 2016 Thursday Night Football

The NFL hopes to reach a broader audience, including those who don't have cable, while Twitter is looking to attract and keep new users.
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Solar And Wind Energy May Be Nice, But How Can We Store It?

Renewable energy is taking off across the nation, but storing the energy is still a problem that is challenging companies to innovate, with solutions ranging from molten salt to ice.
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When A Dark Web Volunteer Gets Raided By The Police

What happens when law enforcement is frustrated by encryption that's run by private citizens? In one Tor volunteer's case, they showed up with a warrant and asked for computer passwords.
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As Renewables Boom, Companies Explore Energy Storage Technology

Batteries can store energy for later, but companies are looking for cheaper alternatives. Three reporters examine technologies that employ air, salt and ice.
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First Mention: Computer Scientists Develop 'Virtual Reality'

Our First Mention feature finds the phrase "virtual reality" on All Things Considered on Aug. 8, 1989.
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Antoine Van Agtmael And Fred Bakker: "The Smartest Places On Earth: Why Rustbelts Are The Emerging Hotspots Of Global Innovation"

New research by an economist and a journalist on the emerging "brain belts" of America. Why some rust belt cities like Akron, Ohio; Albany, New York; and Portland, Oregon are becoming the hotspots of global innovation.

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