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Reputations And Ratings Online

Keeping tabs of your online presence may be pretty straightforward for most people, but a growing number of companies and public figures are outsourcing the task to tech and PR companies eager to meet the demand. We find out what "online reputation management" entails and get tips for managing your own online presence.

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Everything Old Is New Again: The Toilet-Sink Edition

The combination sink-toilet is actually an "old" innovation. NPR's Madhulika Sikka had one when she lived in Japan in the 1980s.
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A Quick History Of Accidental Online Purchases By Kids

Paul Stoute says his 14-month-old daughter recently used his smartphone to tap her way through the app's purchasing prompts and bought herself an early sweet 16 present — a vintage car. The Internet is full of stories of technology getting the better of both buyers and sellers.
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What Motivates Us To Collaborate?

Social media guru Clay Shirky looks at "cognitive surplus" — the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. While we're busy contributing to the web in our small ways, we're building a better, more cooperative world.
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Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his TED talk, he lays out the main problems and offers suggestions to make work work.
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Can You Code A Better Government?

Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.
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Teen Jailed For Facebook Post Expresses Regrets

"I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said," Justin Carter told CNN's New Day on Friday. He'd been held since February, with bail set at $500,000, because of a posting that referred to a school shooting. An anonymous donor came forward to bail him out.
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Anonymous Person Posts $500,000 Bond To Free Texas Teen

Justin Carter, a 19-year-old Texas gamer who was arrested for writing Facebook messages about a school shooting, is out on bail.
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The Man Who Predicted Google Glass Forecasts The Near Future

More than 20 years ago, science fiction writer David Brin wrote about "Tru-Vu" goggles, used to surveil and record. It's not unlike Google Glass, which is available to testers today. Brin offers his predictions about how this technology will play out in the next decade.
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Def Con Hacking Conference Puts Feds In 'Time-Out'

One of the world's largest and most open gatherings of hackers is asking federal workers to skip this year's event. "Our community operates in the spirit of openness, verified trust, and mutual respect," the founder of the Def Con conference says.

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