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Tech Giants Launch Internet.org, A Global Plan To Widen Access

Citing the billions of people worldwide who can't access the Internet, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders launched an ambitious project to narrow the digital divide Wednesday. The plan focuses on widening Internet access via mobile phones.
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How Vine Settled On 6 Seconds

According to numbers released Tuesday, Twitter's one-year-old video-sharing app Vine now has about 40 million registered users. The app lets users shoot a maximum of six seconds per Vine, so we wanted to know why the limit's set at six seconds and not a second longer.
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Wild, Wild Web: Policing An Early, Lawless Internet

There was a time when many thought the Internet was beyond government regulation, its very chaos a source of creativity and strength. Nate Anderson's The Internet Police looks at how law enforcement went about changing that.
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Citing Privacy Worries, Tech And Legal Site Groklaw Shuts Down

The website Groklaw, which for 10 years demystified complex issues involving technology and the law, is shutting down. Editor Pamela Jones writes that she can't run the site without email, and that since emails' privacy can't be guaranteed, she can no longer do the site's work.
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Facebook Makes Us Sadder And Less Satisfied, Study Finds

Researchers from the University of Michigan find that while Facebook provides an invaluable resource for social connection, it actually undermines well-being.
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Convertino's Phone Phreaking Leads To Cyber Weapons Career

Mike Convertino built a career making cyber weapons for the Air Force. While he can't talk about a lot that he did, there are some clues. He was decorated in Bosnia in the mid 1990s, around the same time the U.S. deployed its first lethal drone in combat. After Sept. 11, he helped craft standards for the rapid sharing of intelligence.
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Combining The Nation's Digitized Libraries, All In One Place

Libraries have been digitizing their collections for years, but the materials can be hard to find. Enter the Digital Public Library of America. Worried that Google has an outsized hand in digitizing books, the DPLA is combining, on one site, the digital collections of libraries nationwide — free.
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App, Secret Sites Create The Immersive World Of 'Night Film'

Author Marisha Pessl turned to technology to enrich readers' experience of her new thriller, Night Film — creating found-footage YouTube films, screen shots of hidden websites, and an app that readers can use to access additional content after scanning an illustration in the book.
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The End Of Buttons: The New Gesture-Control Era

The newest smartphones are abandoning both physical and on-screen buttons in favor of gestures. As with so much behavior change ushered in by technology, the change happens before we take wider notice.
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Can Twitter Boost Literacy?

Despite complaints that Twitter kills language, there's evidence that social media can be used to enhance reading and writing. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from Rey Junco, of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

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