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Quantified Men: Tinder, Lulu And The Fallacy Of Hot Dating Apps

They have millions of users, and help facilitate millions of matches per day. But while these apps open up a world of romantic possibilities, they might also put up even more barriers to love.

Tech Team Podcast Episode 5: Inequality In The Bay Area

In the San Francisco Bay Area, the tech boom is helping to fuel the economic recovery. But the rich are getting ultra-rich, and the middle class is getting squeezed. Our reporting on this topic is now available in a downloadable podcast.

Free Wifi Promised To Open Opportunities in Harlem

More than 80,000 Harlem residents are being promised free public wireless internet. But similar projects in other cities have run out of fuel. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with the New York City Housing Authority's Dupe Ajayi about the plan.

Two Takeaways From An Offensive Tweet Heard 'Round The World

Public relations professional Justine Sacco is out of a job after what she concedes was a "needless and careless tweet" about AIDS in Africa. Her experience reinforces some basic rules about the world of social media.

In The World Of Pinball, An Underdog Takes On The Giant

For more than a decade, Stern Pinball was the only company manufacturing pinball machines. A New Jersey startup company is trying to shake up that monopoly. But with decreased demand for the games, it's unclear whether the pinball industry is big enough for two.

Museums Give Video Games Bonus Life, But The Next Level Awaits

The Smithsonian American Art Museum added two video games to its permanent collection last week. Acquiring a work means preserving it for years to come — and digital media like video games present a host of challenges for preservationists.

'Bertha' Still Stuck In Her Tunnel Under Seattle

In Seattle, an underground mystery has halted the digging of a new highway tunnel underneath downtown. The world's largest tunneling machine ground to a halt two weeks ago, and engineers are still trying to figure out why.

Joe's Biggest Ideas From 2013

NPR's Joe Palca is working on a new beat we're calling Joe's Big Idea. The idea is to explore the minds and motivations of scientists and inventors. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what he's learned in his first year on the beat.

55 Years Later: Commemorating First Space Broadcast

On Dec. 19, 1958, a pre-recorded message from President Dwight D. Eisenhower was sent out from a satellite via short wave. It offered hopes for peace on earth and goodwill toward men everywhere. Of course, it also let the Soviets know the U.S. was catching up in the space race.

How An Obscure Government Code — 834 — Became Big In 2013

The fate of insurance coverage for millions rests on a form called the 834, the government code for electronic files. It's a number that would never have become a big deal had rolled out smoothly in the fall.