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Rosie The Robot Won't Serve Your Food, But She'll Pick It

Labor-starved farmers are now eyeing lettuce-picking robots to help with the harvest. But more robots on the farm could also spell trouble for smaller producers that can't afford them.
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Some Tech Companies Find Ways Not To Hire Americans

Employers looking to hire foreign workers must prove they looked for American workers first. But some immigration law firms show employers how to recruit Americans without actually hiring U.S. workers. This kind of "faux recruiting" is common knowledge in the tech industry.
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Google Reader Replacement Race: Feedly And Digg Reader Make Waves

Days before Google pulls the plug on its Reader RSS feed service, reality is sinking in for longtime users. And the market for free or low-cost replacements is growing, as Digg says its new reader is now ready. Other companies report a burst of new customers.
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Closing The Tech Industry's Gender Gap Requires Better Data

Only 3 percent of venture-backed companies were led by all-female teams, while 89 percent were all male. The staggering male-to-female ratios at the top of the tech industry can't be addressed without a clearer count, writes Code for America's Catherine Bracy.
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For Modern Jurors, Being On A Case Means Being Offline

In simpler times, jurors were told not to discuss their cases with others. But with the proliferation of mobile devices, courts must now contend with Facebook, tweets, texts, instant messaging and Google — all tools that can compromise a juror's impartiality.
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Political Conservatives Stage App-Building Competition

Design an app based on the idea of "economic liberty." That's what some 200 technologists raced to do over the weekend in San Francisco at a Koch Institute-sponsored hackathon. The event is meant to bridge the gap between Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley. But what does that actually mean?
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DuckDuckGo Benefits From Internet Searchers Wanting Privacy

Online search engines that protect users' privacy are seeing a spike in traffic after the NSA surveillance revelations. DuckDuckGo, which does not track users at all, says it's seen record-breaking traffic.
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How To Keep Your Smartphone Secure

In light of all the snooping by the government on individuals, it seems that it's not that difficult for anyone with the know-how to find out what you're doing. Bill Supernor, CTO of security company Koolspan, speaks to Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon about how to keep your smartphone safe.
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Amid Ire At U.S., Germany Does Its Own Domestic Spying

Revelations that the NSA spied on foreign Internet communications are a particularly sensitive issue in Germany, where memories of privacy intrusions under communist rule in the east remain vivid. But the German government itself is beefing up existing surveillance in the name of fighting terrorism.
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Facebook Bug Exposed Contact Information Stored On Profiles

The company says it has fixed the problem, which allowed users who were downloading data from the site to see email addresses and phone numbers for other people.

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