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'Sockpuppets' Lurking On Wikipedia

People using online identities to deceive Wikipedia users, according to the Wikimedia Foundation. Several hundred user accounts have been suspended because of suspicions that these "sockpuppets" were using the site to promote clients and/or give misleading information. Host Rachel Martin talks to foundation executive director Sue Gardner.
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Where HealthCare.gov Fell Short Of Other E-Commerce Sites

The federal government's beleaguered health care exchange site, HealthCare.gov, shares little in common with the e-commerce sites consumers use every day. On most e-commerce sites, prices are simple to find. Not so on HealthCare.gov. That may be one of the reasons relatively few visitors to the site have actually enrolled. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Oct. 22, 2013.)
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A Teenage Music Phenom, Infographics, Motorcycles In Vietnam

Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about a teenage singer with a grown-up voice, two tutors turned bloggers, and Vietnam's Harley Davidson craze.
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Modern Love Is More About Algorithms Than 'Witchcraft'

The Pew Research Center released a report this week that found online dating has become commonplace — 59 percent of all Internet users say they believe online dating is a sensible way to meet people. NPR's Scott Simon thinks the trend may have us changing the tune of our love songs.
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No Seat Belts Required: Drone Hobbyists Talk Safety

The hobby has grown rapidly over the last few years, as technology has gotten cheaper and the open source software has been smoothed out by many users. With such rapid growth comes the growing pains that any hobby tends to run into—when and how to address safety guidelines.
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For Obamacare To Work, It's Not Just About The Numbers

Relatively few people have enrolled in new health insurance plans since the Affordable Care Act exchanges launched this month. But some health care experts say it's early days yet — and that getting the right proportion of healthy, young new enrollees is just as important as how quickly people sign up.
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How Data Determines Your Fate At The Airport

A recent news report raises concern about the secretive but extensive data mining used to screen travelers before they even arrive at the airport. We explore what the TSA and the airlines know about you and how they use it.

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A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

Coachella Valley Unified, a predominantly low-income, agricultural school district in California, is giving every student an iPad. The initiative highlights the problems that districts across the country are facing as they attempt to bring personalized, digital learning to their schools.
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Gremlins And Glitches: Lexical Queries After HealthCare.gov

When it comes to describing problems with the Affordable Care Act website, one word has been used a lot: glitches. But does that really capture the major problems with HealthCare.gov? And where does the word come from? Ben Zimmer, executive producer of vocabulary.com and language columnist for The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the word's origins.
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Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

The chemicals used in some 3-D printers can be toxic to humans. So researchers are looking to use naturally occurring vitamin B2 instead. They have already been able to make intricate, microscopic structures with the vitamin-rich material.

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