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Technology's Role In Romance Dates To The Telegraph

Modern technology has enabled people to find love without the old fashioned rituals like meeting in person or talking on the phone. And the anonymity of social networks has also opened up opportunities for fraudsters and fakes. The movie and TV show Catfish have told versions of this story. But when tech journalist Clive Thompson recently rediscovered a novel from 1879, he found that people have been finding love and anonymity through technology at least as far back as the telegraph.
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TED Radio Hour: The Hackers

What if there were a way to hack into your brain and make your life better?Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano is doing just that. He told TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz how.
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ITC Says Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents

The decision is the latest in a tit-for-tat legal battle between the two electronics giants matched only by their heated competition in the smartphone market.
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Watermelon Babies Of China: Your Friday Moment Of Zen

What's not to love about photos of babies dressed in watermelons? Amid a record-setting summer heat wave, Chinese netizens embrace the art of the fruit baby.
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Encrypted Email Services Shuttered Amid Snowden Investigation

Lavabit, an encrypted email service reportedly used by former government contractor Edward Snowden, ceased operations yesterday. In a message to users, the owner of Lavabit hinted that the company was the target of a request for information about customers from the federal government. He said he chose to shut down his service instead of becoming "complicit in crimes against the American people." Later in the day, another secure email service, called Silent Circle, also shuttered itself.
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'Aetna, I'm Glad I Met Ya!' — On Twitter

Stodgy old insurance companies are working on their social media skills to deal with new kinds of customer complaints. The company accounts on Twitter and elsewhere also help the insurers manage their brands and do quick damage control.
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The Sheryl Sandberg Effect: Rise Of Female COOs

The chief operating officer is a position increasingly filled by women. Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook, but Sheryl Sandberg monetized it.
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New Digital Amber Alerts Could Create A Backlash

Recent Amber Alerts startled millions of mobile phone owners and left them confused. The wireless emergency alert system just rolled out for mobile phones earlier this year. Some child advocates worry that the alerts' lack of context may cause people to turn them off.
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On Vine, Brands Look To Deliver Their Message In Six Seconds

With the smartphone app known as Vine users are creating short video stories, making Internet celebrities out of everyday users. The app's most popular members have millions of followers. With such a large audience, companies like Virgin Mobile and MTV are paying users to produce videos for them.
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Why Aren't More Girls Attracted To Physics?

Even as the gender divide in some areas of science has diminished, a stubborn gap has persisted in high school physics. A new study finds that girls are more likely to take physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math.

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