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Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.
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Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Robert Wood, an electrical engineer at Harvard's Microrobotics Lab, is engineering colonies of RoboBees. They don't sting, and they can be used for surveillance or crop pollination.
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Tech Week: Egg Freezing, Gamergate And Online Giving

Debates about the role of women in the technology workforce and in gaming are swirling over two notable stories this week.
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Story Time vs. Educational Screen Time For Young Children

Can an e-book or a story on a tablet substitute for a physical book when it comes to introducing young children to language and reading? Tech Tuesday explores the debate over story time versus screen time for young children.

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Take Your Medicine, Tap Your Phone And Collect A Prize

Apps offer games and rewards to keep you taking your prescription medicine. While rewards may not be for everyone, they could give some people a helpful motivational boost.
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Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. He wants a back door into smartphones.
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Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing

The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.
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When Disaster Strikes, Facebook Lets Friends Know You're OK

Facebook's newest tool, known as Safety Check, aims to allow people to quickly alert friends and family that they are safe after a natural disaster.
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Your Car Won't Start. Did You Make The Loan Payment?

Growing numbers of lenders are getting tech savvy, remotely disabling debtors' cars and tracking customer data to ensure timely payment of subprime auto loans.
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LA Schools Superintendent To Step Down Amid iPad Controversy

Rachel Martin talks with KPCC's Annie Gilbertson about the pending resignation of John Deasy, who had been at the center of a controversial plan to purchase 700,000 iPads for students and teachers.

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