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Netflix Built Its Microgenres By Staring Into The American Soul

Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal counted 76,897 microgenres on the online streaming and DVD rental service, many of which are bizarrely personalized (Violent Action Thrillers Starring Bruce Willis, Tearjerkers From The 1970s). He says the company "knows you."

Best Video Of The Day? MIT's 3-D Remote 'Touching' Device

Imagine being able to be in one place and use your hands to move something somewhere else as if you were in that remote room. Other possibilities abound. Watch and wonder.

Alleged Hackers Explain Reasons For Posting Snapchat Data

After millions of Snapchat usernames and other data were posted online, a claim of responsibility includes a motive: The service didn't do enough to increase its security, those allegedly involved say. Snapchat allows users to send images that vanish 10 seconds after they're seen.
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D.C. Family Launches Experiment In Tech-Free Living

We meet a D.C. woman who's got her sons on a tech-free diet -- and says it's bringing everyone closer together.


More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.

Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws

Brazil is the world's third largest market for Facebook, the fifth largest for Twitter, and it has quickly become the largest market for Lulu, the controversial man-rating app for women. That has highlighted the country's race to pass legislation to keep up with a quickly changing society.

Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future'

An ATM that lets you video chat with a teller hundreds of miles away? It's part of an effort by the banking industry to cut costs: The more ATMs can do, the less banks have to spend on tellers and real estate. But in-person branches still remain the best way for banks to get new business.

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

In 2012, "massive open online courses" were lauded as the most important trend in higher education. But this year, educators and even students rebelled against the rapid expansion of online learning. Two of the biggest MOOCs say they're making big changes in how they deliver their classes in 2014.

In Syria, Conflict In Cyberspace Complements Ground War

The Syrian civil war is raging on the battlefield, but it's also raging online. While the rebels have gone online to recruit fighters and coordinate with allies, forces supporting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's regime have employed malware to infiltrate and track them. Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher at the University of Toronto who's following the cyber conflict in Syria, talks to Robert Siegel about the way the digital war is being waged.

From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

NPR has been taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of 2013. These 13 reflect the highs and lows of the year, from deadly wildfires and the war in Syria, to football stadiums and same-sex marriage.