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Anonymous Speech And Online Reviews

A recent Virginia court ruling requires Yelp to reveal the identities of users behind a handful of negative reviews. We discuss the ruling and its implications for anonymous speech.


Week That Was: Smart Fridge Hack, Net Neutrality And The NSA

Your weekly roundup of tech headlines from NPR and publications around the country, including more credit card security breaches and the latest developments with the "Internet of Things." We asked what was in the hacked fridge, but — spoiler alert (pun intended) — we didn't find out.

Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

Retail analysts say more data breaches like the hits on Target and Neiman Marcus are coming. A new report details how hackers "with ties to the former Soviet Union" stay ahead with "innovation and a high degree of skill."

Is The Obamacare Website Not Spanish Friendly?

The federal healthcare website seems to be running more smoothly now, but many Spanish speakers are reportedly still struggling with it. Host Michel Martin finds out why from Laura Martinez of CNET en Espanol, and Daniela Hernandez of Kaiser Health News.

Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter

The team at Dartmouth College mined 180 million tweets from 900,000 users to understand word clippings — like "awks" as "awkward." The researchers want to understand how such words originate and how they spread.

News Match Game: Leaders And Tweeters

Politicians of the world have caught on to the fact that Twitter can help get out the party line.

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata'

One change that privacy advocates have been pushing for is that the NSA no longer store the records from millions of phone calls — including those of Americans. Officials are telling Reuters and NPR that the president will endorse the idea of having a third party, not the NSA, hold that data.

By Tracking Sugar In Tears, Contact Lens Offers Hope For Diabetics

Despite the technical feat, researchers say that much basic research remains, and the relationship between glucose and tears is still unproven.

'Google Glass Driver' Is Cleared In San Diego Court

A California Highway Patrol officer gave Cecilia Abadie two citations last October. At the time, she said the officer seemed "very annoyed" that she was wearing Google Glass.

What Do You Do If Your Refrigerator Begins Sending Malicious Emails?

Consumers are beginning to buy Internet-connected appliances, but companies haven't done enough to protect the machines from hackers, says an information security expert.