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Drones And Their Use In Counterterrorism

U.S. drone strikes have killed several high-level al-Qaida operatives, but critics argue the civilian toll is too high and there is too little transparency. The changing way we fight war.

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Java Security Flaw Is Repaired; Experts Still Recommend Disabling It

Days after the Department of Homeland Security said computer users should remove the latest versions of its Java software, Oracle Corp. says it has fixed the flaw. But U.S. security experts call another security vulnerability "likely."
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The Great American Signature Fades Away

Jack Lew's unreadable signature — which could appear on new U.S. currency if he becomes Treasury secretary — raises a question: In our age of electronic communication and digital authentication, do signatures even matter anymore?
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Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Dies At 26

Internet wizard Aaron Swartz has been found dead at his Brooklyn, N.Y., home. Authorities say Swartz, who helped create the web feed format RSS, committed suicide just weeks before going to trial on charges he stole millions of electronic journal articles to make them freely available.
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Aaron Swartz, Reddit Co-Founder And Online Activist, Dies At 26

He was 14 when he co-authored RSS and later helped found the company that would became the social media website Reddit. Internet activist Aaron Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, authorities say. He was 26.
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'Make Me Asian' App Sparks Online Backlash

This and another app, "Make me Indian," superimpose characteristics the developer thinks relate to those ethnic groups. An online petition is urging Google to remove the apps from its store, saying they reinforce and reproduce racist stereotypes.
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Electronics Show Highlights Startups Over Industry Giants

More than 156,000 people descended on Las Vegas this past week to gawk at acres and acres of the latest shiny gadgets. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Steve Henn, who has been road-testing new gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show.

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