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WAMU 88.5 What Went Wrong

Kojo explores the challenges behind launching government web sites like, and finds out what kind of impact the botched health care rollout could have on future IT projects.


Tech Week That Was: Surveillance Scope, Apple's Retail Hire

This week's tech news was dominated by revelations about NSA data collection and Apple's hire of Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts. And ongoing problems with sign-up for new health exchanges got us thinking about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs would have approached the project differently.

Google Shares Top $1,000 For First Time

Google reported better than expected third-quarter sales and profits, reporting a profit of nearly $3 billion during the third quarter, up nearly 40 percent from a year earlier.

Haves And Have-Nots

Income inequality is at an all-time high between the haves and the have-nots. But can the poverty gap potentially be eliminated? In this hour, TED speakers share some big ideas about inequality and new ways we might achieve prosperity for all.

What Does The Rise Of Super-Fortunes Mean For The Rest Of Us?

Author and politician Chrystia Freeland says economic inequality is growing by leaps and bounds. She charts the rise of today's billionaire plutocrats and wonders what the concentration of wealth means for the rest of us.

AOL Takes No. 1 Spot For Online Video Ads

AOL, an online company many had given up for dead, is making a comeback. It recently acquired Adap.TV, a company that automates the purchase of video ads. And in September, it topped Google in one category: it had the most video ads watched, with 3.7 billion views.

Apple Hires Burberry CEO To Improve Customer Experience

Earlier this week, it was announced that Apple hired Burberry's CEO Angela Ahrendts to revive its network of Apple stores. Those stores used to provide unique, highly efficient customer service but are struggling now because of competition from other computer stores that have adopted Apple's retail business model.

If A Tech Company Had Built The Federal Health Care Website

The rollout of the health care exchange has been plagued by a host of technical problems. Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley likely would have approached the website differently from the beginning — one former startup employee says that has to do with how projects are funded.

More Angst For College Applicants: A Glitchy Common App

Applying to college is stressful at the best of times. But technical flaws in the online Common Application, used by hundreds of colleges, have sparked panic among some high school seniors. With deadlines approaching, some schools are making backup plans — like a return to mail or even faxed applications.

Innovation: A Portable Generator Charges Devices With Fire

The FlameStower can cook a pot of rice and charge a cellphone at the same time. This innovation has the potential to bring power to people in developing countries who have cellphones but not electricity.