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TTYL: A Look At 20 Years Of Texting

On Dec. 3, 1992, Neil Papworth sent what is believed to be the first text message ever. "Merry Christmas," he wrote. Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Steve Henn about the evolution of the text message in the 20 years since.
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Shutdowns Counter The Idea Of A World-Wide Web

The Internet shutdowns in Syria and Egypt have shown how governments can thwart activists who mobilize and promote their cause online. Some countries claim that control is their right, but will the rest of the world agree?
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Computer Guys & Gal

The Computer Guys and Gal are back to talk about the best of holiday gadgets and the latest news in the world of tech.

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Woman Turns To Facebook To Help Find Beloved Hat

The floppy brown hat belonged to Bridget Hughes' late mother, who wore it during cancer treatment. Hughes lost it at the Phoenix airport this week, and asked friends on Facebook to help her find it. Her post has been shared over 100,000 times.
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Senate Committee OKs Electronic Privacy Measure

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to make it a little harder for police to read people's old emails. It's something privacy groups and tech companies have wanted for years, but law enforcement groups are less pleased.
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A Bet Or A Prediction? Intrade's Purpose Is Debated

The "prediction market" site Intrade's decision to close in the U.S. highlights how the company exists in a regulatory gray area, somewhere between trading and betting. Intrade says it hopes to operate legally in the U.S. eventually. In the meantime, American users must close their accounts by year's end.
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Yet Another Shift In Facebook Policies Raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook has a long history of upsetting its users by suddenly announcing a change to its privacy settings. In 2009, as a way to quiet the critics, Facebook set up a system for its customers to vote on changes. If enough of them were unhappy, the company would back down. Now, Facebook wants to get rid of the voting.

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