Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole has always used Twitter in creative ways. He recently asked a few dozen followers to tweet one line each, which he turned into a short story. Cole tells host Michel Martin more about the project.
On Jan. 19, 2009, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and his crew successfully ditched their crippled U.S. Airways jet in the river off Manhattan. The 155 people on board were saved. A photo of the floating plane went up minutes later on Twitter. That "changed everything" for the social media site.
It isn't just Bitcoin. You can now choose from more than 70 virtual currencies, and people are using them partly because it could be a free way of transferring money online. Given more time and widespread use, that could change the playing field for companies like Western Union and banks.
A new Pew Research Center report finds that African-Americans trail behind whites when it come to internet usage. But is the gap wide enough to hurt African-Americans in the long-run? Host Michel Martin speaks with #NPRLatism and #NPRBlacksinTech contributors Ana Roca Castro, Roxann Stafford, and Mario Armstrong.
Circuit boards and USB cards were implanted surreptitiously in the computers when they were shipped overseas from the manufacturers, The New York Times reports. The program, called Quantum, allows intelligence agencies to alter data and insert malware.
On Morning Edition last week, retiring NSA official Chris Inglis said the agency is considering leaving telephone records in private hands. Steve Inskeep talks to Barton Gellman of The Washington Post about Inglis' recent remarks on phone and Internet data the agency has been gathering.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has struck down a provision of the Federal Communications Commission's "Open Internet Rules." That provision allowed the FCC to regulate Internet service providers in much the same way it regulates phone service providers — requiring them to provide unrestricted service to all users.
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court struck down Federal Communications Commission rules that would prevent Internet service providers from restricting usage on their networks and charging companies and users more for faster service. Critics say that this will create a two-tiered Internet that will favor those who can pay.
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