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Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Pushes Diplomacy Online

Iran's leaders are active on Facebook and Twitter, and frequently reach out in English via social media. Both services remain officially banned in Iran. But journalist Robin Wright, an expert on Iran, calls their online overtures "the most ambitious public diplomacy campaign since Iran's 1979 revolution."

Connecting To The Internet, And The World, Post-Disaster

Responding to a natural disaster requires old and new technology. Experts working on new social networking map apps, Wi-Fi and cell tower experts, and old-school amateur radio operators are all working to help Filipinos cope with the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Publishing Magazines For An 'Ambidextrous' Generation

The American Reader is a year old. The monthly literary journal is online and in print, but co-founder Uzoamaka Maduka says "it's all one magazine." The publication's staff has faith that readers want "deeper engagement" and strong editing, and they're hoping the free online content will entice their audience to pay for more.

New Medical Device Treats Epilepsy With A Well-Timed Zap

The Food and Drug Administration approved a pacemaker-like device for patients whose epilepsy can't be controlled with drugs. The device senses when seizures are coming and stops them by sending electronic signals through wires inserted deep in the brain.

Advertisers Try To Grab Online Eyes

A survey this week shows that YouTube and Netflix now make up half of all data North Americans consume on fixed networks, like those at home or at work. Guest host Don Gonyea talks with Mike Shields, digital editor of Adweek, about the ways that advertisers are changing how they present products to cater to online videos.
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Online Advertising: Beyond Pop-up And Banner Ads

From sponsored posts to personalized ads, we explore new developments in online advertising and ask what they mean for users and their privacy on the web.


Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations

ZenoRadio hooks up more than 1 million listeners to radio stations around the world by making a call to a U.S. phone number. The company founder came up with the idea when he realized that most U.S. cellphone plans have unlimited calling, and many immigrants have cellphones but no on-the-job Internet connection.

U.S. Tech Firms May Be Feeling Bite From NSA Spying Reports

Cisco Systems warned this week that revenues could fall 10 percent this quarter, partly because disclosures about U.S. government surveillance have created "a level of uncertainty or concern" among customers.

Tech Week That Was: Sharing Economy, The New PS4 And Snapchat

Snapchat spurns a $3 billion offer from Mark Zuckerberg, Google Books can proceed with book scanning and the NPR team dives into the sharing economy. A look at the highlights of our tech reporting this week.

Google's India Strategy: One Teardrop At A Time?

An ad for Google's search engine in India unites two friends separated by Partition in 1947. The ad has warmed the cockles of subcontinental hearts, leading to an outpouring of goodwill on social media and newspaper websites.