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Drones Moving From War Zones To The Home Front

Congress recently passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which — along with funding the Federal Aviation Administration's budget through 2015 — encourages the acceleration of unmanned aircraft programs in U.S. airspace. Drones have taken on a large role in military operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The new legislation could make the technology more prevalent in several arenas, from local police departments to farmers monitoring crops. What exactly are drones, how are they used — now and potentially — and do they threaten people's rights to free speech and privacy?
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What Makes Games Like 'Angry Birds' So Addictive?

Angry Birds — a mobile phone game in which players use a slingshot to propel birds at tiny little green pigs — has been a runaway hit since its 2009 release, with more than 700 million downloads, a TV show and a feature film in the works. It isn't alone. NPR's Neal Conan talks with New York Times Magazine critic-at-large Sam Anderson about people's fascination with — and addiction to — what Anderson calls "stupid games."
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Greenpeace: How Clean (And Green) Is Your Cloud?

A report issued Tuesday by the environmental advocacy group found fault with Microsoft, Amazon and Apple. Greenpeace ranked the companies according to the efficiency of their cloud facilities, as well as where they get their electricity.
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Another Tech Bubble? Maybe Not

With Instagram sold to Facebook for $1 billion and Facebook itself expected to be valued at up to $100 billion in its initial public offering, some feel they're reliving the last tech bubble. But some analysts say this time is different. The new generation of tech entrepreneurs tends to reinvest its winnings in even more ideas.
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Cybersecurity Bills Compete For Attention

Cybersecurity will get a lot of attention on Capitol Hill in the coming weeks, with several competing bills up for consideration. The most stringent proposal mandates minimum cybersecurity standards and requires companies to notify the government when their networks have been breached. White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan says it is essential that the federal government take steps to better prepare the country for devastating cyber attacks.
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Redefining 'Hacker' In Technology Hotbed

Palo Alto, Calif., recently hosted a 12-hour bonanza for software developers, artists and families. The "Super Happy Block Party Hackathon" was a marathon for coders to make new software in a short amount of time. It also featured food trucks, music and homemade robots. Corey Takahashi reports.

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