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East Africa Tackles Telecom Snafu

People in countries like Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania rely on crucial undersea cables to keep them connected to the internet. A ship's anchor recently sliced one of those cables, so now web traffic is being re-routed to the company Seacom. Host Michel Martin talks with Seacom founder Brian Herlihy.
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Online Pirating Hub Upgrades File-Sharing System

The Pirate Bay is the biggest website on the Internet to find illegal movies, music, games and software. The notorious file pirating site has changed the way it works — making it harder to trace pirated files.
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As Gas Prices Rise, Natural Gas Vehicles Get A Boost

With gasoline prices on the rise and pressure mounting to make better use of domestic energy, natural gas vehicles are making a comeback. Climate change is also driving demand — natural gas produces 20 to 30 percent fewer carbon emissions than diesel.
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NASA Struggles With IT Security, Loses Space Station Code

NASA's inspector general reports in testimony to Congress that the space agency's IT security efforts need improvement in the areas of network security and the encryption of data on mobile devices.
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Damaged Ocean Cable Cripples Internet In East Africa

In East Africa, the Internet has slowed to a crawl thanks to a disruption of the telecommunications pipeline serving the region. Over the weekend, a ship dragging an anchor severed one of the three undersea data cables linking countries that include Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia to the Middle East and Europe. It may take about three weeks to fix. Audie Cornish talks to Solomon Moore, East Africa correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
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Data Mining: Does Online Privacy Matter?

Google combined more than 60 privacy policies in order to streamline the information that it collects about its users. Google says it hopes to create a "beautifully simple, intuitive user experience across Google." Critics say the new policy digs deeper into users' lives.
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A Case For And Against Proper Spelling

In a piece in Wired Magazine, writer Anne Trubek argues that our fixation on correct spelling is outdated. Trubek thinks we should abandon spelling rules and "let luce." Wired copy editor Lee Simmons fired back arguing that these standards make communication possible.

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