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The Computer Guys And Gal

The Computer Guys and Gal are back to talk about who's watching us online, what's new in smart phones and what to do when people threaten each other on social media.


Tech Week That Was: Suspicious Searches, Def Con And Moto X

A look back at the stories in technology and culture this week, including a dubious claim that a search for "pressure cookers" led police to a writer's door, the long-awaited report on MIT and Aaron Swartz, and the more amusing ideas in innovation.

Bradley Manning: Whistleblower Or Traitor?

Army Private Bradley Manning was convicted after turning over thousands of sensitive documents to Wikileaks. He may now face more than 100 years in prison. Host Michel Martin talks about what comes next with NPR's Arun Rath.

Book News: Battle Rages On In Amazon Vs. Overstock Price War

Also, Orhan Pamuk on the novel, Sherman Alexie on having his book banned; Kelly Clarkson bought a ring owned by Jane Austen but can't take it out of the U.K.

In New Video Game, China Seizes Disputed Islands From Japan

The game, first developed as a training tool for the People's Liberation Army, features an amphibious assault on the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea.

Google Ups Its Game Against Apple With New Smartphone

Google subsidiary Motorola announced on Thursday the launch of a new smartphone, the Moto X. The device, which will be made in America, represents a major plunge into hardware by Google — and pits the company against rivals Apple and Samsung.

Unique Bike Treks Up East Coast, Powered By Solar And Pedals

Built by a former automobile engineer, the ELF bike is a pedal-driven, solar electric-assisted bicycle that offers its riders some protection from the elements. One customer picked up his new bike in North Carolina — and is riding it home to Massachusetts.

NSA Chief Faces Tough Crowd At Hacker Conference

On Wednesday, the head of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, addressed a tech conference in Las Vegas called Black Hat. He spoke before a sometimes hostile crowd of hackers — computer security experts and technology executives.

Beyond .Com: Some See Confusion In Internet Domain Expansion

As early as September new Internet suffixes — from .nyc to .google to .ngo — will begin rolling out. It's a controversial plan that raised concerns about fraud, trademark infringement and customer confusion, but the Web's governing body says those issues have been addressed.

Tampon Marketing Gets Real For The Social Media Age

An online video spot for HelloFlo breaks the familiar mold of cheesy tampon commercials in a clever way. Ad watchers say it's a reflection of the open, transparent conversations spurred by social media.