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The Life And Death Of 'The Internet's Own Boy'

Programmer and activist Aaron Swartz was a "complex person," says filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. He tells Swartz's story, including his legal battle and suicide, in a new documentary.
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Report: Most NSA-Intercepted Data From 'Ordinary Internet Users'

Nine out of 10 communications snagged by the National Security Agency were not from legally targeted foreigners, The Washington Post says.
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Keeping Time By Rubidium At The Naval Observatory

You know when you dial a number, and a man reads you the exact time at the tone? That precise timekeeping starts at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a tour.
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From Thermostats To Prison Security, More Things Going Online

Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy.com, talks with NPR's Kelly McEvers about how companies are using connected, smart devices to plug into the "Internet of Things."
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Hurricane Arthur Is No Match For Man In Ocean With Facebook

Richard Neal, of Mint Hill., N.C., chronicled the storm from his point of view, which was a pretty darn good one.
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Big Data Comes To College

The exploding field of "learning analytics" raises ethical questions similar to those arising from the recent Facebook revelations.
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In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma

"Bad" Web bots are going after everyone they can, but why? Because by hijacking Grandma's computer, they make it look as if she visits a site often, thus making the site more valuable to advertisers.
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Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

A study on the wandering mind had a simple request: Just think. But many participants couldn't sit still for very long, and they even were willing to shock themselves to avoid doing nothing.
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Predicting the Future with Phone Data and Tweets

What if data from your phone, email, GPS, tweets and even movie downloads could be used to predict your every move? We explore the predictive possibilities of big data.

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The Future Internet Is Not So Free Or Open, In Pew's New Survey

Pew surveyed more than 1,400 tech industry leaders and academics to find a troubling consensus: By 2025, the Internet will be more balkanized, more surveilled and less open.

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