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All Tech Considered
11:57 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Tech Week: The Facebook Fail, Internet 2025 And Fondue Footwear

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a developer conference in April. His company was unliked this week for manipulating users' news feeds to test their emotions.
Ben Margot AP

The world of technology keeps on spinning. Hang on, here's what happened this week in tech, from NPR and beyond.

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Sell Your Spot: Trouble finding a parking spot? See if someone's selling one. New apps are popping up that allow drivers to buy and sell parking spots in high-traffic areas. But, as NPR's Aarti Shahani found, there are some problems with the concept.

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All Tech Considered
4:13 am
Sat July 5, 2014

Quit Social Media, Save Your Marriage?

Researchers found that, in general, people who use social media are 32 percent more likely to think about leaving their spouse.
Getty

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:04 am

Your wife comes to bed late — again — after spending hours on Facebook. Maybe you feel like your husband is more focused on Twitter than you. Here's a pro tip: You may not imagining it. Your relationship really could be headed for rocky shores, if not splitsville, according to a new study from Boston University.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Is No Match For Man In Ocean With Facebook

Richard Neal gave a play-by-play of Hurricane Arthur from his perch in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
YouTube.com

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 12:55 pm

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NPR Ed
6:38 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Big Data Comes To College

The Course Signals dashboard tells professors how their students are doing at a glance.
Information Technology at Purdue

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 12:18 pm

When students at Purdue University are reading their homework assignments, sometimes the assignments are reading them too.

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Science
2:37 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

Our popular image of Homo erectus as the proto-guy who whose human-like traits all emerged at once needs overhauling, some anthropologists say.
Sylvain Entressangle Science Source

Originally published on Sat July 5, 2014 12:18 am

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.

That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the details of how we became who we are.

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All Tech Considered
4:19 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma

By hijacking a user's computer, "bad" bots make it look as if she visits a website often, thus making the site more valuable to advertisers.
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Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:05 am

As the Web turns 25, it's becoming a terrific place if you're a bot.

It began as a tool for human communication, but now, over 60 percent of the traffic on the Web is automated applications called bots talking to other bots, according to one study. And experts say about half of those bots are bad.

But first let's talk about the good bots.

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Environment
3:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Study: Surge In Okla. Quakes Can Be Traced To Drilling Operations

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 5:26 pm

StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz reports on a new study that links a "swarm" of earthquakes to four specific, high-volume oil and gas industry disposal wells. It's one of several reports that show oil and gas activity could be causing a rise in earthquake activity.

All Tech Considered
1:31 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

Researchers at the University of Virginia and Harvard asked people to simply sit still and think. For many, the experience was less pleasant than it sounded.
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Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 9:11 am

It would be tough to think up a more plum assignment for a test subject: Simply step into an empty room, sit down, and think.

Just think.

But in a study to appear in Thursday's issue of the journal Science, participants found the experience within their own heads surprisingly difficult to manage — if not downright unpleasant.

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All Tech Considered
8:58 am
Thu July 3, 2014

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

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Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:04 am

What we know as the World Wide Web — the main way by which most of us access the Internet — just turned 25 this year. Its existence has allowed for all kinds of learning and free expression, coding and making, rule-breaking and platform-making.

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All Tech Considered
5:38 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

20 Thoughts On Facebook's News Feed Experiment Apology

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has apologized for an experiment that manipulated more than 600,000 users' news feeds in 2012.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:25 pm

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has apologized over an experiment that manipulated more than 600,000 users' news feeds in 2012. Are we upset at the findings of the study, or upset that the study was done without our consent? And do we necessarily realize all of the studies performed on us every day?

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