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Pew Study: Facebook, Twitter Users Held Back Views On Snowden

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The Pew Research Center report shows that Americans were more willing to have a conversation about NSA leaker Edward Snowden face-to-face than in discussion groups on Facebook or Twitter. Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Vivint Solar, Backed by Blackstone, Files For $200M IPO to Install and Finance PV

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Vivint Solar's $200 million IPO registration document appeared in the wee hours this morning and gave a little bit of background on the fast-growing solar installer and financier. Second only to SolarCity as an installer, Vivint Solar could also benefit from the increased access to capital afforded by ...

Scott Brown Sure Posts a Lot of Photos of Himself Working Out

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"Nothing like starting off the morning with a triathlon," tweeted former Sen. Scott Brown on August 10th. The Massachusetts transplant is gearing up for his campaign against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) this fall by literally running for office. He's also biking. And swimming. And hiking. And taking jump ...

Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’

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A major insight into human behavior from pre-internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public—or among their family, friends, and work colleagues—when they believe their own point of view is not widely shared. This tendency is called the “spiral of silence.”1 Some social media creators and supporters have hoped that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter might produce different enough discussion venues that those with minority views might feel freer to express their opinions, thus broadening public discourse ...

High seas tragedies leave more than 300 dead on the Mediterranean in past week

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GENEVA, August 26 (UNHCR) – More than 300 people have died while trying to make irregular sea crossings from North Africa to Europe in the past week, bringing the death toll this year from sinking vesels on the Mediterranean to almost 1,900, including some 1,600 since June. "The ...

BlackRock Appointed by ECB as ABS-Program Consultant

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The European Central Bank appointed BlackRock Inc. (BLK), the world’s biggest money manager, to advise on developing a program to buy asset-backed securities. BlackRock Solutions, a unit of the New York-based company, will provide advice on the design and implementation of a potential ABS-purchase plan, an ECB spokesman said in response to e-mailed questions. Safeguards against any conflict of interest are included in the agreement, the spokesman said. ECB President Mario Draghi said in June that the central bank is intensifying preparations to purchase ABS as it strives to revive ...

WHO calls for stronger action on climate-related health risks

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27 August 2014 ¦ GENEVA - Previously unrecognized health benefits could be realized from fast action to reduce climate change and its consequences. For example, changes in energy and transport policies could save millions of lives annually from diseases caused by high levels of air pollution. The right energy and transport policies could also reduce the burden of disease associated with physical inactivity and traffic injury.Measures to adapt to climate change could also save lives around the world by ensuring that communities are better prepared to deal with the impact ...

Why I let my children walk to the corner store — and why other parents should, too

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Of all the adventures my lucky children had this summer — swimming in two oceans, hanging out on their bearded uncle’s commercial salmon fishing boat, endless Popsicles — the biggest one, they told me, was just 495 feet away in their own D.C. neighborhood. They got to walk ...

Twitch: Has Amazon Acquired the Next ESPN?

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Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Ethan Kurzweil, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, and Bloomberg's Brad Stone discuss Amazon buying Twitch for $970 million and the rapid evolution of television platforms. They speak on “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Why We're In A Golden Age of Global Investigative Journalism

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In our world, the news about the news is often grim. Newspapers are shrinking, folding up, or being cut loose by their parent companies. Layoffs are up and staffs are down. That investigative reporter who covered the state capitol—she's not there anymore. Newspapers like the Los Angeles Times,

Om Audio Levitating Speaker Turns Sci-Fi Into Hi-Fi

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Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) –- Californian startup Om Audio has used crowd-funding tactics to bring their levitating sound system into reality. Bloomberg’s Jessica Howard discovers there's a good reason for it. (Source: Bloomberg)

Pinterest Investor Fritz Lanman Working On Two Different Companies

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Less than two years after selling his company Livestar to Pinterest, early Pinterest and Square investor Fritz Lanman is up to his old entrepreneurial tricks. Lanman, a former Microsoft VP who continues to make angel investments (he led the seed round of Class Pass), is trying out the ...

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon talks about a world in crisis

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A tense stand-off in Ukraine, the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, devastation in Gaza - and all the while, ISIS grows in strength in the heart of the Middle East and racial tensions come to a head in the United States. A fractured world and United Nations Secretary-General ...

Antler Farm

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They thrive because we’ve killed off their predators — the wolves and cougars, the coyotes and bobcats. They wander across patches of property that have been designed by hunters to attract them and, sometimes, to protect them. But across the country, at farms in Texas and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and ...

Can young blood stem the ravages of old age?

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Jess Zimmerman is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Hairpin, Dame Magazine and The Guardian, among others. She edits the essay collection The Archipelago, and lives in Brooklyn. Saul Villeda, who leads a stem-cell research lab at the University of California, San Francisco,

Obama's Iraq Policy Has Been Pretty Masterly

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I'm not a diehard supporter of Barack Obama's foreign policy. Some of his actions I just plain disagree with: the surge in Afghanistan, the enormous increase in drone use, his almost inhuman patience in putting up with Bibi Netanyahu's nearly open contempt for him. Then there are other ...

Amazon Promotes Its Student Program With 50 College Scholarships

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Amazon announced this morning that it will be offering 50 full-time, undergraduate students with a college scholarship that includes $5,000 toward their tuition as well as an additional $500 to spend on textbooks at Amazon. The scholarships, which will be merit-based, will be distributed in time for fall ...

Disney Files Patents To Use Drones In Park Shows

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If Disney isn’t already the most magical place on earth, it soon will be. The mega-amusement park has filed three patents to use drones within the park, first spotted by MarketWatch. Within the patents, Disney lists a few different use cases for the drones. The first is that ...

E-cigarettes: The lingering questions

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In the haze of incomplete data, scientists are divided over the risks and benefits of electronic cigarettes. In many respects, the modern electronic cigarette is not so different from its leaf-and-paper predecessor. Take a drag from the mouthpiece and you get a genuine nicotine fix — albeit from ...

Verizon Executive on $40M Solar Investment: ‘It’s About Driving Shareholder Value’

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Yesterday, the company said it would support another $40 million of solar PV projects developed by SunPower at facilities in five states, adding to the $140 million it has invested in renewables over the last two years. With 25 megawatts of projects now completed or in the pipeline,

What the "Call of the Reef" is Telling Us

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Coral reefs are in crisis. They are fragile. They are complex. And they are disappearing faster than we are able to understand them. This threat is exacerbated by an ecological battle raging on reef lines between corals and seaweeds. When fish are removed, seaweeds run rampant, and corals ...

Pluralsight Raises $135 Million At A Valuation Approaching $1 Billion

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The online technology training service Pluralsight has raised a whopping $135 million in new financing as it looks to consolidate its position as a major player in personal and professional continuing information technology education. “We believe in the vision we have of democratizing professional education,” says Pluralsight chief ...

Review: Jennifer Aniston in 'Life of Crime'

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Writer-director Daniel Schecter's first two features, "Goodbye Baby" and "Supporting Characters," were ultra-low-budget character studies about ordinary young people struggling through their private and professional lives with self-deprecating wit. "Life of Crime," Schecter’s stylishly fun and star-heavy adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch," has little in common ...

Congressional candidate sends “prevent abortion” condoms to anti-choice group

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Count me as an ardent supporter of Arizona congressional candidate James Woods. When the pro-choice Democrat received a survey from the National Pro-Life Alliance asking him to pledge his support for the “sanctity of life,” he send back a box of condoms that read “prevent abortion“ along with ...

Putin to Meet Poroshenko as Ukraine Tensions Escalate

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sings during Independence Day celebrations in Odessa, Ukraine, on August 24, 2014. Photo by Ukrainian Presidency/Mikhail Palinchak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Close Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sings during Independence Day celebrations in Odessa, Ukraine, on August 24, 2014. Photo by Ukrainian Presidency/Mikhail Palinchak/Anadolu Agency ...

ATM Machine Helps Indian Women Quietly Report Sexual Violence Without Going To The Police

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In December, a 16-year-old girl in Calcutta was burned alive. Authorities believe she was targeted as punishment for reporting her gang-rape to the police. Two months earlier, on her way home from the police station after notifying cops about the six men who raped her, she was accosted ...

Google Acquires Zync To Bring Visual Effects Rendering To Its Cloud Platform

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Google today announced that it has acquired Zync Render, a service that makes it easier for movie studios to render their visual effects in the cloud. The technology was used to render effects in movies like Star Trek: Into Darkness and Looper, for example. Google will use the ...

Soros’s Argentine Bond Bet Revealed in Lawsuit in London

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An image of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is seen on a huge screen during an act against the so called "vulture funds," organized by pro Kirchner political forces, at Luna Park stadium, in Buenos Aires on Aug. 12, 2014. Close An image of Argentine President Cristina ...

Deep Tax Cuts Opens Northern Front for U.S. Companies

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Canada has become the latest frontier for U.S. companies fleeing the high cost of business, spurred by low corporate taxes and a policy that keeps international earnings out of the clutches of the Internal Revenue Service. Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW), the second-largest U.S. burger chain, agreed to buy coffee-and-doughnut company Tim Hortons Inc. today for about C$12.5 billion ($11.4 billion) and move the headquarters of the combined company to Canada. It’s “not fair” that companies can renounce their U.S. citizenship by filling out paperwork, a White House spokesman said ...

MIX for Android Lets You Create And Save Custom Photo Filters

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MIX for Android is the app for you if you often feel like Goldilocks when confronted with the filters in other photo-editing apps. Not only does MIX let you edit photos, but it also allows you to create custom filters, which you can then save to use again.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Statements

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The Secretary-General welcomes today's announcement of an open-ended ceasefire for Gaza, brokered under Egyptian auspices. A brighter future for Gaza and for Israel depends on a sustainable ceasefire. It is up to the parties to live up to this responsibility. After this latest round of killing and the further widespread destruction of Palestinian homes, civilians on both sides need a reprieve in order to resume their daily lives, and to allow for humanitarian and early recovery efforts to address the desperate needs of the people in Gaza.The children of Gaza ...

Laverne Cox Distances Herself From Controversial Trans Inmate

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Last week, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project released a video of Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox reading a letter from a transgender inmate. The letter, written by Synthia China Blast, addressed common issues faced by trans inmates, like being placed in solitary confinement as a ...

Where is Ferguson in my Facebook feed?

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If you are an avid social media user — and have been following recent events in Ferguson, Missouri — you may have noticed a difference in the content of your Facebook and Twitter feeds on the story. The reason goes back to a complex and somewhat mysterious interplay between the platforms’ designs and your own behavior. A number of journalists and commentators observed a jarring disconnect between the mostly uncontroversial posts on Facebook (like chatter about celebrities taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for the fight against Lou ...

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GENEVA (26 August 2014) – The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Makarim Wibisono, has formally requested the Israeli Government to allow him access to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory - to gather first-hand information on the impact of current hostilities on the human rights situation. “As a newly appointed Special Rapporteur, it is my priority to see with my own eyes the situation on the ground, to listen and to speak face-to-face with victims and witnesses, and to discuss issues of concern ...

Is ecology explaining less and less?

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Ecologists are testing more and more hypotheses, but their studies are explaining less of the world. That’s the striking conclusion of a new study that analyzes 8 decades of research papers. What exactly is driving these trends isn’t clear, but researchers fear it could undermine confidence in ecological ...

8 Things Women Couldn't Do On The First Women's Equality Day In 1971

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In 1971, Congress declared August 26th -- the day in 1920 on which the 19th amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, was certified as law -- Women's Equality Day. Every year since, we've had a designated 24 hours to reflect on how far we've come ...

PSA: HP Recalls 6 Million Laptop Cables Because They Could Start Fires

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Are you using an HP laptop? Quick — take a look at its power cord. Specifically, the part that connects from the power brick to the wall. According to an alert from the US Consumer Safety Product Commission and confirmed by HP, some 6 million-or-so power cables floating ...

Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)

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At a secret meeting of elite donors convened by the Koch brothers, McConnell laid out his plan for shrinking the federal government and whined about having to vote on minimum wage bills. Last week, in an interview with Politico, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) outlined his plan ...

VR Gives Game Developers A Chance To Take Streaming Time From Twitch

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Yesterday Amazon announced that it is buying video game streaming site Twitch for $970 million. I argued that for the foreseeable future, it seemed like Amazon’s efforts in the gaming space line up well with Twitch’s goals and that Amazon has plenty of opportunities to turn the site ...

Snapchat Raising A New Round From KPCB At A $10B Valuation

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The rumors are flying around vanishing messaging app Snapchat, both on and off Secret. We too are hearing that Microsoft and Snapchat are in acquisition talks, though we can’t really grok why they would be, other than that the situation would make a great plot point in the ...

Flight restrictions hamper ability to battle Ebola – UN

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UNICEF and partners visit a crowded market in Conakry, Guinea, to explain to vendors how they can protect themselves and their families from Ebola. Photo: UNICEF Guinea 25 August 2014 – The United Nations today cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa,

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

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The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide ...

Hands-On With Bublcam’s Spherical Video Camera

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The Bublcam is a video camera that can capture a sphere of content with its four high-def sensors. We first covered it when its creators put up a Kickstarter campaign looking to raise $100,000 to bring the gadget to market. After raising more than three times that, the ...

Quote of the Day: Congressmen and Crackpots

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From Jon Chait, responding to Paul Ryan's list of favorite books about economics and democracy—which notably fails to include his former favorite book, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: It seems the lesson Ryan has drawn from the harmful publicity surrounding his Rand fixation is not that he shouldn’t associate ...

The Police Violence We Aren’t Talking About

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Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw worked the evening shift, from four in the afternoon until two in the morning, patrolling the northeastern part of Oklahoma City. Between February and June he allegedly sexually assaulted at least seven women while on duty, including a fifty-seven year old grandmother who says ...

People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers in Alzheimer's Research : Shots

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Justin McCowan, 39, has down syndrome and lives at home with his parents in Santa Monica, Calif.Benjamin B. Morris for NPRhide caption When researchers at the University of California, San Diego wanted to study an experimental Alzheimer's drug last year, they sought help from an unlikely group: people ...

Yes, Republicans Really Are Unprecedented in Their Obstructionism

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When we talk about Republican obstruction of judicial nominees in the Senate, the usual way is to look at filibusters and cloture votes. But that can sometimes be misleading, since cloture votes can happen for a variety of reasons. Or we can look at the raw number of ...

Automattic Acquires BruteProtect To Help Keep WordPress Users Safe

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WordPress now powers so many websites, it’s no surprise that it’s a favorite target for hackers. To keep its users safe, Automattic – the company behind both WordPress.com and the open-source WordPress project — today announced that it has acquired BruteProtect, a security and management tool for WordPress.

The Assassinating of Native American Voices by the Cowards Palin, Ditka and Snyder

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Every person who wants the Washington football team to change its name got an unexpected gift earlier this week in the form of a Sarah Palin word salad. Palin decided for reasons that are best left unexplored, that her wisdom was required on this issue. Not to surprise ...

Responsive Electricity Pricing Is the Missing Piece of a Distributed, Reactive Grid

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Utility industry pros often say Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla would recognize today’s electric grid because the basic architecture has changed so little over the past 100 years. The same could be said for electricity pricing. And that’s a problem if distributed energy is to be deeply integrated ...
 

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