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How Europe's New Data Privacy Law Is Supposed To Give Users More Control

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 3:18pm

Tech companies have sent out a lot of emails with updated privacy policies lately. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Joanna Stern about a new European law that is supposed to give users more control over their data and privacy.

Do Not Sell My Personal Information: California Eyes Data Privacy Measure

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 8:26am

A sweeping new data privacy law has gone into effect in Europe, and California may soon follow with its own protections. Backers say the state's move could prompt such standards across the U.S.

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Cryptocurrency Miners Make Big Promises In Small Towns

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 4:02am

Massena, N.Y., has hemorrhaged factory jobs over the past decade. Now, digital currency mining firms have come to town, promising jobs and investment.

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Why Home Prices And Mortgage Interest Rates Are Rising

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 4:02am

The housing market continues to show signs of recovery, 10 years after its devastating crash. Rachel Martin talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution.

Saudi Arabian Businesses Struggle With Rule To Replace Foreign Workers With Locals

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 4:00am

The Saudi kingdom says it is trying to wean the economy off an oil and foreign worker dependency. Employers say it has not been easy.

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Kilauea Volcano Disrupts Big Island's Tourist-Dependent Economy

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 4:18pm

The spectacular lava fountains and fissures on Hawaii's Big Island are scaring the tourists away. That's a big problem for an island whose economy is heavily dependent on visitor dollars.

On 'White Fear Being Weaponized' And How To Respond

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 7:03am

White people have called the police on black people in multiple incidents recently, despite no crimes being committed. Professor Khalil Muhammad thinks it's a problem with a complex history.

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Barbershop: NFL's New National Anthem Policy

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 4:12pm

In the Barbershop, NPR's Michel Martin talks sports and politics with ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone, the Seattle Times' Matt Calkins, and former Vikings player Chris Kluwe.

Assessing The #MeToo Movement After Weinstein Is Charged

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 7:12am

What does the arrest of Harvey Weinstein mean for the #MeToo movement in Hollywood? NPR's Scott Simon speaks to reporter Kim Masters, whose investigations of harassment had been quashed by publishers.

Starbucks Kicks Decisions Back To Their Store Employees

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 7:12am

After Starbucks announced that everyone is welcome to use their bathrooms, critics said shops would be overrun by the homeless. Who decides who is welcome and who is not goes back to store employees.

Earnings Calls Gone Wild

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:34pm

The earnings call is a peculiar Wall Street ritual, one that's almost designed to be boring. So when something interesting does happen it's news. Today, the lessons of those earnings calls gone rogue.

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How The World Trade Organization Resolves Trade Disputes

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 3:23pm

Twenty-three years ago, a lot of countries agreed to follow certain trade rules. If a country broke one of those rules, they agreed the World Trade Organization could make them pay. As the U.S., China and the EU negotiate trade disputes, a look at a past case explains how these issues should get resolved.

Amazon Echo Recorded And Sent Couple's Conversation — All Without Their Knowledge

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:16pm

In what it called an "unlikely" string of events, Amazon says Alexa heard background conversation and misconstrued it as very specific directives.

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Digital Ambulance Chasers? Law Firms Send Ads To Patients' Phones Inside ERs

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 1:38pm

Personal injury law firms are using location-based mobile ads to target people as they enter emergency rooms. The trend is raising concerns among patients and health privacy experts.

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Tristan Harris: What Is The Cost Of Infinite Distractions?

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 9:28am

Designer Tristan Harris says attention is at the core of human experience. He argues that our addiction to technology has the power to threaten our very capacity to think, reason and problem solve.

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Zeynep Tufekci: How Is Our Attention Packaged And Sold As A Commodity?

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 9:28am

Why is it so easy to burn through an hour on YouTube or Facebook? Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how advertisting algorithms have turned our attention into a valuable commodity.

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Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Surrendering To N.Y. Police

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 6:32am

The disgraced Hollywood megaproducer turned himself in to authorities Friday morning in New York City, where he was charged with rape and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two women.

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Ex-Movie Mogul Weinstein To Be Charged With Rape, 'New York Times' Says

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:02am

Harvey Weinstein is set to surrender to police Friday in New York City. Rachel Martin talks to Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, who won a Pulitzer Prize for co-reporting the paper's original story.

Traveling For The Memorial Day Holiday? You're Not Alone

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:02am

Millions of Americans are hitting the road, rails or jetting off for the weekend. Gas prices are about 60 cents a gallon higher than this time last year. Roads and planes are expected to be packed.

Why A Europe-Wide Data Protection Law Matters To Others

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:02am

David Greene talks to Helen Dixon, Ireland's Data Protection commissioner, about a Europe-wide law that takes effect Friday, which also affects Internet users in the U.S. and globally.

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