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San Francisco Requires New Buildings To Install Solar Panels

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 1:23pm

San Francisco already required buildings to be "solar-ready," and starting in 2017, actual panels will be mandated. It's the first major U.S. city to take such a step, according to the bill's sponsor.

Google Exec: Encryption Debate Lacks Evidence, On Both Sides

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:27pm

Google's chief of Android security says it's time for both sides of the encryption debate to provide real information, not just anecdotes.

EU Files New Antitrust Charges Against Google Over Android Apps

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:32am

It's the latest case against big U.S. companies by European regulators, who have also targeted Apple, Starbucks, Amazon and Intel.

Utah Declares Porn A Public Health Hazard

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:37am

The state's governor signed a resolution saying pornography harms individuals and society, and calling for research and poverty change to "address the pornography epidemic."

Mitsubishi Says It Tricked Fuel Mileage Tests On Some Cars

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 8:45am

While the scandal seems to be limited to the Japanese domestic market, Mitsubishi Motors says it's now investigating vehicles it made for overseas markets, as well.

World's Steel Makers To China: Time To Cut The Glut

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 6:00am

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker says the United States will join other nations in trying to curb China's steel output. Chinese steelmakers are overproducing, hurting prices and jobs, she says.

Too Much Empty Space In Pepper Tin Prompts Class-Action Lawsuit

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 4:15am

A large spice company recently started putting less pepper in its tins — and leaving empty space at the top of the tin. There's a technical term for that empty space: "non-functional slack fill."

Breaking Up The Banks May Be More Complicated Than It Seems

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:34pm

Bernie Sanders says one of his first acts as president would be to begin the process of breaking up big banks. But there's a problem: The president doesn't really have any direct authority to do so.

Are The New Credit Cards Chipping Away At Our Patience?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:14pm

Despite the switch from the magnetic stripe credit cards to chip cards last October, the new technology is still not widely adopted. Visa unveiled an upgrade to speed up checkouts but barriers remain.

Innovative Blood Testing Company Theranos Under Criminal Investigation

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Wall Street Journal investigative reporter John Carreyrou about the criminal investigation into the Theranos blood lab.

UnitedHealth To Leave Most Obamacare Exchanges In 2017

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:36pm

Blaming a lack of profitability, UnitedHealth says it will drop out of most health marketplaces insurance exchanges next year. The insurer's first quarter profits in 2016 were $1.6 billion.

Lawful Hacking: Should, Or Can, The FBI Learn To Overcome Encryption Itself?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:25pm

A major theme in the latest congressional hearing on encryption was whether the FBI, rather than asking tech companies for cooperation, has focused enough resources to keep up with technology itself.

Do We Really Need Probiotics In Our Coffee, Granola And Nut Butter?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 11:56am

It's not just kombucha and yogurt: Probiotics are now showing up in dozens of packaged foods. But what exactly do these designer foods with friendly flora actually offer — besides a high price tag?

Live-Streaming Of Alleged Rape Shows Challenges Of Flagging Video In Real Time

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:41am

An 18-year-old woman is accused of broadcasting the alleged rape of her 17-year-old friend online. The prosecutor said she told police she continued streaming because she "got caught up in the likes."

Live-Streaming Of Alleged Rape Shows Challenges Of Flagging Video In Real Time

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:41am

An 18-year-old woman in Ohio is accused of broadcasting the rape of her 17-year-old friend online. The prosecutor said she told police she continued streaming because she "got caught up in the likes."

To The List Of High-Stakes Tests In Korea, Add The Samsung SAT

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 4:03am

Samsung's rigorous aptitude test underscores the company's near-mythical status in Korean society. "I think this is only the way to be successful," says a test-taker before braving the entrance exam.

The Next Apple-FBI Question: Who Can Know How The iPhone Was Hacked?

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 3:38am

A third party helped the FBI unlock a phone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Should Apple know how they managed to hack the phone or can the third party sell that information?

Seeking A Warmer Welcome, Gun Factory Moves Down South

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:35pm

Beretta decided to move to Tennessee after finding it has few allies in Maryland, which passed restrictive gun laws after the Newtown shootings. The new plant is expected to create 300 jobs.

Do You Yahoo? Despite Dismal Reputation, Many People Still Do

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 3:24pm

Yahoo goes on the block Monday. The tech company will accept bids for its Internet businesses, properties estimated to be worth billions of dollars. Despite its reputation as a digital dinosaur, Yahoo is the third most trafficked site on the web. NPR looks at users who have stuck with Yahoo.

A Rare Look Inside The 'Gigafactory' Tesla Hopes Will Revolutionize Energy Use

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:28pm

Tesla is building what it says is the world's largest battery factory. The scale is expected to drive down the cost of electric cars and batteries that homeowners can use to store surplus solar power.

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