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Cancer Patients And Doctors Struggle To Predict Survival

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 23:30

After being diagnosed with cancer, the first question people have is, "How long do I have?" Doctors usually overestimate the time, and patients often don't understand it's a range, not one number.

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Qualcomm Hit With Record Fine In Chinese Anti-Monopoly Case

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 23:23

China fined chipmaker Qualcomm $975 million in the biggest of a wave of anti-monopoly penalties that have rattled foreign companies. The San Diego-based company said it will not contest the matter.

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Ed Sabol, Founder Of NFL Films, Dies At 98

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 21:49

Ed Sabol was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. During his tenure at NFL Films, from 1964-1995, the organization won 52 Emmy Awards.

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WATCH: A Robot That Just Won't Quit Even When It's Kicked

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 16:51

Boston Dynamics is known for making some scary looking robots. But its new creation, Spot, a four-legged creature that can take a kick, might be the scariest of all.

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If Apple Made iMilk And Nike Sold Fruit: Designer Groceries As Art

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 14:04

A designer has reimagined a host of everyday edibles as high-end grocery items. It's a project that explores how branding influences our purchases — and where the ethical boundaries lie for designers.

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Jail Time For Unpaid Court Fines And Fees Can Create Cycle Of Poverty

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:38

Lawsuits filed in Ferguson and Jennings, Mo., seek justice for impoverished people who are jailed, sometimes for weeks, for not being able to pay what they owe the cities.

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Better Bath Rituals Is One Way Bangladesh Is Saving Its Newborns

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:26

Babies need a lot of help. And they don't always get it in low- and middle-income countries, where child mortality rates are high. A Bangladeshi doctor tells how his country is making strides.

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Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:16

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.

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Samsung's Privacy Policy Warns Customers Their Smart TVs Are Listening

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:04

Samsung warned its customers that their TVs are sending reports to third parties and that could include sensitive information spoken by the owners. The policy has drawn comparisons to Orwell's 1984.

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Supreme Court Won't Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 13:01

The move sent the strongest signal to date that the justices are on the verge of legalizing gay marriage nationwide.

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In West Africa, Fewer New Ebola Cases But Epidemic Still Uncontained

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:55

Robert Siegel speaks with Brice de le Vingne, director of operations dealing with the Ebola outbreak for Doctors without Borders.

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Kenji Ekuan's Enduring Legacy Lives On Restaurant Tables

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:47

Ekuan created the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce bottle in 1961 and also designed the bullet train which connects Tokyo and northern Japan, among other things. He died this weekend at the age of 85.

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Alabama Joins 36 States In Allowing Same-Sex Marriage

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:31

Same-sex couples in the conservative state married for the first time on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block a federal judge's ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

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Obama, Merkel Downplay Disagreement Over Ukraine Aid

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:26

With the Ukraine crisis spiraling, President Obama and Germany's leader Angela Merkel met in Washington, D.C.

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Gitmo Trial For Sept. 11 Suspects Resumes — Then Abruptly Halted

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:26

The trial of five men accused in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks resumed on Monday at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and then was abruptly halted. Defendants in the case protested that one of the court interpreters at the hearing had been present years before at secret sites where the men had been held and, they claim, tortured. The judge ordered a recess to look into the matter.

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Authorities Probe Alleged Hate Crime Against Native American Kids

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:26

Racial tensions are high in Rapid City, S.D. as police investigate an incident where white men allegedly shouted racial slurs and dumped beer on a group of Native Americans at a recent hockey game.

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Los Angeles Residents Divided Over Proposed $15 Minimum Wage

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:26

Los Angeles is considering raising its minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour in order to help its 800,000 residents in poverty. But no major city has yet raised its wage this dramatically and this fast.

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Q&A: Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:26

We've entered the age of Internet-connected cars, and the Massachusetts lawmaker says they're vulnerable to all kinds of data breaches.

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Auto security? What security?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:19

A report released Monday says the security protocols in connected cars aren't nearly secure enough. It's yet another example of the basic dilemma posed by the Internet of Things: how to connect more devices to each other and the Internet, while making them easy to use, technologically innovative and  private and secure. 

Cars with wireless systems connected to the Internet are vulnerable to hacking and data theft, according to the Senate report, which found that auto-industry security measures are "inconsistent and haphazard." 

"Every time you add a new point of connectivity to a device, you have increased the attack surface — more ways to gain access," says Steve Checkoway, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute. Checkoway participated in experiments in 2010 that showed how vulnerable cars can be. 

Automakers are designing cars with the same kinds of wireless connectivity technologies that consumers have come to expect from their daily digital devices. Accordingly, cars are becoming subject to the same growing pains facing computers and smartphones – in addition to featuring digital door locks and thermostats.

Silicon Valley is grappling with a delicate balance: Keeping these products easy to use while implementing enough security to keep customers comfortable with using them.

"The out-of-the-box experience when you start up a product [is that] when you unpackage it, put it on the wall, it needs to be very seamless," says Tom Kerber, who heads research into the Internet of Things at Parks Associates. If customers have to grapple with too many steps to implement security protocols, Kerber says, they will reject products instead of adopting them.

In the meantime, Silicon Valley is churning out connected products based on the same model it used to churn out computers and apps. "Innovation in Silicon Valley is all about iteration and experimentation," says analyst Frank Gillett of Forrester Research.

Experimentation tends to mean that products aren't fully cooked when they come to market, he says. "So the idea is: Figure out the minimum viable product that will let you experiment with an idea, develop it and see if there's something there, and then figure out how to improve it, iterate it, make it better," Gillett says.

While companies often think about security when first releasing a product, their process of improving a product after launch means security is often playing catchup, he says, and that model is not likely to change soon.

Average tax refund so far this year is about $3,500

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-09 12:16

The Internal Revenue Service said Friday that the average refund so far this year is running at $3,539.

So two things:  First, who's got their taxes done already? Because, cut it out! You're making the rest of us look bad.

And secondly, you know that when you get a refund you've basically given the government an interest-free loan, right?

Right?

 

 

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