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3:48 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Ushers In Changes

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Steve Scher and Todd Bishop discuss the changes Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella is implementing.

Virtual Skin
9:29 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Our Conversation On Race In 'World of Warcraft,' Unabridged

The Pandaren are a fairly new race in WoW — "giant pandas that belong to clans with Chinese-sounding names and lands filled with 'Asian' architecture," as one person told us — and they show how real-world racial notions creep into the game's universe.
Battle.net

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 6:55 am

World of Warcraft is trying to reduce racial inequality. Don't worry, this isn't about racial disparities between black, Latino and Asian players — we're talking about gnomes and trolls and orcs here.

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EarthFix Reports
8:43 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Report Looks At Columbia Generating Station Safety

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say the problems have been fixed.
Flickr Creative Commons: NRCgov

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 4:08 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say the problems have been fixed.

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Online Groups
9:38 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Facebook Moves To Restrict Posts About Gun Sales

Facebook is planning to roll out new restrictions on posts about gun sales on its social networking site and on Instagram.
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Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 2:01 pm

This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. ET on March 6.

Facebook said Wednesday that it will limit minors' access to pages and posts that offer firearms for sale, along with other measures intended to curtail illegal gun trafficking.

"This is something we've been working on for a while," says Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld. "We want to balance the interests of people who come here to express themselves while promoting an environment that is safe and respectful."

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Washington Supreme Court
2:51 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Text Messages Get The Same Privacy Rights As Traditional Mail

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Marcie Sillman talks with Hanni Fakhoury, attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, about the recent Washington Supreme Court ruling on privacy rights. The Court found that text messages are considered private, and police need a warrant before they read them.

EarthFix Reports
8:39 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Wave Energy Developer Pulls Plug On Oregon Project

One of the massive wave buoys developed by Ocean Power Technologies. The New Jersey Company has withdrawn its plans to develop the first big-scale wave energy project off the Southern Oregon coast.
Ocean Power Technologies

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 5:18 pm

Developers have scrapped their plans to build the nation's first large-scale wave energy project off the Oregon Coast, saying the costs were too high to make it work.

The much-anticipated project would have placed a flotilla of 100 energy-producing buoys, each the size of a school bus, in the waves off the coast of Reedsport, Ore.

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Weapons
3:31 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

How ‘Smart’ Gun Technology Could Help Make Guns Safer

Smart System iP1 handgun.
Armatix handout

David Hyde talks with Professor Stephen Teret from John's Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research about the new smart guns hitting the market.

History
2:44 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Can The Mammoth Walk Amongst Us Again?

Mammoth fossil at the Sam Noble Natural Museum in Oklahoma.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Harvard geneticist George Church about reviving extinct species.

Rather than trying to clone mammoths, scientists are taking their DNA and analyzing them in hopes of producing an Asian elephant that looks and behaves just like its extinct ancestor.

Civil Liberties
2:44 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

ACLU's Ben Wizner On How Snowden Leaks Changed Privacy

Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
AP Photo/Bruce Smith

David Hyde talks with Ben Wizner, director of American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy And Technology Project, about former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, and how Snowden's leaks have changed privacy in the United States.

Transportation
3:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

New App Helps Seattle Taxis Compete With Rideshare Services

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Ross Reynolds talks with Steve Humphreys, CEO of Flywheel, about how the company's new smartphone app allows users in the Seattle area to arrange, track and pay for taxi rides.

Gender Spectrum
3:48 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Facebook Adds More Gender Options US Users

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Steve Scher talks with Amanda Lock Swarr, associate professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, about gender identity. Facebook recently added more than 50 additional gender options for users in the U.S.

Manners
2:52 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Evolution Of Tech Etiquette

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Steve Scher talks with Daniel Post Senning about technology etiquette and his observations for people who are too attached to their electronic devices. He’s also the grandson of etiquette expert Emily Post.

Tech News
12:27 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

How Does Microsoft Feel About Nokia's New Android Phone?

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Steve Scher talks with Todd Bishop of Geekwire about Nokia's new Android phones and Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of the text messaging app WhatsApp.

Law Enforcement Technology
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Seattle Police Push For Facial Recognition Software

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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell about a proposal that would allow the Seattle Police Department to use facial recognition software to identify suspects from security footage.

Digital Currency
12:53 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Local University Accepts Unprecedented Bitcoin Donation

University of Puget Sound
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Universities are used to accepting donations from alumni. They count on it.

But when the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma recently received a donation from 2007 graduate Nicholas Cary, its staff had to do some homework.

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