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Crypto enthusiasts want to buy an NBA team, after failing to purchase US Constitution

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-27 04:23, modified at 04:40

A group calling itself Krause House DAO, named after the late Chicago Bulls general manager, Jerry Krause, has raised $4 million with the long-shot goal of trying to buy an NBA sports franchise.


A complete guide to what is — and isn't — open this Thanksgiving Day

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-25 05:01, modified at 15:11

Many major retailers and fast-food chains have announced they will be closed this Thanksgiving. A few, however, will stay open for customers.


Samsung says it will build $17B chip factory in Texas

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-24 05:40, modified on 2021-11-25 15:11

Amid global shortage of chips used in phones, cars and other electronic devices, Samsung says it hopes to begin operations at the semiconductor factory outside of Austin by 2024.


Ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes takes the witness stand in her fraud trial

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-23 22:02, modified on 2021-11-24 13:09

Holmes admitted Tuesday that she put Pfizer letterhead on a document for potential business partners and investors without the pharma giant's consent. She's charged with duping investors and patients.


The Conglomerate Paradox: As GE splinters, Facebook becomes Meta

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-23 11:30, modified on 2021-11-24 13:09

GE announced it's breaking into three. Meanwhile, tech companies continue to take over a wider swath of industries.


Voice-only telehealth may go away with pandemic rules expiring

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-23 10:01, modified on 2021-11-24 21:49

State rules were temporarily loosened in 2020 to help patients get care outside a doctor's office. But is telehealth by phone safe and effective? State legislatures and insurers must soon decide.


Tiny Tech Tips: The Best Wireless Earbuds

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-22 11:00, modified on 2021-11-24 21:49

December marks the 5th birthday for AirPods, the first truly wireless earbuds that led us to where we are now — with headphone jacks having vanished from pretty much every smartphone in the land.


Life without reliable internet remains a daily struggle for millions of Americans

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-22 11:00, modified on 2021-11-24 16:28

The newly signed infrastructure bill provides funding for rural high-speed Internet expansion, as millions in the U.S. lack the connectivity that's become increasingly essential during the pandemic.


People are talking about Web3. Is it the Internet of the future or just a buzzword?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-21 11:00, modified on 2021-11-27 13:16

In the Web3 vision of the internet's future, tech giants like Facebook and Google aren't as critical. The internet instead is a peer-to-peer experience built on what's known as the blockchain.


A hiccup at Tesla left some owners stranded and searching for the user manual

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-21 00:11, modified on 2021-11-27 13:16

Server errors popped up on Tesla's app on Friday, preventing drivers across the globe from entering and starting their electric cars during an hours-long outage.


The hidden costs of holiday consumerism

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-19 22:58, modified on 2021-11-27 13:16

A lot of consumers are worried about supply chain delays this holiday season — but there are also other issues to watch out for when shopping. Guest host Ayesha Rascoe talks about the hidden costs of holiday consumption with The Atlantic staff writer Amanda Mull and The Washington Post retail reporter Abha Bhattarai. They discuss the potential downfalls of buy now, pay later services and where online shopping returns really go. Then, they play a game of Who Said That?


Two Sides Of Guyana: A Green Champion And An Oil Producer

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-19 05:15, modified at 20:28

For Guyana the potential wealth from oil development was irresistible — even as the country faces rising seas. Today on the show, Emily Kwong talks to reporter Camila Domonoske about her trip to Guyana and how it's grappling with its role as a victim of climate change while it moves forward with drilling more oil.

For more of Camila's reporting and pictures from her visit, check out "Guyana is a poor country that was a green champion. Then Exxon discovered oil." <<https://n.pr/3nBLMHT>>

You can follow Emily on Twitter @EmilyKwong1234 and Camila @CamilaReads. Email Short Wave at ShortWave@NPR.org.


Facebook will examine whether it treats Black users differently

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-18 23:25, modified on 2021-11-19 20:28

Black users, and even some of the company's own employees, have accused the social media giant of racial bias for years.


States are investigating how Instagram recruits and affects children

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-18 20:43, modified at 21:05

A bipartisan group of state attorneys general accuses the company of prioritizing its own growth while failing to protect kids and teens, and even manipulating them to keep them on the app longer.


The metaverse is already here. The debate now is over who should own it

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-18 11:01, modified at 13:28

Metaverse users are wary of Meta's foray into the virtual world. The company, formerly known as Facebook, plans to spend at least $10 billion on its metaverse division this year.


Apple will soon sell you parts and tools to fix your own iPhone or Mac at home

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-17 17:19, modified at 18:39

Apple's new program will be available in the U.S. for certain iPhone models starting in early 2022. Customers can buy the parts and tools for DIY repair and recycle used parts in exchange for credit.


There's an app to help prove vax status, but experts say choose wisely

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-15 21:51, modified on 2021-11-17 16:03

A wide array of apps will display your vaccination status, but privacy experts say they don't all do the same thing. Some require more personal data, and leading brand CLEAR uses facial recognition


Students are still struggling to get internet. The infrastructure law could help

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-15 10:00, modified on 2021-11-16 06:40

President Biden's infrastructure package includes $65 billion for improving broadband. That money could make a big difference for rural college students, who are especially disconnected.


Hackers sent spam emails from FBI accounts, agency confirms

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-14 01:50, modified at 19:13

The FBI said that a "software misconfiguration" allowed an actor to leverage an FBI system known as the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal, or LEEP, to send the fake emails.


These researchers are trying to stop misinformation from derailing climate progress

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-12 09:00, modified at 13:03

A global team of activists and researchers has been tracking false and misleading claims about climate change as world leaders meet at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow.


They got hacked with NSO spyware. Now Israel wants Palestinian activists' funding cut

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-10 19:56, modified on 2021-11-11 19:34

A battle over Palestinian activist groups that Israel accuses of terrorism has taken a turn into the world of Israeli spyware. Israel hopes to convince European countries to stop funding the groups.


The U.K. will save thousands of its iconic red phone kiosks from being shut down

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-10 17:50, modified on 2021-11-11 19:34

Thousands of the U.K.'s famous red public phone booths will be kept in service, despite lagging use. Regulators say they still play a vital role in emergencies.


Facebook scraps ad targeting based on politics, race and other 'sensitive' topics

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-09 22:06, modified on 2021-11-11 19:34

Facebook will no longer let advertisers target people with ads based on how interested the social network thinks they are in topics like politics, religion, or race. The new rules begin in January.


Is The Future Of The Internet In The Metaverse?

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-09 22:00, modified on 2021-11-11 19:34

Mark Zuckerberg says the metaverse is not just the next chapter of his company: it's the next chapter of the internet. There are a lot of questions about what role Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, should play in building that future.

Meta's Vice President of metaverse, Vishal Shah, argues that the company has learned from its struggle to moderate content on Facebook, and will build safety and privacy into the metaverse.

Jason Moore — Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College teaching television and virtual reality — explains how he uses the metaverse today.

And Benedict Evans, an independent technology analyst, argues that the metaverse may never emerge as one cohesive movement. Read his essay about Facebook's rebrand: Metabrand.

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An original Apple-1 computer sells for $400,000

Permalink - Posted on 2021-11-09 21:43, modified on 2021-11-10 13:18

The computer is one out of the 200 Apple-1 computers that were designed and built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs.