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1:41pm

Thu October 9, 2014
Planet Money

How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw, In 3 Graphs

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 11:18 am

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

College textbooks are expensive. You probably already know this. A new biology or economics book can cost $300.

And prices have been soaring, doubling over the past decade, growing faster than the price of housing, cars, even health care.

But, surprisingly, the amount students actually spend on textbooks has not been rising. In fact, the best data we could find on this shows students have been spending a bit less over time.

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11:23am

Thu October 9, 2014
All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: This Drone Fits In Your Pocket

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 1:11 pm

The AeriCam Anura pocket-sized drone has foldable propellers so you can take it on the go. The company plans to put the drone on Kickstarter by mid-October.
aericam.com

The narrative around drones is that they are killing machines. Unmanned tools of war that the government uses to avoid putting boots on the ground in conflict zones around the world.

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6:13am

Thu October 9, 2014
Energy

Landowners Connect To Negotiate With Pipeline Companies

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 5:23 pm

There’s a huge, mostly invisible web of pipelines crisscrossing the country that make it possible for our stoves to light and our cars to turn on. Those pipelines run from oil and gas producing regions to refineries and processing plants, crossing miles of private property along the way. The people whose land they cross don’t often benefit, but a new strategy may help.

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3:44am

Thu October 9, 2014
Planet Money

You Can Create A Hit Video Game About Anything. Even Making Toast

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 12:42 pm

Screen shot of the mobile game Candy Crush Saga.
Screen shot of Candy Crush Saga

Flinging birds at pigs and moving jelly beans around a little screen are not human instincts. Game designers create the urge to do those things for hours at a time.

"From the way the games are designed to help us start playing the game, to the way they keep us coming back to the game, to how they involve our friends in the game — all of these things have underpinnings in consumer psychology," says game consultant Nir Eyal.

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4:03pm

Wed October 8, 2014
All Tech Considered

Apple Says iOS Encryption Protects Privacy; FBI Raises Crime Fears

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 7:58 am

FBI Director James Comey says new encryption features allow people "to place themselves beyond the law."
Alex Wong Getty Images

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are up in arms about new technology now available from Apple and soon to be released by Google.

The software encrypts the data on smartphones and other mobile devices so that not even the companies themselves will be able to access the information.

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