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3:22am

Fri August 9, 2013
Digital Life

New Digital Amber Alerts Could Create A Backlash

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 11:20 am

Amber Alerts were issued as cellphone text messages in California this week.
NPR

A couple of nights ago I had just closed my book, turned off my light, and was drifting off to sleep when my cellphone started to shriek. I shot awake and groped for the phone. My sleep-befuddled brain was greeted with this message: "Boulevard, CA Amber Alert update." Then there was a license plate number, and a make and model of the car.

Groggily, I Google this town — Boulevard, Calif. — and discovered it was 541 miles away from my house. That's more than the distance between Washington, D.C., and Detroit. I was mystified. Why was I getting this?

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2:21am

Wed August 7, 2013
All Tech Considered

As Twitter Expands Reach, Abuse Policy Gets Added Scrutiny

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 10:26 am

This week, several women in the U.K. went public about explicit abuse they received on Twitter.
Alastair Grant AP

A series of threats and abusive messages aimed at prominent women in the U.K. have placed Twitter in an awkward spot. As the company gears up to go public and expand its brand around the world, it is increasingly running into cultural and legal hurdles that challenge Twitter's free speech ethos.

Earlier this year, Caroline Criado-Perez led a successful campaign to keep non-royal British women on the country's currency. Then last week, because of that work, the 29-year-old activist and blogger became the target of an organized barrage of hateful messages on Twitter.

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7:52am

Sun August 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

Digital Seen Surpassing TV In Capturing Our Time

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 2:44 am

A study shows digital media consumption will surpass TV viewing for the first time this year.
iStockphoto.com

It's finally happening, folks. This year, the average time Americans spend with digital media each day will surpass traditional TV viewing time. That's according to eMarketer's latest estimate of media consumption among adults.

The average adult will spend more than five hours per day online and on non-voice mobile activities (read: texting, apps, games). That's compared to an average four hours and 31 minutes each day of TV watching.

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4:46am

Fri August 2, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tampon Marketing Gets Real For The Social Media Age

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 9:08 am

"We just thought we were telling this endearing story women could relate to," says HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom.
Courtesy of HelloFlo

Advertising for feminine hygiene products was traditionally so cheesy that it invited mockery far and wide. There was something so laughable and incongruent about maxi pad commercials that featured blue liquid and girls dancing on beaches.

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12:11pm

Thu August 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

What Outbreak? Students Tune Out Tweeted Health Warnings

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 3:26 pm

Buzz, Georgia Tech's mascot, wasn't the only bug in the students' midst last fall. An outbreak of bacterial pneumonia sickened at least 83 in what the CDC called the largest known outbreak at a university in 35 years.
Collegiate Images/Getty Images

You can lead college students to soap and water, but you can't make them wash their hands. In fact, you can't even make them read their e-mail.

That was one takeaway from an outbreak of pneumonia at Georgia Tech last fall that sickened at least 83 students – "the largest [outbreak] reported at a university in 35 years," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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