Technology

10:26am

Thu March 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Facebook Set To Unveil Big Changes To Your News Feed

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 11:49 am

The new look of Facebook's news feed.
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Update at 1:31 p.m. ET. Larger Images, Mobile Oriented:

Facebook announced today that it was overhauling its "news feed." This is significant on two fronts: First, this is truly the first big makeover for the feature since its inception. Second, its users — some 1 billion worldwide — are known to be very touchy about changes.

Reuters said the new news feed is "visually richer" and "mobile device-oriented." It means the feed will look the same on your computer as it does on your mobile device.

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2:48am

Thu March 7, 2013
Author Interviews

The 'Big Data' Revolution: How Number Crunchers Can Predict Our Lives

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 11:52 am

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When the streaming video service Netflix decided to begin producing its own TV content, it chose House of Cards as its first big project. Based on a BBC series, the show stars Kevin Spacey and is directed by David Fincher, and it has quickly become the most watched series ever on Netflix.

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1:01am

Thu March 7, 2013
Planet Money

Andrew Sullivan Is Doing Fine

Originally published on Thu March 7, 2013 5:24 am

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Two months ago, the popular political blogger Andrew Sullivan left the comfortable world of big media and struck out on his own. His bold new plan: Ask readers to pay $19.99 a year or more to subscribe to his blog.

"It was either quit blogging, or suck it up and become a businessman," he told me.

The usual way bloggers make money (if they make money at all) is to sell advertising. But Sullivan figured he could get his devoted reader base to pay. Within the first week, he'd raised half a million dollars. By the end of about two months, the total had crept up to $625,000.

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10:29am

Wed March 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Europe Hits Microsoft With $731 Million Fine Over Browser Options

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 10:37 am

Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during a keynote address at the 2013 International CES in January.
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Some sloppy coding on an update to Microsoft's Windows 7 two years ago has cost the computer giant a $731 million fine to the European Commission.

Microsoft said Wednesday it would not contest the fine, imposed for what the commission said was the company's abuse of its market dominance to stifle competitors' Web browsers.

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5:48am

Wed March 6, 2013
Business

E.U. Hits Microsoft With $732 Million Fine

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:18 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR business news starts with a big fine for Microsoft.

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