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Twitter is (finally) cracking down on bots

Twitter is cracking down on bots after it announced changes to its API that will massively reduce the impact of services that allow links and content to be shared across multiple accounts, i.e. the software that powers Twitter bots.<p>So that means an end to services that let those controlling large …

Silicon Valley and the Threat to Democracy

Forget Russian hacking—the real threat to democracies around the globe is social media’s inexorable and unavoidable destruction of common ground and …

How Dangerous Is Misinformation On Facebook?

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Roger McNamee, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and an early investor in Facebook. He believes the company threatens democracy because it has helped spread fake news.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>Facebook announced changes to its news feed algorithm this week, which it …

Social Media

'It Had Never Been Done on Television Before': The Oral History of Breaking Bad

Creator Vince Gilligan, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and others reflect on how an offbeat show about a drug-dealing schoolteacher revolutionized television forever.<p>Television changed the night of January 20, 2008: <i>Breaking Bad</i>, a bold and singular drama about a downtrodden, dying high school …

Benjamin Franklin built his character around 13 virtues — and following his weekly plan could change your life

<b>• Founding father Benjamin Franklin sought to live his life based on 13 virtues.</b><p><b>• He even kept a chart to record which virtues he was actually living by on a weekly basis.</b><p><b>• Tracking and reflecting on these traits could help you lead a more virtuous life.</b><p>Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 into a …

Why It’s So Hard for a Woman to Become President of the United States

A survey of female leaders around the world indicates how steep Hillary Clinton’s climb was.<p>There is no one reason—no finite number of reasons—why Hillary Clinton lost the U.S. presidential election. No amount of poring over polls will tell us the precise degree to which bias against women …

Hillary Clinton

Producer says contracts, not him, prevent the release of 'Apprentice' footage of Trump

Mike Pence roused a few hundred enthusiastic supporters here Monday, showing that whatever doubts he may have had over the weekend about being Donald Trump's running mate were behind him, at least in public.<p>“As I come before you today, it’s been an interesting few days,” he said early in his …

8 steps you should take if you want to write a book

But publishing isn't the hardest part of writing a book. Not even close. It's the writing.<p>If you're not a full-time writer, living in a cabin in the woods, how will you actually write your book?<p>How will you do the work of writing when the demands of real life threaten to overwhelm your already busy …

The Salt Wars

A look at the many conflicts over the precious, tasty mineral that humans need to survive<p>Salt is a magical substance. It reduces bitterness, enhances sweetness, boosts flavor, and preserves perishable foods. Without it, we would die: The human body can't make sodium, but our nerves and muscles …

World Health Organization

Here’s how Ford’s self-driving cars will work

Ford has big plans to get into self-driving cars.<p>On Tuesday, the automaker announced that it aims to roll out an autonomous taxi fleet in at least one city in 2021. Ford said its driverless cars will have level 4 autonomy, meaning they will not have a steering wheel, gas or brake pedals.<p>While this …

Here are the surprising first movie roles of 27 A-list actors

So it's pretty easy to miss certain stars. But you never know, that random nurse in two minutes of a film could become the first black woman to win an Emmy for best lead actress.<p>Or the random guy killed in a slasher movie could become the "Sexiest Man Alive."<p>Or maybe they lucked out and landed a …

15 On-Set Beefs That Will Go Down in Hollywood History

Bette vs. Joan. Lars vs. Björk. Duvall vs. Kubrick.<p>Is there anything more delicious than a juicy Hollywood feud? Just last week, <b>Dwayne Johnson</b> revealed there was friction between him and some “candy ass” co-stars on the set of <i>Fast 8.</i> The news sparked instant curiosity in franchise fans, though the …

4 Frequently Quoted Facts That Are Lies Made Up By Movies

Movies are a great source of entertainment, but more than that they teach and nurture us when parents, loved ones, and educators fail. Who needs …

Sex and the City

One Quality In Men Might Be Even More Attractive Than Good Looks And A Sense Of Humor

Most people would think that if it's not good looks that make a man most attractive to women, then it's definitely a sense of humor.<p>But studies …

10 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch and Why | Inc.com

Hollywood loves a good story, and what better story is there than a story about someone facing the struggles of trying to succeed in business? From scrappy underdogs trying to succeed against powerful, established competitors to simple explorations of the daily struggles faced by business, there …

Introverts Are Born To Connect More Deeply With Others, Here's Why

<i>“Extroverts sparkle, introverts glow. If you appreciate your own quiet glow, other people will see it too.”</i> – Sophia Dembling<p>Introverted people are …

21 new World Heritage Listed places to add to your bucket list

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Share via Email<br>• Pin to Pinterest<br>• Share on Google Plus<p>Fossil-rich cliffs in Canada from 500 million years ago, …

Archaeology

100 Must-Read Mystery & Crime Novels Around the World

This installment of the 100 Must-Read list is sponsored by the <b>Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series</b> by Warren Adler.<p>The Fiona Fitzgerald Mystery Series …

Books

Disrupting Meditation: Can An App Really Teach Mindfulness?

I spent a week learning to meditate through tech. I even convinced a Buddhist priest to try a mindfulness app. Here’s what happened.<p>For more than 20 years, I’ve considered learning meditation. Quiet spaces! Clean robes! Shaved heads that require no fancy organic hair products! The life of Buddhist …