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Ultra-Wired South Korea Is Battling Smartphone Addiction

The grim presentation by the social campaigner follows a survey with the loaded title: "Who's your real family?" It asked the students to compare the hours they spend on their smartphones with the time they spend interacting with relatives.<p>South Korea's pride in its high-tech prowess, from …

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Why Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes And Google Are Giving Cash Directly To The Poorest

Here’s a radical idea: Instead of providing services or training to the world’s poorest, how about giving them cash instead?<p>GiveDirectly, a U.S.-based nonprofit operating in Kenya, is doing just that, and it’s won the support of the likes of Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and Google. Last Thursday …

PSA: Your Skype Messages Aren't as Private as You Think They Are

Most people think of Skype as a secure means of communication, with messages kindly delivered using end-to-end encryption. But a new report by Ars …

Kidnap Survivors Share Stories of What Kept Them From Attempting to Escape

As investigators work to piece together the last decade of the lives of three women held captive, one question many want to know is, was there ever a …

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Ohio Jurors See Video of Paralyzed, Dying Man Blinking to Identify His Killer

Jurors sitting in a Hamilton County, Ohio, courtroom watched closely as the videotaped testimony of a dying man, whose eye blinks were used to …

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After a High-Profile Rape, Rio Cuts Vans Used by Its Poor

Rather than improving police accountability, the city inexplicably took away an important source of transportation.<p>RIO DE JANEIRO -- After a Brazilian woman was raped by local van operators here, the police did nothing. When a tourist couple was kidnapped, beaten, and raped by the same men several …

Facebook Is Charging $15 To Message Popular Users

Facebook has quietly raised the price for sending messages to people with lots of followers. Whether or not they're actual celebrities.<p>"It's free and always will be," reads Facebook's signup page. But that may need an asterisk: It's free as long as it doesn't involve messaging someone <i>really …