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Google to include users' names and photos in web ads

Google has updated its terms of service so that it can feature users’ names and photos in certain parts of its advertising.<p>Google explained that user names and photos will be used for ‘shared endorsements’, which are small, one-line reviews displayed underneath a specific advert or listing on one …

Google+

Google: Opt out or your face may be in ads

Google has changed its terms of service with a provision that requires users to now opt out of having their pictures and endorsements used in advertisements on Google services.<p>Should you plus-1 (Google's version of Facebook's like) a movie or say "It's great!" on a Google service, the search giant …

The Good Listener: Why Would Anyone Keep Buying CDs?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and amid our next-door neighbor's copy of <i>Soldier of Fortune</i> is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, multiple requests for help deciding when it's time to bail on an outdated music format.<p><i>Grace Caputo writes via Facebook:</i> …

US states banned from exporting their trash to China are drowning in plastic

Being green is getting a lot harder for eco-friendly states in the US, thanks to the country’s dependency on overrun Chinese recycling facilities. Recycling centers in Oregon recently stopped accepting clear plastic “clamshell” containers used for berries, plastic hospital gowns and plastic bags, …

Sustainability

In two weeks, a TV-covered train full of yurts and artists will begin its cross-country tour

From September 6th to the 28th, a nine-car train will cross the US hosting artists, musicians, and performers as it makes stops between New York and San Francisco, creating a mobile art installation called <i>Station to Station</i>. Coordinated by video and experimental artist Doug Aitken, <i>Station to …

FundersClub Ditches Dumb Money By Going Invite-Only

“Democratizing venture capital” sounds great until equity crowdfunding fills startup financing rounds with amateur angels who don’t add value. So while other funding platforms open the floodgates to any accredited investor, and eventually anyone if the JOBS Act goes into full effect, FundersClub …

Murder Charges Against Pakistan's Musharraf Are Unprecedented

The indictment Tuesday of former Pakistani President and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges connected to the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is an unprecedented exercise of power by a civilian court in a country long dominated by the nation's military, NPR's …

The politics of being friends with white people

My best friend at 9 was white — but interracial friendships later became a struggle. Here’s why everything changed<p>A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, which found that 40 percent of white people and 25 percent of nonwhite people have no friends of the opposite race, caused me to reflect deeply on the …

Kid Snippets: "Tooth Fairy" (Imagined by Kids)

Kids

Kid Snippets: "Wedding Jitters" (Imagined by Kids)

Weddings

Kid Snippets: "Fast Food" (Imagined by Kids)

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White House touts slow increase in health care costs

WASHINGTON — Personal health care costs rose in the 12 months ending in May at the slowest rate in the last 50 years, as spending on hospital and nursing home services declined, the White House announced Monday.<p>Personal consumption spending rose 1.1%, Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House …

JP Morgan Accused Of Manipulating US Energy Markets Using 8 Different Trading Strategies

The bank's physical energy business is housed within JP Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation. Back in May, the New York Times reported that regulators warned the bank that it was being investigated for allegedly manipulating markets in Michigan and California.<p>According to the report, it was …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Beck played an acoustic show at Le Poisson Rouge (pics, setlist, and video of "Loser" and cover of "Billie Jean")

<i>Beck @ Le Poisson Rouge – 7/26/2013</i><p>Throughout the night, Beck told stories about his early years as a folkie in New York, trying to write protest …

Otherworldly Pics Of The Iridescent Universe Inside Meteorites

If the sky is falling and meteorites mean an end to all of us, at least let them look like this.<p>Meteorites–the chunks of debris from space that may have killed the dinosaurs and sometimes threaten humans, too–are usually lumpy, gray, and sinister-looking from the outside.<p>But when cracked open and …

Home

If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

London's 'Medical City' to seal golden triangle of UK research centres

Boris Johnson is backing plans for a new “Medical City” that would be a major central London research base.<p>The Mayor’s office will this week put in a bid to the London Enterprise Partnership for £1m seed funding to create a “golden triangle” in medical and life sciences research, linking the …

Boris Johnson

Why do physicists gravitate towards jobs in finance?

Of those who will be graduating with degrees in physics this year, around a half will go on to further study (doing a PhD is the most popular …

Three things you need to understand about 3D printing to talk about it intelligently

Several of the biggest brains in 3D printing joined Quartz for a discussion about the future of the technology at General Assembly in New York City on July 16. Here are the three most interesting things we learned.<p>1. Customization is effectively free with 3D printing<p>The upsides of 3D printing are …

3D Printing

Cheyenne Mize: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Pakistan's New Big Threat Isn't Terrorism—It's Water

Shortages of the precious resource threaten to destabilize the region even further.<p>In a report released last week by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Pakistan was pinpointed as "one of the most water-stressed countries in the world, not far from being classified, 'water-scarce'." As water demand …

Lenses and Seeing

The lens is the ‘eye’ of the camera. The selected focal length and aperture determine the look of the photo. The lens you are using may also have …

Aperture

Enlisting Passers-By In Scientific Research

Professor Chris Lowry needed to collect information on stream levels in Western New York but didn't have enough funding for the traditional methods, so he turned to a more creative option: crowdsourcing. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with him about his research and the future of crowdsourcing …

Science

Musicians' Union demands new pay deal from Spotify

Britain's biggest musicians' union has entered the growing row over Spotify, demanding that the music streaming service draw up a new minimum pay …

Pearl Jam Debut New Material at Wrigley Field

Band fights off two-hour rain delay, drops set list rarities in epic show<p>It was nearly 2 a.m. at Wrigley Field; Friday's Pearl Jam show in Chicago …

Eddie Vedder

The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …