How Long Do CDs Last? It Depends, But Definitely Not Forever

Preservationists are worried about troves of records stored on what was once considered a durable medium: the compact disc. Many discs can last for centuries — but most won't.

New To The Fiberhood: Company Maps Where Google Fiber May Be Available

OPB | Aug. 21, 2014 11:30 a.m.

The denizens of Oregon's Silicon Forest are tracking every twist and turn of the possibilities for superfast Internet in Portland and now a new map that predicts possible Google Fiber coverage areas here is suddenly everywhere on social media.

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

NPR | Aug. 21, 2014 10:07 a.m.

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists

NPR | Aug. 20, 2014 10:20 a.m.

Activists around the country say Michael Brown's death and the police response has strengthened their resolve to fight injustice.

Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board

NPR | Aug. 20, 2014 8:52 a.m.

Steve Ballmer, 58, on Tuesday resigned from the company's board because of other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

We Are What We Google: How Search Terms Reflect Our Wealth

NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 4:38 p.m.

David Leonhardt recently compared the terms people search for online in places The New York Times figures life is easiest, against the counties where it's hardest. He discusses the results with Robert Siegel.

Think Tank Apologizes For 'Unconscionable' Tweet To Amnesty

NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 3:31 p.m.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said an intern had accidentally used the organization's account to respond to a tweet from Amnesty International.

Nike Unveils New LED Basketball Court In Shanghai

OPB | Aug. 19, 2014 2:49 p.m.

This summer, Nike along with San Francisco-based agency AKQA unveiled a new basketball court in Shanghai, China that really changes the game.

Technology Helps To Keep Rate Of Car Thefts Down

NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 4:35 a.m.

David Greene talks with Roger Morris, vice president of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, about the reasons for the dramatic decline in car thefts over the past 20 years.

Did You Hear The One About The Stand-Up Comedian And The Podcast?

NPR | Aug. 19, 2014 2:33 a.m.

It used to be that a TV appearance was the key to success for comedians. In the past five years stand-up comedy has seen a global revival thanks to the Internet, and in particular, thanks to podcasts.

Pop-Up Ad Man 'Fesses To An Internet 'Sin' — But Hopes To Fix It

NPR | Aug. 18, 2014 6:28 p.m.

Ethan Zuckerman recently confessed to "the Internet's original sin," saying he helped create pop-up ads in the medium's early days. The director of MIT's Center for Civic Media tells Robert Siegel that it's not to late to repent, and to build a better Web — without ads.

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