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Doctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews — and reveal patients’ information online

Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients’ privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism.  In the course of these arguments -- which have spilled out publicly on ratings sites like Yelp — doctors, dentists, chiropractors and...

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May 27, 2016

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Emily S

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See That Billboard? It May See You, Too

Pass a billboard while driving in the next few months, and there is a good chance the company that owns it will know you were there and what you did afterward.  Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, which has tens of thousands of billboards across the United States, will announce on Monday that it has...

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Apr 22, 2016

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Emily S

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15 Ways Cops Use Your Favorite Social Media Platforms

It’s not just your new media pals and ranting uncles constantly scouring social media – a 2014 Lexis-Nexis study reports that 81% of all U.S. law enforcement professionals actively use social media in investigations. From collecting evidence to identifying the whereabouts of criminals, cops around...

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Apr 15, 2016

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Emily S

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The era of easy cheating is over, thanks to amazing new tech

As the digital era makes it easier to do everything from forge a check to cheat on your spouse, technology has struggled to keep up with the evildoers among us. But a host of new innovations has begun uncovering cheaters in school, sport, finance, and love. Link to full article

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As Wearables in Workplace Spread, So Do Legal Concerns

Wearable devices, like the Fitbits and Apple Watches sported by runners and early adopters, are fast becoming tools in the workplace. These devices offer employers new ways to measure productivity and safety, and give insurers the ability to track workers’ health indicators and habits.

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May 21, 2015

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Emily S

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Researchers Use Fake iPhone Ads to Examine Stigmas of Race, Class Online

Let's say you're in the market for an iPhone, used, online. Consider this ad: "I'm selling my black iPhone 5. It's in great condition and includes all of the original items -- head phones, box, charger. It's never been dropped or scratched."  At $340, it's a good deal, about 10 percent cheaper than...

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Apr 24, 2015

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Emily S

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Tech titans’ latest project: Defy death

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city's soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose research was considered radical, even heretical.  It was 2004 and Thiel had recently made a tidy fortune selling PayPal, which he co-...

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Mar 20, 2015

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Emily S

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Fear Mongering in the NYT: Does Wearable Tech Cause Cancer?

I suppose it’s a natural human reaction to worry a bit when some new technology is announced. Will it hurt privacy rights? How will it affect the way people interact?  Will it give people cancer? 

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Nov 7, 2014

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Emily S

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Terminally Ill Woman Brittany Maynard Has Ended Her Own Life / Brittany Maynard Story Leads to Record Digital Traffic for People

People.com:  Brittany Maynard, who became the public face of the controversial right-to-die movement over the last few weeks, ended her own life Saturday at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 29.  "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love.

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Sep 16, 2014

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Maggie

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The OKCupid data blog is back, in book form

n 2010 Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OKCupid, started a blog to accompany his massively popular dating site. Called OKTrends, it was an under-the-hood look at the vast amounts of self-reported data he and his colleagues had access to as the administrators of a site where millions of...

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