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New Delaware Law Allows Users To Will Their Digital Assets To Their Descendants

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A new Delaware law allows users to leave their digital assets to their descendants.
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Facebook Attempts to Teach Its Users To Recognize Satire - With A "Satire" Tag

Monday, August 18, 2014

The old "The-Onion-being-mistaken-as-real-news" rubric is now so common at this point as to be mundane. In fact, the website "literally unbelievable" exists solely catalog unsuspecting Facebookers falling for The Onion's headlines. And The Onion is no longer the only site that traffics in parody that gets passed off as real news, it's just the best known, and most clearly satirical. Sites like The Daily Currant and The National Report - both less clearly satire and significantly less funny than The Onion - regularly get picked up as real news as well. Facebook is running a test on some users where it attempts to more clearly demarcate articles from The Onion as satire

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Gavel to Gavel

Friday, August 15, 2014

The 1991 trial of a young woman named Pamela Smart was the first trial to be covered on TV, gavel-to-gavel.  The case oozed with tabloid succulence: She was 22, pretty, and charged with conspiracy to commit murder with her lover and eventual triggerman, the sweet-faced, 15-year-old Billy Flynn. Brooke speaks to Jeremiah Zagar, the director of a new documentary film titled "Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart," about the role the media played in Smart's trial.

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Cameras in the Interrogation Room

Friday, August 15, 2014

A new Justice Department policy requires the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and several other federal law enforcement agencies to videotape interrogations with suspects held in custody. It's a change lauded by all sides of the adversarial process. But, as UCLA law professor Jennifer Mnookin tells Bob, sometimes the power of video can interfere with its objectivity.

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No, Ebola is NOT Coming to the U.S.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is unprecedented in size and geographic scope. But contrary to what the media suggests, it is definitely not coming to the United States. Bob talks with Dr. Daniel Bausch, an expert on the Ebola virus, about what the media keeps missing. 

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The View from "Fergustan"

Friday, August 15, 2014

Since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer on Saturday, all eyes have been on the continuous protests being held in Ferguson, Missouri and broadcast over social media. Brooke talks with Trymaine Lee from Ferguson where he has been reporting this week, about what he's seen there. 

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How a St. Louis Suburb Became a War Zone

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Covering tragedies like the shooting death of Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael Brown are difficult for MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee, but he feels a personal responsibility to continue. “As a black journalist who is tasked with trying to go out the stories about how we live and how we die, and how we overcome, and how our institutions have failed us, it does weigh on you. But if not me, who else?”

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Our Universal Robots

Friday, August 08, 2014

The word 'robot' first appeared in 1920 in Karel Čapek's play, Rossum's Universal Robots. Since then, intelligent machines have starred countless times in novels and films. Brooke talks with professor Jay P. Telotte about the ways our fears and fascinations with robots are reflected in culture. 

Music: Calexico - Attack El Robot! Attack! Special thanks to @bartona104 (Julia Barton) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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Engineering Intelligence

Friday, August 08, 2014

Despite the technological leaps made in the realm of artificial intelligence, people often object to the idea that the minds of machines can ever replicate the minds of humans. But for engineers, the proof is in the processing. Brooke talks with Stanford lecturer and entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan about how the people who make robots view the field of AI. 

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Joking With Robots

Friday, August 08, 2014

Myq Kaplan is a comedian known for his "robotic" delivery of jokes. That made him the perfect candidate to compete with Manatee, a joke-telling robot. Brooke talks with Kaplan about how robots might someday co-opt his comedic style.

Music: Dan Magnan - Robots. Special thanks to @jonaswoost (Jonas Woost) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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Google's Robot Brigade

Friday, August 08, 2014

Google has scooped up more than a half dozen robot companies, but they are keeping mum about why they're acquiring these technologies.

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THIS WEEK ROBOTS! (AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE)

Friday, August 08, 2014

A special theme hour - starring a computer competing against a comedian for laughs, the Army's recruitment chatbot, and Google crushing on robots. 

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eBay Bans Albums By Black Metal Artist Burzum

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

It has been well established throughout the history of TLDR that I am a fan of what one could call "difficult" music. And even for me, Noreweigan Black Metal is a little out there. Not simply because it's totally brutal and unrelenting, it is also infamous for being a culture of Satanism, suicide, and church burning. Varg Vikernes, who records under the name Burzum, is often cited as a poster child for all that is ugly about the genre, having burned several churches and spent 21 years in prison for murdering fellow Black Metal artist Euronymous in the mid 90's. It's all pretty gross. So is that why eBay is making it impossible to purchase his music?

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TLDR #32 - An Imperfect Match

Monday, August 04, 2014

Last week, dating site OK Cupid put up a blog post describing experiments it conducted on its users. In one experiment, the site told users who were bad matches for one another that they were actually good matches, and vice versa. Alex and PJ talk to OK Cupid President and co-founder Christian Rudder about the ubiquity of online user experimentation and his defense of potentially sending OK Cupid's users on bad dates.

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I Want My Slow TV!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Who needs “Duck Dynasty” or “Real Housewives” when you can watch a log burn for eight hours? A Norwegian network is taking reality TV to the next level by airing really calming stuff for long periods of time, like five continuous days of a ferry ride. 

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The Breaking News Consumer's Handbook

Friday, August 01, 2014

In September of 2013 we created a list of best practices that will help you, the media consumer, weed out bad information reported by the media in the wake of mass shootings. Why? Because the news after such events is invariably wrong in key respects.

You can see our print version of the Breaking News Consumer's Handbook by following this link, or you can print it out as a PDF the next time there's a breaking news event.

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Dare to Stream

Friday, August 01, 2014

Bob goes to Hollywood to track down the future of television and locates it....in his laptop. A special report on streaming video, first aired in March of 2014.

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Breaking News Consumers Handbook, Slow TV, and more

Friday, August 01, 2014

How to parse early coverage of breaking news events, Norway's slow TV phenomenon, and a report on the streaming-video revolution.

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#32 - An Imperfect Match

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some users of dating site OkCupid are upset at revelations that it was deliberately experimenting on its users by taking people who were bad matches and telling they were actually good for one another.

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Flight MH17 and the Russian Media

Friday, July 25, 2014

In the wake of the crash of Malaysia airlines flight MH17, the Russian media has been providing its own theories about the source of the downed plane. Brooke talks with novelist and screenwriter Michael Idov, who lives in Moscow, about what he's seeing there.

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