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Why Pandora turns to old school radio
Pandora has bought South Dakota radio station KXMZ-FM in an attempt to lower its fees.
June 18th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

Why Pandora turns to old school radio

By Jonathan Binder, CNN

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(CNN) – Pandora Radio is a pioneer in putting music online. Pandora allows people to pull up endless music on their computers and take it on the go with a smart phone.

So why are they investing in a small South Dakota radio?

The internet radio giant claims it is paying too much in music licensing fees from companies like ASCAP and BMI. Not only did Pandora file suite against ASCAP, the company bought KXMZ in South Dakota because of a loophole. Companies with terrestrial radio pay less in licensing fees.

Glenn Peoples, Senior Editorial analyst at Billboard magazine, helps sum up their case:

[1:03] "Pandora's argument is that is that they shouldn't be penalized just because they are a stand alone internet radio service. They want the ASCAP fees that are available to stations that are a part of this radio music license  committee settlement."

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CNN Profiles: Who's guarding the guardians?
The National Security Agency may be the focus of controversy about privacy and data-mining, but the issues don't just involve the federal government.
June 14th, 2013
09:59 AM ET

CNN Profiles: Who's guarding the guardians?

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) - Do you remember when Google predicted the spread of the H1N1 flu throughout the U.S. more accurately and more quickly than the Centers for Disease Control did? Neither did I, until I started reading the new book, "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think."

“Like the CDC,” write the authors, “they could tell where the flu had spread, but unlike the CDC they could tell it in near real time, not a week or two after the fact.”

Now that we have a great example of how much good internet giants can do – monitoring and storing our every click, our every phone call – we can get to the issue of the day: the leaks by a young computer analyst named Edward Snowden that revealed the U.S. government’s National Security Agency was gathering and storing far more of our online behavior and cell phone calls than we ever imagined. FULL POST

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The data insiders who 'hold the keys'
June 11th, 2013
10:42 AM ET

The data insiders who 'hold the keys'

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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(CNN) –  You may know that Edward Snowden was a system administrator for the NSA contractor he worked for – Booz Allen Hamilton.

You may even know that system administrators are responsible for nearly a third of the data breaches committed by insiders, because, as computer security expert Robert Richardson puts it, “they hold the keys.”

But here’s one thing you might not know: Snowden didn’t need the authority and access that he had to do his job.

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The volatile mix of Tweets and trades
The AP confirmed with another tweet that their account was hacked and the news from the White House was false.
May 1st, 2013
11:32 AM ET

The volatile mix of Tweets and trades

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By Jonathan Binder, CNN

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(CNN) -  Last week, a fake news story got tweeted from a hacked Associate Press twitter account. Within about two minutes, the stock market sunk over 100 points, but then came back to the surface soon afterwards. An event only made possible by the speed and robotic actions of High Frequency Trading.

Much of the quick back-and-forth trading that swings the market up and down is done by computers. Thousands of trades happen every second. It's because companies have created algorithms to scour the web for information on the market and then acts on that information, in the form of automatic trading. FULL POST

Driving and distractions a challenge for teens
Teens are put to the distracted driving test.
April 22nd, 2013
05:29 PM ET

Driving and distractions a challenge for teens

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By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - Car accidents are the number-one cause of death for teenagers. And 25 percent of all teen driving crashes are due to distracted driving.

Since April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, events are being held all over the country to try and focus teens behind the wheel.

Bonny Spray knows first-hand, the dangers of distracted driving:

[2:06] “Six years ago on this date, my daughter was pronounced dead following a single-car accident from texting and driving.”

Spray and her 19-year-old daughter Amanda were trading text messages about a fight Amanda was having with her roommate.

[2:43] “The last text I got was, ‘I‘m not doing too well.’”

Spray now goes to high schools to share her daughter's story and talk about the dangers of distracted driving.

Outside John Burroughs High School in Burbank, California, teen volunteers get set to take the distracted driving challenge; an obstacle course that’s more about the distractions inside the car than those outside it.

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