Digital Life

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on Tuesday.
    Jeff Chiu/AP
    8:47am Jan 16, 2013
    Economy Economy

    'It's About Time': Facebook Reveals New Search Feature

    The "graph search" feature, which will let users comb their friends' pages for everything from travel tips to restaurants they like, gives the company a path to grow its revenue but could also add to privacy concerns. Most analysts don't see the new feature as a direct threat to Google — for now.
  • 1:03pm Jan 11, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    How E-Waste Is Becoming a Big, Global Problem

    According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, is produced each year in the U.S. Derek Markham, a contributing writer for, discusses the global impacts, and why you should think twice before discarding your old cell phone.
  • 2:20pm Jan 08, 2013

    What's Trending: The Art And Strategy Of The Hashtag

    The American Dialect Society deemed "hashtag" the word of the year. NPR digital culture correspondent Laura Sydell and NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin explain how the social media tool works and why some get so popular.
  • 8:58am Dec 27, 2012
    Music & Culture Music & Culture Economy

    Music-Streaming Services Hunt For Paying Customers

    Services like Pandora and Spotify have been trying to win over two types of customers: younger people who don't buy music at all and older people who still like physical albums. But it's been difficult to lure customers willing to pay for music they won't own or that they can find for free online.
  • A screengrab from the "Kony 2012" online video about the Central African warlord Joseph Kony, which skyrocketed in popularity after its release in March. It was criticized, then forgotten, just as quickly.
    via YouTube
    4:34am Dec 27, 2012
    Arts Arts

    In Rapid-Fire 2012, Memes' Half-Life Fell To A Quarter

    Internet memes used to stick around for months on end (remember "Charlie Bit My Finger"?). But in 2012, the shelf-life of an Internet sensation became increasingly fleeting. Funny videos and games are now enjoying only brief moments in the cultural spotlight before they're forgotten.
  • Mobile apps and devices track a user's health statistics. But those data are sometimes sold and can end up in the hands of employers and insurance companies.
    2:28pm Dec 26, 2012
    Health & Safety Health & Safety

    Who Could Be Watching You Watching Your Figure? Your Boss

    Those of us trying to get in shape after overindulging this holiday season can get help from a slew of new devices that monitor steps climbed, calories burned and heart rate. But companies and venture capitalists in new startups hope to make money in a new way: by selling the data right back to the people tracking their activity — and to their employers.
  • Instagram was the target of a storm of outrage on Twitter and other sites after the company announced a change in its user agreement that hinted that it might use shared photos in ads.
    Karly Domb Sadof/AP
    3:16pm Dec 20, 2012

    The Day Instagram Almost Lost Its Innocence

    The wildly popular photo-sharing site Instagram nearly caused a user revolt when it revamped its terms of service and privacy policy to suggest it could allow uploaded photos to be used in ads without users' permission. Instagram later clarified its position in an effort to quell concerns.
  • 1:03pm Dec 19, 2012

    How The Internet Is Revolutionizing The Adoption Process

    Many pregnant women and potential adoptive parents are bypassing traditional adoption agencies and connecting online. This trend raises a number of ethical concerns about the regulation of the online process and interactions between birth mothers and hopeful adopters.