Marketplace Tech for Thursday, August 21, 2014
Aug 21, 2014

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, August 21, 2014

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First up, more on the news that the ACLU is suing a school district in Massachusetts for letting only low-income kids take home their school laptops and other electronics. Other kids have to provide their own or do without after the school day is finished. We ask: how common is this practice, and could this suit be the tip of the iPad iceberg? Plus, Karen North, a professor of social media and psychology at USC Annenberg, talks about how graphic and violent content spreads on the web, and what users can do to keep it out of their news feeds.

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First up, more on the news that the ACLU is suing a school district in Massachusetts for letting only low-income kids take home their school laptops and other electronics. Other kids have to provide their own or do without after the school day is finished. We ask: how common is this practice, and could this suit be the tip of the iPad iceberg? Plus, Karen North, a professor of social media and psychology at USC Annenberg, talks about how graphic and violent content spreads on the web, and what users can do to keep it out of their news feeds.

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