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One recent study estimated that Americans are spending nearly six hours a day on their connected devices. Add television to that and the total rises to nearly 10 hours. Deborah Lee/NPR hide caption

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Many Look To Buddhism For Sanctuary From An Over-Connected World

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Move Over Uber: How The Internet Helps Domestic Workers Find Jobs

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An image from a presentaton by Amazon's Ranju Das shows a demonstration of real-time facial recognition and tracking. Das said the video came from a traffic cam in Orlando, Fla., where police were in a pilot program of Amazon's Rekognition service. Amazon Web Services Korea via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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A Guide To Parental Controls For Kids' Tech Use

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People watch as the FIFA World Cup trophy is displayed in central Moscow. Russia is hosting soccer's mega-event for the next month — and people around the world will be watching matches live, online and on TV. Maxim Shemetov/Reuters hide caption

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Ivanka Trump's quote of a Chinese proverb — "Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it." — prompted a search for the original source. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Federal Communications Commission rollback of net neutrality went into effect today. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai championed the move, while commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel opposed it. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pictured at F8, Facebook's developer conference last month. On Thursday, the company announced a new test feature had changed users' privacy settings without their consent. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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Facebook's new features provide new ways for users to add music to their original videos. But is any of it fun? Robert Daly/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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Facebook's data-sharing deals with device-makers included China's Huawei — a company viewed with suspicion by U.S. intelligence agencies. Here, an ad for the Huawei P20 smartphone is seen in China last month. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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A child plays with a mobile phone while riding in a New York subway in December. Two major Apple investors urged the iPhone maker to take action to curb growing smartphone use among children. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Facebook says it disagrees with how The New York Times is presenting data-sharing deals it has used for at least 10 years. Here, a man reads security parameters on his phone in front of a Facebook logo in Bordeaux, southwestern France. Regis Duvignau/Reuters hide caption

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Some personal injury law firms now automatically target online ads at anyone who enters a nearby hospital's emergency room and has a cellphone. The ads may show up on multiple devices for more than a month. sshepard/Getty Images hide caption

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Digital Ambulance Chasers? Law Firms Send Ads To Patients' Phones Inside ERs

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Johanna Humphrey, left, ended up with 24 boxes of crayons she didn't need. She gave them to teacher Laura Smith, right, through the Buy Nothing Project. It encourages people to share without money changing hands. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Facebook Project Wants You To 'Buy Nothing' And Ask For What You Need

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A protester holds a European Union flag next to cardboard cutouts depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as Zuckerberg and leaders of the European Parliament prepare to meet in Brussels. Francois Lenoir/Reuters hide caption

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How Schools Across The Country Are Working To Detect Threats Made On Social Media

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So Which Is It, Yanny Or Laurel?

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Senate Democrats say they have the votes to formally disapprove of the FCC's Internet policy that will take effect next month. Here, supporters of net neutrality protest the decision to repeal the Obama-era rule. Kyle Grillot/Reuters hide caption

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Senate Approves Overturning FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal

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