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WHO, CDC Publish Grim New Ebola Projections
Could Ebola become endemic to West Africa?
Antonio Regalado, senior editor, business

New Level of Smartphone Encryption Alarms Law Enforcement
Snowden fallout: Google and Apple now advertising that their phone systems may be able to beat a court order.
—Antonio Regalado

Hackathon Aims to Invent Breast Pumps That Don’t Suck
More than 150 engineers, designers, health-care specialists, and parents get together to reinvent the breast pump.
Tom Simonite, senior editor, IT

Time for a Federal Robotics Agency
Law professor Ryan Calo argues that the U.S. government needs a new agency to promote and regulate autonomous machines.
—Tom Simonite

The Solace of Oblivion
What’s involved in complying with the E.U.’s ruling on the right to be forgotten by a search engine?
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief

The Human Factor
This feature explores the paradoxical safety implications of autopilot technology–a phenomenon with relevance to other areas where technology is taking control out of human hands.
Will Knight, news and analysis editor

De Blasio’s Fault or Not, Fatal or Not, Groundhog Had an Early Fall
A trenchant analysis of the Mayor of New York’s manual dexterity and its apparent connection to the sudden death of a revered hedgehog.
Kevin Bullis, senior editor, materials

PBS Self-Destructs
Superb essay in Harper’s on the inevitable demise of public television. Story is paywalled but well worth the price of admission.
—Kyanna Sutton, senior Web producer

The Good Death
An absorbing long read that explores a fundamental existential fear.
—Kyanna Sutton

Some iPhone 6 Plus Users Find an Unwanted Feature: It Bends
Hipsters beware – you can’t wear skinny jeans and put an iPhone 6 Plus in your pocket.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer

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