Martin Kaste http://kcur.org en Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off http://kcur.org/post/apple-upgrade-tracks-customers-even-when-marketing-apps-are The people who design marketing apps are celebrating a change in the way <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6048">iBeacon</a> works on iPhones. That's the Bluetooth-based system that lets a store track a customer's movements, and capitalize on them. For instance, if iBeacon detects you lingering in the shoe department, it might send you a digital coupon for socks.<p>IBeacon has been around for a while, and marketers liked the concept in principle. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 54223 at http://kcur.org Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off Survey: Americans Skeptical Of Prison For Non-Violent Drug Crimes http://kcur.org/post/survey-americans-skeptical-prison-non-violent-drug-crimes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to a new survey from the Pew Research Center that's found more evidence of a shift in public attitudes toward illegal drug use.<p>As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, the survey indicates growing public skepticism about prison terms for nonviolent drug offenders.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: This shift has been going on for a while now. Previous polls already showed a new majority in favor of legalizing marijuana. But in this survey, you also see changing attitudes toward harder drugs.<p>Carroll Doherty is Pew's director of political research. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53611 at http://kcur.org Washington Landslide Takes A Grim — And Fluctuating — Toll http://kcur.org/post/washington-landslide-takes-grim-and-fluctuating-toll The official death toll from the Washington State mudslide now stands at 24, with dozens of people still listed as missing. At one point, there were more than 170 unaccounted for. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53471 at http://kcur.org Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It http://kcur.org/post/your-smartphone-crucial-police-tool-if-they-can-crack-it New software and gizmos are revolutionizing police work, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/02/28/284131881/as-police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred">social media scanners</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/28/228181778/a-look-into-facebooks-potential-to-recognize-anybodys-face">facial recognition</a> and other high tech items. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:58:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53176 at http://kcur.org Your Smartphone Is A Crucial Police Tool, If They Can Crack It Caution And Concern Prevail In Days Following Washington Landslide http://kcur.org/post/caution-and-concern-prevail-days-following-washington-landslide Officials in Washington say they've received 108 reports of people missing in the region hit by a recent landslide. But they say that is a "soft number" and rescue efforts continue. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 53132 at http://kcur.org Missoula County Attorney Tells Justice Department It's Wrong http://kcur.org/post/missoula-county-attorney-tells-justice-department-its-wrong Accused of bias against female victims of sex crimes, the Missoula county attorney turned around and accused the Justice Department of bully tactics. DOJ officials showed up in Missoula two years ago. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 52510 at http://kcur.org Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt http://kcur.org/post/sand-grinds-worlds-largest-tunneling-machine-halt Contractors working for the state of Washington are planning a high-stakes operation to rescue Bertha — the world's largest tunneling machine.<p>Bertha is supposed to be boring a 2-mile highway tunnel under downtown Seattle, but it got stuck in December.<p>Bertha is on Seattle's waterfront, between South Main and South Jackson streets, about 60 feet straight down. At first, they thought the machine was being stymied by a big glacial rock. Then attention focused on the chewed-up remains of a metal pipe. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:43:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51999 at http://kcur.org Sand Grinds World's Largest Tunneling Machine To A Halt As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://kcur.org/post/police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred-0 Social media monitoring started in the world of marketing, allowing companies to track what people were saying about their brands. But now, with software that allows users to scan huge volumes of public postings on social media, police are starting to embrace it as well.<p>Many police departments in Britain use <a href="http://www.crowdcontrolhq.com/">a product sold by CrowdControlHQ</a>. CEO James Leavesley says the company is in the business of monitoring "social media risk."<p>Companies can use the product to keep tabs on what employees say on social media or watch what others are saying. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:04:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51998 at http://kcur.org As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred http://kcur.org/post/police-monitor-social-media-legal-lines-become-blurred Social monitoring started in the world of marketing, allowing companies to track what people were saying about their brands. But now, with software that allows users to scan huge volumes of public postings on social media, police are starting to embrace it as well.<p>Many police departments in Britain use a product sold by CrowdControlHQ. CEO James Leavesley calls it a "social media risk media and monitoring" company, <strong>meant primarily as a means of staying in touch with the public</strong>. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51985 at http://kcur.org As Police Monitor Social Media, Legal Lines Become Blurred In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA http://kcur.org/post/domain-awareness-detractors-see-another-nsa Police are like the rest of us; they suffer from information overload. The data pour in from 21st century sources ranging from license plate readers to Twitter. But as the information comes in, it hits an old-fashioned bottleneck: human beings.<p>"They all have access to different databases," says Dave Mosher, vice president of program management at Microsoft Services. He describes the typical law enforcement command center as a room full of people at computers. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:40:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51647 at http://kcur.org In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA Cold War Technology Sought By Spy Is In Your Pocket — Sort Of http://kcur.org/post/cold-war-technology-sought-spy-your-pocket-sort Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>And now to All Tech Considered.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)<p>CORNISH: Today is a tricky business of keeping some American technologies out of foreign hands. When a man from Hong Kong met with an aerospace company in Seattle last week, he was really dealing with an undercover Homeland Security agent. See Kee Chin allegedly tried to buy $85,000 worth of highly specialized accelerometers. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51420 at http://kcur.org New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion http://kcur.org/post/new-animation-details-what-went-wrong-2010-plant-explosion The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has released its draft report into the causes of a devastating 2010 explosion at a Tesoro refinery on Puget Sound. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 50525 at http://kcur.org New Animation Details What Went Wrong In 2010 Plant Explosion Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug http://kcur.org/post/holder-favors-pot-banking-and-legal-dealers-shrug When I heard late Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder had come out in favor of bank accounts for <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/legal-marijuana-businesses-should-have-access-to-banks-holder-says.html">state-sanctioned pot businesses</a>, I assumed the industry would react with cheers. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 50238 at http://kcur.org Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens http://kcur.org/post/marijuana-hash-oil-explodes-popularity-and-kitchens If you think the recent liberalization of marijuana laws around the country is only about smoking leaves and buds, think again. For users younger than 25, "hash oil" is where it's really at. This concentrated resin of marijuana is creating new public safety headaches — even in places where it's legal.<p>There have always been forms of the substance, but the resins available today are much stronger than in years past. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 49607 at http://kcur.org Marijuana 'Hash Oil' Explodes In Popularity, And Kitchens A Late Christmas Tree May Not Be A Beauty, But It's A Tradition http://kcur.org/post/late-christmas-tree-may-not-be-beauty-its-tradition Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>For a lot of families, Christmas tree tradition spark household debate. For instance, tinsel or beads; white lights or multicolored; star or angel on top. And for some people, it's not how to decorate the tree. It is when to put it up, early or late, late being now, Christmas Eve. NPR's Martin Kaste falls into that last category.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: Yes, I belong to that small and shrinking tribe. We're the ones lurking in the Christmas tree lots at the last possible moment. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48836 at http://kcur.org 'Bertha' Still Stuck In Her Tunnel Under Seattle http://kcur.org/post/bertha-still-stuck-her-tunnel-under-seattle Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The people of Seattle are puzzled by a mystery unfolding underground: the world's biggest tunneling machine is stuck about 75 feet under street level where it's digging a nearly two-mile-long highway right under downtown Seattle. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, engineers say it'll take until January to figure out what is causing the block.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: They call the machine Bertha, and it has a circular cutting face five stories high, with special attachments for chewing up boulders. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48733 at http://kcur.org A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? http://kcur.org/post/majority-us-favor-legal-pot-will-stick <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in. </em><p>This year, for the first time, national polls show a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48505 at http://kcur.org A Majority In U.S. Favor Legal Pot, But Will That Stick? Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses http://kcur.org/post/washington-state-growers-roll-dice-new-pot-licenses Washington residents thinking about jumping into the state's new legal marijuana industry need to act soon. The deadline to apply for a state license to sell recreational pot is Dec. 19, and the applications are flooding in.<p>Danielle Rosellison, a loan officer in Bellingham, Wash., applied for her pot-growing license on the first day. "It's so cool," she says, laughing. "We have butterflies in our stomach all the time. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 47755 at http://kcur.org Washington State Growers Roll The Dice On New Pot Licenses Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline? http://kcur.org/post/have-we-reached-end-landline America's traditional phone system is not as dependable as it used to be. Just last month, the Federal Communications Commission told phone companies to start <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/problems-long-distance-or-wireless-calling-rural-areas">collecting stats on calls that fail to complete</a>. According to one estimate, as many as 1 in 5 incoming long-distance calls simply doesn't connect.<p>The problem may be in the way those calls are being routed — often via the Internet, which is cheaper. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:41:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 47047 at http://kcur.org Is It The End Of The Line For The Landline? There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High http://kcur.org/post/there-may-be-green-light-pot-not-driving-high Western states have led the way in the legalization of marijuana, first with medical marijuana, and then with the legalization of recreational pot in Colorado and Washington last November.<p>It's been quite an adjustment for the police. Washington State Patrol is adapting to the new reality in a variety of ways, from untraining dogs that sniff out pot, to figuring out how to police high drivers.<p><strong>A Smell Once Forbidden</strong><p>I'm driving through Seattle on Interstate 5. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 46432 at http://kcur.org There May Be A Green Light For Pot, But Not For Driving High A Look Into Facebook's Potential To Recognize Anybody's Face http://kcur.org/post/look-facebooks-potential-recognize-anybodys-face Revelations about NSA spying have left people wondering about the privacy of their digital data. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:38:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 45878 at http://kcur.org A Look Into Facebook's Potential To Recognize Anybody's Face So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds? http://kcur.org/post/so-what-happens-if-movement-label-gmos-succeeds I have a story on <em>All Things Considered </em>Wednesday (click on the audio link above to hear it) about the campaign to put labels on food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The idea is gaining ground in the Northeast — Maine and Connecticut passed labeling laws this summer, though they won't take effect unless more states do the same. And GMO labeling is on the ballot this November in Washington state.<p>One aspect I didn't have room for in the radio story is the question of what might happen if the movement succeeds. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 45332 at http://kcur.org So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds? ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online http://kcur.org/post/aclu-posts-suspicious-activity-reports-online With all the talk of spying by the National Security Agency, it's easy to forget the government engages in off-line surveillance, too. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 43888 at http://kcur.org ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online After Attacks, Seattle Rethinks How To Treat Mentally Ill http://kcur.org/post/after-attacks-seattle-rethinks-how-treat-mentally-ill The Navy Yard massacre may renew concerns over the potential dangers of mentally ill people who don't get treatment. That issue is especially hot right now in Seattle, where the mayor has called untreated mental illness an "emergency."<p><strong>Unstable In Seattle</strong><p>Seattle's Pioneer Square is an uneasy mix of art galleries and skid road; it's gelato over here, and heroin over there. And then there's mental illness.<p>"It's scary," says James Nevin. He says he sees it every day. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 43860 at http://kcur.org After Attacks, Seattle Rethinks How To Treat Mentally Ill Data Marketing Critics Check Out What's Written About Them http://kcur.org/post/data-marketing-critics-check-out-whats-written-about-them Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Companies that collect and sell information about you are usually pretty secretive about what they have on you. But one of the biggest data brokers is now letting consumers have a peek.<p>Yesterday, the Acxiom Corp. set up a website where people can look themselves up. It's called AboutTheData.com. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, some of the first people to try it were the data industry's critics.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: Ashkan Soltani is privacy researcher. He says so far, he's just been poking at the website. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:08:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 43126 at http://kcur.org Lawyers For Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales To Ask For Leniency http://kcur.org/post/lawyers-army-staff-sgt-robert-bales-ask-leniency Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. We're following developments in Egypt after today's release from prison of ousted President Hosni Mubarak. We'll go to Cairo in a moment. We begin this hour with stories of two military trials in this country. Both involve horrendous massacres.<p>GREENE: One was at Fort Hood, Texas. The other took place in adjoining villages in southern Afghanistan. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:43:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 42379 at http://kcur.org Defense Lawyers Want Out Of Fort Hood Shooting Trial http://kcur.org/post/defense-lawyers-want-out-fort-hood-shooting-trial The judge in the court martial of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 41611 at http://kcur.org Defense Lawyers Want Out Of Fort Hood Shooting Trial The Online Underworld's Elaborate Prank To Ship Heroin http://kcur.org/post/online-underworlds-elaborate-prank-ship-heroin Cybercriminals are scary, but at least the harm they do is just in cyberspace. So they hack your Twitter, or maybe cause a few zeros to disappear (temporarily) from your bank account. They can't hurt you in any real-world way, right?<p>Wrong.<p>Brian Krebs' blog offers <a href="https://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/07/mail-from-the-velvet-cybercrime-underground/%20%20">a great read</a> about how the cybercrime underworld tried to get the journalist arrested by sending heroin to his home address. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 41186 at http://kcur.org Can Software That Predicts Crime Pass Constitutional Muster? http://kcur.org/post/can-software-predicts-crime-pass-constitutional-muster Typically, police arrive at the scene of a crime after it occurs. But rather than send cops to yesterday's crime, a new trend in law enforcement is using computers to predict where tomorrow's crimes will be — and then try to head them off.<p>The software uses past statistics to project where crime is moving. Police in Los Angeles say it's worked well in predicting property crimes there. Now Seattle is about to expand it for use in predicting gun violence.<p>It all started as a research project. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:59:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 40932 at http://kcur.org Can Software That Predicts Crime Pass Constitutional Muster? Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday http://kcur.org/post/police-may-know-exactly-where-you-were-last-tuesday License plate scanners are the dark horse of the surveillance world. They've been around for a decade, but people rarely notice. They don't look much different from closed circuit cameras, perched over busy intersections. Or they're just another device mounted on a passing police car.<p>But they notice you: A scanner can ID thousands of plates a day. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:36:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 40344 at http://kcur.org Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday