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Asia
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:44 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. A lot of Chinese websites seem to have a different form of URLs or web addresses. They use numbers not the names, long numbers too, seemingly at random. McDonald's website isn't spelled McDonald's, it's 4008-517-517.cn. A dating website is 5201314.com. Why? Christopher Beam, staff writer with The New Republic who lives in Beijing, wondered and that's when he began to notice that the numbers are hardly random. Mr. Beam joins us from Beijing. Thanks very much for being with us.

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Europe
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Russia's Independent Media All But Silenced

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:25 pm

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Europe
7:59 am
Sat May 10, 2014

On Eve Of Referendum, Many Fear For Ukrainian Economy

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 6:27 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Separatists in eastern Ukraine are asking voters to take part in an unauthorized referendum tomorrow on whether to make their region independent. Many Ukrainians believe that a yes vote will lead Russia to annex their territory as in Crimea. This latest referendum comes at a time of heightened tensions.

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Michelle Obama: Nigerian Girls 'Embody The Best Hope For The Future'

Michelle Obama tweeted this picture of herself on May 7, in support of the kidnapped Nigerian girls.
Michelle Obama

Originally published on Sat May 10, 2014 11:48 am

In her first solo weekly address, first lady Michelle Obama said the U.S. is committed to standing up for the more than 200 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school weeks ago.

"In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters," she said. "We see their hopes and their dreams — and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now."

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All Tech Considered
6:07 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal

Beats headphones are sold alongside iPods in an Apple store in New York City. Apple is reportedly considering buying Beats for more than $3 billion.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Another week in tech is wrapping up with talk of another multi-billion dollar buy. Let's get to it with our roundup, starting with the ICYMI section, which features stories we've been telling on air and online, the Big Conversations in tech and closing with our Curiosities — other fun links you should see.

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