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EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

NPR | Sept. 30, 2014

Commerce and payments are splitting up. Ebay is breaking away from PayPal and its payments operation will turn into a separate, publicly traded company.

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

NPR | June 30, 2015

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

Wisdom Of The Crowds? Online Effort Seeks To Raise Funds For Greece

NPR | June 30, 2015

A crowd-funding effort to raise the $1.8 billion Greece needs to repay the International Monetary Fund has so far raised $124,569. Donors get gifts ranging from postcards to gift baskets.

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Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes

NPR | Sept. 21, 2014 2:30 a.m.

People love Uber, but they often complain the Uber app's built-in navigation doesn't give its drivers the best directions. The company says the app helps drivers and passengers travel efficiently.

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Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

NPR | June 30, 2015 11:36 a.m.

Siri's elaborate reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance.

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National Transportation App Acquires Portland Ticketing Software

OPB | June 30, 2015 9 a.m. | Portland

Portland-based mobile ticketing tech company GlobeSherpa has been acquired by transportation comparison app RideScout, the companies announced Tuesday.

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Apple Bets Big That You'll Start Paying To Stream Music

NPR | June 29, 2015 4:30 p.m.

Millions listen to services like Spotify and Pandora, but relatively few of them subscribe. Why should they when there are so many free options? The new Apple Music will only be free for 3 months.

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Solar-Powered Airplane Begins Long Journey From Japan To Hawaii

NPR | June 29, 2015 12:13 p.m.

It's expected to be the longest leg of the Solar Impulse's planned around-the-world flight: a trip that will last five days and five nights.

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Service Jobs, Like Uber Driver, Blur Lines Between Old Job Categories

NPR | June 29, 2015 11:33 a.m.

Uber is appealing a California Labor Commission ruling that one of its drivers is an employee. Uber says she is an independent contractor. A new type of job category is emerging: dependent contractor.

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When It Comes To Learning For The Deaf, 'It's A 3-D Language'

NPR | June 28, 2015 11:36 a.m.

English nursery rhymes don't translate well to ASL, a visual language. One team is merging high tech with cognitive research to improve language learning for deaf and hard of hearing children.

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From Ice Cream To Ian McKellen: Reactions To Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

NPR | June 26, 2015 1:53 p.m.

There was jubilation among supporters of same-sex marriage Friday, after the Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. We've rounded up some of the best reactions.

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For Online Video Stars, YouTube Is No Longer The Only Stage

NPR | June 25, 2015 3:50 p.m.

Online video is such a huge and lucrative market that a lot of companies are trying to lure some of the biggest stars away from the current king of medium — YouTube.

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Thousands Of Cabdrivers Clog France's Roads To Protest Uber

NPR | June 25, 2015 1:29 p.m.

Some 2,800 taxi drivers are reportedly taking part in the protest, as taxi drivers form virtual blockades around airports and key train stations.

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#StreetsAndBeats: How Do Cops And Communities Build Trust?

NPR | June 25, 2015 1:12 p.m.

Michel Martin hosts a live storytelling event around police and community relations in Los Angeles. Join the online conversation by using #StreetsAndBeats.