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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.

As Police Body Cameras Increase, What About All That Video?

NPR | May 29, 2015

Police cams have suddenly become a big business. But the real money is in selling departments a way to store each day's video. Firms are offering easy uploads to the cloud but costs are bound to grow.

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

NPR | May 29, 2015

Did you hear about that study that found eating a daily chocolate bar helps you lose weight faster? Turns out, it was part of an elaborate hoax to show just how easily junk nutrition science spreads.

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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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Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht Sentenced To Life In Prison

NPR | May 29, 2015 2:20 p.m.

Ulbricht had faced at least 20 years in prison, but federal prosecutors had sought a "substantially" longer sentence for the creator of the shadowy online marketplace.

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Watch Robots Transform A California Hospital

NPR | May 29, 2015 1:11 p.m.

Robots don't always replace workers. Sometimes, workers use robots as tools.

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'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women In '80s Tech

NPR | May 29, 2015 12:23 p.m.

Mackenzie Davis, lead actress in the AMC show, says she's more interested in the story of an underdog woman than of a "damaged, white, middle-class male figuring out his dreams."

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Test Of Expensive Snohomish Dispatch System Fails — Again

AP | May 29, 2015 11:15 a.m. | Everett, Washington

The launch of a multimillion-dollar emergency dispatch project in Snohomish County has been delayed again after it failed in tests simulating a large disaster.

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FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low-Income Americans Afford Broadband

NPR | May 29, 2015 8:53 a.m.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposes to reboot the Lifeline phone-access program. The plan recognizes that everyone needs to study, apply for jobs and make social connections online.

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An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

NPR | May 29, 2015 3 a.m.

Machines are taking on jobs that once seemed robot-proof. But can a machine replace radio reporters? We pit a human against a machine to find out.

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Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

NPR | May 28, 2015 4:52 p.m.

The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is what happens to all the data collected. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.

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Live Video Apps Like Periscope Make Life Even Less Private

NPR | May 28, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Video cameras are everywhere — from those in smartphones to security cams. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video apps are raising new questions about privacy.

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Smartphones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

NPR | May 28, 2015 1:07 p.m.

In a new study, an easy-to-use app did just as good a job as the fancy machines in an eye doctor's office. That's a boon for people in low-income countries — and really for anyone with vision issues.

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Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In There

NPR | May 28, 2015 9:59 a.m.

The debate over whether digital books are better continues. But in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.