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

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

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.

Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

NPR |Jan. 31, 2015 6:51 a.m.

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

NPR |Jan. 30, 2015 8:49 a.m.

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

NPR |Jan. 30, 2015 8:47 a.m.

A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.

Apple Sold 30,000 iPhones An Hour Last Quarter, Scored Record Profits

NPR |Jan. 30, 2015 8:47 a.m.

The tech giant sold 74 million phones in three months.

Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies

NPR |Jan. 30, 2015 8:46 a.m.

Companies like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could choose to ban ISIS propaganda. But analysts say law enforcement agencies ask the firms to leave messages alone to help them track terrorist activity.

Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

NPR |Jan. 28, 2015 3:35 p.m.

A team called 18F aims to bring a Silicon Valley approach to government IT — one aimed at the users of websites rather than the agencies behind them.

Portland Misses Cut For Google Fiber

OPB |Jan. 27, 2015 7:45 a.m.

It seems Portland will still need to wait its turn for Google's high-speed, fiber-optics service.

Facebook Suffers Self-Inflicted Outage

NPR |Jan. 27, 2015 2:57 a.m.

Facebook suffered a widespread outage lasting roughly 40 minutes on Tuesday affecting users in the United States, Asia, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

NPR |Jan. 26, 2015 3:57 p.m.

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

NPR |Jan. 26, 2015 2:30 p.m.

News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

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