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The Hills Were Alive With The Sound Of DiGiorno Pizza Last Night

The funny live tweets coming from frozen supermarket pizza giant @DiGiornoPizza were a tasty highlight of the Sound of Music Live broadcast on NBC. Bad puns, silly lyric changes, and just plain clever comments earned the company more than 2,000 new followers in a single night.

Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains?

In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring most rail networks to install "positive train control" collision technology by 2015. Engineering professor Christopher Barkan discusses train safety systems, how "positive train control" might prevent accidents, and whether railroads will be able to meet the deadline.

Tech Week That Was: #NPRBlacksInTech, Amazon's Buzz On Drones

Cybersecurity, Christmas-themed cats and gained spots in the news this week, along with some coverage of innovative gaming. Plus, Tell Me More launches a discussion on blacks in the technology industry.

Mandela Is Remembered On Social Media

Twitter and other social media outlets see an outpouring of comments on the life and death of Nelson Mandela.

Cuteness Alert: Christmas Cats TV Is Streaming Live

The scene you'll find at Christmas Cats TV is a unique one. A woman sits in a den that includes a Christmas tree, a hearth and some presents — and lots of cute cats, some of which are wearing holiday sweaters.

China Bans Bitcoin Trading By Banks

The exchange rate of Bitcoin, the digital currency whose value has sharply risen this year, took a hit following a government ban. Chinese citizens are not forbidden from using the currency.

NSA Collecting 5B Cellphone Locations A Day, News Report Says

The Washington Post reports that the agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world. One official told the newspaper the NSA is getting vast volumes of location data by tapping into the cables that connect mobile networks globally.

Administration Says You Can Now Escape HealthCare.Gov 'Prison'

People across the country hit a perplexing snag when trying to sign up for insurance on the federally run website. The site asked about their incarceration status, then locked up. The so-called prison glitch that stymied insurance shoppers has been fixed.

What To Expect When You're Expecting ... To Share Your Baby Photos

Smartphones and the Internet have made it easier than ever for people to share photos of their friends, family, pets and children. But sharing personal photos raises technological and ethical questions. Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madrigal recently became a father and has some tips for navigating the world of online photo sharing.

Even Disconnected Computers May Face Cyberthreats

If your computer is infected with a virus or other forms of malware, disconnecting the machine from the Internet is one of the first steps security experts say you should take. But someday, even physically separating your laptop from a network may not be enough to protect it from cyber evildoers.