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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.

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process while avoiding traditional screen-time pitfalls.

U.S. Charges Pakistani Man With Conspiracy Over His Spyware App

The Justice Department called this the "first-ever criminal case concerning the advertisement and sale of a mobile device spyware app."

Hands-Free, Mind-Free: What We Lose Through Automation

Robert Siegel is joined by author Nicholas Carr for a look at the future of automation and automobiles. Carr's new book, The Glass Cage, warns against the rise of automation in our lives.


How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks

Pro-democracy protesters are downloading a fast-growing app called FireChat to stay in touch. It has been used around the world during political unrest.

Facebook Requires Real Names. What Does That Mean For Drag Queens?

Dozens of queens' profiles were deactivated recently because they used stage names. Facebook says requiring real names curbs abuse, but LGBT groups say it's restricting — for drag queens and others.

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License Plate Scanners Subject To Scrutiny In Virginia

Technology that can track residents' whereabouts, even if they are not suspected of a crime, is not specifically barred by the Virginia constitution, but lawmakers are exploring whether that might be a good idea.


A Jetpack That Keeps Its Wearer On The Ground

Engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes helped build a jetpack that would make it easier for soldiers to run a four-minute mile. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the project.

Maryland School Shreds The Old Rules Of Applying To College

No SATs, no grades? Goucher College now allows students to apply by sending in two work samples and a two-minute video. School president Jose Bowen says it makes the process more accessible.

Tech Week That Was: Apple's Gaffes, Shellshock And Hello Ello

Apple's very bad week with bending phones and iOS flaws, a new bug that's so nasty it has two names and the social network of the moment lead our look back at the top tech headlines.