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Tech Giants Call On Obama, Congress For Surveillance Changes

Eight tech giants — including Google, Apple and Facebook — have written an open letter to the president and Congress warning that current government surveillance practices are undermining freedom. This follows leaks showing tech firms were part of widespread NSA surveillance programs of email and phone records.

TEDWomen 2013: In Innovation, Age Is Nothing But A Number

What do 64-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad and 13-year-old entrepreneur Maya Penn have in common? At the TEDWomen conference in San Francisco, a range of speakers shared the ways innovation and ingenuity kept them young.

N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System

The high-tech system can essentially override human error and slow a train that is going too fast. Congress mandated that all trains have it by 2015, but only a few passenger and freight railroads will be ready by then. And after a deadly train crash in New York, few in Congress may be willing to vote for a delay.
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The Next Generation Of Online Maps

The 8-year-old Google Maps is getting a bold re-design as online mapping becomes more personalized, interactive and mobile. We explore the push toward 3-D, real-time digital maps.


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.