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Parent Over Shoulder: Apps Help Mom Snoop Online, But Should She?

A new industry of apps is helping parents stay one step ahead of their kids online, monitoring every post, photo and text they send or receive. Some argue this is necessary parental oversight in the modern digital age. Others say it sends the wrong message to kids and can backfire.
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'We Didn't Do Enough' To Protect S.C. Tax Records

Overseas hackers broke into the South Carolina Department of Revenue and stole 3.8 million taxpayer records including social security and bank account numbers. The state is adding new layers of security but some question how the breach happened. Gov. Nikki Haley says the state didn't do enough to prevent the cyber attack.
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To Lure Shoppers, Wal-Mart Tries Same-Day Delivery

Like many other brick-and-mortar retailers, Wal-Mart is trying new strategies to serve customers whenever they want to buy. In one new experiment in four select markets, the retail giant is promising to deliver eligible items ordered online in just a few hours.
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Patients With Online Access To Doctors May Make More Office Visits

Previous research has found that patients with online access to their doctors made fewer trips to the doctor's office. But a large, just-published study shows just the opposite: Patients who can email their physicians may schedule more visits.
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For Holiday Road Trips, Apps That Promise Diversions For Kids

For many parents, Thanksgiving means it's time to entertain the kids during a road trip. With that in mind, NPR spoke with 9-year-old Jane Frauenfelder, who hosts the podcast Apps for Kids with her father, Mark.
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The Aesthetics Of First-Person Shooter Video Games

First-person shooter games have become more cinematic and aesthetically pleasing over the years and dominate the video game industry. Stephen Totilo, editor in chief of online video game publication Kotaku, explains the appeal of point-and-shoot games.
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Gmail Sends Message In Cherokee

The Cherokee Nation has teamed up with Google to launch Gmail in the Cherokee language. They hope to give young Cherokees a chance to use the language every day. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the project with Google Senior Software Engineer Craig Cornelius and Cherokee language expert Joseph Erb.

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