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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.

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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."

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.

Weekend Edition Sunday

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.

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.

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Shellshock Bug's Impact Could Be Huge, But It's Unclear For Now

More than 70 percent of the Internet is potentially threatened by a bug named Shellshock. But it may take months to see its impact on users.

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Cab Competition In San Francisco Benefits Riders

Taxi ridership has plummeted 60 percent in San Francisco due to competition from the ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft. Now taxis are fighting back with ride hailing apps of their own.

Will .Health Make It More Likely That You'll Get Scammed?

New websites ending in "health," "doctor" and "clinic" will soon start appearing online. But anyone can buy those names. Some public health researchers worry that they'll purvey bogus medical advice.

Incipient Field Of Futures Studies Helps Countries Prepare

September 30, 2014
A scene from the 2009 movie "Star Trek" directed by JJ Abrams. The field of future studies imagines a probable future, and then creates the conditions in the present, for it to occur down the road. (Paramount)

Futures studies is the study of creating possible, preferable and probable futures for governments, businesses, and societies.

Inside America’s Newest Utopia: Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas

September 30, 2014
An outdoor chess board at the Golden Spike, a rehabilitated hotel in Tony Hsieh's innovation city in downtown Las Vegas. (Vjeran Pavic/Recode)

Re/code’s Nellie Bowles has been reporting from Las Vegas, where Zappos founder Tony Hsieh is attempting to build what Bowles describes as a utopia.

How To Avoid A Fully Automated Future

September 30, 2014
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

Auditing America's Police Force

September 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

Peter Thiel Thinks We All Can Do Better

September 29, 2014
In this March 8, 2012 file photo, Peter Thiel speaks in San Francisco. (AP)

Silicon Valley’s Peter Thiel; the entrepreneur, investor and the PayPal co-founder’s call for deep invention.

After Huge Debut, A Tough Week For Apple

September 26, 2014
In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, people wait to buy the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices outside an Apple store in Hong Kong. The Apple's new devices were released on Friday in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Japan. (Vincent Yu/AP)

Apple is dealing with several issues during the unveiling of its latest iPhone. Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd reports.

Look Up! Small Screens, Big Distractions And The Lost Art Of Knowing Your Place

September 26, 2014
Ethan Gilsdorf: "That inward-turning posture of checking our devices -- call it the “iPhone hunch” -- not only wards off conversation, it prevents us from being aware of the spaces we pass through." (Quinn Dombrowski/flickr)

That inward-turning posture of checking our devices — call it the “iPhone hunch” — not only wards off conversation, it prevents us from being aware of the spaces we pass through.

Hiawatha Bray On Using Addresses To Fight Ebola

September 25, 2014
West Point, one of the areas were the Ebola virus has claimed lives in Monrovia, Liberia. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

In order to really know how many people are sick from Ebola and how many have died, the government and health workers need to first know where they are. That requires maps and addresses.

What Mobile Payments Mean For Commerce

September 24, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new Apple Pay product in Cupertino, Calif. Some experts believe Apple Pay, with its presence on millions of iPhones and its advanced security features, could be the service that leads to widespread adoption of the so-called mobile wallet.  (AP)

After cash. More and more, people are just waving their phone to pay. Now comes Apple Pay. We’ll look at where this goes.

Facebook's Oculus Unveils New Virtual Reality Device

September 23, 2014
Oculus, a virtual reality company, is releasing its latest headset that allows a 360 degree view. But is virtual reality here to stay? Or will it go the way of the Betamax tape? (Oculus)

Virtual reality company Oculus has unveiled its latest headset allowing a 360 degree view. But is virtual technology here to stay?

Driving A Hard Bargain: Calculating The Toll Of Uber’s Reduced Fares

September 23, 2014
Paul Fallon: "Uber’s price cuts hurt drivers more than they hurt the company’s bottom line." (kattebelletje/Flickr)

Uber’s price cuts hurt drivers more than they hurt the company’s bottom line.

Guitarist Raul Midón Out With Self-Produced Album

September 22, 2014
Guitarist Raul Midon is out with a new album, "Don't Hesitate." (Courtesy Raul Midon)

Guitar virtuoso Raul Midón for the first time produced his own album, using software for the blind.

Robots On The Dairy Farm

September 18, 2014
Nate Tullar shows off his Lely robotic milker at Tullando, his family farm in Orford, New Hampshire. (Charlotte Albright/VPR)

The task of milking cows has become fully automated with the help of agribots.

Volkswagen’s 300 MPG Car

September 17, 2014
The Volkswagen XL1 can get about 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance. (Volkswagen)

The XL-1 can get 300 miles per gallon. The key is reducing wind resistance.

Report: Many Mass. Vocational Schools Have Waiting Lists, Study Says

September 15, 2014

At a time when well-paying jobs are going unfilled for lack of skilled labor. a study has found that many vocational and technical high schools in Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission.

Nevada Gov. Signs Record $1.25 Billion Tesla Deal

September 12, 2014
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval during a press conference on September 4, 2014 in Carson City announcing a plan to build a Tesla Gigafactory to produce batteries for electric vehicles. Sandoval last night signed off on the deal. (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada last night signed a record deal green lighting Tesla Motors’ bid to build an electric car battery factory to the state.

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