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NPR Story
1:38 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Oregon Power Project Needs The Motion Of The Ocean

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 1:59 pm

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Business
4:51 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Amazon Rolls Out Its New Kindle E-Readers

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:15 am

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A new line of tablet readers is at the top of NPR's business news.

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INSKEEP: They come from Amazon, which is rolling out its latest Kindle e-readers. They are faster, we're told, as well as cheaper. And as NPR's Steve Henn reports, they're aimed squarely at the youngest members of the family.

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Technology
4:38 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Amazon's New Kindle Will Have Thin Profit Margin

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 3:29 pm

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At a press event this morning in Los Angeles, Amazon unveiled its latest Kindle tablets and eReaders. As NPR's Steve Henn reports, it's unlikely Amazon will make much money selling these new devices, instead it hopes to profit when people use them to buy digital content.

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Technology
2:31 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Why Your Cell Phone Could Be Called A 'Tracker'

Many people use cellphones for purposes other than making calls. "If we call them trackers, then we're doing a much better job of informing ourselves what these devices are actually doing, and what we're really using them for," says ProPublica investigative reporter Peter Maass.
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Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 12:29 pm

Your cellphone is a tracking device collecting a lot more information about you than you may think, says ProPublica investigative reporter Peter Maass.

"They are collecting where we are — not just at one particular moment in the day, but at virtually every moment of the day," Maass tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "They are also taking note of what we are buying, how we're purchasing it, how often we're purchasing it."

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NPR Story
5:21 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Gaggle Of New Gadgets Wow Tech Lovers

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 10:17 am

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And in the tech world, dueling press conferences and competing corporate unveilings, this week and next, are putting the focus on new and improved gadgets.

NPR's Steve Henn joined us this morning from Silicon Valley to tell us about what's on the high tech horizon.

Good morning.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: So there are a host of companies rolling out shiny new toys this week. What's catching your eye?

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The Two-Way
7:32 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Secret Service Investigates Claim That Romney's Tax Returns Were Stolen

The Secret Service is looking into a claim that hackers stole several years' worth of tax returns filed by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
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Investigators are working to determine the legitimacy of a claim that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax records have been stolen from an accounting firm's records.

Naming a million-dollar price, an anonymous ransom note was sent to accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The letter, which was also posted online, gets right to the point: "Using your Office... we were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the tax documents for one Willard M Romney and Ann D Romney."

The note's author signs off with a perky "Cheers!"

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Joe's Big Idea
1:09 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Cellphone Medical Test Wins NPR's 'Big Idea' Contest

Catherine Wong used electrical components to build an electrocardiogram that sends data by cellphone.
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Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 5:36 pm

Most of us would like to make life better for people in developing countries. Most of us don't do anything about it. Catherine Wong is different. She's the winner of our Joe's Big Idea video contest. She not only came up with a big idea to improve health care for the poor but also built a prototype to test it.

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All Tech Considered
3:23 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Web-Based Subscription Businesses Surf A New Wave

Customers of Dollar Shave Club say that the company's sense of humor — as seen in an absurdist video of CEO Michael Dubin in his warehouse — has helped win them over.
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Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 7:43 pm

The newspaper boy and the milkman might not come around as often as they used to, but the days of subscription and delivery aren't over. The Internet and overnight delivery have combined to make a new type of subscription business possible. The sales pitch is part convenience, part price and part cool factor.

Making Razors Cheap, And Cool

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Digital Life
4:40 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Hoping To Pass On Your iTunes Collection? Good Luck

Robert Siegel talks with Jonathan Zittrain, co-director of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, about what happens to your iTunes library when you pass away.

Business
5:16 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Tech Week Ahead: Amazon Hints At New Kindle

Melissa Block looks ahead to the week's tech news with Laura Sydell. They cover a big upcoming announcement from Amazon.

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