Technology

2:42pm

Thu August 16, 2012
The Two-Way

EBay Says Users Will No Longer Be Able To Sell Magic, Potions, Curses

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 3:04 pm

A "powerful" love potion for sale on eBay. The "buy it now" price is $21.
eBay

It's a tough day for the Harry Potters among us: Ebay said today that beginning in September it will no longer allow the sale of some, um, metaphysical products.

Among them: advice, spells, curses, hexing, conjuring, magic, prayers, blessing services, magic potions and healing sessions.

The Los Angeles reports:

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8:34am

Thu August 16, 2012
Planet Money

'We've Been Acquired!'

An awful lot of entrepreneurs these days are jonesing to be acquired, rather than going public. They don't want to build the next Apple or Google. They want to build next Meebo.

A new Tumblr is making the rounds this week. It's called "We've Been Acquired!" and it consists entirely of the announcements start-ups post when they get bought.

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1:40am

Wed August 15, 2012
All Tech Considered

Twitter Lets Customers Skip Recordings, And Make Choices

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:48 am

For customer Laura Hargrove, the choice between moving-truck companies Budget and Penske came down to how they use Twitter.
NPR

Once used mostly for one-time promos and marketing, Twitter is now something businesses are relying on to provide customer service. For instance, Southwest Airlines tweets to alert folks about delays. And Best Buy responds to questions and complaints via Twitter. And they're not alone.

Let's say you're thinking of ordering a pair of shoes online and you want to know the store's exchange policy. You could pick up the phone — but then you'll hear the old recording: "To ensure quality service, your call may be monitored or recorded."

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3:29pm

Tue August 14, 2012
All Tech Considered

Could The New Air Traffic Control System Be Hacked?

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:07 am

The current radar-based air traffic control system (shown here) will eventually be replaced with a new system called NextGen, which will rely on GPS. A number of computer security experts are concerned that NextGen is insecure and vulnerable to hackers.
John Moore Getty Images

1:33am

Tue August 14, 2012
All Tech Considered

Despite Layoffs, Google's Motorola Strategy Aims At Innovation

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 3:18 pm

Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS is demonstrated on a Motorola Xoon tablet during a media event at Google headquarters on Feb. 2, 2011. Google acquired Motorola Mobility in August 2011 for $12.5 billion.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Google is shaking things up at its new subsidiary Motorola Mobility, announcing Monday that it will lay off 20 percent of the company's global workforce. Its strategy is to create a small division led by a technology star to spur innovation at the company that invented the cellphone.

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