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3:40 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Apple's Success Continues Under Tim Cook, But Steve Jobs Still Looms Large

Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple's market capitalization neared $700 billion late last month.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 4:55 pm

Since Tim Cook has been CEO of Apple, the company's market capitalization (or the value of its outstanding shares) has increased by more than $300 billion. On Nov. 26, it reached its highest level yet, almost $698 billion.

Numerically, this is a feat. Quartz says, "In nominal terms no company has ever been as big as Apple." Of course, Quartz goes on to say that, adjusted for inflation, Microsoft was bigger at its 1990s peak.

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Science & Technology
3:10 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Spurs Star Tim Duncan Donates $247,000 to Cancer Genome Research Project

Spurs forward Tim Duncan made a $247,000 donation to the START Center to be used in the company's genome cancer research project
Credit San Antonio Spurs

  San Antonio Spur Tim Duncan has made a donation of nearly a quarter-million dollars to advance cancer genome research.  The START Center for Cancer Care announced the gift this week.

The veteran Spurs forward, through the Tim Duncan Foundation and the BlackJack Speed Shop, made a contribution of $247,000.  

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7:46 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Small Retailers Jump On The Subscription Box Bandwagon

The Wantable company arranges makeup, jewelry/accessories and undergarments in a box to match each subscriber's tastes. The company started with three employees in 2012 and now has 24.
Alyssa Pointer MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 6:18 pm

For three years, Erin Maynard ran a store called The Geeky Cauldron out of her home in Phoenix. On the online artisan marketplace Etsy, she sold jewelry inspired by themes from popular books, films and TV shows: think vampires and wizards. For the most part, it made her decent income, but month-to-month sales were a roller coaster: Some months, sales topped $5,000, while other months they barely cracked $1,000.

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The Two-Way
5:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

The Orion capsule is poised to make its first test flight Thursday. If all goes as planned, the unmanned vehicle will orbit Earth twice before splashing into the Pacific Ocean.
Kim Shiflett NASA

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 2:43 pm

NASA is about to launch a new spaceship into orbit, and Mallory Loe has never heard of it.

"I mean, technically, NASA doesn't have another spaceship, do they?" she asks incredulously during a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

She's hardly the only one who doesn't know about this new spacecraft. In fact, none of a half-dozen tourists NPR interviewed in the museum's lobby was aware of the Orion spaceship.

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NPR Story
3:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 5:16 pm

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Science & Technology
7:49 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

World Stem Cell Summit Comes To San Antonio

The future of medicine will be in San Antonio this week. It's a future where spinal cord injuries are healed and the paralyzed can walk again - a future where body parts and organs are regrown for transplant - a future where diabetes and Parkinson's is a thing of the past and a future where people can live with extended youth.

The World Stem Cell Summit comes to the city with a who's who of the world of breakthrough medicine.

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Science & Technology
5:22 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Stem Cell Conference Begins With Education Effort

The 2014 World Stem Cell Summit opens in San Antonio this week with dozens of scientists presenting their research from around the globe.

The event begins with an education event at the UT Health Science Center that is open to the public.

Research is well on its way to discovering important advances to solve complicated medical problems, but many are still hesitant and critical of regenerative medicine.

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All Tech Considered
5:01 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Did You Hear? Going Viral No Longer Just For Videos, Memes

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 11:57 am

The idea of a blog entry or a video going viral on the Internet is a feature of modern life — from the cute cat video to the articles about a politician's gaffe.

But, much to our disappointment here at NPR, rarely does a clip of audio go viral. Recently there have been a few exceptions, though it's unclear whether that's a fluke or a new age of viral audio.

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The Two-Way
4:59 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

North Korean Government Thought To Be Behind Sony Pictures Hack

James Franco, left, as Dave, and Seth Rogen as Aaron, in a scene from Columbia Pictures' The Interview. The movie imagines a plot to kill Kim Jong-un, and has angered the North Korean government. It's believed to have led to a cyberattack on Sony Pictures.
Ed Araquel AP

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 1:57 am

A recent hack of Sony Pictures resulted in a leak of at least five of the company's movies and the disabling of its corporate networks and email. The attack began last Monday, when screens at Sony displayed the words "Hacked By #GOP," as well as images of a skull. (#GOP reportedly stands for Guardians of Peace.) According to NBC News, an accompanying message "threatened to release 'secrets and top secrets' of the company."

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3:35 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Justices Struggle To Find Line Between Threats, Free Speech Online

John P. Elwood, attorney for Anthony D. Elonis, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Elonis says he was just kidding when he posted a series of graphically violent rap lyrics on Facebook about killing his estranged wife, shooting up a kindergarten class and attacking an FBI agent.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 6:37 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court struggled Monday with conflicting notions of where to draw the line between free speech and criminal threats in the Internet age. At issue was the conviction of a Pennsylvania man for making threats against his estranged wife and an FBI agent.

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