Liz Gannes

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Norad Santa-Tracker Is Now 3-D, Touch-Enabled and Claymationized, Courtesy of Microsoft

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a cute 50-year-old Christmas tradition of helping kids track Santa Claus via phone and now online. In 2013, the centerpiece is a 3-D touch-enabled experience with apps for all different devices and a Claymation aesthetic. 

Microsoft has been the corporate partner since last year, taking over from Google, and it has expanded the event into a bigger and better product promotion (this year, you can call to check on Santa with Skype!). 

Santa’s journey begins Dec. 24, but until then, there are games, movies, music and reading material at the online North Pole.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik