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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work