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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald