Two computer researchers say the new iPhone quietly keeps track of everywhere you take it — even if you turn off the GPS function. The iPhone 4 is constantly recording its location relative to nearby cell phone towers and WiFi signals. In other words, it's all the information needed for a detailed map of everywhere the phone's owner has been.
As part of a three-day visit to the West Coast, President Obama kicked off his social media campaign with an online town hall from the offices of Facebook. Obama is trying to sell his deficit-reduction plan. He also is trying to organize supporters and raise money as his reelection campaign gets underway.
Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on a delicate mission to Pakistan. With relations already frayed over the Raymond Davis case and U.S. drone attacks near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, Mullen shot back with his own specific complaints about the relationship between Pakistan's spy agency and one of the main Afghan insurgent groups.
The budget battle is all about numbers: how much the government takes in, and how much it spends. But it's also a battle over words.
Both sides have put a lot of energy into coming up with new ways of describing old concepts. It's part of the process of selling their ideas to the public.
At the end of the day, the budget battle is political, and both sides choose their words carefully. Democrats, for example, don't like to talk about government spending, which has a bad connotation, so they talk about making investments in the country's future.
Many who took part in Egypt's popular uprising hoped it would lead to improved relations between the country's Muslims and the Christian minority.
But in some Egyptian cities, residents say religious tensions are worse than ever. One of the hotspots is the southern Egyptian city of Qena, where there have been several attacks on Christians by Islamist extremists.
This week, thousands of Muslim hardliners are blocking railroad tracks and roads in and out of the city to protest the appointment of a Christian governor.
Within hours of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Glenn DaGian was on the phone.
He had retired a year earlier after working with BP and Amoco for 30 years. He wanted back in the game.
"Every day thereafter, for about a week, I kept saying, do you want my help, do you want my help?" he says.
DaGian watched from the sidelines as BP executives declared it was not their accident, blamed their contractors and made the company look arrogant and callous. The company's response has become a textbook example of how not to do crisis management.
If you're not aware of Five Guys Burgers and Fries yet, just wait — you probably will be. It's the fastest growing restaurant chain in the country, and it's leading a burger revolution that's making the bigger chains take notice.
CEO Jerry Murrell doesn't shy away from the fact that his restaurant isn't a typical burger joint.
"We put a sign up in our stores when we first opened up, and the sign said, 'If you're in a hurry, there are a lot of other really good burger places real close to here,' " he says. "It was real in-your-face."
Israeli newspapers lately have carried headlines warning of a "diplomatic tsunami" headed to the region in September from the United Nations.
Palestinians want the General Assembly to vote on a resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood. The move could set internationally recognized borders for a Palestinian state on territory captured by Israel in the 1967 war.
But Israeli officials insist it will change little on the ground. And the Palestinians are trying to take a page from Israeli history to serve their cause.
Originally published on Thu April 21, 2011 11:37 am
When Nadia Shoeb moved to the U.S. for boarding school, she decided to wear the hijab. She wore the scarf for five years before taking it off. Shoeb is one of 12 women who described for NPR why they stopped wearing the headscarf.
For centuries, Islamic scholars have said that Muslim women must cover their hair. But many Muslim women don't.
There are about 1 million Muslim women in America; 43 percent of them wear headscarves all the time, according to the Pew Research Center. About 48 percent — or half a million women — don't cover their hair, the survey found.
The split between women who've covered and women who've never done so has existed for decades. But now a generation of women is taking off the headscarf, or hijab.