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April 22nd, 2011
07:50 PM ET

CNN Heroes: 'Paying it forward' after 9/11

New York (CNN) - Jeff Parness still remembers the pain of September 11, 2001, when his friend and business partner, Hagay Shefi, was among the thousands killed in the World Trade Center attacks.

But Parness, a native New Yorker, also hasn't forgotten the support that his hometown received from other communities in the immediate aftermath. Many cities - in the United States and around the world - sent volunteers and supplies to aid the rescue and recovery effort.

"9/11 changed all of us forever, but 9/12 changed us just as much," said Parness, 45. "That outpouring of kindness and generosity, to me, was more powerful than the terror that happened the day before."

That spirit of goodwill inspired Parness to create New York Says Thank You, an organization that sends volunteers from New York City to disaster-stricken communities every year - normally around the 9/11 anniversary. To date, more than 7,000 people have participated in the group's rebuilding projects.

Running a nonprofit isn't something that Parness, a former software venture capitalist who lives in Manhattan, ever thought he'd do. He had never been community service-oriented. But a suggestion from his 5-year-old son changed all of that.

Read more on Parness here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
April 22nd, 2011
10:18 AM ET

iPhone tracking technology under fire

Apple has come under fire recently for tracking technology in its iPhone and many users are concerned their whereabouts are being recorded.

Meanwhile, Blackberry's PlayBook hit shelves this week. Will it be strong competition for Apple's iPad?

Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi talk to Mario Armstrong, Host of SiriusXm's "Mario Armstrong's Digital Spin" about the latest in the tech world.

Filed under: Consumers • Technology
April 22nd, 2011
07:58 AM ET

Is now a good time to buy a house?

Recent reports that the real estate market is coming back are being questioned with growing concerns of a possible double dip in the real estate market.

So, is now a good time to buy a home? Ali Velshi talks to Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, about the strength of the real estate market.

Filed under: Consumers • Economy • U.S.
April 22nd, 2011
07:55 AM ET

Parents of two detained American journalists speak

American journalists Clare Morgana Gillis and James Foley were on assignment in Libya when they were detained on April 5 outside of Brega. The parents of the two Americans heard from their children for the first time Thursday, when Gillis was able to make a phone call to her parents. Gillis reported both she and Foley are in good health.

Robert and Jane Gillis and John and Diane Foley talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: Libya • U.S. • World
April 22nd, 2011
07:22 AM ET

Pastor Terry Jones plans Good Friday protest in Dearborn, Mich.

Pastor Terry Jones is known for his controversial burning of the Quran, and is said to have a $2 million bounty on his head in Pakistan. Jones is now planning a Good Friday protest in Dearborn, Michigan where one-third of the population is Muslim.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly says there is a problem with the site where Jones wants to protest and tells American Morning, "We never intend to deny him his rights but he has to stay within the law." A jury will decide Friday morning whether Jones will be allowed to protest at the mosque.

Dearborn Mayor O'Reilly speaks to Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi about Jones' Dearborn protests.

Filed under: Law • Politics • Religion • U.S.
April 22nd, 2011
05:55 AM ET

Tell us what you think: iPhone secretly tracking your location?

(CNN) – Apple devices appear to be tracking their owners' locations and storing data about people's whereabouts without their knowledge, according to a report posted Wednesday on a site called iPhone Tracker.

The unauthorized surveillance started in June 2010, when the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system was released, according to two researchers who say they discovered a hidden tracking file and posted it out of concern for users.

Apple has not responded to the allegations.

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Filed under: Controversy • Technology