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American Tech Companies Eye The Developing World

Hitting near market saturation in the U.S. and Europe, tech companies, like Google, Facebook and Apple, are turning their gaze to the developing world. Google launched Project Loon, which would send Internet-providing balloons into the atmosphere above rural areas. Facebook recently announced a lower cost data project, Internet.org effort. And there are rumors of a cheaper iPhone in development at Apple. We explore how tech companies are competing to reach the last untapped market of digital consumers, and what challenges they may face in bringing their services to emerging markets.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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