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Machine Evens Sushi-Making Playing Field

Japanese company Suzumo introduced what it calls a sushi robot at a food expo in Tokyo last week. The cutting-edge sushi-making machine is about 10 times quicker than the most productive sushi chef. No word yet on the price for the counter-top device which weighs about 20 pounds.
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Microsoft To Buy Patents From AOL For $1.1 Billion

A shareholder group of AOL had been complaining that the struggling company hadn't acted to realize the value of its patents. Many tech companies have been moving aggressively to assemble large patent portfolios as they battle over intellectual property.
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For $1.1 Billion, Facebook Snaps Up Instagram

Success for the popular photo-sharing app Instagram has been sudden and dramatic. Founded in 2010 by two Stanford University graduates, it now has 27 million users.
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'Do Not Track' Web Browser Option Gains Steam

Government regulators in the U.S. and Europe are putting pressure on the online advertising industry to adopt a new Web browser option called "do not track." The option is designed to offer users more privacy from the websites they visit — but there's still no consensus on precisely how much privacy the feature should provide.
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For Freelancers, Landing A Workspace Gets Harder

Many freelance workers opt to work in co-working spaces, where they rent cubicles and other office resources by the day or the month. Now, some companies, in an attempt to promote a certain environment, are becoming increasingly selective about who can work in their space.
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Calif.'s Prescription-Drug Monitoring System Feels Pain From Budget Cuts

Dozens of states electronically track the prescriptions for powerful narcotics like Vicodin and OxyContin to root out pill-shopping patients and unscrupulous doctors. But in California, a relentless budget crisis is threatening that system and causing deep concern among doctors and law enforcement.

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