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Surveillance Scandal Ups Sales Of Orwell's '1984'

Sales of the George Orwell classic have risen nearly 6,000 percent since news of the NSA's secret surveillance program broke. The book was first published 64 years ago last week.
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Vodafone Announces Bid For Germany's Biggest Cable Company

Vodafone is trying to buy Kabel Deutschland. The reported offer of more than $13 billion marks a major change in strategy for Vodafone. Up until now it has focused almost entirely on the mobile phone market.
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Technology Columnist Sheds Light On New Bulbs

Buying a light bulb isn't as simple as it used to be. Now, you can choose a light bulb that will save you money because it uses less power. And, you can pick a bulb that might last longer than you do. Linda Wertheimer talks to Rich Jaroslovsky, technology columnist for Bloomberg News, about the latest light bulb technology.
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Google Acquires Israeli Mapping Service Waze

Waze makes a crowds-sourced traffic app that uses input from drivers. It will complement Google's mapping capability. The deal is seen by many as a defensive move by Google to keep Waze from being acquired by Apple or Facebook.
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Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

Systems that turn a driver's speech into text are the most distracting. Drivers in a University of Utah test experienced a kind of inattention blindness that mean they sometimes overlooked potential hazards.
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Rick Perry's War On The Blue States

Gov. Rick Perry, a red state conservative, is sticking it to blue states by trying to persuade their businesses to move to Texas.
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Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

No, your eyes aren't fooling you: Prices for burger and steak meat have been going up this summer. Why? The ongoing drought in the Midwest has created a shortage of feed, raising expenses for ranchers and forcing some to cull their herds. And economists don't expect the beef price hikes to let up this year.

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