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Tech Week That Was: Sharing Economy, The New PS4 And Snapchat

Snapchat spurns a $3 billion offer from Mark Zuckerberg, Google Books can proceed with book scanning and the NPR team dives into the sharing economy. A look at the highlights of our tech reporting this week.
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Google's India Strategy: One Teardrop At A Time?

An ad for Google's search engine in India unites two friends separated by Partition in 1947. The ad has warmed the cockles of subcontinental hearts, leading to an outpouring of goodwill on social media and newspaper websites.
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Will New PlayStation, Xbox Click Beyond The Hard-Core Gamer?

More than seven years since their previous releases, Sony and Microsoft are debuting new versions of their popular game consoles — PlayStation and Xbox. Hard-core gamers are excited, but once that initial rush is over, Sony and Microsoft will have to work a lot harder to expand beyond that market.
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Internal Emails Reveal Warnings HealthCare.gov Wasn't Ready

"When we pull back the curtain now, the mess is disturbing," says House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., of the latest revelations. These documents call into question whether contractors can fix the website as promised by the end of November.
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China Unveils Major Economic Changes

The Communist Party said it would loosen restrictions on foreign investment in e-commerce and other businesses, and allow private competition in state-dominated sectors. The announcements are being described as China's biggest economic overhaul in two decades.
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What Are The Lives of Chinese Factory Workers Really Like?

Behind all our material goods, from iPhones to sneakers, is a narrative of exploited Chinese workers with bleak lives. Reporter Leslie T. Chang says that's a disrespectful narrative. She sought out workers in a Chinese megacities and tells their stories.
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House To Vote On GOP Solution To Canceled Insurance

After weeks of mounting calls to help Americans whose health plans were getting canceled, President Obama announced a fix on Thursday. People can retain their health coverage for a year, even if they've received cancellation notices. On Friday, members of the House are scheduled to vote on a bill that would allow people with individual plans to keep them for 2014.
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Game Consoles Marketed As Multimedia Living Room Boxes

PlayStation 4 is out, and next week, the new Xbox is released. These systems do a whole lot more than just play video games. Microsoft in particular is selling non-gamers on its system's television features. For more, Steve Inskeep talks to Christopher Grant, editor-in-chief of the video game website Polygon.
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Judge: Google's Book Copying Doesn't Violate Copyright Law

Google has prevailed in a long-running lawsuit over the millions of books the company has digitally scanned without permission from authors and publishers. A U.S. Circuit Court judge has ruled that it's "fair use" when Google scans portions of books for public to use.
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Health Care Cancellation Cure Could Lead To Higher Premiums

The health care fix announced by President Obama on Thursday may be good news for some consumers, but it creates a big headache for insurance companies and regulators. An insurance industry trade group warns the last-minute change could destabilize the market and lead to higher premiums.

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