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Lawmakers And Regulators Take A Closer Look At Bitcoin

The Senate Homeland Security Committee hears testimony on the economic benefits of Bitcoin. Critics argue it provides a safe haven for drug traffickers and other criminals. Diane and her guests discuss new questions about the digital currency Bitcoin.

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Rapping Biology? Why Science And Hip-Hop Works

Engaging students in science class is no easy task but using hip-hop may be one way to get their attention. Research scientist Danielle Lee uses hip-hop to bridge the gap between culture and science.
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BlackBerry Abandons Plans To Sell Itself, Replaces CEO

A few weeks ago, the smartphone maker announced it had signed a letter of intent to sell the company valued at $4.7 billion to Fairfax Financial Holdings. Instead, in a statement released Monday, BlackBerry announced it will receive a $1 billion investment from Fairfax Financial and others. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins will step down and be replaced by interim CEO John Chen.
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iPhone Users Face Dilemma Of When To Upgrade

David Greene talks to Bloomberg technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky about when to update an Apple smartphone. Jaroslovsky explains why if you own an older model iPhone and upgrade to the new operating system, your experience can be much slower than if you have the newest iPhone.
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If The Internet Is Your Canvas, You Paint In Zeros And Ones

In early October, Benjamin Palmer dropped $3,500 at Phillips auction house in New York. His acquisition? Ifnoyes.com — the first website to be sold at an established auction. It highlights the growing acceptance and appeal of artwork that lives in a virtual space.
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HealthCare.gov's Rocky First Month Leaves Plenty Of Questions

Friday marked one month since the health care exchange marketplace opened. It's unclear how many people have actually enrolled in insurance, how much more the contractors who bungled the software will get paid and whether consumers will be satisfied with the plans they get.
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Tech Week That Was: Kids And Screens, NSA And Our Data

This week we learned that the scope of surveillance by the National Security Agency reportedly includes Google and Yahoo data centers. We also explored the subject of kids and technology. And as it heads toward its initial public stock offering, Twitter gave itself a new look.
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Computer Guys & Gal

The NSA is snooping through tech companies' data centers, a reporter spys and tweets on the Acela train and the tablet wars heat up. The Computer Guys and Gal are here.

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VIDEO: 'Mouse Vs. Cookie,' A Little Guy's Tale Of Triumph

Jump little mouse! Jump! Will he be able to carry that cracker away? It's a mice ... oops nice ... story of determination.
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Seeing In The Pitch-Dark Is All In Your Head

Using special eye-tracking cameras, researchers at the University of Rochester found that many people can perceive their own bodies moving, even in total darkness. Our minds instinctively fill in some images when there aren't any real ones to see.

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