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Tester Finds Novel Ways To Use Google Glass

A.J. Jacobs, editor at large for Esquire magazine, is one of several thousand people testing Google Glass, the mini-computers for the face. Jacobs has used them to — among other things — cheat at poker. He tells all to host Scott Simon.
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Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy's Prospects

Renewable energy has become a $220 billion a year industry. But to significantly slow climate change, the power of wind, solar and other renewable sources must vastly expand. Some say the tech breakthroughs needed are on the horizon, though a top economist sees a tougher road ahead.
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Early Champions Of Bitcoin Reap Unexpected Windfall

As the government considers regulating Bitcoin, speculation has sent the digital currency's value skyward. That has meant profit for Libertarians and Free Staters in New Hampshire who started using Bitcoin in opposition to currency regulation. Would the government's acceptance of Bitcoin undermine its value to early adopters?
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Businesses Woo Customers With Free Phone-Charging Stations

It's not an uncommon experience for smartphone owners: You're out for lunch or running errands, you suddenly realize your phone battery is low, and you panic. A Philadelphia entrepreneur thinks he's found the solution, and it's supposed to help phone owners and stores.
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For Advocacy Groups, Video Games Are The Next Frontier

As video games become more mainstream, some social action organizations are using them to raise awareness or raise funds. They advocate for a range of causes, from the struggles of women in the developing world to the effects of power in Congress.
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HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline

Workers on the "tech surge" to fix the error-riddled website have just days to meet the Obama administration's self-imposed deadline for a functioning site. Public confidence in HealthCare.gov has already taken the kind of hit that may be hard to overcome.
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Man Laments Loss Of Thousands Of Bitcoins, As Value Hits $1,000

"You know when you put something in the bin, and in your head, say to yourself 'that's a bad idea'? I really did have that," James Howells says. And boy, was his intuition right: Howells tossed a hard drive that held millions of dollars' worth of Bitcoins, the currency whose value has skyrocketed this year.
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Computer Guys And Gal

A day after Cyber Monday, our tech team suggests gadgets and tech gifts for the holidays and explores the surging popularity of mobile shopping on smart phones and tablets.

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The Environmental Outlook: Debate Over Ethanol And The Future Of Biofuels

For this month's Environmental Outlook: The EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be mixed with gasoline. Debate over U.S. ethanol policy and the future of advanced biofuels.

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Efforts To Promote Transparency In Online Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission this week examines the way digital media present paid ads to consumers. The growing sophistication of targeted online ads and efforts to ensure transparency.

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