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Can Robots Manage Your Money Better Than You? Startups Say Yes

A handful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs say it's time to turn your finances over to bots. Algorithms can monitor a person's financial behavior better than most advisers, they say, and aren't biased by commissions or complex fee structures.
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The Internet Hoaxes That Had Us All Clicking For More

Fake stories on the Internet are not new, but their nature is changing. They seem to be more calculated, more elaborate and have a deeper intent to elicit a swell of emotion. Grantland writer Tess Lynch explains why she thinks 2013 was the year of the hoax — and which story even fooled her.
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Teaching Democracy Through Jazz, Perfecting Party Playlists

Carlos Watson, co-founder of the online magazine Ozy, tells host Arun Rath about a teacher using jazz to educate young students about democracy and a site that could spruce up the playlist for New Year's Eve parties this year.
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To Make Intersections Smarter, We Need Cars To Be Smarter, Too

Anyone who has waited endlessly at a red light at an empty four-way intersection knows traffic signals are not the most efficient way to keep traffic flowing. Computer scientists have figured out a way to utilize the space in intersections far more efficiently. The problem is the solution will have to wait for a day when cars can drive themselves.
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Target: Encrypted Data Were Taken, But Not The Key To Unlock

Though 40 million credit and debt accounts may have been affected, Target says the hackers should not be able to decrypt sensitive information they obtained.
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West Coast's Early Warning System For Quakes Still Spotty

Japan already relies on a system that helps prevent industrial accidents and train derailments by sending warnings as much as a minute before the ground starts shaking. That much time could save lives after a major earthquake in California, but seismologists say a prototype system there lacks funding and has big gaps.
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Supercamera: More Pixels Than You Know What To Do With

Scientists are developing new gigapixel cameras that take extremely high-resolution images with astonishing detail. Who needs to see the world with this kind of super-eye?
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What's In Store For Commuting's Future? (Hint: There's Hope)

Students thinking about the road ahead for transportation imagine everything from flying cars and hovercraft to crowdsourced car design and driverless vehicles. A key part of planning, says one expert, is that changes must not only make life better for commuters, they must also be done in a way "that this planet can support."
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Holiday Innovation: Tweet At Your Christmas Tree To Light It Up

You've heard a lot about the "Internet of things" — a network of smart devices that anticipate your needs. This one doesn't do anything particularly useful, but it does have the most holiday cheer.
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When Teens Talk Tech, Investors Listen. Here's What They Say

Reporter Nishat Kurwa catches up with teens at Youth Radio about how they used social media in 2013 — from the apps they embraced to the ones they dumped.

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