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Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with bitcoins. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits — and risks, too.
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In The Dark About Picking A Light Bulb? This FAQ Can Help

It used to be pretty easy to buy a light bulb. But the transition to more energy-efficient lighting now means choosing from a dazzling array of products. We've collected answers to your top questions to help you navigate the confusing world of the 21st century light bulb.
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German Chancellor Proposes A Europe-Only Network

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has proposed a European communications network that would contain online communications within that continent. David Meyer, senior writer at GigaOM, tells Audie Cornish about the source of this idea and whether or not it's feasible.
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Battling Blight: Detroit Maps Entire City To Find Bad Buildings

The city has a lot of abandoned buildings, and to decide which ones should be demolished, the federal government and some major foundations started a massive, high-tech mapping project. The new mayor says that's just what he needs to improve the neighborhoods.
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DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required

Remember the Sears kit houses from the early 1900s, ordered from a catalog and assembled on-site? Now, online designers around the world are building WikiHouses out of plywood pieces that fit together like a puzzle. No nails, no fasteners, no adhesives. Just slot-together joints and the Internet.
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Cold War Technology Sought By Spy Is In Your Pocket — Sort Of

Federal authorities have arrested a Chinese national who is accused of trying to buy accelerometers from a company in suburban Seattle. Certain kinds of accelerometers are subject to export controls, because they're used to guide missiles and spacecraft. The U.S. has been trying to keep accelerometer technology under wraps for half a century. Even as some accelerometers were used to guide Cold War missiles into space and around the world, today's technological descendents allow you to play racing games on your iPhone.
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Hurting For Cash, Online Porn Tries New Tricks

Online pornography was the cutting edge of e-commerce during the Internet's early days, but its heyday is over. To recoup some of those costs, one porn empire in San Francisco is using data analytics, lifestyle events and new products to keep customers loyal.
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The Art And Practice Of Protecting American Technology

The recent allegations that a Chinese spy was trying to steal technology are in fact nothing new. Audie Cornish talks to James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about protecting U.S. technology from spying abroad.
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On The Web, Exploring The Family Tree Is Easy — But Unreliable

Genealogy is no longer just for gray-haired retirees with plenty of time to scour dusty documents for ancestral links. The Internet has placed family history within reach of even the casually curious, and websites that specialize in genealogy hope to have you checking your family tree as often as your Facebook feed. But can you trust everything you find online about your ancestors?
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A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age

It's estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.

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