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Online Marketers Take Note Of Brains Wired For Rewards

Are you addicted to technology? Do you check email obsessively, tweet without restraint or post on Facebook during Thanksgiving dinner? Many techies and marketers are tapping into powerful reward mechanisms in our brain to make their products as compelling and profitable as possible.
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See The 10 States With The Fastest Internet Connections

Vermont, New Hampshire and Delaware top the list of states with fastest average connection speeds, according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report.
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Giving Brightest Kids The 'Cram School' Experience, Online

Brilliant.org is an online hub for the world's most promising young minds to come together, connect, and see how they measure up against one another.
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U.K. Cracking Down On Porn, Blocking It Unless Users Opt In

The British prime minister says a plan to outlaw "violent" porn and block certain search terms is designed to protect children. Will a crackdown result in less child abuse?
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Residents Forced To Live Without Landlines

Verizon has taken the first step to replace copper lines with a home cellular connection in coastal areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But many customers don't like the new phone connection, saying the new technology is inferior to traditional landlines.
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Royal Baby News Or No? Guardian Lets Web Visitors Decide

The Guardian's U.S. editor in chief, Janine Gibson, discusses how the news organization came up with the idea to let visitors to its website see news about the royal baby or not. You can click on "Royalist" or "Republican." (In the U.S., the choice is "Royalist" or "Not a royalist.") We muse on what this means.
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High-End Stores Use Facial Recognition Tools To Spot VIPs

Some retailers have experimented with using signals from customers' smartphones to track them as they walk through a store. But a new facial recognition system is helping luxury shops give the VIP treatment as soon as big spenders walk in the door.
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The Tech Week That Was: Phone Upgrade Plans And TV's Future

We've rounded up the tech week that was — on this blog, on NPR airwaves and from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.
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Tech Tuesday: Preserving Family History

Our most precious family history --old letters, home movies, photo albums--often end up in basements or attics--the worst possible place to preserve these materials. We explore high and low tech ways to protect and store family memorabilia, and the smartest way to migrate different materials to digital formats.

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Thirsty? 'Sweat Machine' Turns Perspiration Into Drinking Water

The new device, being used by UNICEF to promote safe drinking water, extracts moisture from worn clothes using a technique known as membrane distillation.

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