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Weekly Un-Innovation: There's Nothing To See Here

Forget high-tech gadgets that are supposed to make your life easier. Today, we're writing about ... Nothing. Pim de Graaff, a copywriter from Amsterdam, creates handmade black wooden blocks called Nothing to remind you that you already have enough stuff.
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How Not To Get Swept Off Your Feet By A Sweetheart Scam

Some Americans are discovering the high cost of love. That's because some online flings are pumping them for money — sometimes tens of thousand of dollars. It's what experts call a "sweetheart scam." Host Michel Martin finds out more from consumer columnist Sheryl Harris.
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The Internet Flexes Political Muscle With Anti-NSA Protest

It won't be as powerful as the strike against SOPA and PIPA in 2012, when Wikipedia blocked its site, Google blacked out its logo and millions of people joined in. But "The Day We Fight Back" on Tuesday is intended to show lawmakers that there's ongoing public pressure to reform mass surveillance laws.
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With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away

Air bags stored in backpacks are saving the lives of backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers. They look something like car air bags, but they work on an entirely different principle. These keep you safe simply by turning you into a larger object, and that helps you rise to the top of debris.
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Wherefore Art Thou Robo-Shakespeare? Or Better Yet, How?

Nathan Matias is not a poet — at least, not in the conventional sense of the word. Rather, he's a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has written a Shakespearean sonnet using a computer program. Matias' program used predictive language, limited only to word choices made by William Shakespeare, to produce an entirely new poem in the voice of the Bard. He joins us to talk about his process and beautiful product.
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That's Just Like 'Her': Could We Ever Love A Computer?

Joaquin Phoenix stars in the film Her, in which his character falls in love with an operating system. Will artificial intelligence evolve to that point? Apple's computerized assistant Siri clearly isn't there yet. This is what else needs to happen before we get there.
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'Lung In A Box' Keeps Organs Breathing Before Transplants

For decades, doctors have transported donor organs chilled on ice in a plain old cooler. But a company is trying to come up with a better way to carry the lifesaving organs. The experimental machines keep hearts beating and lungs moving outside the body.
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Hollande's U.S. Visit To Send Signal To French Entrepreneurs

French President Francois Hollande arrives in the U.S. on Monday. In addition to a stop at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia, Hollande will travel to Silicon Valley. The French president has been seen as anti-business, but he is trying to send a positive signal to French entrepreneurs with his visit to the world's high-tech capital.
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Chinese Tech Giant Lenovo Extends Its Reach In U.S.

In January, Lenovo struck deals with two American companies. In a span of one week, the company spent roughly $5 billion to purchase both IBM's low-end server business and Google's Motorola mobile phone business. The moves help establish Lenovo as a global player.
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Tech Week That Was: Industry Gossip, Wikipedia Starts Talking

Between Microsoft's CEO announcement, Twitter's earnings report, Facebook's 10th birthday and Yahoo's disclosures of government requests — there's a lot to catch up with.

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