An anti-trust probe of Google by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ended. Avoiding financial penalties and an extended battle with U.S. regulators, Google has agreed to change some of its business practices. It will remove restrictions on advertisers who use its online ad platform. And in a related deal, Google resolved charges by the FTC on the use of mobile device patents.
In Silicon Valley and around the world there are thousands of folks toiling away on new technologies, convinced that the thing they are building will transform the way we live. NPR's Steve Henn introduces us to five techies whose research and work he'll be keeping a close eye on in the coming year.
The widely read political blog, which began as in independent forum for Sullivan's voice, is going to try charging for its content. "Getting readers to pay a small amount for content," Sullivan writes, is "the only truly solid future for online journalism."
The Federal Trade Commission receives more than 200,000 complaints a month about phone solicitations offering everything from lower credit card interest rates to new products. The commission is offering $50,000 to whoever can come up with a way to block them.
It's unlikely 2013 will be the year that jet packs make it big, but the coming year could bring us a host of other new technology trends and products, like 3-D printers for consumers, even smarter smartphones, and more connected devices like glasses and cars.
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