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Google Tweaks Search To Boost Google+, And Rivals Get Angry

Social media has become a huge part of how people experience the web. So it's not surprising that Google's move to integrate "personal results" into its search results — drawing from the Google+ community — wasn't praised by the folks who run rival social networks.
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GWU Professor's Laser Technology Recognized

A laser used to analyze biological samples, the work of a George Washington University professor, was recognized by The Scientist magazine as one of the top 10 innovations of 2011.

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Army Scraps Most Of The JTRS Program

The Army has spent billions of dollars in the past 15 years on an ambitious program to develop a universal radio. It was called the Joint Tactical Radio System, or "JTRS." But now the Army has scrapped most of that program. Melissa Block talks to military writer David Axe about its failure.
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Can Two Smartphone Also-Rans Rescue Each Other?

Both Nokia and Microsoft have been left behind in the race to capture a piece of the fast-growing smartphone pie. Now Nokia, with Microsoft's help, is trying to force its way back into the North American smartphone market, announcing a new 4G phone for AT&T.
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Glitz Returns To Detroit Auto Show

Host Michel Martin discusses trends at this year's auto expo in the Motor City, and what U.S. automakers are doing to capture another year of double-digit profits. She speaks with NPR Business Reporter Sonari Glinton and Michelle Krebs of Edmonds.com, a car industry tracking site.
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X-Rays Scan Foods For The Secret Ingredient That Could Break A Tooth

Metal detectors just don't cut it when it comes to keeping shards of bone or plastic and other nasty stuff out of food. Enter the X-ray. Costco and other big retailers now require food processors to X-ray food to screen for foreign objects. The process is more automated than airport baggage screening.
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Hard Day's Delight: A School Of Rock, At The Office

There's no better way to build a team than to start a band, say the executives of one telecom firm who met while playing music. Soon, their employees will play against each other in a companywide battle of the bands. The only rule is they have to pick an instrument they don't already know how to play.
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News From CES: Some Ford Vehicles Will Give Drivers Voice Control Of NPR's App

The latest version of NPR's mobile news application can be controlled using your voice in some Ford vehicles.
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A TV That Watches You? Must Be Time For The Consumer Electronics Show

A TV set from Lenovo will respond to voice commands and know who you are by using facial recognition.

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