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Microsoft, An Empire Under Siege, Makes Its Next Moves

This week, Microsoft will roll out the largest upgrade of its Windows software in more than a decade. And for the first time, it's marketing a tablet, called Surface. Microsoft still commands a formidable computing empire, but it's an empire under siege.

America's Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong

Young Americans are reading more than just status updates and 140-character tweets. A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that among 16- to 29-year-olds, 8 in 10 have read a book in the past year. That's compared with 7 in 10 among adults in general.

The Afterlife Of A TV Episode: It's Complicated

These days, there are many ways to catch a TV show, even if it's no longer on the air. Often, the trick is finding out which service — Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. — has the episodes you want to watch. And if the show is in reruns, it can get complicated.

How Much Is A 'Like' On Facebook Worth For A Company's Share Price?

Companies that provide financial data are increasingly interested in our "likes" and tweets. A Ph.D. student recently studied how positive social media mentions are linked to stock market performance, and came up with some interesting results.

Tech Week Ahead: Apple To Unveil iPad Mini

Apple is holding one of its attention-getting launch events on Tuesday, and many believe they will unveil a new, smaller version of their best-selling iPad. All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks to NPR's Laura Sydell about the launch of what's being dubbed the iPad mini.

Microsoft Taking Big Gamble On Surface, Windows 8

All Things Considered host Melissa Block talks with technology reporter Nick Wingfield of the New York Times about the upcoming release Windows 8. He says Microsoft's newest operating system is the company's most radical leap forward since the move from an arcane, text-based operating system to the icon-based one users are accustomed to today.