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Blackberry Manufacturer Faces Major Problems

After a major service outage this week, Research In Motion, or RIM, the company that makes Blackberries, faces major problems. The outage, which left millions of customers all over the world without service for up to three days, comes on the heels of a tablet flop and an embarrassing role in this summer's U.K. riots. Guy Raz talks with Chip Cummins of the Wall Street Journal about the future of the company.
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Dennis Ritchie, C Programmer And Unix Co-Creator, Has Died

He was a titan of the computer industry who had enormous influence on the work programmers do.
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Comparing Apple's iPhone 4S And The Droid Bionic

Apple's new smartphone, the iPhone 4S, lands in stores Friday, armed with a voice assistant and a new camera. One of the new iPhone's biggest rivals will be the Motorola Bionic, which runs on Google's Android operating system. Both phones are very capable, and very fast, says Rich Jaroslovsky.
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Out And Proud After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

Long before the policy barring gays from serving openly in the military ended, Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried started OutServe, a network of gay troops on Facebook. Seefried and his partner talk about what it's like being a gay couple in the military — and about new challenges facing gay troops.
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India's $35 Tablet To Bridge The Digital Divide?

The Indian government recently launched the world's cheapest tablet computer, which will be sold to students at a subsidized price. Michel Martin speaks with Columbia University Digital Media Professor Sree Sreenivasan about whether the world's largest democracy — with more than half its population living below the poverty line — can bridge the digital divide.
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Immigrant Parents Rely On Kids For Help Online

The digital divide separates those who have access to technology from those who don't. But there's another digital divide that has gotten less attention: Those who don't speak English are often ill-equipped to navigate the online world, even when they have good access to it. Kids are helping their parents bridge that gap.

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