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Siri's Position On Abortion? A Glitch, Not Conspiracy, Apple Says

When it was discovered earlier this week that Apple's new iPhone assistant had trouble telling users where to find abortion providers, abortion rights groups immediately cried foul.
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After 10 Years, Segway Falls Short Of High Hopes

Melissa Block and Guy Raz mark the 10th anniversary of the public unveiling of the balancing scooter called the Segway — a device that was predicted to change our world. It only did 10 percent of the volume expected and became something of a joke.
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Hitting The 'Off' Switch On Antibiotic Resistance

Doctors are running out of effective antibiotics, as bacteria evolve ways to evade one drug after another. Now DARPA has called for alternatives to conventional antibiotics. Nanotechnologist Chad Mirkin discusses one such weapon--tiny globs of DNA and RNA that can switch off the bugs' antibiotic resistance. Nanotechnologist Chad Mirkin discusses next-generation antibiotics that target a bacterium's DNA.
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Online Gaming Company Zynga Says Target Valuation Is Around $7 Billion

Getting ready for its initial public offering later this month, Zynga set its share price at $8 to $10.
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The Beauty and Brains Behind 'Hedy's Folly'

In a new book, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Richard Rhodes tells the behind-the-scenes story of movie star--and inventor-- Hedy Lamarr, "the most beautiful woman in the world." Lamarr invented "frequency hopping," a concept that's still used in today's wireless technology.
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Deconstructing A Skyscraper

In her new book, The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, author Kate Ascher sheds light on the infrastructure and services that make life and work possible in a modern skyscraper. She examines everything that goes into designing, building and maintaining these towering buildings.
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Flight Of The Wild Pigeon

Pigeons may not be known for their flying prowess, but they are actually pretty good at maneuvering right angles. Andrew Biewener and colleagues at Harvard's Concord Field Station caught pigeons in a parking garage, made a flying course in the lab and filmed the birds with high speed cameras to see how pigeons make tight turns.
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Samsung, HTC And Carrier IQ Face Suit Over Logging Software

The lawsuit claims secret software on millions of phones was "intercepting and collecting private information" from users.
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Apps Can Help You Take A Pill, But Privacy's A Big Question

Apps that track personal health information can be really convenient. But they may be a big privacy risk. App makers aren't controlled by federal health privacy laws, so what they do with sensitive information is up to them.

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