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Price of helium keeps rising

Nov 5, 2007
Helium is the second-most abundant element in the universe. But here on Planet Earth the gas is getting harder to come by. A worldwide helium shortage is affecting everything from the party industry to medicine. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Science

Do-not-track list proposed for Web

Oct 31, 2007
A coalition of consumer privacy groups is pushing for the creation of a national do-not-track list that would allow Web surfers to stop Internet companies from recording their personal behavior online. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Science

A new process to approve patents

Oct 30, 2007
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wants to change the rules to streamline the processing of new applications. But a lawsuit is threatening to prevent those changes from happening. Jeremy Hobson has more.

Fake Steve Jobs has real 'Options'

Oct 29, 2007
Since early 1996, Dan Lyons has been maintaining a blog with the name Fake Steve Jobs. He was unmasked as the author this past summer, wrapping up a tech-world whodunit. Now he's got a book out as Fake Steve called "Options." He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books

Connecting Africans to Web potential

Oct 29, 2007
There are nearly a billion people on the continent of Africa, and only 4 percent of the population has Internet access. But some companies connect web access with new market potential and job creation. Gretchen Wilson reports.

Does the term 'bubble' come to mind?

Oct 26, 2007
At a conference for programmers of applications for the social-networking website Facebook, the excitement seems eerily similar to a period about 10 years ago.

Teleconferencing meets 21st century

Oct 26, 2007
Video-conferencing technology has had a reputation of being choppy at best. But Jill Barshay reports a new wave of "telepresence" systems are good enough to convince some companies not to spend money on plane tickets.

Will 'Leopard' change spotty Mac sales?

Oct 26, 2007
Apple released the new operating system "Leopard" today, which allows easy switches between Windows and Mac applications. Alisa Roth reports this may encourage sales of Macs, which make up only 10 percent of computer purchases.
Posted In: Science

Should old ISP have to forward e-mail?

Oct 25, 2007
The FCC is considering a request to require Internet service providers like AOL to forward your e-mail to whichever new account you're using now. Declan McCullagh at CNET explains why that might not be as logical as it sounds.
Posted In: Science

Web 2.0 has Internet money flowing again

Oct 24, 2007
Microsoft has announced it's going to buy 1.5% of the social networking site Facebook for $240 million -- beating out Google for the prize. Kai Ryssdal did some networking with venture capitalist Todd Dagres, asking him to size up the deal.
Posted In: Science

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