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Rekindling a market for e-books

Nov 19, 2007
Amazon.com launches its new e-book reader today, and the company is hoping Kindle will do for paperbacks what iPods did for music. But Sam Eaton reports this technology has been around for over a decade.

Cell phones keep getting smarter

Nov 8, 2007
The iPhone goes on sale Friday in Germany and the U.K. So Kai Ryssdal thought it might be a good time to do a little smartphone tutorial for those in the market. He brought in Kevin Pereira from G4 television.
Posted In: Science

Google plans to get inside your phone

Nov 5, 2007
Google announced today it is developing a free cell-phone software package so it can more easily put ads and services before the eyeballs of people who aren't in front of a PC. The Wall Street Journal's Kevin Delaney talked about it with Kai Ryssdal.

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.

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