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What the Comcast-NBC Universal deal means for you

Jan 20, 2011
The acquisition of NBC Universal by Comcast will formally take place later this month after the deal was approved by the FCC and the Justice Department. But that approval came with a host of provisions, rules that the new company must obey. Those new rules are going to have an effect on how people use the Internet and what they watch on television.
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The Reaper and the future of military flight

Jan 18, 2011
When Defense Secretary Robert Gates presented the Pentagon budget earlier this month, it contained more spending than ever before for UAVs: unmanned aerial vehicles. These are planes without any humans inside, operated by humans on the ground. What are we investing in and how is the rest of the world responding with planes of their own?
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New Verizon deal means some freedom, finally

Jan 15, 2011
When Verizon announced this week that it was soon going to offer the iPhone on its network, it was a big deal. Especially for Marketplace's Tech Report host John Moe, who will be freed from his AT&T contract next week. He contemplates the options.
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Well, maybe you'd like to control a helicopter with mind. I don't know you. Maybe you're into that kind of thing. Who am I to judge?

Jan 14, 2011
A University of Minnesota researcher has created a brain-computer interface that allows a person to move a 3-D helicopter on a screen using just...
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There's more to protecting your privacy online than turning off your Spokeo profile

Jan 14, 2011
A company called Spokeo has been freaking out a lot of people lately: the site is sharing information thought to be private. Spokeo creates profiles that contain where you live, how much money Spokeo thinks you make, if you're married, hobbies, what names you use online. But Spokeo is just the tip of the iceberg.
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The Justice Department wants information from Twitter

Jan 11, 2011
The Justice Department has been investigating Wikileaks for a while now, trying to figure out if it can go after the international organization with formal charges. Now it's asking Twitter to give detailed information about the official Wikileaks account and the accounts of people associated with Wikileaks.
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What you need to know coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show

Jan 7, 2011
The annual Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Las Vegas. Electronics companies are showing off the stuff they think you'll want to buy in the coming year. This year there's a big push for tablet computers and some companies still insisting 3D is going to be huge. We'll tell you what you need to know.
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Watching Sudanese elections from your computer

Jan 6, 2011
The southern part of Sudan is holding a referendum on whether to separate from the North. There are concerns that the election could lead to violence and terrorism. Part of the international effort to monitor the election involves leveraging satellite technology and mapping software to let people all over the world -- including you -- watch what's going on.
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Can the police search your cell phone without a warrant?

Jan 5, 2011
Can the police look at what's on your cell phone without a warrant? The California Supreme Court, in a 5-2 decision this week, said yes. Your phone, texts, emails, whatever is found on that phone, is fair game. It's a move that could have a big impact on issues of privacy and search & seizure. We look at the case and its implications.
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Now you can draw state redistricting maps too

Jan 4, 2011
Congress begins a new session tomorrow. But some members of the House are wondering just how long they'll be keeping those seats. The process known as reapportionment is being taken up by legislatures in 18 states that will be gaining or losing congressional seats based on numbers in the 2010 census. We look at the technology that goes into guiding that process.
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