Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Our gadget love is fickle. Bits and pieces of the technology are always getting a little bit better. Chips, software, you name it. So companies keep making new phones and electronics and we keep buying them. And throwing them out at a rate of millions of tons per year in the U.S. alone. But there might be some good news. Something called Phonebloks just got buy in from a big phone maker. The idea is a modular phone -- almost like it’s made out of Legos -- that you can improve with new parts.

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