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Jan 3, 2013

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The Federal Trade Commission announced that Google has agreed to allow competitors access to patents on technologies needed to make devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets. Family Dollar lowered its profit outlook for this year. Your disposed Christmas tree may be part of a new sand dune or riverbed. Jeff Speck talks about his new book "Walkable City," which takes a look at Americans' desire for cities where you can get around without cars. And Scott Tong reviews the movie "Promised Land," which is about a drilling company that wants to use hydraulic fracturing in a rural Pennsylvania town.

Segments From this episode

The TV of the future?

Jan 3, 2013
At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, TV-makers are expected to unveil technologically enhanced sets. But is the TV of the future here?

Ditched on the curb, old Christmas trees have a future

Jan 3, 2013
There are all sorts of ways to recycle Christmas trees: Mulch. Sand dune retainers. Even crappie fishermen get in on it.

'Promised Land': Fracking as Hollywood tells it

Jan 3, 2013
"Promised Land," opening nationally in theaters, provides a nuanced account of fracking in rural Pennsylvania -- up to a point.

Family Dollar warns of cautious shoppers

Jan 3, 2013
Family Dollar fared well during the recession. But despite the rebound and recent tax deal, the discount chain lowers its profit outlook for 2013.

FTC finds no evidence Google violated anti-trust laws

Jan 3, 2013
After a 19-month investigation, the Federal Trade Commission says it found no evidence Google violated anti-trust laws. The company has agreed to license essential patents for rivals' products.

What Al Jazeera needs to do to make it in the U.S.

Jan 3, 2013
Al Jazeera buys Current TV but will American audiences tune in?

What makes a city walkable?

Jan 3, 2013
According to urban planner Jeff Speck, designing cities for cars makes cities "crappy," but making a city walkable is no easy task.

Fact Check: The truth behind fracking claims in 'Promised Land'

Jan 8, 2013
Dead cows in Pennsylvania? Sorting out fact from fiction in the new feature movie "Promised Land" starring Matt Damon, which examines the underworld of the booming industry of hydraulic fracturing

The Federal Trade Commission announced that Google has agreed to allow competitors access to patents on technologies needed to make devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets. Family Dollar lowered its profit outlook for this year. Your disposed Christmas tree may be part of a new sand dune or riverbed. Jeff Speck talks about his new book “Walkable City,” which takes a look at Americans’ desire for cities where you can get around without cars. And Scott Tong reviews the movie “Promised Land,” which is about a drilling company that wants to use hydraulic fracturing in a rural Pennsylvania town.

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