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Would you pay $10 monthly to upgrade your phone twice a year? That's a plan T-Mobile is instituting. Microsoft has some plans of its own. The tech giant will revamp its structure and management. As senators squabble over student loans, we wonder why the math is so hard to do. Plus, a look at life in Egypt during its time of transition, why the smartest electrical grid in the world will be tested in Afghanistan’s hostile combat zones, and author Aifric Campbell discusses her new novel "On the Floor."

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Americans don't think journalists contribute a lot to society

Jul 11, 2013
The military topped a survey of occupations in the U.S. that people think "contribute a lot" to society.

This smart grid can save power -- and lives

Jul 11, 2013
The U.S. power grid needs upgrading to manage all the stresses on it. The Army is testing a much smaller grid that cut fuel use in half, saving soldiers' lives.

Doing the math on student loans

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Jul 11, 2013
As Congress bickers over the interest rates on student loans -- again -- the question is, why is this so hard to figure out?

Will Microsoft's reorganization work?

Jul 11, 2013
The tech giant plans to revamp its structure and management, as the tech world changes from PCs to mobile devices and cloud computing.

T-Mobile's plan: $10 monthly for phone upgrades twice a year. Worth it or not?

Jul 11, 2013
The cellular carrier announced a new program that will allow customers to upgrade their phones up to twice a year for a $10 monthly charge.

At start of Ramadan, Egypt still feeling the strain

Jul 11, 2013
Turmoil continues in Egypt, but as news of $12 billion in aid and an interim prime minister appointment take hold, life on the ground in Cairo is also changing.

The state of the nation, seen through housing

Jul 11, 2013
Data from the 2011 American Housing Survey -- where we live and how we live -- was released today.

'On the Floor' with a former investment banker

Jul 11, 2013
In her latest novel, author Aifric Campbell details the cutthroat and high-flying world of finance in the early '90s.

Would you pay $10 monthly to upgrade your phone twice a year? That’s a plan T-Mobile is instituting. Microsoft has some plans of its own. The tech giant will revamp its structure and management. As senators squabble over student loans, we wonder why the math is so hard to do. Plus, a look at life in Egypt during its time of transition, why the smartest electrical grid in the world will be tested in Afghanistan’s hostile combat zones, and author Aifric Campbell discusses her new novel “On the Floor.”

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