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Wal-Mart will start selling beefier laptops for prices lower than the popular, and less powerful netbooks. They hope to attract the most frugal back-to-school shoppers. Rico Gagliano has more.
The first batch of swine flu vaccine is ready for testing and the developer is asking for clinical trial volunteers. Scientists hope to make sure the vaccine is ready for use by flu season. Sarah Gardner reports.
Media buzz usually spotlights 20-something Ivy League grads who start the hottest new tech companies and social networks. But the average tech-company founder is 39 and entrepreneurs over 50 surpass the younger generation two-to-one. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Germany's "cash for clunkers" program has saved factory jobs, stimulated auto sales, and removed many gas-guzzling cars from the country's roads. But the program has also hurt business for those who make a living selling used cars, spare parts and scrap metal. Brett Neely reports.
Thousands of fans are expected to invade San Diego today at the opening of Comic Con. Self-proclaimed nerd Gustavo Arellano shares the story of one Comic Con nerd who staved off financial ruin with a collection of geek treasures.
Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, and author of "Free: the Future of a Radical Price," talks to Kai Ryssdal about pros and cons of giving away media online for free. His critics say it's killing print media, but Anderson shares his rebuttal.