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What happens when your friend’s smartphone can tell that you’re lying
By Gary Shapiro, The Washington Post
In just a few weeks, the next installment of “The Hunger Games” will arrive in movie theaters. The latest in a long line of films to depict a future all-knowing or controlling government — think “1984” or “Minority Report” — the dystopian tale will likely be a runaway hit. But the power to seem all-knowing – or at least know more than do now – may soon lie in technology that’s already in the palm of your hand.
Will this get millennials to buy homes?
By Matt Egan, CNN Money
One Wall Street firm has an idea that's raising eyebrows: forgive some student debt for first-time homebuyers. It's too early to say exactly how the stimulus measure BlackRock (BLK) suggested would work, but it would take Congressional action because the federal government administers the majority of student debt.
More Cities Raise Tobacco Age to 21
By Tripp Mickle, The Wall Street Journal
A grass roots movement to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 years from 18 is gaining traction, shaping up as the next serious challenge to the $100 billion U.S. tobacco industry. On Monday, the city council in Evanston, Ill., home to Northwestern University, banned tobacco sales to anyone under the age of 21. Next month, the board of health in Columbia, Mo., home to the University of Missouri, is expected to recommend the same to its city council.
Australia bans travel from Ebola-hit countries; U.S. isolates troops
By Michelle Nichols and Umaru Fofana, Reuters
MONROVIA/FREETOWN (Reuters) - Australia became the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of the countries worst-hit by the West African Ebola outbreak, a move those states said stigmatized healthy people and would make it harder to fight the disease.
Shopping? The robot will help you now
By Jillian Eugenios, CNN Money
Forget sales associates, or even personal shoppers. The shopping assistant of the future is a human-sized, multilingual robot, and it will be rolling down the aisles of a California store just in time for the holidays. Two robots, called OSHbots, will make their debut at an Orchard Supply Hardware store in San Jose, Calif., in the next few weeks. They can respond to people, wheel around the store and identify and track down items.
Costco says employees 'deserve' Thanksgiving off
By Gregory Wallace, CNN Money
The warehouse retail chain will again stay closed on Thanksgiving this year, bucking the trend of retailers opening their doors earlier and earlier. "Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families," a Costco (COST) spokesman told the website Think Progress.
Can a headband app calm you down?
By Mac King, Fox 5 News
MYFOXNY.COM - Mashable's senior tech correspondent sits alone in the newsroom. On Samantha Kelly Murphy's forehead sits a $300 headband. It restrains none of her hair but connects wirelessly to an app on her phone. That app professes to calm Murphy's breathing, body, and brain as much as 30 minutes of yoga in just three minutes of headband time. "It kind of looks like Google Glass when you put it on," she says.
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