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Google Glass will be part of a trend in 2013 of computing and connectivity in devices we don't generally think of as computers. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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An image provided by Spotify shows music artwork displayed on its mobile app. Spotify began offering a free radio service for mobile devices in the U.S. in June. Before that, customers had to pay $10 per month to use its mobile app. Spotify Radio/AP hide caption

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Andras Gyorfi's winning entry in The Seasteading Institute's 2009 design contest. The institute supports the idea of permanent, autonomous offshore communities, but it does not intend to construct its own seasteads. Courtesy of The Seasteading Institute hide caption

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The new Microsoft Surface tablet on display after a press conference in New York in October. The Microsoft tablet goes up against products from Apple, Amazon and Google. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sandy Deals Powerful Blow To N.J. Housing Situation

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New Jersey Racetrack Hosts Displaced Residents

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Drake, who had the top torrent downloaded in the U.S. in the first half of 2012, according to Musicmetric, poses at the MTV Video Music Awards in September. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Studying How, And What, We Download

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In much of America, the availability of online video is often frustrated by slow broadband speeds. In this 2011 photo, Valerie Houde waits for a dial-up Internet connection in East Burke, Vt. Andy Duback/AP hide caption

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The new iPad Mini is displayed after its unveiling at an Apple event in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Video Phones Might Not Be The Future After All

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Donna Summer in 1976. YouTube's Chris Maxcy says the company targets advertising to videos by artists like her and gives a share of the revenue from it to the track's label and publisher. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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YouTube Shares Ad Revenue With Musicians, But Does It Add Up?

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