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Inventor Thomas Edison stands in his chemistry lab in West Orange, N.J., in 1904. Thomas Edison National Historical Park/National Park Service hide caption

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Before Silicon Valley, New Jersey Reigned As Nation's Center Of Innovation

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For Video Soundtracks, Computers Are The New Composers

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David Giovannoni uses a reproduction of Scott's phonautograph. Giovannoni is part of the team that recovered the audio from Scott's recordings. Art Silverman/NPR hide caption

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At The Dawn Of Recorded Sound, No One Cared

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Dan Howley tries out the Google Daydream View virtual-reality headset and controller on Oct. 4, 2016, following a product event in San Francisco. This week, Google announced plans for stand-alone VR goggles that won't need to be attached to a PC or smartphone. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Google Is Investing In 'Immersive Technology'

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Tom Hanks stars in The Circle as a tech CEO who is part Steve Jobs and part Mark Zuckerberg. Frank Masi/STX Entertainment hide caption

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In 'The Circle', What We Give Up When We Share Ourselves

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A conference worker passes a demo booth at Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, on Tuesday in San Jose, Calif. Noah Berger/AP hide caption

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Murder Video Again Raises Questions About How Facebook Handles Content

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YouTube has changed the way it pays video creators. One says his earnings have recently "taken a huge nose dive." Danny Moloshok/AP hide caption

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Online Video Producers Caught In Struggle Between Advertisers And YouTube

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Morning News Brief: Jared Kushner Rising, Bill O'Reilly's Future, YouTube Ads

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Has Apple Lost Its Innovation Mojo?

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AOL CEO Tim Armstrong will take the same position at the head of Verizon's Oath. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Yahoo And AOL Move In Together Under 'Oath,' Verizon's New Digital Arm

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Tech Companies Have Mixed Feelings Toward Trump Administration

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Rise Of Artificial Intelligence Met With Mixed Reaction At SXSW

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Pro-Trump supporters, left, argue with demonstrators after a Feb. 18 march in Los Angeles to protest the president's immigration policies. Sociologists say President Trump's actions and rhetoric are politically energizing both conservatives and liberals. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On Both The Left And Right, Trump Is Driving New Political Engagement

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Even after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, there have been efforts to pass a religious freedom bill. LGBTQ rights advocates believe lawmakers anticipate support from the Trump administration. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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LGBTQ Advocates Fear 'Religious Freedom' Bills Moving Forward In States

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