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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending November 22, 2013)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Xbox vs. PlayStation: Beginning of the End for Consoles?
    Sony and Microsoft release their first video-game consoles in seven years, but they’re battling for a world of play that is rapidly changing.
  2. A Gooey Cure for Crack-Prone High-Capacity Batteries
    Polymer glue helps fracture-prone high-capacity batteries last through more charges.
  3. Someday Your EV Charger May Be the Roadway Itself
    A researcher envisions the ultimate cure for “range anxiety”: roadway-powered vehicles with modified on-board power receivers.
  4. Engineers Plan a Fully Encrypted Internet
    Responding to reports of mass surveillance, engineers say they’ll make encryption standard in all Web traffic.
  5. Ink-Jet Printing Could Be the Key to Next-Generation OLED Displays
    Kateeva says its new manufacturing equipment can produce affordable displays based on organic light-emitting diodes.
  6. Regulators See Value in Bitcoin and Other Digital Currencies
    At a Senate hearing, financial regulators, law enforcement, and even the chairman of the Federal Reserve show support for digital currencies.
  7. Voice Controls Can Be Surprisingly Distracting to Drivers
    Voice controls can help drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, but new research shows they can also divert their attention.
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