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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending December 13, 2013)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
  1. Bitcoin’s Rise Constrained by Heists and Lost Fortunes
    Bitcoin is underpinned by unbreakable codes, but the secret keys that protect personal fortunes are easily lost or stolen.
  2. Parents: Don’t Panic About Your Kids’ Social Media Habits
    Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd tries to puncture some myths about teenagers and the Internet.
  3. New Interfaces Inspire Inventive Computer Games
    Novel modes of interaction are inspiring independent game companies to come up with completely new types of games.
  4. The Many Tongues of Twitter
    Twitter’s footprint is growing fast, although English speakers in the U.S. remain the largest demographic. The trick now is to turn its global presence into advertising dollars.
  5. Indoor Imagery Shows Mobile Devices the Way
    Street View–style imagery of interior spaces lets mobile devices locate themselves more accurately than is possible with GPS.
  6. World’s Smallest Pacemaker Can Be Implanted without Surgery
    New cardiac devices are small enough to be delivered through blood vessels into the heart.
  7. How Remote Places Can Get Cellular Coverage by Doing It Themselves
    With Swedish telephone numbers and a tree-bound base station, a remote Indonesian village runs its own telecommunications company.
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