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Seven Must-Read Stories (Week Ending June 14, 2013)

Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.

  • June 14, 2013
  1. How Technology Is Destroying Jobs
    Automation is eliminating the need for people in many jobs. We’ve survived such changes before, but this time it might be different: are we facing a future of stagnant income and worsening inequality?
  2. The Strangeness of Facebook Home
    Facebook’s new interface for smartphones is at odds with how the world uses computers.
  3. U.S. Supreme Court Says “Natural” Human Genes May Not Be Patented
    A decision should reduce uncertainty in the field of molecular diagnostics.
  4. Bitcoin Millionaires Become Investing Angels
    Early investors in Bitcoin got rich. Now they are the cryptocurrency’s most powerful gatekeepers.
  5. Companies Complying with NSA’s PRISM May Face E.U. Lawsuits
    U.S. companies that pass data from European Union citizens to the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program could be breaching the E.U.’s data-protection laws.
  6. China Reveals First Space-Based Quantum Communications Experiment
    The “Chinese Quantum Science Satellite” will launch in 2016.
  7. The Avatar Will See You Now
    Medical centers are testing new, friendly ways to reduce the need for office visits by extending their reach into patients’ homes.
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