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  Need to Know, August 13, 2010

This week on Need to Know: An epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. Is the Google-Verizon a deal a pact for good, or evil? And Andy Borowitz takes a cue from JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater.

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  Verizon, Google and the future of the Internet

Some fear that a pact between the two companies announced this week could undermine equal access to the internet. We talk to Need to Know contributor Rick Karr to find out what’s at stake.

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  Edinburgh gets festive

Edinburgh gets festive

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  Denied!

A followup on the World Cup’s lousy officiating — and what could be done about it.

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  Faster, higher, richer?

Will the 2012 Olympic Games improve life in London’s down-at-heel East End — or will the International Olympic Committee pocket the profits after Britain pays the bills?

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  Connection crash

Is our political system going the way of the record industry? Culture correspondent Rick Karr talks to John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former Grateful Dead lyricist, about the political consequences of our increasingly fragmented and data-rich culture.

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  Looking for the ‘little pink pill’

Pharmaceutical firms are hoping for a “female Viagra,” while critics say the proposed cures may be snake-oil.

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  Ballot boxing

Nearly 10 years after hanging chads and butterfly ballots decided the presidential election, the way we vote still hasn’t changed.

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  Forbidden fruit

Three things you need to know about the iPhone affair.

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