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Introducing The Jet-Powered Surfboard

November 2, 2011 10:11 am

Southern California surfing startup Wavejet shows off its jet-powered surfboard. One of the models gives users 40 minutes of runtime, or about 90 minutes of time in the water. What's the price for one of these boards? Try a cool $4,000-$4,500. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Michael Moore: Outsourcing Should Be 'Illegal'

November 2, 2011 10:09 am

Filmmaker Michael Moore considers jobs to be "natural resources" and says outsourcing should be illegal. Moore cites job cuts and outsourcing at GM in the 1980s as a prime example of why domestic jobs need to be preserved in the United States. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Sony's Billion Euro Bet On Mobile

November 1, 2011 10:50 am

Sony CEO Howard Stringer explains why his company is buying full control of the Sony Ericsson mobile phone venture at a news conference in London. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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What Europe's Economic Crisis Means To The U.S.

October 31, 2011 10:29 am

Wall Street is watching to see if Europe can contain a debt crisis that threatens to trigger an unpredictable financial collapse. Anthony Mason reports on what Europe's economic crisis means here. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Globalization: The Good And The Bad

October 31, 2011 8:55 am

Thomas Friedman, longtime proponent of globalization and foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times , now argues that globalization is closing the gap between the United States and other countries. He believes other countries are catching up rather quickly and the U.S. is in decline. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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YouTube Generation Looks For A Job

October 27, 2011 6:51 am

In the UK, employers and recruitment agencies are experimenting with video as a way of expediting the search for potential employees. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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The Digital Drum Debuts In Uganda

October 26, 2011 11:40 am

A solar-powered computer kiosk is breaking new ground by making the internet available to school children in Uganda for the first time. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Chinese Robots Display Ping-Pong Prowess

October 26, 2011 11:38 am

China's world-class table tennis players may soon face competition from two robots, programmed by scientists to serve, return, and hold rallies. The humanoid machines have been equipped with ball-tracking technology and responsive limbs and could one day give human opponents a run for their money.

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The Pros, Cons Of Being 'Connected'

October 26, 2011 11:36 am

Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain talks with CNN about her new documentary, "Connected," that explores our wired culture. The film asks and attempts to answer a number of questions. What does it mean to be connected in the 21st century? What is good about it? What is bad about it? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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An Inside Look At A Cyber Attack Drill

October 26, 2011 11:35 am

Divided into two teams, cyber-attackers and cyber-defenders get a lesson in an "attack" on critical infrastructure. The cyber-attackers are trying to penetrate into the Acme Specialty Chemical Corporation, tunnel down into their control operations, and take over production. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Unlocking New Energy Possibilities With Dead Wood

October 26, 2011 11:32 am

Could dead wood be the answer to the world's energy problems? Scientists at the University of Maine have invented a simple two-step way to turn wood, and even garbage, into fuel that could power your car and heat your home. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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A Mosaic Of Solar Energy

October 25, 2011 7:10 am

CNN's Errol Barnett talks to Dan Rosen of Solar Mosaic about the future of solar energy. Solar Mosaic allows people to own a share of a community solar project. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Revenge Of The Electric Car

October 24, 2011 10:31 am

Despite many failures over the years, the new documentary ''Revenge of the Electric Car'' follows the comeback of the once dismissed electric car. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Bringing The Power Of Manufacturing To The Desktop

October 21, 2011 10:10 am

As CEO of MakerBot, Bre Pettis champions a revolutionary manufacturing technology that allows people to design and print out objects on their desktop. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Analyst: RIM Needs Touch Screens

October 21, 2011 6:17 am

Research in Motion needs to turn its focus to touch screens or risk losing more market share to Apple and Samsung, says Gartner Analyst Ken Dulaney. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Immelt: More Confidence, More Jobs

October 19, 2011 10:57 am

General Electric's CEO, Jeff Immelt, talks about the President's Job Council's approach to unemployment: treat it like a turnaround in a company! Hear what he told Reuters' Chrystia Freeland. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Muffineering: Cupcake Cars

October 19, 2011 10:48 am

Lisa Pongrace's cupcake cars are powered by electric motors, and evolved from a costume idea for Burning Man. After building the first prototype, her friends wanted their own mobile muffins and helped create a fleet of confectionery art cars. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Corporations Moving Away From BlackBerry

October 19, 2011 10:46 am

The recent struggles of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, coupled with the continued dominance of tech giant Apple, has caused a significant number of corporations to move away from the BlackBerry and toward the iPhone as the preferred business smartphone of choice. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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The Building Of A DIY Arcade

October 19, 2011 10:39 am

Vince Penman, the Geek with Dad Tendencies, explains how he came to create his first DIY arcade machine called the Nostalgiatron. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Recycling Plastic

October 19, 2011 10:37 am

Less than 10 percent of plastic trash is recycled. Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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