Microsoft this week announced a program aimed at boosting the technology skills of up to two million Americans. As part of its Elevate America initiative Microsoft will offer some its training programs and certification tests for free.

The classes range from the basic, like how to use the Internet and send email, to advanced classes for using Microsoft applications.

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A group that represents authors is urging its members to be wary of the text-to-speech feature on Amazon’s updated Kindle electronic reading gadget, saying it could violate copyrights.

The Author’s Guild says the Kindle 2′s “Read to Me” feature presents a significant challenge to the publishing industry because it could eventually undermine the market for audio books.

Guest: Nilay Patel, Engadget

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