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Crave Podcast 86: Microsoft offers free money!

Welcome, friends, to the 86th episode of the Crave Podcast. This week hottest tech news includes Microsoft paying customers to use its Live Search Engine

Welcome, friends, to the 86th episode of the Crave Podcast. This week's hottest tech news includes Microsoft paying customers to use its Live Search Engine. That's right, Live Search sucks so badly it'll actually give you money if you use it.

Want more? How about this: companies are using computerised lie detectors to tell whether employees are pulling sickies. It doesn't matter how croaky you make your voice, or how much you whimper between words, these things'll catch you out. But are they a good idea in the long term?

In other news, the Conservative party is trying to legalise Segways for use on the public roads, Prime Minister Gordon Brown is letting people ask him questions over the Internet, Greenpeace is up in arms about games consoles, and Microsoft is banning 'gay sounding' names from Xbox Live.

As if that wasn't enough, we celebrate Rupert's birthday with a special feature, answer your questions from the forums, and go hands-on with the HP Mini-Note 2133 and Sony HDR-SR11 -- you can see actual video footage from the studio by clicking here.

Don't say we're not good to you. Click this link to listen, subscribe in iTunes, then go discuss it in the forums. That's an order! -Rory Reid

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