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4 amazing tech stories you missed this week

VentureBeat’s crack news team cranked out these four gems this week, which span topics from Node’s mind-melting new release and USC’s prolific video game students to 23andMe’s prospects and the future of surgery.

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Yahoo launches a killer mobile browser, Axis. Yes, we said Yahoo

Everyone knows it, but few people acknowledge it: Mobile web browsers absolutely suck. Technologists are launching commercial space flights, mapping the human genome, and building flexible computer displays, yet we still haven’t figured out the right way to use a browser on a small device with crap connectivity.

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Why Walmart is using Node.js

Node.js has been the delight of San Francisco hackers for the past couple years now, but startups and indie developers aren’t the only ones using JavaScript on the server side.