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Adds: BIZARRE TECH GIFTS; HEALTH INSURERS-BALANCING GAME

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BIZARRE TECH GIFTS

NEW YORK a¿¿It's tough to shop for cutting-edge techies. They seem to own everything with a plug or rechargeable battery. But fear not, a slew of offbeat technology gifts have hit the market just in time for Christmas. While gadgets like the popcorn-scented iPhone "Pop Dongle" and Hammacher Schlemmer's "Personal Submarine" may seem a bit wacky, it's doubtful that the techies in your life own anything similar. Here's a round-up of the season's most bizarre technology fare. By Bree Fowler.

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HEALTH INSURERS-BALANCING GAME

INDIANAPOLIS a¿¿ For many Americans, the initial problems with the government's main health care website carry a far greater risk than frequent crashes and slow response times: If technical troubles scare off the young, healthy customers the system depends on, higher premiums could soon follow for older, sicker people. By Tom Murphy.

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FAKE GIFTS

NEW YORK a¿¿ Not long ago, finding a knockoff of an item you really wanted under the tree was a big disappointment. But this year, "faux fur" and "vegan leather" are all the rage. But this is not your mother's "pleather," the plastic-y leather popular in the 80s. Designers from Tom Ford to Rag & Bone are sending faux leather pieces down the runway in fall collections and celebrities from Anne Hathaway to Kate Hudson are strutting on the red carpet in faux leather and fur. By Mae Anderson.

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