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What you need to know about the global chip shortage

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Computer chips are everywhere. There are dozens in every car, helping regulate engine temperatures and stabilize suspension systems. They manage water treatment plants, power lines and internet cables. Almost any product that plugs into a wall now carries a tiny computer inside. The modern world runs on them.

And now there's not enough of them. Here's what you need to know about a perfect storm of factors that are pushing up prices for consumers and cutting profits for some of America's biggest corporations...

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