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Photograph by Julian Stratenschulte/AP Photo

Forget the Batphone. Here Comes the Merkelphone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is getting a new phone. In fact, she’s buying almost 10,000 of them, for something in the neighborhood of $31 million. This summer, the German government will get the first of about 9,600 hack-proof handsets. The...

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The Inner Balance app coaches you through breathing exercises designed to reduce stress.

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The Inner Balance app coaches you through breathing exercises designed to reduce stress.

Inner Balance Promises Stress Relief for IPhoners: Rich Jaroslovsky

In a classic “Seinfeld” episode, George’s father adopts what’s supposed to be a stress-reduction technique. Except that, instead of reciting it softly to himself, he bellows to the rafters: “Serenity now!” The Inner Balance Trainer is a $99 device from...

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Brad Feld, the venture capitalist and author, is using BookShout to field questions about his latest book.

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Brad Feld, the venture capitalist and author, is using BookShout to field questions about his latest book.

A Virtual Book Club Where the Author Is a Member

Venture capitalist Brad Feld has been advising entrepreneurs since around the time Jeff Bezos started selling paperbacks out of his garage. A longtime investor, board member and author, Feld recently found his new favorite way to communicate with his growing...

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Two screen shots from "Pudding Monsters," the first new franchise for ZeptoLab since striking gold with "Cut the Rope."

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Two screen shots from "Pudding Monsters," the first new franchise for ZeptoLab since striking gold with "Cut the Rope."

‘Cut the Rope’ Creator to Debut First New Game Franchise Since Its Big Hit

More than two years after ZeptoLab released the mega-hit mobile game “Cut the Rope,” the Russian developer is trying to lasso more players with its next venture. Tomorrow, ZeptoLab plans to release its first game unrelated to “Cut the Rope”...

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The listing for Google Maps in Apple's App Store contains a plug for the San Francisco Italian restaurant Delfina.

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The listing for Google Maps in Apple's App Store contains a plug for the San Francisco Italian restaurant Delfina.

Nice Location: Italian Restaurant Promoted on Google Maps App

When the Google Maps app for the iPhone arrived last night, it was greeted with cheers by those who were literally lost without it. But perhaps no one was more excited about the new application than the staff of an...

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Apple has more than 435 million iTunes accounts stored in the company’s database, according to Talal Khan, an analyst.

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Apple has more than 435 million iTunes accounts stored in the company’s database, according to Talal Khan, an analyst.

Apple’s ITunes Would Be One of World’s Biggest Media Companies

Google, Facebook and even Yahoo have been hailed as visionary companies that aren’t just disrupting old media, they’re replacing it. That conjecture hasn’t applied as readily to Apple, which after all deals in high-end hardware, not eyeballs or advertising. A closer look, however, reveals...

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Jawbone's UP wristband tracks the wearer's physical activity.

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Jawbone's UP wristband tracks the wearer's physical activity.

Jawbone Fitness Band Could Use Some UP-Dating: Rich Jaroslovsky

When I first reviewed Jawbone’s UP fitness wristband a year ago, I cautioned that it would soon come to seem remarkably rudimentary. A lot’s happened since. Problems with the band’s durability forced the company to stop production for most of...

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Attendees of Ideo's sanitation hackathon collaborated on tools for highlighting Ghana's open defecation issues.

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Attendees of Ideo's sanitation hackathon collaborated on tools for highlighting Ghana's open defecation issues.

Flush With Ideas: Hackathon Tackles Ghana’s Toilet Troubles

During a hackathon last week at the San Francisco offices of design firm Ideo, there were laptops, whiteboards, pizza and beer. Oh, and photos of feces on the walls. The 40 software developers who attended the Hack Sanitation event were...

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The Nook HD competes with the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7 and iPad mini.

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The Nook HD competes with the Kindle Fire HD, Nexus 7 and iPad mini.

Nook HD Hangs In as Tablet Wars Grow Hotter: Rich Jaroslovsky

In the tablet wars, Barnes & Noble is the scrappy underdog. Lacking the development resources, vast content stores and marketing muscle of deep-pocketed rivals like Apple and Amazon, it still somehow manages to remain competitive. The latest example is the...

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