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How to Sell Playing Cards, Apple-Style

A former Apple designer is crowdfunding his Atelier Playing Cards.

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A former Apple designer is crowdfunding his Atelier Playing Cards.

Apple’s product design team has specialized in making complex things — digital music, mobile phones, computers — seem simple. Robert Padbury, a former Apple user interface designer, wants to apply that design philosophy to something that’s already pretty simple: playing...

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Tinder co-founders Sean Rad, left, Justin Mateen, center, and Jonathan Badeen, right, are ready to make some money.

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Tinder co-founders Sean Rad, left, Justin Mateen, center, and Jonathan Badeen, right, are ready to make some money.

Tinder Narrows Down Its Options for How to Make Money

Tinder, which has been connecting love-seeking, smartphone-swiping millennials for more than a year, has narrowed its money-making plans to three possible matches. Barry Diller, chairman of Tinder-backer IAC/InterActiveCorp, said the dating app is considering three approaches: subscription, advertising or “freemium,”...

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Courtesy Tribune Digital Ventures via Bloomberg

No Longer a Reader? Tribune Wants You to Listen to the News

While consumers may be reading daily newspapers less, one morning habit hasn’t changed: the commute. Now, the Tribune Co.’s innovation and technology unit wants drivers and bus riders to listen to audio versions of its stories. Newsbeat, the first major consumer...

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Marketo employees participate in the Founder Institute's Silicon Valley Sports
League event last year in Palo Alto, California.

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Marketo employees participate in the Founder Institute's Silicon Valley Sports League event last year in Palo Alto, California.

Battery Ventures Extends Software Streak With FreeWheel, BlueKai

Battery Ventures has been on a winning streak with investments in digital-marketing startups, with two of the venture capital firm’s companies — FreeWheel Media and BlueKai — being bought out in two weeks. After an investment of $20 million, Battery owned...

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Lisa Belkin, who has been critical of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, is now joining the staff of the website.

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Lisa Belkin, who has been critical of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, is now joining the staff of the website.

Blogger Once Critical of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Will Now Be Blogging for Yahoo

  Lisa Belkin, a senior columnist for the Huffington Post writing about motherhood and work, will be leaving the website to work for Yahoo. She joins other brand name journalists Yahoo recently hired such as former New York Times tech...

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Caterina Fake, co-founder of Hunch and Flickr, in New York on June 14, 2010.

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Caterina Fake, co-founder of Hunch and Flickr, in New York on June 14, 2010.

Mobile First? For Flickr Co-Founder’s Startup Findery, It’s Second

It may seem strange that in our smartphone-obsessed world, Caterina Fake’s startup Findery is just now launching a mobile application, after building the business for the desktop first. With mobile usage set to eclipse desktop usage in the U.S., some...

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Zite co-founders Mike Klaas (left) and CEO Mike McCue develop popular mobile apps for news reading.

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Zite co-founders Mike Klaas (left) and CEO Mike McCue develop popular mobile apps for news reading.

CNN Said to Get Flipboard Stake in Sale of Zite

CNN sold its software unit Zite to Flipboard, which makes a competing news-reader application, in a deal that gives the media company a small equity stake in the startup, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. No...

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