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Mom, Please Feed My Apps! — Mobile-game critters need money from their young keepers, and parents are paying. Are the marketers of expensive e-trinkets too eager to take advantage of child consumers? Joshua Gallo of Los Angeles loves breeding and caring for a virtual menagerie of big-eyed, brightly colored creatures in an iPad game called "Tiny Zoo."

The iPhone 5's Lightning Connector: a Pain in the Neck? — Apple Inc. rolled out a host of new features for the latest iPhone, then threw in one big pain in the neck. Along with a bigger screen, better camera and faster speeds, the iPhone 5 sports a redesigned plug for cords that connect the device to electrical outlets or home computers.

Yahoo Deal to Buy Tumblr Shows Power Shift — Veterans like Yahoo have shown they have staying power-and they have cash to spend. But companies like Yahoo's target, a blogging site, have something valuable as well: the rapt attention of fast-growing communities of users. That has pushed up the price tags as more established companies fear getting left behind as people's online habits evolve.

In Facebook Deal for Instagram, Board Was All But Out of Picture — On the morning of Sunday, April 8, Facebook Inc.'s youthful chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, alerted his board of directors that he intended to buy Instagram, the hot photo-sharing service. It was the first the board heard of what, later that day, would become Facebook's largest acquisition ever, according to several people familiar with the matter.

Tencent-Led Funding Values Fab at Over $1 Billion — Two-year-old design website Fab is now worth more than $1 billion, thanks to an investment led in part by Chinese Internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd. China's largest listed Internet company is contributing to a $150 million round of venture capital and will appoint a director to Fab's board.

Building a Business on Hats With Fake Beards — In less than two years, design retailer has become an e-commerce star. Selling such quirky items as patchwork poufs and animal-printed T -shirts, it has amassed millions of users and a roughly $700 million valuation in a recent round of investment.

Facebook's Thiel Explains Failed Twitter Takeover — Technology The social network intends to grow during the downturn, but Facebook's imprecise and illiquid stock valuation limited its appeal to Twitter Facebook remains on the lookout for acquisitions after its failed attempt to buy microblogging site Twitter, one of the company's directors and largest investors says.

From Russia With Love: Facebook Lands $200 Million — Technology The social networking site will tap Digital Sky Technologies for expansion funds in a deal valuing Facebook at $10 billion. Still no public issue Ending months of fevered speculation over whether it would raise more money, social network Facebook said on May 26 that it will take a $200 million investment from Russia's Digital Sky Technologies.

IBM, Lenovo Tackle Security Concerns Over Server Deal — IBM and Lenovo are grappling with ways to resolve U.S. national-security concerns over IBM's proposed $2.3 billion sale of its computer-servers business to the Chinese company. The worries center around possible vulnerabilities to Chinese spies or hackers.

IBM, Lenovo Tackle Security Concerns Over Server Deal — International Business Machines Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. are grappling with ways to resolve U.S. security concerns over IBM's proposed $2.3 billion sale of its computer-servers business to the Chinese company. The deal, struck in January, remains in limbo as the U.S.
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