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- Six teams in six cities took to the streets to put ride-sharing apps to the test, with taxi cabs as added competition. - Smartphone cases pack in extra battery life but thickness is a small tradeoff and price can be a poor guide. - As Malaysia Airlines Flight 370's disappearance shows, plane-tracking technology still has limited reach in some swaths of the planet. - The tech industry seemed to have more swagger at this year's conference, buoyed by the belief that the community is poised to disrupt virtually every industry, from health care to retail to manufacturing. - Amazon.com is hoping to offer an on-demand music streaming service to customers of its Amazon Prime program, but it may limit how much a person can listen to any given song. - As the ability to build websites and apps becomes more in demand, coding classes are filling up with kids, executives and job seekers. - Still recovering from the South by Southwest affair, the Journal's team of editors jotted down the moments that stood out to them. Here are a few. - Twitter is testing ways to make it easier to for users to get in touch with businesses the old-fashioned way—the telephone. - The Pew center asked a group of thinkers in science and technology about what the Web – already at the ripe age of 25 -- might look like in 10 years. Here is a selection of responses. - At precisely the wrong moment for Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, his microblogging service suffered an outage. - Twitter hired YouTube executive Baljeet Singh to help the micro-blogging service produce more video and sell ads alongside. - The Instacube, a device for capturing feeds of Instagram photos and projecting the images in a digital picture frame, is a cautionary tale for individuals and entrepreneurs who use crowdfunding to help get new products and businesses off the ground. - Meet Charlie, the robot moon monkey built by the German Center for Artificial Intelligence in Bremen, and exhibited this week at the CeBIT exhibition in Hanover, Germany. - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is ramping up efforts to bring U.S. brands to consumers in its home country. - Chinese PC maker Lenovo is trying to reassure workers that their salaries won't change even after it completes its acquisition of International Business Machines' server business. - Chinese Internet giant Tencent's market cap is now slightly above $150 billion, larger than U.S. tech giants like Intel, Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard. - Saavn, the south Asian online music streaming service often known as the Spotify of India, is expanding into the Middle East and Far East where there is a predominant demand for Indian music labels. - Blume Ventures, one of the early birds to the venture capital business in India, was the most active last year, backing 24 startups. - Nokia's attempts to regain market share in India with the launch of the Android-based X-series mid-range smartphones could be difficult, analysts say. - When an unauthorized signal conflicts with a cell tower or radio broadcast, federal agents crack down on the violator. Sometimes that's a light fixture, a motor or a fish-tank heater. - The Finnish mobile-game developer has secured funding to launch new titles, including a game based on hit television series "The Walking Dead." - Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable has sparked media-industry fears that the combined giant would have too much influence over everything from cable industry pricing to broadband-related services. - SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son characterized U.S. wireless service as dismal while reaffirming that his company wants a bigger part of the market. - Walt Disney Co. is in talks to acquire popular online-video producer Maker Studios for about $500 million, said people with knowledge of the talks. - A federal judge froze the U.S. assets of the chief executive of Mt. Gox—a once-dominant online bitcoin exchange—and two related companies. - DirecTV Chief Executive Mike White on Tuesday reiterated his concerns about Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable. - Alibaba agreed to pay $805 million for control of TV-and-film production firm ChinaVision, amping up its competition with Tencent and Baidu. - European telecoms are pushing a wave of deals, raising pressure on regulators in an effort to consolidate a fragmented industry. - Alcatel-Lucent's global sales chief, Robert Vrij, has left the company to become Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new head of enterprise sales for the Americas region. - Beyond Verbal, other developers are using voice analysis to assess people's emotions, enabling app users to have fun and companies to keep tabs on employees, screen job applicants. - The FAA is still grappling with how to regulate drones for commercial purposes in the U.S., but the flying robots are already being used to spray pesticides in Japan and survey construction sites in Europe. - Masayoshi Son said in a television interview that he would like to buy T-Mobile, confirming his interest in a deal that would likely face heavy scrutiny from regulators. - In the age of the touch screen, mice survive and thrive. - A number of upstart apps offer more powerful messaging plus lots of fun features, including sketch pads and meme generators. Joanna Stern searches for an app that's right for her and her crew. - It's the kickoff of smartphone release season, when weekly phone announcements make your handset look like a rust bucket. New upgrade plans promise the latest phones before the two-year mark—but proceed with caution. - Sharing secrets—broadcasting them, anonymously, with an app as megaphone—is becoming a pastime for millions. But can the apps keep our secrets anonymous?
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