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Sprint to get jump on mobile payment crowd

Bloomberg News | Sprint Nextel Corp. has plans to start a service allowing customers to make payments with their mobile phones this year, beating rivals AT&T, Verizon and  T-Mobile to the punch.

‘Fail whale’ forces hasty Twitter data center move

An ambitious plan to prevent “Fail Whales,” the cartoon icon that greets frustrated Twitter users during network outages, turned into a fail whale of its own.

A new, custom-built facility in Utah to house computers that power the popular messaging service by the end of 2010 has been plagued with everything from leaky roofs to insufficient power capacity, people familiar with the plans told Reuters. Get the full story »

Verizon finishes $1.1B offer for ‘cloud’ provider

Verizon Communications Inc. said it has completed a $1.1 billion tender offer for Terremark Worldwide Inc., a provider of “cloud computing” services. Get the full story »

Gmail goes more interactive — for April Fool’s

Google goes through the motions of Gmail April Fool's prank.

Google Motion | In time for Aprils Fool’s Day, Google says it’s updated its Gmail to respond to motion commands — no more drag and click, just mug for the webcam. It’s only a joke but with the Kinect controller for Xbox systems, who knows?

Walk and Text look-alike targets app thieves

Symantec Corp. said Thursday that it has detected a new kind of malware that targets Android mobile phone users who download illegal applications. Get the full story »

Vibes deal offers Bulls scores, stats via text

Vibes Media, a Chicago-based mobile marketing company, has teamed with the Chicago Bulls basketball team to develop a mobile marketing campaign that allows fans to text in to receive real-time game updates, scores and player statistics on their mobile phones. Get the full story »

Abbott gets approval for wireless test device

Abbott Laboratories said Tuesday that it received marketing approval for a version of its i-STAT 1 blood testing system that can transmit results wirelessly. Get the full story »

Nokia files new case against Apple with ITC

Nokia on Tuesday filed another complaint with the U.S. trade panel (ITC) alleging that rival Apple infringes its patents in iPhones, iPads and other products. Get the full story »

Improved Medtronic defibrillator wins U.S. OK

Medtronic Inc. has won U.S. approval for a new generation of implantable defibrillators designed to cut back on inappropriate shocks delivered by the devices, the company said on Monday.

A defibrillator is designed to shock a dangerously irregular heartbeat back to its normal rhythm. Get the full story »

Panel says Apple did not infringe Nokia patents

Apple won a round in its patent battle with Nokia on Friday as a U.S. trade panel ruled that the U.S. company did not violate any of five Nokia patents. Get the full story »

Nintendo hopes high as 3DS hits U.S. market

A man tries out a Nintendo 3DS, which displays graphics in 3D without the use of 3D glasses, in Paris on March 24, 2011. (Elodie Le Maou/AFP/Getty Images)

Having watched its once-mighty handheld-gaming business come under attack by touch-screen smartphones sporting $1 game apps, Nintendo Co. is betting big that it can keep gamers paying for what it considers a premium experience.

This weekend, the Japanese videogame giant  will launch the 3DS as its latest entry into a fast-changing market. Modeled after its hugely popular DS console, the gizmo is the first gaming console dedicated to 3D games — without the need for special glasses. The device carries a price tag of $250, and games have been priced at $40 apiece. Get the full story »

Girl Scout Cookies go high-tech with smartphones

(Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune)

For the first time, Girl Scouts are accepting credit cards using a device called GoPayment, a free credit card reader that clips onto smart phones. Girl Scout leaders hope that allowing customers to pay with plastic will drive up cookie sales in a world where carrying cash is rapidly going the way of dial-up Internet.

Keeping pace with changing technology is a priority lately for the historic Girl Scouts, an organization that’s preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. Get the full story »

New iPad price highest in Denmark, lowest in U.S.

Apple’s new iPad went on sale in 25 countries internationally on Friday, but the United States is still the cheapest place to buy the latest version of the tablet computer. Get the full story »

RIM shares fall after weaker-than-expected outlook

Research In Motion’s net profit jumped 32 percent in quarterly profit, but it issued a weaker-than-expected outlook as it pumped money into the launch of its PlayBook tablet computer. Get the full story »

SEC seeks rules to protect against ‘flash crash’

The top U.S. securities regulator wants new rules to help protect exchanges and other trading venues from computer-generated volume spikes and hackers seeking to harm the country’s capital markets. Get the full story »