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Nextdoor's Private Social Networks for Neighborhoods

Many of us have grown so accustomed to using social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to connect with each other, that we may have overlooked what research shows is a growing gap in our social lives, which is connecting with our neighbors.

Kids Get Their Own Tablet on Android

It’s not too soon to predict what the top-selling tech toy is likely to be this holiday season, and that would seem to be the Nabi Kids Tablet, on Android.

DocuSign Ink Brings e-Signatures to the Rest of Us

In the great transition to a paperless world, one big speed bump has been the need for us to sign our names to documents that require our legal signature.

And, until recently, there has not been a way around this for most of us when buying a house or renting an apartment, to cite two examples.

But now there is.

DocuSign, which is the leader in electronic signatures for the B2B world, last week publicly launched personal e-sigs for everyone in the form of a product called DocuSign Ink.

SoundCloud, the YouTube of Audio, Opens Up the Next Internet Frontier

As he travels between his company’s offices in Berlin, London, and San Francisco, SoundCloud’s Swedish born CEO, Alexander Liung, wears a leather jacket with the company’s logo sprayed on the back.

“It’s amazing that people come up to me all over the world, in Japan, Singapore, everywhere, and ask me if I work at SoundCloud,” he says. “And when I say yes they are so excited to tell me how they use it.”

Inkling Broadens Beyond Textbooks With Fast-Selling ProChef and Consumer Titles on the iPad

Inkling, which is the leader in reinventing textbooks as collaborative learning environments, has expanded its offerings well beyond the formal educational market by bringing consumer-friendly titles such as The Professional Chef, from The Culinary Institute of America, to the iPad.

Despite a price tag of $50, the Pro Chef app quickly shot up to the second-most downloaded app in the iTunes store during the week after its appearance and the top-selling lifestyle app.

Pageonce Lets You Keep Track of (and Pay) Your Bills on Your Mobile

The average American adult has to pay 11 bills a month, which collectively means we pay some 15 billion bills, which adds up to nearly $4 trillion per year.

Aiming to help us manage this tangled mass of payments is the Palo Alto startup Pageonce, which has developed what its C.O.O. Steve Schultz calls a “remote control for your personal finances” that works on your smartphone, the web, or as of this week, an iPad.

Kitchit Brings the Joy Back into Your Holiday Dinner Party

‘Tis the season of holiday dinner parties. Often among the most joyful events of the winter, they can also turn into occasions of great stress.

So, imagine for a moment if you could have a top-tier chef move into your kitchen and handle the whole event for you – from shopping to cooking to presentation and cleanup?

CastleVille is Zynga's "Believable Fantasy World in a Social Space"

Zynga is preparing the next in its series of "Ville" franchise offerings and this one offers a medieval setting called CastleVille

Two of its predecessor games, CityVille and FarmVille, are among the most popular games on Facebook at a time when the San Francisco-based gaming giant prepares for its upcoming IPO.

Smashwords CEO Talks Online Book Publishing, Present and Future

Smashwords: Ebooks from independent authors and publishers

Back in 2008, when Mark Coker launched Smashwords as a self-publishing platform for independent authors of ebooks, he knew that self-publishing  “was widely seen as the option as last resort for failed authors.”

That was then.

When I caught up with him by phone yesterday, Coker stated, “I think that self-publishing is actually becoming the option of first resort for authors now.”

E-Book Publisher Hyperink Wants to Turn You into an Author

Though they may only account for a single-digit portion of the overall book market at present, sales of ebooks are soaring globally and will probably reach $12.7 billion (16.1 percent of all book sales), according to Outsell, by 2013.

And since Amazon has established that there is a “long tail” for physical books, that should logically be even more true for ebooks.

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