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Smartphone Apps Offer Few Shortcuts For Those With Food Allergies

Plenty of apps promise to make life easier for people with life-threatening allergies to nuts and other foods. One scientist even invented a smartphone-based lab to detect potential allergens. But asking "Does that have nuts in it?" may actually be a better and safer option than pulling out your phone.
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Who Could Be Watching You Watching Your Figure? Your Boss

Those of us trying to get in shape after overindulging this holiday season can get help from a slew of new devices that monitor steps climbed, calories burned and heart rate. But companies and venture capitalists in new startups hope to make money in a new way: by selling the data right back to the people tracking their activity — and to their employers.
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Online Videos: Not Just Made By Amateurs Anymore

This year has seen an explosion of professional online videos, eclipsing home videos of cats and babies. In 2012, 8 of the top 10 YouTube videos were professional — and Hulu, Netflix and multichannel networks like MiTu all produced exclusive new programming.
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Is Wall Street's Love Affair With Apple Over?

From the maps debacle to blistering competition from Android in the smartphone market, it has been an unusually tough few months for Apple. The company's stock price has fallen more than 20 percent from its all-time high in September. As a new year approaches, Apple's biggest challenge will be satisfying expectations for another blockbuster product.
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Where's Santa? Depends On Which Tech Titan You Ask

NORAD's online Santa Tracker is powered by Microsoft. This year, Google launched its own. And Santa's precise whereabouts are hard to pin down.
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Social Media Advice: During The Holidays, Is It Tech Or Family Time?

Social media experts Baratunde Thurston, author of the book How to Be Black, and Deanna Zandt, author of Share This: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking, answer questions about how to behave in the digital age. This week's topic: What's the rule for spending more time with technology than family during the holidays?
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One Comment Says A Lot: Here's Why We're Grateful

As we looked back on The Two-Way's year, the "most liked" comment by a reader stood out. It was a simple call for civility. The rough-edged, sometimes cruel things said in comment threads get much attention. We want to say thank you for the more gracious tone many Two-Way readers take.

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