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KIDS CELLPHONE PRIVACY

WASHINGTON â¿¿ A cellphone game for kids about U.S. geography, "Stack the States," gets rave reviews from parents. Its creator, Dan Russell-Pinson, considered making the 99-cent app better by adding a feature to allow children to play online against one another. But with the Federal Trade Commission issuing more stringent online child privacy rules, he's not even pursuing the idea. The software industry is bracing for new regulations that it says will stifle creativity and saddle small businesses with legal and technical costs to ensure their cellphone apps don't run afoul of the rules. The changes raise these questions: What is the value of a child's privacy on the Internet, and who should pay for it? By Richard Lardner.

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NINTENDO-TV ON THE GAME CONSOLE

LOS ANGELES â¿¿ Nintendo is switching on a television service that transforms the tablet-like controller for its new Wii U game console into a remote that changes the channel on your TV and puts programs from the Internet just a few finger taps away. By Ryan Nakashima.

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DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-THE POCKET AUDIOPHILE

ATLANTA â¿¿ It's hard to make headlines with a portable music player these days. It's old hat by now to carry around thousands of songs in your hip pocket, whether on an iPod or a smartphone. But there's been a price for portability. You are listening to your favorite music delivered only after a host of technology has diminished the resolution of the audio. It sounds fine, but the makers of a new portable music player are betting there are still some people out there who want even better quality â¿¿ and are willing to pay. By Ron Harris.

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