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Alicia Keys Shrugs off Scheduling Snafus to Talk About Her New Storybook App for Children

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Alicia Keys was having a pretty annoying Wednesday afternoon. Right before Betabeat was set to talk to Ms. Keys, she ran off to the bathroom, seemingly to escape  the incessant schedule changes a Flatiron PR firm kept throwing at her. The company had set up a series of interviews with the R&B songstress to promote her new iPad and iPhone app, The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee, but the junket wasn’t proceeding quite as planned.

The app is storybook adventure, filled with interactive narratives, piano playing and journal writing–fit for any kid with a little creative flair, or what we imagine Ms. Keys must have been like as a little girl. Read More

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Booting Up: Google Gorges on Acquisitions Edition

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How does Google stay dynamic? It’s all about the acquisitions. [The Verge]

Speak of the devil: Google just purchased Instagram challenger Snapseed. [PC Mag]

The Winklevoss twins are giving this social network thing another go, investing in SumZero, ConnectU cofounder Divya Narendra’s new site for investors. We can only assume developers are being vetted very carefully. [Wall Street Journal]

The ludicrous looking Ostrich Pillow is now on Kickstarter. How long before this is yet another standard-issue startup perk? [TNW]

An Iraqi American plans to found a hackerspace in Baghdad, because he is way more hardcore than you. [Wired]

Long Island City is being overrun with “artisanal food businesses and tech start-ups.” [New York Daily News]

Apparently 34 percent of people have used their iPad naked. Naughty! [VentureBeat]