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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]