As AllThingsD Draws to a Close, Here Are Some Staff Highlights — Part One: Kafka, Hesseldahl, Gannes

How can you miss us if we won’t go away?
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Apple iPhone Trade-Ins More About Convenience Than Savings

Apple’s long-rumored iPhone trade-in program is up and running at its U.S. stores around the country, adding to a healthy mix of competitors offering similar schemes. But is Apple’s program a good deal?

SmartThings, the “Internet of Things” Company That Connects the Gadgets in Your Home, Launches Its Own Store

In its new online shop, SmartThings will sell its own products and devices from companies like GE and Schlage.
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With Shine, Misfit Says It Has Made a Wearable You’ll Actually Want to Wear

The jewelry-like Misfit Shine, created by Sonny Vu and former Apple CEO John Sculley, comes to — where else? — the Apple Store this week.
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Viral Video: Apples, Not Apps

Or perhaps an apple and not Apple.
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Best Buy Halts U.S. Sales Decline

Best Buy Co. reported a narrower fourth-quarter loss on Friday on its first increase in U.S. same-store sales in more than a year, the latest evidence that the beleaguered electronics retailer is slowly stabilizing its battered business.

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Google Works on Launching Retail Stores

Google Inc. has been developing plans to launch retail stores in the U.S., said people familiar with the matter, in another sign the company is studying Apple Inc.’s playbook for building a consumer-electronics brand.

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Holiday Price War Rages in Real Time

While shoppers jostled and shoved their way through the usual long lines for Black Friday retail deals, a new and more pitched battle was being fought online that promises to redraw how stores plan for their big door-buster specials.

Hey Mickey, You’re So Fine: Meet the Man Who Landed Silicon Valley’s Hottest Funding Deal in Pinterest

The $1.5 billion valuation can still blow your mind.

Viral Video: Bella Is Now a Sparkly Vampire

It’s not easy being undead.
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