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University of Illinois researchers have created an app and a sensor-filled cradle that turn an iPhone into a mobile spectrophotometer. Dora, Diego, Spongebob, Blue's Clues and a number of other kids TV shows were taken offline by Netflix this week as the company's deal with Viacom is expiring. Facebook executives on Thursday talked about how its acquisition of Parse's Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) can help developers, Facebook users and, of course, Facebook. Apple and the federal government met on Thursday for a final hearing before their trial, which is set to begin on June 3, and features several high profile witnesses. Movie merchandising is nothing new. What's new is that Warby Parker, an online brand (going offline) is partnering up with the Man of Steel movie on eyewear that is inspired by Clark Kent nee Superman. Tesla has now paid off its loan to the U.S. government entirely, plus interest, meaning U.S. taxpayers actually made a $20 million profit. Red Sox star David Ortiz stole the show at Techstars Boston Demo Day, but here are a few other highlights. Big data is cool and all, but is it really changing the way companies function? Yes. Here are 10 stories that show that transformation. iOS app maker Smule has been autotuning and auto-rapping the music app genre all the way to a sweet $12. Box recognizes that user experience is important, particularly on mobile devices. The company said Thursday it has acquired technology from the Folders iPhone app, which lets users open many kinds of files.