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In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 photo, Mahrinah von Schlegel, managing director of Cibola, an incubator for tech entrepreneurs that will open this spring, checks a social networking site at her office in Chicago, as her cell phone sits nearby. "People get angry when not answered and send multiple messages," says von Schlegel.

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