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Robert J. Gallagher remembers two years ago, when investors were constantly calling his company, Acuson Corp., a maker of ultrasound equipment in Mountain View, Calif. Gallagher, the chief financial officer, would field questions from those seeking big returns from fast-growing technology firms. Then, "they just stopped calling," he says. "My phone volume is down by a factor of 10."

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