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February 26, 2013, 6:35 AM

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Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple settles lawsuit over apps aimed at kids — will pay $5 iTunes credit or cash  —  Did your kid rack up charges on Apple's app store without your permission?  You may be in luck: the company says it will pay to settle a lawsuit over so-called “bait apps,” which are games that can be downloaded …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Apple Is Beta-Testing An Update That Kills Evasi0n Jailbreak  —  All good jailbreaks must come to an end.  —  Late last week Apple released an update for iOS to developers in beta that prevents the use of the popular jailbreak software evasi0n, according to one of evasi0n's creators who tested the patch over the weekend, David Wang.
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung's Heft in Android Worries Google  —  Samsung Electronics Co. has become the biggest seller of mobile devices using Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system.  That creates a problem for Google.  —  Samsung's growing might—last year, the South Korean manufacturer shipped nearly 200 million …
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
Durability Will Be Apple's Biggest Challenge to Making a Curved iWatch  —  The curved display that wraps around your wrist is the coolest thing about the revolutionary smartwatch we all know Apple is building, but it's one of the easiest parts of the project.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Rejecting Apps Using Cookie-Tracking Methods, Signaling Push To Its Own Ad Identifier Technology Is Now Underway  —  Mobile app developers using a technology called “cookie tracking” (sometimes called “Safari flip-flop” or “HTML5 first party cookies") are starting to have their apps rejected …
More: MacNN, CNET and App Advice
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Chrome may soon get audio indicators to show you noisy tabs, keep them open when memory runs out  —  Google is working on identifying Chrome tabs that are currently playing audio (or recording it).  The feature is expected to show an audio animation if a tab is broadcasting or recording sound.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
More: TG Daily
Bloomberg:
Google Said Developing Subscription Music Service  —  Google Inc. (GOOG), developer of the Android mobile-phone platform, plans to start a subscription music-streaming service to challenge Spotify Ltd., said two people with knowledge of the situation.  —  Negotiations are under …
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Chromebook Pixel review: another impractical marvel from Google  —  We've had a bit of a love / hate relationship with the Google Chromebook since the first one crossed our laps back in 2011 — the Samsung Series 5.  We loved the concept, but hated the very limited functionality provided by your $500 investment.
More: ReadWrite, The Verge and BetaNewsTweets: @dannysullivan
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET:
Firefox betas pull the shades per-tab on ‘porn mode’  —  The latest versions of Firefox Beta and Firefox Beta for Android come with the ability to browse privately on a per-tab basis, among other improvements.  —  Private browsing, or ‘porn mode’ for people with more prurient Web browsing requirements …
More: EngadgetThanks:@uddhabh
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Outbox Pours Salt On Snail Mail By Launching Its Digitizing Service In San Francisco  —  Mail digitizing startup Outbox is launching in San Francisco today, the first step in what co-founder Will Davis says is a broader national rollout.  —  If, like me, you find physical mail to be an annoyance, this is good news.
More: VentureBeat and ReadWriteThanks:@rdewing
Adam Goodman / The Duo Bulletin:
Bypassing Google's Two-Factor Authentication  —  TL;DR - An attacker can bypass Google's two-step login verification, reset a user's master password, and otherwise gain full account control, simply by capturing a user's application-specific password (ASP).  —  (With all due respect to Google's “Good to Know” ad campaign)
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Apple's International Retail Strategy  —  In 2012 Apple opened 41 stores.  The total is the second highest yearly opening rate since the stores first began operating.  The highest total was in 2008 when 47 stores opened.  —  Although it is a healthy total, the surprising story about retail …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Survey Says: Despite Yahoo Ban, Most Tech Companies Support Work-From-Home for Employees  —  Last week, a fierce debate erupted over a range of social networks and in the media about a story we posted on Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's new decree that employees at the Silicon Valley Internet company would no longer be able to work from home.
Christopher Brook / threatpost:
Another iPhone Passcode Bypass Vulnerability Discovered  —  It's getting hard to keep track of all the bugs piling up for Apple's iPhone.  Now it seems a glitch in the iOS kernel of Apple's much maligned iOS 6.1 is responsible for yet another passcode bypass vulnerability, the second to surface this month.
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
ZTE Grand Memo: hands-on with a 5.7-inch smartphone  —  We're at ZTE's booth here at MWC taking a look at the Chinese manufacturer's new giant smartphone, the 5.7-inch Grand Memo.  As the name — and the screen size — suggests, the Memo is enormous.  Unlike more recent smartphone-tablets …

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