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February 25, 2013, 7:05 PM

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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Nokia Expands Its Windows Phones To More Price Points With $180 Entry Level Lumia 520 And $330 Mid-Range Lumia 720  —  Nokia has just announced two new Lumia smartphones at its Mobile World Congress press conference - broadening its Windows Phone 8 portfolio to five devices and filling …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
After CEO Departure, Mobile Video Startup Viddy Cuts Staff By More Than A Third  —  It was less than a year ago that Viddy was flying high, quoting massive user growth and raising a massive $30 million round of funding from NEA, Goldman Sachs, Khosla Ventures, and Battery Ventures.
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)
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Internet providers launch controversial Copyright Alert System, promise ‘education’ over lawsuits  —  The new program rolls out with five major internet service providers today, but the bark is worse than the bite  —  Five major internet service providers have signed onto a private sector effort …
David Carr / New York Times:
For ‘House of Cards,’ Using Big Data to Guarantee Its Popularity  —  In the television business, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  You can have a gold-plated director, a bankable star and a popular concept and still, it's just a roll of the dice.  —  Or is it?
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Visa, Samsung Ink NFC Deal, Galaxy S IV First In Line For Deep Integration; ROAM Is Visa's First ‘Ready’ Mobile Payment Partner  —  Visa is swiftly moving ahead announcing its first partners for its new NFC initiative and push into the wider world of mobile payments — two programs it announced …
Robin Wauters / The Next Web:
Yandex deals Google a one-two punch, debuts alternative Android app store and 3D interface  —  We knew it was coming soon, but Yandex has waited for the official start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to actually debut it: say hola to Yandex.Store, its alternative Android app store …
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.
Michael J. De La Merced / DealBook:
J. Crew Chief and American Express Invest in Warby Parker  —  Warby Parker, the hip purveyor of retro-style glasses, has solidified ties with two of its most prominent fans.  —  Now the three-year-old start-up can count Millard S. Drexler, the chief executive of J. Crew …
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 …
More: The Next Web and Law360

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