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February 26, 2013, 10:20 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:
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Foursquare Partners with Visa and MasterCard to Give Discounts When Users Shop  —  Company Will Take a Cut of Offers Redeemed  —  Looking to unlock a new revenue stream, Foursquare is announcing new partnerships with Visa and MasterCard that will let credit and debit card holders claim discounts at participating retailers.
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
BlackBerry Testing Money Messenger Service  —  BlackBerry (BBRY) is testing whether the money-transfer business will help Canada's smartphone maker keep users hooked on its instant-messaging service.  —  BlackBerry is beginning a pilot project with PT Bank Permata (BNLI) …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Internet Explorer 10 finally released for Windows 7  —  Four months after Microsoft released Internet Explorer 10 with and for Windows 8, Redmond has finally released a version of the company's newest browser for its 700 million Windows 7 users in 95 other languages too.
Christopher Nerney / CITEworld:
Bad news for Android: enterprise share dropped in Q4  —  Apple's iOS increased its dominance of the enterprise market in the fourth quarter, based on activation data from mobile device management vendor Good Technology.  —  In its semiannual mobile device activation analysis …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nvidia Shows Off The Tegra 4i Reference Smartphone On Video, Delivers Impressive Mobile Gaming Performance  —  Nvidia only recently introduced its Tegra 4i processor, which pairs Tegra 4 power with integrated LTE — an Nvidia first for mobile chips — into a single system-on-a-chip.
More: NVIDIA and IntoMobile
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 …
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.
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: The H Open Source and EngadgetThanks:@uddhabh
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Exclusive: RightScale is first to resell, support Google Compute Engine  —  Here's something to ponder for those who don't see Google Compute Engine as ready for primetime: RightScale will start reselling and providing first-line support of the Google public cloud infrastructure.  This is big news.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Salesforce.com Launches Service Cloud Mobile With In-App Customer Service, Co-Browsing And Chat  —  Salesforce.com is launching Service Cloud Mobile, a package of four new features, including mobile co-browsing, in-line community support for game apps and a mobile chat capability.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Spark Capital Raises $450 Million For Its 4th Fund To See Its Startups All The Way Through To Exit  —  Spark Capital, a Boston-based venture capital firm, has raised $450 million for its its fourth and largest fund to date.  —  The fund is about $100 million larger than Spark's last.

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