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February 26, 2013, 4:09 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:
Sony jumps on the Mozilla bandwagon, will launch Firefox OS device in 2014  —  Following the news yesterday that LG and Huawei have committed to launching new smartphones running Mozilla's Firefox OS platform, Sony today announced it too wants a piece of the HTML5 pie, committing to launching a Firefox OS device in 2014.
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.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
HP emerges as big winner in webOS sale, and LG doesn't rule out a phone  —  LG doesn't seem to know why it just bought webOS  —  HP will indeed sell key pieces of its webOS product and team to LG for use in smart TVs, but contrary to earlier leaked reports, the deal doesn't include the entire webOS portfolio.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
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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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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: CNET
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.
James Hutchinson / Australian Financial Review:
Legal twist in Apple, Samsung case  —  A two-year legal battle between smartphone rivals Apple and Samsung has taken an unprecedented twist in Australia, with two Federal Court judges now hearing the case together.  —  The case, which began in 2011, resumed in the Federal Court this week.
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 …
Thanks:@uddhabh
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.
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 …
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
European mobile companies vow to break Google and Apple monopolies  —  Mobile World Congress: Vodafone, Telefónica and Telecom Italia urge regulators to allow consolidation  —  European mobile companies have vowed to “break the monopolies” enjoyed by Google and Apple in smartphones …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Zynga shuts Baltimore studio and consolidates three other locations  —  Following up on its promise to be more cost efficient, casual and social game publishing giant Zynga is shutting down its Baltimore studio today and consolidating locations in three other cities.

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