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February 26, 2013, 3:20 PM

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Seth Sternberg / Google+ Developers Blog:
Introducing Google+ Sign-In: simple and secure, minus the social spam  —  Today we're adding a new feature to the Google+ platform: application sign-in.  Whether you're building an app for Android, iOS or the web, users can now sign in to your app with Google, and bring along their Google+ info for an upgraded experience.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Google's Rubin: No Need for Retail Stores  —  Despite reports that Google has been eyeing real estate for physical stores, Android chief Andy Rubin says the company really doesn't need its own retail effort.  —  A few years ago, consumers needed to touch and feel devices …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Departs Sweden And Sets Sail For Norway and Spain  —  When it comes to hosting a website there are thousands of companies and organizations around the world open for business.  However, the options reduce massively when your site is internationally infamous.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Revealed: Stuxnet “beta's” devious alternate attack on Iran nuke program  —  Version 0.5 shows cyberweapon development began two years earlier than thought.  —  Researchers have uncovered a never-before-seen version of Stuxnet.  The discovery sheds new light on the evolution …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
For the First Time Since Napster, Music Sales Are Growing  —  The last time music was a growth business was 1999 — back when people bought millions of Britney Spears CDs, and GeoCities was the third-most popular Web property in the world.  You know what's happened since then.
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 Windows 7 users in 95 other languages too.  More than 700 million people …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Glam Media Just Secretly Filed For An IPO  —  Two sources familiar with the matter say that Glam Media, the digital lifestyle-content publisher, has filed confidential documents as part of a new secret IPO process.  —  Glam got its start offering fashion and gossip content on Glam.com …
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) …
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Gates, Zuckerberg, Other Tech Icons Promote Youth Coding in New Film  —  A new nonprofit seeking to rally interest among children, parents and schools in computer programming is getting help from some big guns in the tech industry, including the founders of Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter.
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 …
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley dwarfs list of top regions for tech acquisitions  —  Silicon Valley headed the list of the top 10 U.S. cities in terms of tech acquisitions in 2012.  —  PrivCo, a New York company that tracks private investments, said that Silicon Valley (combining San Francisco and the region around it) …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's ‘Think Different’ man likes Samsung's ad campaign  —  Apple is like Obama after the first debate, says TBWA\Chiat\Day's former creative director  —  FORTUNE — Ken Segall worked with Steve Jobs for 14 years, during which time he put the i in iMac and found the thread that links Albert Einstein and Amelia Earhart.
Reuters:
Supreme Court throws out challenge to surveillance law  —  (Reuters) - U.S.-based journalists, lawyers and human rights groups cannot challenge a federal law that allows surveillance of some international communications, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a case touching on government efforts to fight terrorism.
Gabe / Penny Arcade:
The MS Surface Pro  —  I was aware of the Surface Pro but I wasn't especially interested in it until I heard it came with a stylus and supported pressure sensitivity.  I love gadgets and drawing so it only makes sense that I've always been curious about gadgets you can draw on.

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