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February 26, 2013, 7:40 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 …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: PayPal Co-Founder Levchin Launches New Payments Startup, Affirm  —  High-profile Silicon Valley entrepreneur Max Levchin is launching a new mobile payments startup today called Affirm.  —  It's the first project emerging from Levchin's San Francisco tech incubator Hard, Valuable …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
“Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Scheme Starts, With Mystery Punishments  —  The MPAA and RIAA, helped by five major Internet providers in the United States, will start to warn BitTorrent pirates this week.  The parties launched the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) and agreed on a system through …
More: Geekosystem and BBC
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.
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) …
More: AllThingsD
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maybe You'll Get the Pay TV You Want, After All: Cablevision Sues Viacom to Break Up the Bundle  —  Pay TV has a simple model: If you want to watch one channel, you have to pay for dozens — or hundreds — of others, whether you watch them or not.  That model drives lots of consumers nuts, but it has looked very, very hard to dislodge.
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 …
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
N.J. Gov. Christie Signs Online Gambling Bill  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday signed a bill making the state the biggest yet to allow online gambling within its borders.  —  Mr. Christie had previously rejected an online gambling proposal in 2011.
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Instagram Surpasses 100 Million Active Users  —  After nearly two and a half years on the market, Instagram has surpassed the 100 million active user mark.  —  The milestone comes just over a month after Instagram began releasing its active user numbers for the first time …
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Selling More Macs Because It Finally Has More Macs to Sell  —  Though supplies of its new iMac remain somewhat constrained, Apple appears to be making some headway in bringing supply of the machine into rough parity with demand.  To wit, new data from NPD that shows Mac sales up significantly this year.
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 …
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. ‘Pirate’ Streaming Site Operator Gets Amnesty  —  February 2011 U.S. authorities seized several domains belonging to major sports streaming sites.  —  One of the affected domains was Channelsurfing.net, a website where links to external sports streams were listed.

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