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February 26, 2013, 5:50 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.
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 …
More: GigaOM
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.
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: BBC and Geekosystem
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 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 …
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.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
China labor watchdog SACOM says Apple failing to monitor work conditions at suppliers  —  Hong Kong-based labor watchdog Student & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM) today released a report criticizing Apple for a failure to properly monitor the labor practices of its suppliers.
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
“Angry Birds Toons”, Rovio's New Cartoon Series, Is Coming To A Browser Near You March 16  —  They're cute.  They're bouncy.  And they're angry.  Introducing “Angry Birds Toons”.  Seriously.  —  Rovio has long teased the existence of an Angry Birds cartoon series but held most of the details secret.
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.
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 …
Aloysius Low / CNET:
HTC exec says there will be more Windows Phones in 2013  —  HTC bets big on its HTC One handset, but it isn't giving up on Microsoft just yet.  —  BARCELONA, Spain—According to a Gartner report, HTC didn't do very well last year.  Its Q3 shipments were down by a third year-on-year, and the continual decline has been worrying.
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Adobe springs emergency Flash update, says hackers hitting Firefox  —  Second ‘out-of-band’ patch this month, fourth fix overall in 2013  —  Adobe today patched new vulnerabilities in Flash Player that hackers are now exploiting in attacks aimed at Firefox users, the company said.
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) …

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