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February 27, 2013, 12:05 AM

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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.
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Is The Google+ “Spam-Free” Sign-In Really That Different From Facebook?  —  Google is promising that its new Google+ Sign-In is a way to avoid all that “social spam” that unnamed other services (cough, Facebook) “spray” into your social timeline.  Hey, I know Facebook can get aggressive.
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 …
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 …
Dennis K. Berman / Wall Street Journal:
Is Twitter Really Worth $10 Billion?  —  I spent the last week trying to write a column that proved Twitter wasn't worth $10 billion.  Then the facts intervened.  —  Stubbornly, they arranged themselves into a most unexpected conclusion, one that seems almost blasphemy to type …
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
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Pinterest For Products Wanelo Raises At North Of $100M  —  You wouldn't think that a Pinterest where you can buy stuff would be one of the hottest Series A deals of the quarter, but it was.  —  Wanelo, a site that allows you to bookmark items that you like, and, this is crucial …
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.
More: CNET and Ars Technica
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Tries to Crack India Market  —  By DHANYA ANN THOPPILin Bangalore, India,AMOL SHARMA in New Delhi And JESSICA E. LESSIN in San Francisco  —  Apple Inc. is overhauling its iPhone operations in the crucial Indian market, attempting to chip away at Samsung Electronics Co.'s dominance …
More: MacRumors
Tim Maly / Wired:
Freescale's Insanely Tiny ARM Chip Will Put the Internet of Things Inside Your Body  —  Freescale's Kinetis KL02 MCU is very small.  Photo courtesy: Freescale.  —  Chipmaker Freescale Semiconductor has created the world's smallest ARM-powered chip, designed to push the world of connected devices into surprising places.
Aaron Ricadela / Bloomberg:
Hewlett-Packard CEO Whitman to Evaluate Sale of Small Businesses  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman said the world's largest personal-computer maker will evaluate selling small businesses or projects that don't fit its plans while keeping its main operating divisions.
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
Peter Thiel Backs Thinkful For Personalized Online Education  —  Online education startup Thinkful has raised $1 million in seed financing from Peter Thiel's FF Angel, RRE Ventures and Quotidian Ventures.  —  Founded in 2012, Thinkful is designed to provide personalized online learning for people.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Cloudflare Partners With World's Leading Web Hosts To Implement Its Railgun Protocol, Speeds Up Load Times By Up To 143%  —  Cloudflare, the content delivery network and website security company that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in 2010, just announced that the majority …
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 …
Brandon Bailey / Mercury News:
Yahoo responds to outcry, says work-from-home ban is not an ‘industry view’  —  SUNNYVALE — Appearing to acknowledge the uproar over its recent move to order telecommuting workers back to the office, Yahoo (YHOO) issued a brief statement Tuesday to assert that it wasn't offering a broad judgment on the practice of working from home.
More: NYT BitsTweets: @sdkstlThanks:@brandonbailey
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.
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.
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Future iPhones could anticipate user needs with ‘situational awareness module’  —  A system outlined in an Apple patent on Tuesday takes data from a number of sensors deployed throughout a handheld device and feeds the information into a “situational awareness module,” which then triggers …

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