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February 27, 2013, 6:55 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.
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 …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Samsung takes a page from Apple's Passbook with new Wallet app  —  Samsung took the wraps off of its new Samsung Wallet app during a developer conference at Mobile World Congress on Wednesday.  The Wallet app is designed to let users store things such as event tickets, boarding passes …
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Adobe outs Photoshop Touch for phones, ready to outfit pockets for $4.99  —  Jealous about your mates' ability to edit photos and whatnot via their mid-sized slates?  Well, Adobe has just announced a solution that's ready to equip your handset of choice.  That's right, the pro design software …
Ryan Tate / Wired:
This Amazing 3-D Desktop Was Born at Microsoft  —  LONG BEACH, California - The history of computer revolutions will show a logical progression from the Mac to the iPad to something like this SpaceTop 3-D desktop, if computer genius Jinha Lee has anything to say about it.
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 …
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
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 …
Wisdoms of Pearl:
Tweens + Instagram = Tweenstagram !!!  —  While hanging with my 12 year old cousin the other day, I unknowingly entered into the world of Tweenstagram, a vastly different space than the Instagram I have grown to know and love (and refresh too often).  And what a FASCINATING world it is!
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Why don't MacBooks come with cellular networking?  —  I've shared John Gruber's theory on this for a while: … It's been long enough since cellular modems in PC laptops became commonplace, and the MacBook line is diverse enough, that the omission of cellular options looks like a deliberate choice …
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.
More: Gizmodo and PhoneArena
Brendan McGarry / Bloomberg:
Pentagon Will Open Networks to Apple, Google Devices in 2014  —  The U.S. Defense Department said today it plans to open its networks by next February to about 100,000 mobile phones and tablet computers from companies such as Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOG)
Vinod Khosla / TechCrunch:
“Venture Assistance”: A Philosophical View Of What Boards Should And Should Not Do  —  Editor's note: Legendary investor Vinod Khosla is the founder of Khosla Ventures.  You can follow him on Twitter @vkhosla.  —  Most VCs pitch their venture firms as value added to a company's entrepreneurial founders.
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
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.
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