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February 27, 2013, 1:55 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.
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
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 …
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 …
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)
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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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