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February 26, 2013, 1:55 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.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google+ Sign-In takes on Facebook Connect and frictionless sharing  —  Google+ has been on a steady path of iteration and integration since its debut in 2011, and now it's getting a new universal login and sharing system called Google+ Sign-In.  On one level, it's an answer to Facebook Connect …
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.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple settles lawsuit over apps aimed at kids — will pay $5 iTunes credit or cash  —  Did your kid rack up charges on Apple's app store without your permission?  You may be in luck: the company says it will pay to settle a lawsuit over so-called “bait apps,” which are games that can be downloaded …
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.
CNET:
Mozilla CEO: Android, iOS leave lots of room for Firefox OS  —  Mozilla's browser-based OS can win a place among the next 2 billion people arriving on the Net, Gary Kovacs argues.  And about attracting app developers, he quipped, “There's a Web for that.”  —  BARCELONA, Spain …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:
Researchers say Stuxnet was deployed against Iran in 2007  —  (Reuters) - Researchers at Symantec Corp (SYMC.O) have uncovered a version of the Stuxnet computer virus that was used to attack Iran's nuclear program in November 2007, two years earlier than previously thought.
More: Symantec
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 …
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.
Gabe / Penny Arcade:
The MS Surface Pro  —  I was aware of the Surface Pro but I wasn't especially interested in it until I heard it came with a stylus and supported pressure sensitivity.  I love gadgets and drawing so it only makes sense that I've always been curious about gadgets you can draw on.
More: Global Nerdy and NeowinTweets: @ow and @danielegan
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) …
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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's ‘Think Different’ man likes Samsung's ad campaign  —  Apple is like Obama after the first debate, says TBWA\Chiat\Day's former creative director  —  FORTUNE — Ken Segall worked with Steve Jobs for 14 years, during which time he put the i in iMac and found the thread that links Albert Einstein and Amelia Earhart.
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.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Mid-2013 expansion for Internet names targeted  —  By By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer - 8 hours ago  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival “.com” should be available for people and businesses to use by the end of the year, the head of an Internet oversight agency said Monday.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter for Windows Phone finally gets new design that matches other apps, Live Tile support and more  —  Twitter has announced a long-awaited update to its official app for Windows Phone which brings its design in line with the apps for other platforms like iOS, Android and the web.
Christina Bonnington / Wired:
Durability Will Be Apple's Biggest Challenge to Making a Curved iWatch  —  The curved display that wraps around your wrist is the coolest thing about the revolutionary smartwatch we all know Apple is building, but it's one of the easiest parts of the project.

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