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February 27, 2013, 9:40 AM

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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 …
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 …
Christopher Soghoian / ACLU:
New Document Sheds Light on Government's Ability to Search iPhones  —  Cell phone searches are a common law enforcement tool, but up until now, the public has largely been in the dark regarding how much sensitive information the government can get with this invasive surveillance technique.
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
In India, iPhone Lags Far Behind  —  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 …
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.
Seth Sternberg / Google+ Developers Blog:
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 …
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Boss Talk: What RSA Learned From Its Security Breach  —  There's a lot of hyperbole in the war against hackers.  Art Coviello, the 59-year-old executive chairman of EMC Corp.'s RSA security division, is in a position to size up the real threat.  —  RSA makes the login security systems used by 95 of the Fortune 100 companies.
Michael V. Copeland / Wired:
New App Turns Your iPhone Into a Mobile Urine Lab  —  LONG BEACH, California - For entrepreneur Myshkin Ingawale the logic was unassailable.  Everybody pees.  And everyone has a cellphone.  “There has to be something going on there,” Ingawale told a chuckling crowd at the TED conference.
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
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
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!
More: Betabeat
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: PhoneArena and Gizmodo
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

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