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February 27, 2013, 6:05 PM

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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 …
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Groupon tanks on missed Q4 revenue of $638.3 million, unexpected loss of $0.12 per share  —  Today Groupon reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $638.3 million, and earnings per share of -$0.12.  Analysts had expected revenue of $640 million, and earnings per share of $0.03.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Cook: Forget About Our Share Price, Apple Has Some Great Stuff Coming  —  If you're an Apple shareholder dismayed by the downward trajectory of the company's stock price lately, CEO Tim Cook feels your pain.  —  Remarking on the value of Apple's stock, which has plummeted by roughly …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Streaming Music Service Goes Big Screen With Debut Of Cloud Player For iPad  —  Only a couple of weeks after announcing Amazon Cloud Player integration with Ford SYNC's AppLink platform, the company has today updated its iOS application with native support for the Apple iPad.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: AOL Poised to Hire Susan Lyne to Run All Content Brands, Except HuffPo  —  Sources said AOL is set to hire well-known media and Internet exec Susan Lyne to be CEO of its content brands unit at the New York-based Web company, except for the Huffington Post media unit headed by Arianna Huffington.
J.K. Trotter / The Atlantic Wire:
Fake Google Glass eBay Auction Pulled After Bids Soar Past $15,000  —  Your plan to simply buy your way into the Google Glass early-adopter contest has been foiled.  On Wednesday morning an eBay auction immediately began raising eyebrows for how much bidders were driving up its price …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Momentum Grows for Alternative Phone System Tizen … BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The junior league of smartphone operating systems is getting more competitive.  Phones from yet another contender - Tizen - will go on sale this year with a view to eventually competing with the industry leaders, Apple's iOS and Google's Android.
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.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft launches updated Office 365 for business users  —  Summary: Microsoft is launching the services piece of its ‘new Office’ for businesses on February 27.  Here's what new and existing users can expect, as of today.  —  In late January 2013, Microsoft launched its consumer-focused version …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Bill would force ‘patent trolls’ to pay legal costs  —  A bipartisan duo of House lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday that aims to combat “patent trolls”—firms that accumulate patents for the purpose of suing other companies rather than creating new products.
Jordan Press / canada.com:
BlackBerry not as secure as believed, memo warns federal workers  —  OTTAWA — The federal department charged with overseeing cyber-security has warned its workers to think twice before sending a BlackBerry message, suggesting that the device believed to be the most secure in the world is more vulnerable than users may believe.
More: ZDNet and BGR
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Spotify's social network arrives: New Follow tab is now gradually rolling out to users  —  After teasing a heavy dose of discovery and social features, Spotify is gradually rolling out its ‘Follow’ tab to users on the desktop.  —  We first revealed these upcoming features back in December …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's Chrome Super Sync Sports Turns Your Smartphone's Browser Into A Game Controller  —  Google's Super Sync Sports Chrome Experiment is what happens when you put modern web technology, smartphones and a love of 80s sports games into one rather wacky package where cupcakes race moose heads for virtual gold.
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
State-sponsored hackers steal more than a terabyte of data per day, says new report  —  Security experts predict the cyber attacks will get worse before they get better  —  Two decades after computer security began generating billions by selling expertise and software designed …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Waze adds real-time re-routing around road closures to latest iOS, Android update  —  Social navigation app Waze is pushing an update to iOS and Android users on Wednesday that will let users report road closures.  If enough people use that capability, it could start automatically helping to route other users around the closure.
Walter S. Mossberg / AllThingsD:
Pebble Smart Watch Tells When Phone Calls, Emails Arrive  —  Do you ever find yourself frantically trying to fish your phone out of a pocket or purse to find out whether that beep or buzz from the device is an important call, text or email — or just something you can ignore?
More: Digits
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Lets Advertisers Tap Purchase Data Partners To Target Customers, Categories Like Car-Buyers  —  Through new partnerships with top online and offline purchase data providers Datalogix, Epsilon, Acxiom, and BlueKai, Facebook is now allowing advertisers to target hashed lists of existing …
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
Nexenta pulls in $24M to realize its vision for a software defined data center  —  A software defined storage startup called Nexenta has closed a $24 million funding round, proving that storage is increasingly an area of focus for IT.  —  In Silicon Valley, the storage space is heating up …
More: eWeek and bizjournals
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Rackspace buys its way into MongoDB market with ObjectRocket  —  Rackspace is buying its way into the hot MongoDB database market with its acquisition of ObjectRocket, a year-old provider of cloud-based MongoDB services.  —  Chris Lalonde, co-founder CEO of ObjectRocket
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.

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