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February 27, 2013, 3:50 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 …
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Passbook mobile ticketing expanding to 13 MLB ballparks this season  —  For the 2013 baseball season, Major League Baseball is more than tripling the number of stadiums that will accept mobile tickets via Apple's Passbook app.  This year there will be 13 stadiums that will enable paperless …
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 …
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple Shareholders Approve Board Amid Calls to Pay Cash  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) shareholders re-elected the company's board and approved a non-binding measure on the company's executive compensation policy.  —  Investors had been asked to vote on the board and Apple's pay structure.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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: BGR
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.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
EA's Digital EVP, Playfish Co-Founder Kristian Segerstrale Departs  —  Kristian Segerstrale, the EA executive who was in charge of leading the company into a games-as-a-service era, has just left the company.  CEO John Riccitiello just announced it in an internal memo and said that EA COO Peter Moore is taking on his responsibilities.
More: CNET and VentureBeat
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Leap Motion Controller Ships Pre-Orders May 13, Hits Best Buy Store Shelves May 19 For $79.99  —  Leap Motion today announced that its innovative motion controller for PCs will start shipping to pre-order buyers beginning May 13, and will launch in the U.S. at Best Buy locations on May 19.
Wall Street Journal:
In India, iPhone Lags Far Behind  —  Apple Inc. AAPL -0.20% is overhauling its iPhone operations in the crucial Indian market, attempting to chip away at Samsung Electronics Co.'s 005930.SE 0.00% dominance by adjusting to the country's retailing rules and convoluted distribution process.
More: Maclife and memeburn
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Bango To Power Payments In Mozilla's Firefox OS App Store, Offering Carrier Billing By Default  —  Earlier this week, Mozilla made a splash at the start of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with the official launch of the first phones to be made on its new Firefox OS smartphone platform …
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 …
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.

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