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February 27, 2013, 2:35 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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
James McQuivey / AllThingsD:
Why Silicon Valley Is the Next Detroit  —  All good things must come to an end, including Motown and many a once-noble region or hamlet.  So I have history on my side when I lob the following grenade: Silicon Valley will take its turn someday, falling from the heights it has attained.
More: Empowered
Aaron Souppouris / The Verge:
Spotify for iPhone updated with new interface  —  Spotify has just updated its mobile app for iPhone with a new interface that puts it on par with last year's overhauled Android version.  There are a few big changes to the interface, and the most prominent is the addition of a swipe-across menu …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Stanford Grad Files Lawsuit Claiming He Came Up With Snapchat, Snapchat Calls Lawsuit “Devoid Of Merit”  —  In what appears to be a cyclical recurrence of post-success litigation, Snapchat is being sued by a man from South Carolina named Frank Reginald Brown IV, who claims that he originally came …
More: Betabeat and Daily Dot
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 …
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 …

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