February 13, 2015, 5:20 PM

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Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Pay will be accepted for US government services starting in September; Apple also working to make Apple Pay work with government credit cards  —  Apple Pay Coming To Federal Institutions Starting In September  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the White House summit on cybersecurity …
Katie Zezima / Washington Post:
Obama signs executive order Friday urging companies to share cybersecurity-threat information with one another and the government  —  Obama to sign executive order on sharing cybersecurity threat information  —  SAN FRANCISCO - President Obama will sign an executive order Friday …
New York Times:
Obama meets with top technologists to discuss cybersecurity at Stanford amid increased tensions between Silicon Valley and government  —  Obama Heads to Tech Security Talks Amid Tensions  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — President Obama will meet here on Friday with the nation's top technologists …
Abhijeet M. / SamMobile:
Galaxy S6 may have Microsoft's Skype, OneNote, OneDrive, and Office Mobile app preinstalled  —  Exclusive: Galaxy S6 software will bring some amazing changes  —  Software has always been the Achilles heel for Samsung.  The Korean manufacturer has always been at the forefront of making amazing hardware …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Is Shutting Down Google Helpouts, Its Expert Video Chat Service  —  Updated: Google is shutting down its Google Helpouts service on April 20, 2015, the service's website has now been updated to reflect.  —  Earlier this morning, we noticed the mobile applications for Google Helpouts …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Mattel partners with Google to build $30 Cardboard VR-based View-Master, for sale in fall  —  View-Master rides Google Cardboard into virtual reality  —  NEW YORK — The iconic View-Master stereoscopic photo viewer you had as a kid is catching up to the digital age.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Pinterest bans all affiliate links, asks power users to monetize in other ways  —  Updated 12:07 a.m. with more details from Pinterest.  —  As Pinterest's monetization plans materialize, the social network is pulling the plug on affiliate networks.  —  Pinterest warned select “power pinners” …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple's App Store now allowing marijuana-related apps that enforce geolocation checks and rejecting apps depicting gun violence in screenshots  —  Apple's App Store Says No To Guns But Yes To Weed  —  Apple's definition of morality is on display this week with a couple of changes to its policies regarding App Store submissions.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Accounts No Longer Required For New Users  —  Foursquare has just made an update to the app that allows new users to onboard without creating an account, finally allowing the app to be used as a discovery-first tool.  —  Since its launch years ago, Foursquare was a location-based social network …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
“Shopping cart” patent beaten by Newegg comes back to court, loses again  —  Patent troll won't get more money from Avon, Victoria's Secret—or anyone else.  —  As patent reform moved into the political spotlight during the last Congress, one patent that kept coming up was the “online shopping cart.”

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