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September 10, 2012, 9:30 PM

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Red Tape:
EXCLUSIVE: The real source of Apple device IDs leaked by Anonymous last week  —  BlueToad.com's CEO, Paul DeHart talks with NBC's Kerry Sanders about a security breach at the company.  —  NBC's Kerry Sanders  —  A small Florida publishing company says the million-record database …
Klint Finley / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy Outage Takes Down Millions Of Sites, Anonymous Member Claims Responsibility  —  According to many customers, sites hosted by major web host and domain registrar GoDaddy are down.  According to the official GoDaddy Twitter account the company is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it.
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Data Centers: Amid Outage, GoDaddy Moves DNS to Competitor VeriSign  —  Following a day-long Domain Name Service server outage, web hosting provider GoDaddy is letting its competitor, VeriSign, host its DNS servers.  —  On Monday afternoon — about four hours after it was knocked offline …
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Valve Is Bringing Steam To Your TV Today.  Watch Out, Consoles.  —  Today, Valve will launch the beta of Big Picture mode, a version of Steam designed for your television.  That's right.  The de facto central hub of PC gaming is now designed to run while you're lounging in your living room—and with a controller, no less.
Cade Metz / Wired:
Mystery Google Device Appears in Small-Town Iowa  —  Photos of the mystery computing device appeared on the web in late February.  Taken with a smartphone, they were a bit washed out and a little blurry in places, but you could easily read the name printed on the long, thin piece of hardware.
Tweets: @pkafka and @aschmitt
Bloomberg:
Apple's Krall Leads Samsung Win in Jobs' Global Smartphone War  —  If Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s patent litigation is the “thermonuclear war” over smartphone technology and design that co-founder Steve Jobs pledged to his biographer, Noreen Krall is its field marshal.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
That was fast: Amazon is already discounting settling publishers' ebooks  —  Just four days after a federal judge approved the Department of Justice's settlement with HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster for allegedly colluding with Apple to fix ebook prices, Amazon has already begun discounting HarperCollins ebooks.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Y-Combinator Alum 42Floors Announces $5 Million Series A...Sorta  —  Y-Combinator Winter 2012 Alumni 42Floors set out to “hack commercial real estate...because searching for office space really, really sucks.”  —  Earlier today, the company posted a job listing to Y-Combinator news network …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Following controversies, Apple retail chief John Browett rallies troops ahead of ‘brilliant stuff’ in Q1  —  Browett at an Apple Store opening (IFO Apple Store on Flickr)  —  John Browett, Apple's new Senior Vice President of Retail, has been the source of controversy in the Apple retail space as of late.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Dave Morin Says China Is Path's Second Biggest Country  —  Path CEO Dave Morin offered some updates on the company's growth while on-stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt.  Version 2.0 of the journaling/personal networking app launched back in November, and Morin said the momentum from that launch has continued in recent months.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Production of 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro and Updated iMacs Reportedly Ramping Up  —  Late last month, NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim reported that suppliers had begun production on 2560x1600 display panels destined for a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.  The machine has been rumored to be launching in October.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: Majority Of Mobile U.S. Teens Now Own Smartphones  —  Nielsen announced in May that more than half of U.S. mobile owners now owned smartphones, and today that metric has grown again, going from 50.4% to 55.5%.  But the more interesting figure in the firm's release of July 2012 data …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
iPhone design: Documents from the Samsung trial reveal more than ever about Apple's secretive design process  —  New documents reveal how Apple really invented the iPhone.  —  Like many of Apple's inventions, the iPhone began not with a vision, but with a problem.
More: CNET
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
Windows 8 gets ‘browser ballot’ amid EU antitrust probe  —  European user of Windows 8 can now select their choice of browser, amid an European antitrust investigation into Microsoft's failure to include the software in Windows 7.  —  Microsoft's ‘browser ballot’ screen provided to European consumers of Windows 8.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
OS X 10.8.2 Restores Notebook Battery Life to OS X Lion Levels  —  Just over a month ago, Ars Technica reported that many users had noticed a significant decrease in battery life on their notebooks after upgrading from OS X Lion to OS X Mountain Lion.  In its own testing …

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