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August 28, 2013, 1:40 AM

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Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Syrian Electronic Army Apparently Hacks DNS Records Of Twitter, NYT Through Registrar Melbourne IT  —  The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility for hacking the domain name servers of two of Twitter's sites, and a third appears to have been redirected to servers hosted by the SEA.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Web Site Affected by External Hacking Attack  —  The New York Times Web site was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon following an attack on the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT.  The attack also required employees of The Times to stop sending out sensitive e-mails.
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Global Government Requests Report  —  Transparency and trust are core values at Facebook.  We strive to embody them in all aspects of our services, including our approach to responding to government data requests.  We want to make sure that the people who use our service understand the nature …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Parallels Access puts Mac and PC apps on your iPad for $79.99  —  Parallels is best known for its virtualization software that lets Mac owners seamlessly run Microsoft's Windows OS.  But today the company is taking up another mission: it's attempting to bring desktop apps to the iPad …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google drops Nexus 4 price, now starts at $199  —  The Nexus 4 just got a lot cheaper.  The company's flagship Android phone is now available for a full $100 less than it was just hours ago.  The 8GB model is on sale through the Google Play Store for $199 with a contract, while the 16GB model is $249.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple's iPhone ‘Reuse and Recycle’ trade-in program detailed, begins rolling out August 30th  —  Yesterday, we reported that Apple is gearing up to launch its iPhone trade-in program in September.  The program will allow an iPhone user to exchange an older iPhone model for a new iPhone at a discounted price.
Bloomberg:
Twitter Hires Commerce Chief to Add Shopping Via Tweets  —  Twitter Inc. hired Nathan Hubbard, the former president of Ticketmaster, as its first head of commerce, part of a push to enable shopping via short postings on its social website.  —  Hubbard, 38, started at San Francisco-based Twitter this week …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Teardown Reveals Google's Moto X Costs $221 to Build  —  As the first smartphone to be completely designed since Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, there are a lot of expectations riding on the Moto X.  —  The phone, now considered the flagship of the Motorola lineup, is getting noticed for being different.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV updated with Vevo, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Weather Channel, Smithsonian apps  —  Today, Apple has issued an over-the-air update to the Apple TV that brings several new content apps.  Notably, in line with expectations, an app for the Vevo Music Video service has arrived.
Wall Street Journal:
Web Sales Remain Small for Many Retailers  —  Nearly two decades after the Web revolutionized shopping, many big retailers are still struggling to turn the Internet into a big part of their business.  —  Their progress is on display in new correspondence between the Securities and Exchange Commission …
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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Fires Back After Box Steps On Its Turf, Boosts SkyDrive Pro Storage To 25 GB  —  This is the real storage wars.  Today Microsoft announced that it has increased the storage capacity of its SkyDrive Pro cloud document storage and syncing service to 25 gigabytes, from the formerly proffered 7 gigabytes.
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Chip veterans form new startup, will sell high-end Bitcoin miner for $14,000  —  On Tuesday, a new Bitcoin startup called CoinTerra announced that it raised $1.5 million in venture capital.  This likely puts the company in a position to dominate the Bitcoin hardware market—assuming it can come through on its promises.
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