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October 2, 2013, 9:35 PM

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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Feds Take Down Online Fraud Bazaar ‘Silk Road’, Arrest Alleged Mastermind  —  Defendant Charged With Drug Trafficking, Hacking, Money Laundering  —  Prosecutors in New York today said that federal agencies have taken over the Silk Road, a sprawling underground Web site that has earned infamy as the “eBay of drugs.”
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
FBI seizes underground drug market Silk Road, owner indicted in New York  —  The site was doing more than $1.2 billion in business, according to a criminal complaint  —  It appears the Federal Bureau of Investigation has finally cracked down on Silk Road, the underground marketplace where users …
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Edward Snowden's E-Mail Provider Defied FBI Demands to Turn Over Crypto Keys, Documents Show  —  The U.S. government obtained a secret court order demanding that Edward Snowden's e-mail provider, Lavabit, turn over its private SSL key, which would have allowed the FBI to wiretap the service's users.
AnandTech:
They're (Almost) All Dirty: The State of Cheating in Android Benchmarks  —  Thanks to AndreiF7's excellent work on discovering it, we kicked off our investigations into Samsung's CPU/GPU optimizations around the international Galaxy S 4 in July and came away with a couple of conclusions:
Reuters:
Supply constraints to delay or limit rollout of a Retina iPad Mini this year, say sources  —  Apple iPad Mini with sharper display faces delay  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc will be unable to widely roll out a new version of the iPad Mini with a high-resolution “retina” display this month …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
In a Big Mobile Move, Pivotal Buys Xtreme Labs for $65 Million in Cash  —  In a bid to up its mobile development expertise, the Web-focused software company Pivotal has made its first acquisition: Xtreme Labs.  —  San Mateo, Calif.-based Pivotal, which started its life as a joint venture of EMC and VMware …
Digits:
Apple to fix iMessage delivery glitch on iOS 7 in upcoming software update  —  iMessages to Nowhere?  —  Apple Inc. said it's aware of a glitch in iOS7 that is disrupting some iMessage texts and is working on a fix to quell mounting complaints after the company released the biggest overhaul of its iPhone operating system in years.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Dell unveils first four Venue tablets, including a Microsoft Surface competitor  —  HP isn't the only beleaguered PC manufacturer unleashing a tablet blitz.  Today, Dell is revealing a full product lineup of new tablets under the recently resurrected Venue brand.
Shanna Prevé / The Official Google Blog:
Hulu Plus now works with Chromecast  —  Hulu has added Chromecast support to their Hulu Plus app—just in time for the fall television season.  Now you can easily enjoy your favorite shows, such as “Modern Family,” “New Girl” and “Parks and Recreation,” on your big-screen TV by casting from Hulu Plus on your mobile phone or tablet.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
Microsoft touts browser gaming with Web-based relaunch of Win95's Hover  —  Microsoft is using a bit of Windows-95-era nostalgia to try to once again convince Web users and developers that gaming inside of a browser can be performance-competitive with native applications.

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