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October 3, 2013, 12:55 AM

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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:
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires YC-Backed Flutter, A Gesture Recognition Technology Startup  —  Google's Glass, Android and other products may soon be picking up more Kinect-style gesture features: the company has bought Flutter, a Y Combinator-backed startup that focuses on gesture recognition technology.
Timothy B. Lee / Washington Post:
As Comcast faces less competition, only its highest-paying customers get big speed increases  —  These charts show Comcast acting more and more like a monopolist  —  In a recent article, I suggested that broadband speeds were stagnating in the United States.  Comcast, the nation's leading broadband provider, begs to differ.
Damien McElroy / Telegraph:
Iranian cyber warfare commander shot dead in suspected assassination  —  The head of Iran's cyber warfare programme has been shot dead, triggering further accusations that outside powers are carrying out targeted assassinations of key figures in the country's security apparatus.
Kellex / Droid Life:
Target is Launching a T-Mobile Prepaid Service Called “Brightspot” on October 6  —  This weekend, Target will introduce a new prepaid wireless service called Brightspot.  The prepaid service will use T-Mobile's nationwide 4G network (LTE as well), provides customers with 3 different affordable plans …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
N.S.A. Experiment Traced U.S. Cellphone Locations  —  WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency conducted a secret pilot project in 2010 and 2011 to test the collection of bulk data about the location of Americans' cellphones, but the agency never moved ahead with such a program, according to intelligence officials.
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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.

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