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February 23, 2014, 6:35 AM

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Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Behind iPhone's Critical Security Bug, a Single Bad ‘Goto’  —  Like everything else on the iPhone, the critical crypto flaw announced in iOS 7 yesterday turns out to be a study in simplicity and elegant design: a single spurious “goto” in one part of Apple's authentication code that accidentally bypasses the rest of it.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
On the Timing of iOS's SSL Vulnerability and Apple's ‘Addition’ to the NSA's PRISM Program  —  Jeffrey Grossman, on Twitter: … iOS 6.0 shipped on 24 September 2012.  —  According to slide 6 in the leaked PowerPoint deck on NSA's PRISM program, Apple was “added” in October 2012.
Chris Williams / The Register:
TechCrunch:
The Google Smartwatch Is Real, And It's Coming Soon (But Maybe Not Too Soon)  —  Google's long-rumored smartwatch is real, and still “officially” expected to begin shipping in mid to late March.  However, many members of the smartwatch team inside Google believe that date will either be pushed back to June …
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches coming in April with Tizen OS and better battery life  —  Even in an industry known for evolving at an impossibly quick pace, it's rare for a product to be replaced in just five months.  If you've read our review of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, however …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Nokia Lumia Icon review: only attractive to Verizon subscribers who really want Windows Phone  —  Nokia Lumia Icon review  —  The Windows Phone Verizon built  —  Even Nokia's boots were innovative.  —  The company once known as Finnish Rubber Works made well-loved rubber boots long before it made smartphones.
Bloomberg:
To counter competition, Microsoft will charge manufacturers $15 instead of $50 to install Windows on devices under $250  —  Microsoft Said to Cut Windows Price 70% to Counter Rivals  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is cutting the price of Windows 8.1 by 70 percent for makers of low-cost computers …

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