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February 22, 2014, 11:45 PM

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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:
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
WhatsApp Is Down, Confirms Server Issues [Update: It's Back After A 210-Minute Outage]  —  Update: WhatsApp experienced an outage for around 210 minutes today from 11am to 2:30 pm PST.  Users around the world reported that they were unable to send messages, and WhatsApp confirmed these problems …
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 …
Businessweek:
Neiman Marcus Hackers Set Off 60,000 Alerts While Bagging Credit Card Data  —  The hackers who raided the credit-card payment system of Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. set off alerts on the company's security systems about 60,000 times as they slunk through the network, according to an internal company investigation.
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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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix packets being dropped every day because Verizon wants more money  —  Verizon wants to be paid by consumers and Cogent, but Cogent refuses to pay.  —  The battle over who should pay to carry Netflix traffic is heating up again, and one of the main players blames Verizon's greed …

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