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April 9, 2014, 12:10 AM

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Heartbleed:
Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of systems protected by vulnerable versions of OpenSSL  —  The Heartbleed Bug  —  The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library.  This weakness allows stealing the information protected …
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
The Heartbleed Bug, explained  —  There was big news in the computer security world yesterday when researchers announced a massive vulnerability in popular web encryption software called OpenSSL.  Major online service providers are scrambling to address the problem.  What happened?
Matthew Green / A Few Thoughts …:
Heartbleed: mundane coding error more devastating than fancy crypto attacks like BEAST, CRIME  —  Attack of the week: OpenSSL Heartbleed  —  Ouch.  I start every lecture in my security class by asking the students to give us any interesting security or crypto news they've seen recently, preferably with a focus on vulnerabilities.
David Bellona / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter web gets new timeline filtering options, new profile design features ‘pinned’ and ‘best’ tweets  —  Coming soon: a whole new you, in your Twitter profile  —  Moment by moment, your Twitter profile shows the world who you are.
Scotty Loveless / Overthought:
Apple Genius' iOS battery life guide: disable location and background refresh for Facebook, don't quit apps  —  The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain  —  Updated April 7, 2014: added Step 8 to the list.  —  Added Korean Translation (provided by Yoon Jiman)
Paul Mutton / Netcraft:
Survey says 6000+ websites still hosted on Windows XP, including 14 belonging to US government  —  Thousands of websites still hosted on Windows XP  —  Thousands of websites are still hosted on Windows XP computers, despite the operating system reaching the end of its extended support period today.
Mark Hachman / PC World:
Richard Byrne Reilly / VentureBeat:
U.S. Air Force is testing Google Glass & building apps for battlefield use (exclusive)  —  Above: Airforce test dummy wearing Google Glass  —  The U.S. Air Force's “BATMAN” research team at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio is beta-testing Google Glass for possible use on the battlefield.
More: eWeek, 9to5Google and Gigaom ResearchTweets: @timThanks:@harrisonweber
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider:
Teen interest in ‘iWatch’ growing as iPhone dominates field, study says  —  Apple's iPhone continues to lead all competing devices in the important U.S. teen demographic, but the future spenders of America are exhibiting fast-growing interest in new product categories like the iWatch.
More: MacRumors and FortuneThanks:@mikeycampbell81
David Meyer / Gigaom:
How thin, flexible electronics will revolutionize everything from user interfaces to packaging  —  As our computing requirements change, the nature of the underlying electronics needs to change too.  We're moving into an era of wearable gadgets that require flexibility and new user interfaces …
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Ballmer, Not Nadella, Gave The Go-Ahead To Ship Office For iPad, Which Has Racked Up 12M Downloads  —  Update: I'm hearing that while Ballmer did intend to ship Office for iPad, it was Nadella who picked the date.  This makes the below comment technically true, but perhaps slightly confusing.
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Reddit Execs Ellen Pao and Jena Donlin Get Serious About the Site's Business (Q&A)  —  Reddit is one of the biggest sites on the Web.  Now it just needs to start making it rain.  —  Since 2005, the online community message board and link-sharing site has risen from an esoteric bulletin board service …

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