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April 12, 2014, 11:30 AM

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Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years  —  The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.
CloudFlare:
Two people independently obtained SSL private keys with Heartbleed exploits, solving CloudFlare's challenge  —  The Heartbleed Challenge  —  So far, two people have independently solved the Heartbleed Challenge.  The first was submitted at 4:22:01PST by Fedor Indutny (@indutny).
IC ON THE RECORD:
NSA and Federal government claim that they were not aware of Heartbleed vulnerability before April 2014  —  Statement on Bloomberg News story that NSA knew about the “Heartbleed bug” flaw and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence  —  April 11, 2014
Boris Jabes / Meldium:
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon plans to announce a smartphone by the end of June, to ship by the end of September  —  Amazon Preparing to Release Smartphone  —  Retailer Has Plans to Announce Phone in June, Begin Shipping By End of September  —  Amazon.com Inc. is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half …
The Boston Globe:
Massachusetts governor unveils sweeping legislation to eliminate noncompetes for tech workers  —  Patrick looks to eliminate tech noncompete agreements  —  Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday will propose sweeping legislation to make it easier for workers in technology, life sciences …
Yoree Koh / Wall Street Journal:
Report: 44% of Twitter Accounts Have Never Sent a Tweet  —  Twitter is having no trouble signing up users.  But some new research provides an update on the size of an ongoing problem: getting people to tweet.  —  A report from Twopcharts, a website that monitors Twitter account activity …
Drew Houston / The Dropbox Blog:
Dropbox responds to uproar over Condoleezza Rice: our commitment to your rights and privacy will continue  —  Our commitment to your rights and privacy  —  There's nothing more important to us than keeping your stuff safe and secure.  It's why we've been fighting for transparency …

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