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August 22, 2014, 11:35 PM

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Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
Secret has closed 42 security holes reported through its bug bounty program, which began in February  —  Your Anonymous Posts to Secret Aren't Anonymous After All  —  White hat hacker Ben Caudill is halfway through his sandwich when he casually reaches over to his iPhone, swipes the screen a few times, then holds it up to me.
Reiji Murai / Reuters:
iPhone 6 display panel redesign delayed production, impact on launch uncertain  —  Exclusive: Apple iPhone 6 screen snag leaves supply chain scrambling  —  (Reuters) - Suppliers to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone as the need …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple finds some iPhone 5 units have battery problems, opens replacement program  —  This Friday afternoon, Apple has opened up an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after discovering that a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.”
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Airbnb to Expose 124 Hosts to New York Attorney General  —  Airbnb plans to hand over the names and addresses of 124 hosts on its service to the New York attorney general, the company said in a blog post Friday.  —  The apartment-rental site agreed in May to provide Attorney General Eric Schneiderman …
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Secret Service advisory estimates over 1,000 businesses affected by “Backoff” PoS malware used in Target attack  —  U.S. Finds ‘Backoff’ Hacker Tool Is Widespread  —  More than 1,000 American businesses have been affected by the cyberattack that hit the in-store cash register systems at Target …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google Buys Product-Design Company Gecko for X Projects  —  Google Inc. (GOOGL) is acquiring Gecko Design Inc. to add product-design capabilities to its research lab.  —  Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.  Gecko, which is based in Los Gatos, California, will join Google's X lab, the startup said on its website.
Nick Statt / CNET:
Coin delays launch until spring 2015, will offer beta to the first 10,000 pre-order customers who opt in  —  Coin delays product launch until spring 2015 as questions remain  —  The startup behind a smart electronic device that stores credit and debit cards will offer a beta program for 10,000 customers.
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Most smartphone users download zero apps per month  —  Mobile apps have skyrocketed in popularity and utility since Apple introduced the iPhone App Store in the summer of 2008.  Apps now represent 52% of time spent with digital media in the US, according to comScore, up from 40% in early 2013.

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