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August 23, 2014, 1:10 PM

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Sean Nealon / Phys.org:
Researchers use malicious Android app to steal personal info from Gmail and other installed apps with up to 92% success rate  —  Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success  —  (Phys.org) —A team of researchers, including an assistant professor at the University of California …
Leo Kelion / BBC:
Tor director suspects NSA and GCHQ agents are anonymously tipping off the company about vulnerabilities  —  NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’ alleges developer  —  Andrew Lewman: “The fact that we take a completely anonymous bug report allows them to report to us safely”
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.”
Ian Paul / PC World:
Microsoft Miracast dongle spotted at FCC ahead of Lumia event  —  Google's Chromecast is a hit, and now it appears Microsoft wants to replicate something similar for Windows Phone and probably Windows PCs.  —  Windows Phone Daily and Nokiapoweruser did some sleuthing at the Federal Communication …
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.
Alice Truong / Fast Company:
The company with the best culture?  Twitter, according to Glassdoor  —  To outsiders, Silicon Valley work culture seems almost like a joke: college kids pretending to be adults in unkempt hair who show up to business meetings wearing wrinkled T-shirts with jeans.  But for the people entrenched in it, what could be better?
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 …
Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:
Oregon sues Oracle over failed health care website … SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon filed a lawsuit Friday against Oracle Corp. and several of its executives over the technology company's role in creating the troubled website for the state's online health insurance exchange.
PC World:
LTE in Wi-Fi spectrum shows great potential, says NTT DoCoMo  —  In the hunt for new ways to handle growing data volumes, NTT DoCoMo and Huawei Technologies have demonstrated that LTE can be deployed over 5GHz, which today is used for Wi-Fi networks.  —  One of the ways mobile operators …

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