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September 3, 2014, 9:20 AM

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Elcomsoft Phone Password Breaker, a law enforcement tool popular on hacker forums, downloads full iCloud backups given stolen credentials  —  The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple's iCloud  —  As nude celebrity photos spilled onto the web over the weekend …
Apple:
Celebrity photo theft a targeted attack on names, passwords, and security questions, and didn't result from breaches of Find my iPhone or iCloud  —  Update to Celebrity Photo Investigation  —  We wanted to provide an update to our investigation into the theft of photos of certain celebrities.
Nik Cubrilovic / New Web Order:
A look inside the hacker networks dealing in stolen celebrity data  —  Notes on the Celebrity Data Theft  —  An interesting aspect of information security is how periodically it collides with other industries and subcultures.  With more information than ever being stored and shared online …
Michael Rose / TUAW:
Apple's two-factor authentication doesn't cover restoring a new device from an iCloud backup, a known issue affecting data security  —  Think iCloud's two-factor authentication protects your privacy?  It doesn't  —  As the forensic analysis of the weekend's celebrity intimate photo leak continues …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
Toshiba's Chromebook 2 will give you a 13" 1080p IPS display for $330  —  Toshiba's Chromebook 2 will get you a very nice screen, provided you spring for the more expensive model.  —  Toshiba  —  Most Chromebook hardware can be described as “only OK.”  The need to compete with others requires OEMs …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Toshiba's Encore Mini Tablet Runs Windows 8.1 And Is Just $119  —  Want to jump into Windows 8.1 on the cheap?  Toshiba has you covered.  For just $119, you can snag the new Encore Mini, which runs Windows 8.1 on a teeny-tiny 7-inch, low-resolution screen.
Liam Spradlin / Android Police:
Google HTC 9-inch tablet may get official magnetic, foldable, keyboard case  —  Exclusive: Here's The Official Keyboard Case Google And HTC Are Planning For The Next Nexus Tablet [Updated]  —  Earlier last month, we posted an exclusive story about Google's explorations into a product called …
Joi Ito's Web:
Shenzhen trip report - visiting the world's manufacturing ecosystem  —  Last year, a group of Media Lab students visited Shenzhen with, bunnie, an old friend and my hardware guru.  He's probably best known for hacking the Xbox, the chumby, an open source networked hardware appliance …
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Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Banks: Credit Card Breach at Home Depot  —  Multiple banks say they are seeing evidence that Home Depot stores may be the source of a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards that went on sale this morning in the cybercrime underground.  Home Depot says that it is working with banks …
Avram Piltch / Laptop Mag:
Lenovo Tab S8: Intel Quad-Core Android Tablet Is $199  —  In the world of compact tablets, 8-inch is the new 7-inch.  As consumers gravitate toward larger smartphones, they're looking at tablets with 8-inch screens as the ideal compromise: big enough to be different from their handsets …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple sets developer rules for HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions ahead of iOS 8 launch  —  Today, Apple has updated its official App Store developers Review Guidelines to outline the requirements for iOS 8 applications that will make use of the new HealthKit, HomeKit, TestFlight, and Extensions services.
István Fekete / iPhone in Canada Blog:
China Mobile Starts Taking 4.7" and 5.5" iPhone 6 Reservations  —  Although there are eight days to go until Apple officially unveils the next generation iPhone, China Mobile's Beijing branch is already offering pre-orders for that device.  —  Sina Tech, a major Chinese online media company …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Google's Android Wear to support Bluetooth headsets, GPS, and third party watch faces  —  Google says Android Wear about to get even smarter (Q&A)  —  The search giant hasn't said much about its OS for wearable devices since a demo in June.  CNET sat down with two of the project's head engineers to find out what's new.
Ian Kar / Bank Innovation:
Apple, Nordstrom in Talks to Partner on Payments  —  Department store Nordstrom is reportedly in talks to be one of Apple's early merchant partners when the company unveils its new payments platform soon, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence  —  Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara's (UCSB) John Martinis and his team - one of the most prolific research groups in this area …

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