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September 3, 2014, 12:40 AM

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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.
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 …
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:
While Apple denies that iCloud was “breached”, it doesn't deny iCloud was involved in the celebrity photo theft  —  Apple denies iCloud breach in celebrity nude photo hack  —  Apple says that the mass theft of nude celebrity photos that were released over the weekend did not occur …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security  —  It seems that Apple has gotten embroiled in a security scandal of one sort or another every few months.  —  It dodged Heartbleed but was hit by the very embarrassing ‘goto fail’ bug.  It was called out for not adequately documenting …
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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 …
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.
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 …
More: Gigaom
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.
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
Greg Wyler, satellite executive and founder of 03b Networks, has abruptly left Google  —  Abrupt Exit for Google Satellite Exec  —  One of the leaders of Google's effort to build a constellation of Internet-beaming satellites, Greg Wyler, has left the company, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
AOL's Brand CEO Susan Lyne Stepping Down to Run Women-Focused Fund for Company  —  Susan Lyne, the longtime media exec who has been CEO of AOL's brand group from early 2013, is stepping down from that role to run a venture fund inside the New York-based media company aimed at women-led digital startups.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Office for iPad adds monthly in-app subscriptions; $6.99/month for Office 365 Personal, $9.99/month for Office 365 Home  —  Microsoft adds monthly in-app subscription option to Office for iPad  —  Summary: Microsoft Office for iPad users now have the option to subscribe to Office 365 monthly and from inside Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Reddit unveils its first mobile app for Ask Me Anything (AMA) interviews on iOS, Android version coming later this week  —  Reddit to Launch Mobile App for AMAs (Exclusive)  —  Reddit has made its long-awaited entry into the mobile app category with one devoted to its most popular attraction, the Ask Me Anything (AMA) interviews.
BBC:
Nigeria launches national biometric ID card with payment functionality by Mastercard  —  Nigeria launches national electronic ID cards  —  Nigeria's president has formally launched a national electronic identity card, which all Nigerians will have to have by 2019 if they want to vote.

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