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September 3, 2014, 7:35 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 …
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:
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 …
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 …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
AVG Paying up to $220 Million to Acquire Location Labs in Bid to Boost Mobile Efforts  —  AVG Technologies said Wednesday it is buying privately held mobile security firm Location Labs for $140 million up front, plus as much as $80 million over the next two years.
More: Gigaom and TechCrunch
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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