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September 24, 2014, 11:05 PM

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple pulls iOS 8.0.1 after users report major problems with update  —  The new update is reportedly killing cell reception and Touch ID  —  One week after the launch of iOS 8, Apple released its first update for the new OS — iOS 8.0.1 — on Wednesday afternoon.
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
Bash bug as big as Heartbleed  —  Today's bash bug is as big a deal as Heartbleed.  That's for many reasons.  —  The first reason is that the bug interacts with other software in unexpected ways.  We know that interacting with the shell is dangerous, but we write code that does it anyway.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
BlackBerry Passport review: good display and battery life, but inefficient keyboard with clumsy software  —  BlackBerry Passport review  —  Getting stuff done or getting in the way?  —  “BlackBerry is still around?”  —  I've heard that question quite often the past few weeks, as I've been using the BlackBerry Passport.
Bonnie Cha / Re/code:
Reuters:
Amazon to invest $55M in its Silicon Valley-based hardware unit Lab126 to develop smart home gadgets and wearables  —  Exclusive: Amazon tests smart home gadgets, expands hardware lab  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will boost staffing at its secretive Silicon Valley-based hardware unit …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Convicted black hat hacker Kevin Mitnick now selling zero-day exploits, starting at $100K  —  Kevin Mitnick, Once the World's Most Wanted Hacker, Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits  —  As a young man, Kevin Mitnick became the world's most notorious black hat hacker, breaking into the networks …
More: EngadgetTweets: @netik and @evacide
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
HotelTonight moving past same-day model to include 7-day advance booking as competition grows  —  HotelTonight Pivots Beyond Same-Day Booking As Competition Heats Up  —  HotelTonight is planning a major shift to its business model, moving from its same-day booking model to a more flexible offering of seven-day advance booking.
More: Skift and VatorNews
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon launches #AmazonWishList, now you can add products to your Wish List by tweeting  —  Twitter has long been evolving as a vital cog in the global e-commerce wheel, and now Amazon is turning to the social network to make it easier to add items to your Amazon Wish List.
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Bringing Tablets To Restaurant Tables Nationwide Nets E la Carte $35 Million  —  On the heels of a nationwide rollout with Applebee's, E la Carte has raised $35 million to bring its tablet technology to more restaurant tables around the country and around the world.
Thorsten Von Eicken / RightScale Blog:
AWS to roll out urgent patch, will reboot the vast majority of EC2 instances beginning Sept 26  —  AWS to Reboot a Substantial Number of EC2 Instances  —  Today Amazon Web Services (AWS) notified its customers that it will be rolling out an urgent patch to all hosts causing a maintenance reboot …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Bezos-Backed Pro.com Raises Another $14 Million to Help Renovate Your Home  —  Fern leaf green, the color of the walls in my living room, started to look dated ages ago.  The baseboards need retouching, and there's a hole in the drywall near the front door, where movers once mishandled a sofa.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Comcast accuses Time Warner merger opponents Netflix, Discovery, and others of “extortion”  —  Comcast Accuses Time Warner Cable Deal Opponents of “Extortion”  —  Netflix, Discovery Communications and other companies opposing Comcast's $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable …
Joshua Brustein / Businessweek:
Online survey company Qualtrics raises $150M at valuation exceeding $1B from Insight Venture Partners, Sequoia, and Accel  —  How an Online Survey Company Joined the $1 Billion Club  —  The business of making software for online surveys is pretty easy to understand: You find people …
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
Adobe to shutter China R&D by December due to hostile government, layoffs of 300 expected  —  Adobe to shut China R&D as sour business climate bites  —  (Reuters) - Computer software maker Adobe Systems Inc will shut its Chinese research and development arm, as U.S. technology firms face …

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