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September 25, 2014, 12:55 AM

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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.
Craig Hockenberry / furbo.org:
Developer warns that in-app browsers can keylog on iOS, recommends Safari for OAuth handshake  —  In-App Browsers Considered Harmful  —  How many apps on your iPhone or iPad have a built-in browser?  —  Would it surprise you to know that every one of those apps could eavesdrop on your typing?
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 …
New York Times:
Lenders using tech to track cars of subprime borrowers, disable ignition if payments missed  —  Miss a Payment?  Good Luck Moving That Car  —  Credit: John Gurzinski for The New York Times  —  The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old's asthma was flaring up.
More: Wall Street JournalTweets: @digiphile
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 …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple Will Be ‘Lucky’ to Ship Apple Watch by Valentine's Day  —  Apple may not be planning to launch the new Apple Watch until February 2015 or later, according to a new report from The Information (via Business Insider).  When the Apple Watch was introduced earlier this month …
Michael Crider / Android Police:
HTC teaser video released ahead of October 8 event shows underwater shots, suggests GoPro-like camera  —  HTC Teases ‘Something Remarkable’ For Its NYC Event On October 8th, ‘RE Camera’ Looks Like A Possible Name  —  Bloomberg is convinced that HTC's New York City event next month will be host to a new GoPro-style action camera.
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
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.
More: Wall Street JournalTweets: @rajatsuri
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.
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 …
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.

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