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October 15, 2014, 10:00 AM

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Bodo Möller / Google Online Security Blog:
Google discloses SSL 3.0 vulnerability POODLE, recommends clients and servers support TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV to prevent protocol downgrade attacks, says Chrome does  —  This POODLE bites: exploiting the SSL 3.0 fallback  —  Today we are publishing details of a vulnerability in the design of SSL version 3.0.
Adam Langley / ImperialViolet:
POODLE detailed; how to disable SSL 3.0 in Chrome, Firefox; disabling it on servers may break IE6  —  POODLE attacks on SSLv3  —  My colleague, Bodo Möller, in collaboration with Thai Duong and Krzysztof Kotowicz (also Googlers), just posted details about a padding oracle attack against CBC-mode ciphers in SSLv3.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review: the best big-screen phone you can buy right now  —  What began in 2011 as a brand-new phone category has flourished into one of the most popular in the world.  Smartphones with big screens (phablets, to some) are now ubiquitous, but it all started with an odd device called the Samsung Galaxy Note.
Brian Barrett / Gizmodo:
Leaked: Fitbit Charge, like Force but without nickel, and Charge HD with heart rate monitoring  —  Exclusive: Fitbit Charge and Charge HR Images and Full Features List  —  After earlier reports that Fitbit may be working on two new activity trackers, a tipster has sent us what appears …
Kyle Wagner / Deadspin:
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate  —  Over the weekend, a game developer in Boston named Brianna Wu fled her home after an online stalker vowed to rape and kill her.  She isn't the first woman who's been forced into hiding by aggrieved video game fans associated with Gamergate …
Danielle Friedman / NBC News:
Facebook and Apple to cover up to $20K in egg-freezing treatments for female employees  —  Facebook and Apple Now Pay for Women to Freeze Eggs  —  While techniques and success rates are improving, there's no guarantee the procedure will lead to a baby down the road.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Asus' PadFone X mini $200 phone-tablet hybrid with Intel processor coming to AT&T on Oct 24th  —  Intel finally gets a break with big smartphone chip customer Asus  —  Above: Asus smartphone with Intel chips  —  Intel finally has a big customer for its smartphone chips.
Robin Wauters / Tech.eu:
Polish startup Brainly raises $9m to make a major push into the US with its social learning platform  —  Brainly, the Polish edtech startup that we recently paid a visit, has closed a $9 million round from lead General Catalyst Partners, Point Nine Capital and Runa Capital.
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Michael Brown / PC World:
Sonos Boost, a high-power signal amplifier, now available for $99  —  Sonos Boost promises to eliminate network dead spots on a Sonos network  —  If you own a Sonos multi-room audio system but have trouble with dead spots, Sonos has good news for you: The all-new Sonos Boost …
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss / Reuters:
NY state says bitcoin software developers don't need license  —  (Reuters) - New York will not require digital currency software developers to obtain a “BitLicense” to operate in the state, said Benjamin Lawksy, superintendent of financial services for the state of New York, on Tuesday.

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