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August 28, 2013, 9:55 AM

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Matthew Prince / CloudFlare Blog:
Details Behind Today's Internet Hacks … At 1:19pm (PDT) today, a researcher noticed that the New York Times' website wasn't loading.  We know the New York Times tech team, so we sent an email to check in.  A few minutes later, the CTO of the NYT called us back.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Web Site Affected by External Hacking Attack  —  The New York Times Web site was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon following an attack on the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT.  The attack also required employees of The Times to stop sending out sensitive e-mails.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Syrian Electronic Army Apparently Hacks DNS Records Of Twitter, NYT Through Registrar Melbourne IT  —  The Syrian Electronic Army has claimed responsibility for hacking the domain name servers of two of Twitter's sites, and a third appears to have been redirected to servers hosted by the SEA.
Eva Dou / Wall Street Journal:
HTC Developing Smartphone Operating System  —  Taiwanese Handset Maker Works With China in Bid to Revive Sales  —  TAIPEI—HTC Corp. is developing a mobile software system specifically for Chinese consumers, people familiar with the project say, as part of a big China bet …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple Reportedly Acquires Swedish Firm AlgoTrim, A Company That Does Mobile Media And Data Compression  —  Apple has acquired AlgoTrim, a Swedish startup that builds codecs and designs solutions that maximize performance of data, mobile imaging, video and computer graphics …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Parallels Access puts Mac and PC apps on your iPad for $79.99  —  Parallels is best known for its virtualization software that lets Mac owners seamlessly run Microsoft's Windows OS.  But today the company is taking up another mission: it's attempting to bring desktop apps to the iPad …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Google drops Nexus 4 price, now starts at $199  —  The Nexus 4 just got a lot cheaper.  The company's flagship Android phone is now available for a full $100 less than it was just hours ago.  The 8GB model is on sale through the Google Play Store for $199 with a contract, while the 16GB model is $249.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Teardown Reveals Google's Moto X Costs $221 to Build  —  As the first smartphone to be completely designed since Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, there are a lot of expectations riding on the Moto X.  —  The phone, now considered the flagship of the Motorola lineup, is getting noticed for being different.
Simon Sharwood / The Register:
Marc Andreessen, Pat Gelsinger in verbal VMworld brawl  —  Netscape legend and VMware CEO clash on security, ARM vs. x86 and role of cloud  —  VMworld 2013 VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and graphical-browser-inventor-turned- venture-capitalist Marc Andreessen have engaged in a feisty debate at Vmworld 2013 …
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Chris Chavez / Android Phone Fans:
Nexus 7 (2013) now available in UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan  —  While those of us in the US and Canada enjoyed a brief moment of exclusivity, Google's latest 7-inch tab — the all new Nexus 2013 — is finally making its way overseas.  Starting today, those of you in the UK, Germany …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
BlackBerry Is A Failed State  —  What happens now that BlackBerry appears to be doomed?  Just think of it as a country.  Welcome to BlackBerria.  Don't drink the water.  —  BlackBerry, as BlackBerry users know it, is finished.  The company that was almost single-handedly responsible …
David Kravets / Wired:
Hacker Pleads Guilty to Selling FBI Access to U.S. Supercomputers  —  Cray XT4 supercomputer cluster (Franklin) has 9,660 compute nodes.  Each has quad-core AMD processors running at 2.3 GHz.  Franklin has 38,640 processor cores, with 8 GB of memory per node and a total 350 TB of usable disk space.
Wall Street Journal:
Web Sales Remain Small for Many Retailers  —  Nearly two decades after the Web revolutionized shopping, many big retailers are still struggling to turn the Internet into a big part of their business.  —  Their progress is on display in new correspondence between the Securities and Exchange Commission …
Tweets: @rishad and @fmanjoo
Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
Forget tablets.  Nokia has a bigger connected gadget in mind: the car  —  Rumors of a Nokia tablet has got the tech world buzzing, but Nokia's plans to expand beyond the handset are much more ambitious than producing a mere slate.  Nokia EVP of Location and Commerce Michael Halbherr told GigaOM …
Tweets: @transportktnThanks:@kfitchard

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