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September 25, 2014, 7:30 PM

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The Huffington Post:
FBI discussed marketing of device encryption settings with Google and Apple; director says he's “very concerned”  —  FBI Director James Comey ‘Very Concerned’ About New Apple, Google Privacy Features  —  WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that he was …
Gail Sullivan / Washington Post:
Social network Ello, which unlike Facebook does not enforce real names, sees rapid growth amid interest from LGBT community  —  Social network Ello gets boost after Facebook boots drag queens  —  “You are not a product,” its manifesto declares.  It decries social networks that track and record …
Andy Baio / ello.co:
With its $435K seed funding, Ello is unlikely to sustain its “ad-free” model, and will need to turn a profit  —  Building something like Ello costs money.  They have a team of at least seven people, and have worked on it for months.  That doesn't come cheap.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple: Bending in iPhone 6 Plus From Normal Use ‘Extremely Rare’, Only 9 Customers Have Complained  —  Apple has commented on the ongoing complaints about the iPhone 6 Plus bending in user pockets, telling CNBC that the new iPhones include steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Motorola Shamu (Nexus 6/X): 5.92" screen, 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution, 498 PPI display, 3,200 mAh battery  —  Exclusive: This is ‘Shamu,’ Motorola's upcoming Nexus 6/X  —  Yes, it looks like a Moto X. But it has a 5.9-inch screen.  And lowered volume/lock buttons.
Dell Cameron / The Daily Dot:
Developer reported iCloud brute-force password hack to Apple in March 2014, months before Celebgate  —  Apple knew of iCloud security hole 6 months before Celebgate  —  Apple knew as early as March 2014 of a security hole that left the personal data of iCloud users vulnerable …
Rachel Whetstone / Google Europe Blog:
News Corp says Google makes a platform for piracy, stifles competition, more; Google responds  —  Dear Rupert  —  Last week, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sent an open letter to the European Commission complaining about Google.  We wanted to share our perspective so you can judge the arguments on their merits.
Liam Tung / ZDNet:
First attacks using Bash bug discovered in the wild, available patch only a partial fix  —  First attacks using ‘shellshock’ Bash bug discovered  —  Summary: Security researchers have found the first malware using the new Bash bug.  —  Liam Tung  —  Within a day of the Bash bug dubbed 'shellshock …
Robert Graham / Errata Security:
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
New Mac Mini Finally Coming in October Alongside New iPads?  —  At just under two years since its last update, the Mac mini seems to have become the forgotten part of Apple's Mac lineup, with a number of fans of the small desktop waiting for any word of a potential update.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Hootsuite raises $60M at a $1B valuation, acquires Zeetl to integrate voice calls in social media  —  Hootsuite Reaches $1 Billion Valuation in Latest Funding Round  —  Hootsuite, the Vancouver-based startup known for its social media management dashboards, has raised $60 million in new venture funding, CEO Ryan Holmes told Re/code.
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Facebook Is Partnering With Stripe to Power “Buy” Button  —  Facebook first began testing a “Buy” button within News Feed in July, and payments startup Stripe has been tasked with powering the technology, Re/code has learned.  —  The “Buy” button, which allows Facebook users to purchase goods …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix subscribers stream more than 90 minutes a day globally, 45 GB of data every month  —  Binge alert: Subscribers now watch more than 90 minutes of Netflix every single day  —  Just one more episode: All of your binge watching is adding up, to an average of 93 minutes of Netflix viewing per day …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
FWD.us president Joe Green pushed out, Todd Schulte becomes acting president  —  Joe Green Pushed Out at FWD.us  —  Joe Green, the president of FWD.us, has resigned from the political organization that is backed by a coterie of tech luminaries, most prominently Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
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Lora Kolodny / Wall Street Journal:
FiveStars Raises $26M to Help Small Businesses Do Loyalty Rewards … FiveStars Inc. raised $26 million to help small businesses offer loyalty rewards programs that are on par with those offered by their biggest competitors, like retail giants Starbucks and Whole Foods Market .

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