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October 2, 2014, 6:00 PM

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Faryaab S. / SamMobile:
Early build of Android L with TouchWiz previewed on the Samsung Galaxy S5  —  Exclusive Preview: Android L on Samsung Galaxy S5  —  At Google I/O 2014, Google announced the next iteration of its Android operating system - Android L. As the operating system itself was still in early stages …
New York Times:
JPMorgan Chase Says More Than 76 Million Accounts Compromised in Cyber Attack  —  A cyber attack this summer on JPMorgan Chase compromised more than 76 million household accounts and seven million small-business accounts, making it among the largest corporate hacks ever discovered.
Sébastien Page / iDownloadBlog.com:
Apple launches tool to check Activation Lock status; lets you see if an iPhone/iPad is stolen  —  Apple releases tool to check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices  —  Apple recently released a tool that lets anyone check the Activation Lock status of iOS devices.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Celebrities Threaten Google With $100 Million Lawsuit for “Facilitating” Hacked Nude Photos  —  In a letter that rips Google for acting “like the NFL” and turning a blind eye, a lawyer representing celebrities warns of consequences  —  Marty Singer, representing over a dozen celebrities whose iCloud accounts …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Security researchers publicly release code to Github for “practically unpatchable” exploit BadUSB  —  The Unpatchable Malware That Infects USBs Is Now on the Loose  —  It's been just two months since researcher Karsten Nohl demonstrated an attack he called BadUSB to a standing-room …
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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
LG website referenced software development kit for an unannounced webOS SmartWatch  —  LG is working on a webOS SmartWatch  —  “LG SmartWatch gets more powerful with the new Web-centric platform”  —  The world's favorite abortive mobile operating system, webOS, refuses to go away quietly.
Nick Statt / CNET:
Microsoft may have named it Windows 10 to maintain compatibility with app software from '90s  —  Is this why Microsoft named it Windows 10?  —  Seemingly everyone on the Net has a theory as to why Microsoft skipped the name “Windows 9” and jumped to 10.  Here's one explanation that actually makes sense.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Announces Stricter Guidelines For Research And Experiments On Its Users  —  After a study on whether emotional manipulation in the News Feed could make people sad turned into a PR disaster, Facebook has now set up a formal review process for pre-approving research on its users …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Pioneer finally brings CarPlay equipment to mass market, Spotify app update adds CarPlay support  —  The CarPlay situation has been murky.  Since being announced in the spring, most manufacturers have been quiet on when CarPlay equipment will actually be available to purchase.
iClarified:
iPhone 6+ with 802.11ac shows substantial speed improvements over iPhone 5s's 802.11n  —  iPhone Wi-Fi Speed Test: 802.11ac iPhone 6 Plus vs. 802.11n iPhone 5s [Video]  —  We've posted a new video test comparing the Wi-Fi speeds of the 802.11ac iPhone 6 Plus versus the 802.11n iPhone 5s.
John Paczkowski / Re/code:
Apple veteran Steve Dowling chosen as Apple's interim head of PR, succeeding Katie Cotton  —  Code/red: Apple Taps Interim PR Boss  —  // HAPPENING TODAY  — Rocket Internet's IPO, and it's not going well.  — The 55th anniversary of the premiere of “The Twilight Zone.”
Dell Cameron / The Daily Dot:
While operating as an FBI informant, LulzSec's Sabu led attacks against targets in 30 countries including UK, Australia, Brazil  —  An FBI informant led hacks against 30 countries—now we know which ones  —  A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant targeted more than two dozen countries …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Netflix will finance four major feature films starring Adam Sandler to appear exclusively on Netflix  —  With Four New Adam Sandler Films, Netflix Takes Aim at Theaters  —  Netflix plans to announce on Thursday that it has struck a deal with the comedian Adam Sandler to produce and star …

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