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October 2, 2016, 3:34 AM

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Andrew Chung / Reuters:
Apple loses patent retrial to VirnetX, ordered to $302.4M in damages after federal jury finds FaceTime and other applications infringed on patents  —  A federal jury in Texas on Friday night ordered Apple Inc to pay more than $302 million in damages for using VirnetX Holding Corp's patented …
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Life On Air, developers of Meerkat, pull the app from the App Store to focus on group video chat app Houseparty  —  Remember Meerkat?  It came out of nowhere in early 2015 — a star of SXSW, in particular — and was on everyone's tongue for weeks.  Then came Periscope …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Google is telling home audio vendors they won't be allowed to add competing smart assistants like Alexa if they want to continue to use Google Cast  —  At its press event in San Francisco next week, Google is expected to not only unveil new flagship phones, but also officially launch Google Home …
Dave Lee / BBC:
ICANN gains full oversight of Domain Name System as its contract with US NTIA expires on October 1  —  A judge in Texas has put the kibosh on a last-minute legal attempt to block the controversial decision for the US to give up control of one of the key systems that powers the internet.
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Amazon announces Twitch Prime with ad-free streaming and other perks for Amazon Prime members; Twitch adds video uploads, loyalty badges, HTML5 support, more  —  Twitch, the video game live-streaming service acquired by Amazon for nearly a billion dollars back in 2014, kicked off …
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Source code behind IoT device botnet Mirai, responsible for DDoS of KrebsOnSecurity, publicly released by Hackforums user  —  The source code that powers the “Internet of Things” (IoT) botnet responsible for launching the historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) …
Jason Del Rey / Recode:
Amazon's jobs website shows Echo and Alexa groups are currently looking to fill 400 positions  —  Alexa, we're going to need some more recruiters.  —  When Jeff Bezos revealed in May that Amazon employed more than 1,000 people working on Echo and Alexa products, he warned: “It's just the tip of the iceberg.”
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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Exploit broker Zerodium triples bounty to $1.5M for iOS, and doubles bounty for Android to $200K  —  Zerodium triples price for iOS exploits, doubles Android bounties to $200,000.  —  A controversial broker of security exploits is offering $1.5 million (£1.2 million) …
Stephanie M. Lee / BuzzFeed:
Anecdotes show increased use of electronic devices can injure hands, wrists, and other body parts, but effects of long-term exposure are still unclear  —  For Cassandra Smolcic, the trouble began at her dream internship.  Handpicked to spend a summer working on movies at Pixar …
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