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October 6, 2017, 2:00 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: hackers stole NSA data on US offensive and defensive cyber capabilities from a contractor's laptop in 2015, likely via Kaspersky software  —  The breach, considered the most serious in years, could enable Russia to evade NSA surveillance and more easily infiltrate U.S. networks
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Analysis: what we know and do not know about Kaspersky Lab's alleged involvement in NSA contractor's laptop hack  —  The Wall Street Journal just published an incendiary article that says hackers working for the Russian government stole confidential material from an NSA contractor's home computer.
Politico:
Sources: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's personal cellphone was compromised, potentially as long ago as December  —  White House tech support discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to tech support staff this summer.  —  White House officials believe that chief …
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Researchers: Apple granted Uber now-removed “entitlement” that let app record iPhone screen, even in background; Uber says it was to improve Watch performance  —  To improve functionality between Uber's app and the Apple Watch, Apple allowed Uber to use a powerful tool that could record …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple updates High Sierra with fix for APFS Disk Utility flaw that revealed password instead of hint and Keychain vulnerability that let apps dump passwords  —  Apple today released a supplemental update to macOS High Sierra 10.13, the first update to the macOS High Sierra operating system …
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft announces Edge for Android and iOS in beta and relaunches Arrow Launcher for Android as Microsoft Launcher in public preview  —  If you want more proof that Microsoft is embracing Android and iOS, boy, do we have it for you today.  The company has launched Edge for iOS in preview …
Rob Malda:
On Slashdot's 20th anniversary, cofounder Rob Malda reflects on the site's early days  —  I registered the domain name ‘Slashdot.org’ 20 years ago today.  I really had no idea.  —  Jeff chipped in a few bucks for the fees.  Kathleen told me the name was stupid.  I thought “That's kinda the point!”.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Mattel says it's canceling its AI-powered Aristotle smart hub for kids after privacy and childhood development concerns  —  This post has been updated.  —  Mattel said Wednesday that it will not move forward with plans to sell a kid-focused smart hub, after new executives decided it did not …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Losing the 3.5mm jack pushes consumers into the Bluetooth audio market, where choices are limited and proprietary, like Apple's handful of W1 chip products  —  Enjoy your four choices  —  Yesterday, Google announced the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, two phones I've been excited about for a while now.
Surur / MSPoweruser:
Now-deleted Microsoft Store listing said Harmon Kardon Cortana-powered speaker will cost $200 with six months of free Skype calls, on sale October 22  —  The official store listing for the Harman Kardon Invoke has leaked, and with it comes the final price of the smart speaker.
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:

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