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October 16, 2017, 9:10 PM

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Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Exploits, called KRACK, in Wi-Fi security protocol WPA2 open traffic to eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and malicious injection; US CERT advisory issued  —  Researchers have disclosed a serious weakness in the WPA2 protocol that allows attackers within range of vulnerable device …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Microsoft issued Windows patch for KRACK exploits; Android fix expected in “coming weeks”, first to Pixels; researchers: devices with Android 6.0+ are affected  —  Technology companies are starting to respond to a new Wi-Fi exploit affecting all modern Wi-Fi networks using WPA or WPA 2 encryption.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
KRACK WPA2 exploits, which only partially affect iOS, have reportedly been patched in iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas  —  Apple has already patched serious vulnerabilities in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks, the company told iMore's Rene Ritchie this morning.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook buys anonymous teen compliment app tbh, which has had 5M+ downloads and over a billion messages sent in “past few weeks”, will let it continue to run  —  Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram.  Today, Facebook announced it's acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple to appeal a $440M final judgement in VirnetX patent infringement case, after US District Court for Eastern District of Texas denies all of Apple's motions  —  Apple lost a retrial a year ago in an ongoing patent dispute with VirnetX over secure communications protocols in FaceTime …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Supreme Court to decide if law enforcement can obtain emails and data stored overseas by tech firms in Microsoft vs US government email privacy case  —  Law enforcement seeks data held overseas by tech companies  —  U.S. says Google, Yahoo not complying with search warrants
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $2.99B, up 30% YoY, vs. $2.97B est., 5.3M total subs added vs. 4.5M est., projects 6.3M new subscribers in Q4  —  Streaming giant continues to add customers worldwide ahead of a rate hike  —  Netflix may have been overshadowed by streaming rival Hulu …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Huawei debuts 5.9" Mate 10: 16:9 1440p screen, 20/12MP rear cams, 4000mAh battery; Mate 10 Pro: 6" 18:9 1080p screen, no 3.5mm jack, 6GB RAM; US debut date TBD  —  Huawei has announced the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, two new phones that occupy the highest end of its lineup.
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Flaw in widely used RSA code library undermines security of millions of high-security RSA crypto keys  —  Factorization weakness lets attackers impersonate key holders and decrypt their data.  —  A crippling flaw in a widely used code library has fatally undermined the security of millions …
Bloomberg:
Source: Facebook is looking to hire people with national security clearances, to help spot and prevent future election meddling  —  Social media giant wants help to spot future election meddling  —  Russian group bought ads to sow discord during 2016 campaign

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