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Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool

motherboard.vice.com – Written by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai – Aug 25, 10:05 AM – On the morning of August 10, Ahmed Mansoor, a 46-year-old human rights activist from the United Arab Emirates, received a strange text message from a number he did not recognize on his iPhone. “New secrets about torture of Emiratis in state…
Naval Ravikant RT @xor: Today's iOS update patches three zero days burned in a single spyware tool. Incredible story. (Update your phone!) t.co/rgJZsVNIJ7
Mark Cranney Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool t.co/2mjvW692JW via @motherboard
Ramez Naam RT @xor: Today's iOS update patches three zero days burned in a single spyware tool. Incredible story. (Update your phone!) t.co/rgJZsVNIJ7
Marco Arment RT @drance: Get iOS 9.3.5 now. It patches vulnerabilities that have already been exploited by governments. t.co/pzO2P0B0YV
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Straphangers go berserk after woman tosses bugs in subway car

nypost.com – Danielle Furfaro – Aug 25, 11:08 AM – An crazed woman trying to sell crickets and worms on a D train suddenly threw them all over the crowded car, sending it into chaos during the evening commute. The women walked into the train car at about 6 p.m. on Wednesday and and made a pitch to…
Markham Nolan Tries to sell something no-one will buy, disrupted by youths, freaks out, gives away her goods. She's the media. t.co/9e0nB4GivX
Radley Balko Read this story. Then take a shower, slap your own face, pour a drink, and tell your children that you love them. t.co/GgZKv6QRVY
Brian Larson This is the kind of thing that could really ruin your day: t.co/58QMyo7HKA
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blog.lookout.com - Lookout - Sophisticated, persistent mobile attack against high-value targets on iOS

Sophisticated, persistent mobile attack against high-value targets on iOS

Lookout Blog – Lookout – Aug 25 – Persistent, enterprise-class spyware is an underestimated problem on mobile devices. However, targeted attack scenarios against high-value mobile users are a real threat. Citizen Lab (Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto) and…
Chris Sacca RT @davidu: Excellent security research from @Lookout. The surveillance capabilities of mobile malware will blow your mind. t.co/kGoSKD08Bu
a16z RT @davidu: Excellent security research from @Lookout. The surveillance capabilities of mobile malware will blow your mind. t.co/kGoSKD08Bu
EFF If you have an iPhone, it's important that you upgrade iOS today. t.co/II53iJ0Wz1
Bobby Grasberger🌾🍔 What hurdles prevent daily OS auto updates like apps have? Would be a step change in the security cat & mouse game. t.co/jYcpkHF1SU
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Uber Loses at Least $1.2 Billion in First Half of 2016

Bloomberg.com – Eric Newcomer – Aug 25, 5:00 AM – The ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. is not a public company, but every three months, dozens of shareholders get on a conference call to hear the latest details on its business performance from its head of finance, Gautam Gupta. On Friday…
Alan Chiu Great question, @robsiegel, especially since both sides of the Uber market multi-home, at least today @Susan_Athey t.co/x7FdCvwEyw
Tracy Chou RT @mims: So Uber is a giant machine for transferring wealth from venture capitalists to underemployed Americans t.co/zvfPCbXrnX
Ramez Naam RT @mims: So Uber is a giant machine for transferring wealth from venture capitalists to underemployed Americans t.co/zvfPCbXrnX
CodyBrown RT @nitashatiku: Uber lost at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016 t.co/H2EotUCYM5 via @EricNewcomer
Morgan Brown Uber lost at least $1.2 billion in first half of 2016 t.co/Ehgax7At3X via @technology
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Trump's campaign CEO once charged in domestic violence case

POLITICO – Hadas Gold – Aug 25 – Stephen K. Bannon, the new CEO of the Donald Trump campaign, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery and dissuading a witness following an incident in early January 1996, though the case was ultimately dismissed, according to a…
Laura E. Davis RT @Hadas_Gold: Trump's campaign CEO once charged in domestic violence case t.co/JZyARUM5EA
POLITICO Trump campaign CEO's ex-wife claimed he pulled at her neck and wrist during altercation t.co/WCA0S6yw3r | AP t.co/HjjK5JO1ZH
Rosie Gray RT @natemcdermott: Hate to get scooped, but @Hadas_Gold & @BresPolitico found this bombshell on Steve Bannon's domestic violence case t.co/RZX0nn2KIt
Chris Bolman Why am I not surprised @politico says Trumps new campaign lead has domestic violence history t.co/TPViN6aAGj t.co/NbxzIkUxQd
Brian Ries Donald Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon once charged in domestic violence case, @politico reports t.co/Gyw8hjc14P
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Relaxing Privacy Vow, WhatsApp to Share Some Data With Facebook

nytimes.com – Mike Isaac – Aug 25, 4:00 AM – SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook bought the start-up WhatsApp in 2014, Jan Koum, WhatsApp's co-founder, declared that the deal would not affect the digital privacy of his mobile messaging service's millions of users. “We don't know your…
Alex Abdo Large stashes of user data are irresistible. t.co/kKbIzU2wJ5
ಠ_ಠ if you only take away one thing today, the lesson of all this is that money is awesome t.co/EYQztffXUE
Dave McClure RT @Techmeme: WhatsApp to share phone numbers and analytics data of users with Facebook (New York Times) t.co/16Qu8fxz5w t.co/Y8ud0mqlUC
Ryan Singel How valuable is your metadata about who you contact and how often? 10 billion dollars. t.co/Q00yioyrD7
Mathew Ingram So I guess adultery is just "relaxing your monogamy vow" t.co/FmJHBzHDOY
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EU proposals could see news publishers paid by Google and Facebook

theguardian.com – Juliette Garside – Aug 25, 1:59 PM – Measures are part of a series of planned European commission changes designed to strengthen rights of creators and publishers…
Fuego EU proposals could see news publishers paid by Google and Facebook t.co/WQp6vPWM8M via @mediaguardian
Mathew Ingram From the department of futile hopes and dreams t.co/4zRQJV8SXr
Thomas Baekdal This is a dead discussion. And if publishers think Google is taking more than they give, add no-index to your sites. t.co/ziI7UJnUVI
Jeff Jarvis No, Google & FB won't pay. They just won't send audience to news publishers. #eurotechnopanic t.co/6cFBfNEX5d
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Transparency in Startup Investing

themacro.com – Aug 25 – I recently wrote some software at angelcalc.com which allows investors and founders to model a startup's equity financing and determine how outstanding convertible securities convert into shares. It's a modestly cool tool and I had fun writing it…
Greg Sands Good thoughts from my friend @gralston. Everyone better off with transparency. Even better, align interests. t.co/FYeak7Pm64
Alan Chiu Makes sense > Transparency in Startup Investing @gralston t.co/zfR3HfLyRC
Paul Buchheit RT @gralston: My effort to inject some transparency into startup seed investing: t.co/bMmMMmA5bV
Kim-Mai Cutler RT @gralston: My effort to inject some transparency into startup seed investing: t.co/bMmMMmA5bV
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nytimes.com - Nicole Perlroth - Apple Software Vulnerability Is Linked to Intrusions

Apple Software Vulnerability Is Linked to Intrusions

nytimes.com Nicole Perlroth (@nicoleperlroth) – Aug 25, 9:59 AM – SAN FRANCISCO — One of the world's most evasive digital arms dealers is believed to have been taking advantage of three security vulnerabilities in popular Apple products in its efforts to spy on dissidents and journalists. Investigators…
Nicole Perlroth RT @Snowden: A US-owned company has been implicated in hacking the iPhones of specifically-targeted journalists and activitists. t.co/rz9Wrv708a
Jason Shellen Change all your passw Wait. Sorry, update all your OSes again. t.co/esofFOEQaV
Edward Snowden This is the reason @FreedomofPress researches ways to monitor and enforce the hardware state of journalists' phones. t.co/OTvTnlW61G
Edward Snowden If you did this, the FBI would come after you. But these perps face few consequences: t.co/rz9Wrv708a t.co/VU3qb8UKjc
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Donald Trump's Mixed Signals on Immigration Cause a Flap

wsj.com – Reid J. Epstein – Aug 25, 4:52 PM – Donald Trump's mixed signals about easing his plan to deport all illegal immigrants are dividing his closest allies and prompting warnings he could lose core supporters if he abandons the signature issue of his campaign. Even as some supporters…
Fuego Donald Trump's Mixed Signals on Immigration Cause a Flap t.co/HGGjEpwFSf via @thegarance