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9/4/2015

Kindle e-book prices have gone up as many major publishers have entered new deals with Amazon to protect the prices of their products. Early data indicate that consumers are less willing to pay a premium on e-titles, with James Patterson's publisher, Hachette Book Group, reporting that its e-book sales fell to 24% of its U.S. net trade sales in the first half of the year.

9/4/2015

The US government currently spends about $12 billion a year to keep its computer networks safe from intrusion, but a department-by-department breakdown shows stark disparities between the agencies that benefit and those that don't, a new report finds. "In fact, only the Department of Homeland Security spends more that 3% of its 2014 budget on cybersecurity," analysts from Bank of America Merrill Lynch say. "The Office of Personnel Management spent the lowest percentage on cybersecurity out of all the departments, which is significant since it suffered the biggest US agency breach to date."

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Business Insider
9/4/2015

Rogue retailers installing malware on Android phones can pose a risk to supply chains, a report from G DATA indicates. The breach occurs before users receive the phones, and more than two dozen brands are affected -- mostly via phones obtained through Chinese retailers. The malware, which is not installed at the manufacturer level, highlights the need for transparency in untrusted supply lines, Robert Lemos writes.

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eWeek
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Android, Robert Lemos, G Data
9/4/2015

ATM skimmers are becoming more sophisticated, with insert skimmers becoming the latest criminal trend, writes Brian Krebs, a security blogger. Insert skimmers are installed inside the card-acceptance slot, making them difficult to spot.

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9/4/2015

Apple's latest Twitter handle, @AppStoreGames, is devoted to mobile gaming and signals the importance of that sector for the company's devices, including the iPad, the iPhone and Apple TV. The social media feed will include curated content from Apple game editors, as well as game previews, tips and developer interviews.

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BuzzFeed
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Apple, Twitter, iPad, social media, iPhone
9/4/2015

Hewlett-Packard reportedly is seeking a buyer for its network-security unit, TippingPoint, and private equity firms are in talks with HP ahead of its planned November split into two companies. "HP has been vocal about looking to sell assets that they consider non-core, and that they are not through that process yet," said Brean Capital's Ananda Baruah.

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Firstpost (India)
9/4/2015

Facebook took the top spot among the most downloaded applications over the past five years, while Pandora led among app moneymakers, according to App Annie. Among games, King's "Candy Crush Saga" topped the list in downloads while Supercell's "Clash of Clans" led in revenue.

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TechCrunch
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Facebook, Pandora, King
9/4/2015

The Justice Department has ruled that federal agents must obtain a search warrant before using stingray technology to track cellphone activity. The military-grade surveillance technology has been used in secret by government agencies in crime investigations for years, but privacy advocates have recently raised concerns about how much and what data stingrays collect.

9/4/2015

AOL's acquisition of Millennial Media was undertaken with the goal of transforming the company from a desktop-centered business to one with a focus on mobile and applications. "Millennial brings us the in-app inventory as well as it brings us the programmatic and automated technology to serve content and advertising," AOL President Bob Lord said.

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9/4/2015

Samsung Electronics has announced that its Gear S2 smartwatch will ship in October. The company added that it will allow Android-based smartphone rivals to access the device's technology in hopes of giving Android-based watches a better chance to compete against the Apple Watch. Samsung has not yet revealed how much its watch will cost.

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PCWorld, Reuters, TechCrunch
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Samsung, Samsung Electronics, Apple