News Fuse for September 20, 2013

Apple

Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for September 20, 2013:

  1. Apple's latest iPhones are now on sale online worldwide and at retail stores across Europe, Asia, and the US. If you're wanting that new gold iPhone 5S, however, you may be disappointed. Apple has confirmed a general shortage of the iPhone 5S in a statement to All Things D, noting that the phone has already sold out and is in limited supply of certain models in certain stores today. The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that Apple is now instructing its suppliers to increase production of the gold iPhone 5S in order to meet the high demand it's seeing. Read more at theverge.com.

  2. AllThingsD is ending its partnership with Dow Jones. Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg will be taking AllThingsD independent at the end of this year. Walt Mossberg will be leaving the Wall Street Journal at the end of the year as well. Kara Swisher says that starting next year, AllThingsD will still be producing conferences under a "new corporate structure with new partners and investors." Read more at fortune.cnn.com.

  3. CEO Steve Ballmer has some concerns about Google's business practices. During a presentation at Microsoft's financial analysts meeting, Ballmer highlighted how Google makes money in consumer services. says Ballmer: "They have this incredible, amazing, dare I say monopoly that we are the only person left on the planet trying to compete with." Bing now accounts for 17.9 percent of search share in the US, second only to Google at nearly 67 percent. Read more at theverge.com.

  4. If you haven't heard, there's a bug in the iOS 7 lock screen that allows access to stored photos and email. An Apple spokesperson told AllThingsD that the company is aware of the issue "and will deliver a fix in a future software update." You can protect yourself from the flaw by going into your Settings, then Control Center then turn "Access on Lock Screen" off. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  5. Ads are coming to Pinterest, y'all! In a new blog post, Pinterest explained its new system of "Promoted Pins," which would allow corporate partners to promote certain posts within category streams and search results. So far, the model is still in a test mode, and resembles efforts by Twitter to pull data from a user's profile so the ad system can target users interested in a certain product, and promote pins within their stream to make sure they see it. CEO Ben Silbermann says "we’ll always let you know if someone paid for what you see, or where you see it." Read more at theverge.com.

  6. According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, UK spy agency Government Communications Headquarters (aka the GCHQ) hacked into a Belgian phone network called Belgacom. The surveillance was called "Operation Socialist." Belgacom's customers include institutions like the European Parliament, the European Council, and the European Commission. Read more at spiegel.de.

  7. Twitter is talking to banks to grow its underwriting partners for its upcoming initial public offering and in the process of finalizing the fee structure, three people familiar with the matter tell Reuters.Twitter Chief Financial Officer Mike Gupta is leading the microblogging platform's IPO and is in touch with the investment banks about their roles, one of the people said, and an IPO could come as early as Thanksgiving. Read more at reuters.com.

  8. According to researchers from Quarkslab, Apple has the ability to read your iMessages whenever they want. Apple claimed iMessages used "secure end-to-end encryption," but the researchers found a way to get around that using a man-in-the-middle attack with a fake security certificate. Full findings will be presented at the HITB Security Conference next month. Read more at slate.com.

  9. Ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber got some good news this week as a California regulatory body voted to authorize the services. In a 5-0 decision, the California Public Utilities Commission said the companies, which had been operating in a legal grey area, are now officially a new form of service called “transportation network companies.” The services are changing the traditional taxi industry by letting passengers hail private cars directly from their mobile devices. Read more at gigaom.com.

  10. Want to edit Office docs on your Android or iOS device? Well, Google just made Quickoffice available for free to anybody with a Google account. If you sign into the new Quickoffice app for Android or iOS before September 26th, you'll get an extra 10GB of Google Drive storage for two years. Meanwhile, at the Microsoft Financial Analyst Meeting, Steve Ballmer implied that Office would be coming to iPad and Android tablets in the future. Currently, Office is built for phones. Read more at techcrunch.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for September 20, 2013.