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Sensationalising Apple news

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I saw a fine example of the way news is reported today, with a story presented in two very different ways. Here’s the headline and first few sentences from the two stories.

Massive Apple iPad data breach reveals 114,000 subscriber emails

An iPad security breach in the US has revealed 114,000 email addresses of AT&T subscribers, according to the hacking group Goatse Security.
Goatse has previously identified holes in web browsers such as Safari and Firefox, but this is perhaps their biggest profile security hole find to date.

And the second story:

AT&T website scraped to reveal iPad 3G owners’ email addresses

Unfortunately for AT&T’s security infrastructure — and equally unfortunately for customers who bought and activated iPad 3G units on the company’s network — a freelance security research team has reportedly scraped two key tidbits of information from thousands of iPad registrations. As Gawker reports, the hackers exploited a script on AT&T’s site by feeding it ICC-IDs (the GSM SIM card’s identifier code) harvested from iPad user screenshots and interpolated to cover a wider range. The AT&T site obligingly gave back the email address associated with each of the ICC-IDs.

Seeing the first headline certainly got my attention, is there a problem with the iPad? Has Apple screwed up? Then the second followed a few posts down my RSS feed list, calmly stating the facts. Can you tell which site I trust for news?

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iPhone for $199?

April 30, 2008 3 comments

Looks like American iPhone buyers will be in for a treat when the ‘everyone thinks it’s due in June’ 3G iPhone launches. The latest gossip is that AT&T will heavily subsidise the device on a two year plan, bringing the price of an 8Gb 3G version down to $199. The story started at Fortune, so head over there to get all the details.

Other claimed details of the next gen iPhone include it being 2.5mm thinner than the current version, and will have a GPS chip for navigation and other location-based services. While this all sound good, I’m thinking there’s not much chance of us brits getting the 3G iPhone for the equivalent £99.

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