iOS 7 into the wild, iPhone sales brisk -- MOSSBERG: 5S 'best smartphone' -- GOOGLE gives up cookies -- More tech IPOs BUBBLING up -- RIP Wayne Green


September 18, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> AND THE SURVEY SAYS: New iPhones, good. With the embargo lifted, the Apple polishers speak. Opinions on iPhone 5s run from mildly to wildly positive. For 5c, they're positive but not gushing....

>>>> MOSSBERG: "The best smartphone on the market." AllThingsD

>>>> Morgan Stanley: Apple iPhone sales up 28% this quarter Fortune
>>>> iPhone 5s: "There's quite a bit to be excited about," Anand Lal Shimpi AnandTech
>>>> iPhone 5c: A cheaper iPhone that doesn't cut corners, Scott Stein CNet
>>>> In arrival of 2 iPhones, 3 lessons: "If we're reaching a point of diminishing returns in hardware breakthroughs, the software breakthroughs are only just getting under way." David Pogue NY Times
>>>> The 7 best new features in iOS 7, Galen Gruman InfoWorld
>>>> Apple iOS 7 review: A major makeover that takes some getting used to, but ultimately delivers. TechCrunch
>>>> Surprise! 64-bit support in Android may not be far off, Kevin Tofel GigaOM

>> OH AND BTW: BlackBerry launches Z30 smartphone with 5-inch display, 1.7GHz processor TheNextWeb

>> MANUFACTURING SCARCITY: iPhone 5s to be constrained at launch, by Mark Gurman: "While supply for Apple's iPhone 5c has been strong enough to deter complete sell-outs from carrier stores and Apple's own online store, sources say that supplies of the higher-end iPhone 5s will be constrained at launch... about 70-80% of new iPhones stocked for the launch on Friday, September 20th are the iPhone 5c." 9to5 Mac
>>>> Carrier sources say iPhone 5s inventory on Friday will be 'grotesquely' low AllThingsD

>> BREAKING: Offline viewing is coming to YouTube's mobile apps, by Jamie Condliffe: "Users of the YouTube Android app will be able to store videos and watch them one offline a 'short time' later." Gizmodo

>> SWITCH & BAIT: Google may ditch 'cookies' as online ad tracker, by Alistair Barr: "[Google is] developing an anonymous identifier for advertising, or AdID, that would replace third-party cookies as the way advertisers track people's Internet browsing activity for marketing purposes, according to a person familiar with the plan. The AdID would be transmitted to advertisers and ad networks that have agreed to basic guidelines, giving consumers more privacy and control over how they browse the Web." Speculation rampant about Google's role in the implementation. USA Today
>>>> We don't need no stinkin' third-party cookies Ad Exchanger

>> BUBBLE WATCH: More tech IPOs: Criteo files, and Rocket Fuel is ready to start trading Friday, by Peter Kafka: "Criteo's latest funding round, completed a year ago, valued the company at $800 million.... Criteo is a retargeting company, which means it helps e-commerce companies track prospects online and show them display ads. Last year it made a profit of $1 million on sales of $354 million; in the first six months of this year it lost $6.4 million on sales of $252.7 million." AllThingsD

>> WINDOW CLEANING: Microsoft kills OEM/System Builder and upgrade editions of Windows, by Woody Leonhard: "Microsoft is (finally!) ditching the OEM edition and the upgrade editions of Windows, reverting to two simple retail SKUs: Windows 8.1 ($119.99) and Windows 8.1 Pro ($199.99). After years -- maybe a decade -- of bobbing and weaving through Windows licensing fine print, it's like a breath of fresh air... If you want Windows 8.1, you might want to get Windows 8 installed now and use the free upgrade." InfoWorld
>>>> Microsoft won't discount Windows 8.1 upgrades Computerworld

>> BUG SPRAY: Microsoft reports IE zero-day attacks, by Larry Seltzer: "The vulnerability comes from a memory corruption bug which could lead to remote code execution. Microsoft says that they are aware of targeted attacks exploiting this vulnerability on Internet Explorer 8 and 9... Attacks may be blocked by running a Microsoft 'Fix it' solution for an earlier vulnerability." ZDNet
>>>> Security Advisory KB 2887505 Vulnerability in Internet Explorer could allow remote code execution. TechNet

>> MONEY SHOT: Tiger Global ups investment in creator of, by Evelyn M Rusli: "Tiger, the tech-hungry New York-based investment firm, has paid $60 million for a secondary stake in the creator of, after leading a similar $50 million investment in May." WSJ Digits

>> WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING: China-based hacking group behind hundreds of attacks on U.S. companies, by Jaikumar Vijayan: "A group of between 50 and 100 professional hackers operating out of China has been systematically targeting businesses, military and government agencies around the world since at least 2009.... The group, called Hidden Lynx, is believed connected to the Operation Aurora espionage campaign of 2010 in which dozens of major companies, including Google and Microsoft, were targeted." Computerworld

>> UNCERTAIN FORECAST: Dell has just 12 months to matter in the cloud, by David Linthicum: "Dell has had little impact in the cloud computing space. Perhaps it was too busy dealing with the distraction of taking a company private, or perhaps it doesn't have the right talent. Now that Dell has gone private, the focus should be on growth, most of which can come from the cloud, if Dell plays its cards right." InfoWorld

>> DATA EVERYWHERE: NetApp pitches Data ONTAP, 'universal data platform' for clouds, by Serdar Yegulalp: "NetApp's solution is a universal data platform where it doesn't matter which cloud is in use, from what vendor -- or even if it has no vendor at all but was built from scratch using OpenStack, since NetApp claims to be ramping up API integration with OpenStack." InfoWorld

>> WHO KNOWS: Proposed changes to WHOIS system called 'extremely disquieting', by Antone Gonsalves: "A working group for Internet regulators is under severe criticism for a proposal that would put an end to the openness of the current WHOIS system for domain name registration records." CSO

>> CS 101: Top 20 colleges for computer science majors Network World

>> UNSATISFIED: PC satisfaction scores dip as customers drift to tablets Apple again took top honors by tying its own 2011 record in computing device customer satisfaction as measured by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a consumer survey that's tracked opinions on technology for 18 years. Computerworld

>> DO THESE MEAN ANYTHING? Bossies 2013: The Best of Open Source Software awards InfoWorld

>> NEXT: Inspired by Ruby on Rails, Grails to go beyond Web app dev InfoWorld

>> HIGH SECURITY: Zettaset working toward Big Data encryption for Hadoop Network World

>> END OF AN ERA: Why the Microsoft Certified Master program had to end InfoWorld

>> PRO TIP: Enhanced Migration Experience Toolkit (EMET) version 4.0 now available Microsoft Security Research & Defense

>> BABY YOU CAN DRIVE MY CLOUD: Car companies are now cloud companies BMW to have 10M connected cars in five years. GigaOM

>> DATAVIZ: A visual history of the last 20 years of open source code ReadWrite

>> APPRECIATION: Wayne Green, founder of Byte Magazine, 1922-2013 CIO

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: "I ate a gluten-free lactose-free low carb pizza for dinner tonight. (It was a raw tomato)" @samir

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