BALLMER bets on PC as 'device of choice,' REGRETS missing the phone -- New iPHONE hits street with barn door wide open -- iOS7's enterprise strategy -- AllThingsD bolts Dow Jones


September 20, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> ANALYSTS SHRUGGED: Microsoft leans on enterprises, which now account for more than half its revenue, by Meghan Kelly: "Microsoft is increasingly becoming an enterprise-focused company… 55 percent of the company's customers are large businesses... 20 percent consumers, 19 percent original equipment manufacturers, and six percent small-to-medium sized businesses." Venture Beat

>>>> Microsoft CEO says working to keep PC 'device of choice' Bloomberg

>>>> Ballmer's biggest regret is missing out on 'the new device called the phone' TechCrunch

>>>> Coming and going -- not actually working -- reaps Nokia CEO $31.7 million Network World

>> GOOD APPLE: Apple chiefs discuss strategy, market share -- and the new iPhones, by Sam Grobart: "To Cook, the mobile industry doesn't race to the bottom, it splits. One part does indeed go cheap, with commoditized products that compete on little more than price. 'There's always a large junk part of the market,' he says. 'We're not in the junk business.' The upper end of the industry justifies its higher prices with greater value. 'There's a segment of the market that really wants a product that does a lot for them, and I want to compete like crazy for those customers,' he says. 'I'm not going to lose sleep over that other market, because it's just not who we are. Fortunately, both of these markets are so big, and there's so many people that care and want a great experience from their phone or their tablet, that Apple can have a really good business.'" BloombergBusinessweek

>>>> Apple's new iPhone poised for record debut as sales begin Bloomberg

>>>> Hackers offered cash, booze to crack iPhone fingerprint security Reuters

>>>> Apple reportedly increasing gold iPhone 5s production in wake of huge launch demand TechCrunch

>>>> Ballmer strongly hints at Office for iPad and Android tablets PC World

>>>> How iOS 7's new APIs change the game for business InfoWorld

>> BAD APPLE: iOS 7 bug lets anyone bypass iPhone's lockscreen to hijack photos, email, or Twitter, by Andy Greenberg: "The latest version of the iPhone's operating system currently offers a gaping hole in its old-fashioned passcode lockscreen. Jose Rodriguez, a 36-year-old soldier living in Spain's Canary Islands, has found a security vulnerability in iOS 7 that allows anyone to bypass its lockscreen in seconds to access photos, email, Twitter, and more." Forbes

>>>> Yes, Apple is working on it All Things D

>>>> Quck fix steps: You must be running the camera app and have Control Center activated for the lockscreen. 9to5Mac >> BREAKAWAY REPUBLIC: All Things Digital severs ties to Dow Jones, still looking for a buyer or partner, by Mathew Ingram: "All Things Digital, the news site run by Kara Swisher and long-time Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walt Mossberg, has severed its remaining ties to the parent company of the WSJ... The decision leaves All Things Digital -- which was wholly owned by Dow Jones -- in limbo while it tries to find a new media partner or buyer." GigaOM

>>>> AllThingsD founders are in talks to value their new venture at up to $40 million Quartz

>>>> How can you miss us if we won't go away? TheNextWeb 

>> MICROSOFT MISCHIEF: Patch Monday: A way to avoid more Microsoft Automatic Update fiascos, by Woody Leonhard: "Instead of rolling all the patches out of the Automatic Update chute on Black Tuesday, engulfing an unsuspecting public and creating all sorts of buggy havoc, I think Microsoft should let volunteers test the patches one day earlier. Call it Patch Monday. That would give software manufacturers, corporate customers with patch testing capabilities, enthusiasts and, yes, hackers, a one day head start on the pandemonium that invariably coincides with unleashing Automatic Updates." InfoWorld

>> PIN ME: Pinterest's promoted pins preview ads to come, by Caitliln McGarry: "Pinterest is testing promoted pins in what is certainly a preview of how the company will make money from all those carefully curated food photo collections. Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann in an e-mail to users today said the image-rich social network will experiment by promoting just a handful of pins in search results and category feeds." TechHive

>> TRICKED OUT: Want Android your way? Stay tuned for Cyanogen's hardware partnerships, by Serdar Yegulalp: "Cyanogen... adds tons of useful features not found in stock Android, removes carrier- and device-maker's bloatware, and works with a plethora of devices, both new and old... Unfortunately, CyanogenMod -- and third-party versions of Android generally -- is notoriously difficult to load onto phones. Most Android devices ship with locked bootloaders, which requires a different installation process for each device." InfoWorld

>> NEOMONEY: OpenCoin firm Ripple plans to make its software open source, by Danny Bradbury: "Ripple, which features both a payment network and its own ripple currency (XRP), began circulating some of the 100bn pre-mined ripples earlier this year. Since then, OpenCoin has drawn considerable flak from the community for maintaining a closed-sourced approach with Ripple." CoinDesk

>> SPY VS. SPY: Stop using NSA-influenced code in our products, RSA tells customers, by Dan Goodin: "Officials from RSA Security are advising customers of the company's BSAFE toolkit and Data Protection Manager to stop using a crucial cryptography component in the products that was recently revealed to contain a backdoor engineered by the National Security Agency." Ars Technica

>> TAKING IT TO THE STREETS: A rally against mass surveillance: "On October 26th, the 12th anniversary of the signing of the US Patriot Act, we're taking the next step and holding the largest rally yet against NSA surveillance. We'll be handing the half-million petitions to Congress to remind them that they work for us -- and we won't tolerate mass surveillance any longer."

>> OVERLOOKED: Angry Birds Star Wars II appears on WP8, iOS and Android; no Windows 8 port yet Neowin

>> MONEY SHOT: Finnish eCommerce site Kiosked lands $6.9 million round WSJ TechEurope

>> MASTER OF DOMAIN: Go Daddy buys domain marketplace Afternic PC World

>> OPEN SOURCE: TogetherJS is a free, open source Javascript library from Mozilla TogetherJS

>> 300,000 FILES: The coming Dropbox apocalypse David Burrows

>> ACADEMIA: Excel Turing machine Felienne's Blog

>> WEALTH & TASTE: Young, self-made, middle class: How tech is changing the super rich InfoWorld

>> MPAA AGAIN: Copyright industries pushing for search engine "voluntary agreements," despite risks to users Electronic Frontier Foundation

>> APPRECIATION: Amazon's first CFO and Internet pioneer Joy Covey dies in bike accident AllThingsD

>> TWEET O' THE DAY: About 2,000 people in line for the new iPhone. Yeah, Apple is doomed alright @the_pc_doc

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