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Apple to pay $32.5 million to settle FTC complaint

JUST IN: Apple will pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to consumers to settle an FTC complaint over in-app purchases made by children without parental consent, 9to5Mac.com and NBC News report.

Apple announces new iPhones to replace iPhone 5

UPDATE (2:15 p.m. EDT): Apple announced the iPhone 5S, which has a fingerprint sensor built into the home button for security. The 5S will have a 64-bit chip and “motion coprocessor.” The device, which is available in silver, gold and “space gray,” will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, $399 for 64GC on a two-year contract. The iPhone 5S and 5C will be available in multiple countries, including US and China, on Sept. 20.

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the company is replacing the iPhone 5 with 2 new iPhones. The first announced is the iPhone 5C, which has a plastic back and will come in a variety of colors. A 16GB version of the phone will start at $99; 32GB phone will cost $199.

Apple also announced the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available beginning Sept. 18.

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Photo: Apple’s Phil Schiller shows off the iPhone 5C at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. (Wilson Rothman / NBC News)

Yahoo reveals its new logo

Verge: Yahoo has revealed its new logo after changing it every day for the past month. The logo change was part of an effort to add fresh visual interest to the tech brand, while maintaining the color and exclamation point.

Video via Yahoo.

Attack shuts down New York Times’ site

CNN: The New York Times’ website has experienced widespread outages as the apparent result of a malicious attack.

Reports of the site being down appeared on Twitter as early as 3 p.m. ET, with the site not accessible to many desktop users almost three hours later. Some reports indicate difficulty in accessing the Times’ mobile site and apps.

At about 5 p.m. ET, the Times posted on its Facebook page: “Many users are having difficulty accessing The New York Times online. We are working to fix the problem. Our initial assessment is the outage is most likely the result of a malicious external attack.”

The Syrian Electronic Army is widely suspected to be behind the attack.

Blackberry exploring strategic alternatives including possible sale

JUST IN: Blackberry says it has set up a committee to explore strategic alternatives that could include joint ventures, partnerships or a sale of the company, Fox Business reports.

More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: AT&T

Douglas C. Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, dies at 88
New York Times: Douglas C. Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, died at his home on Tuesday in Atherton, California. He was 88. His wife says the cause was kidney failure.
In December 1968, Engelbart unveiled some of the technology he’d been working on while at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. He sat on stage in front of a mouse, a keyboard and other controls and projected a computer display on a video screen behind him. He showed how a mouse, which he had invented four years earlier, could be used to control a computer.
Photo: Douglas C. Engelbart with an early prototype of the computer mouse in 1968. (SRI International)

Douglas C. Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, dies at 88

New York Times: Douglas C. Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, died at his home on Tuesday in Atherton, California. He was 88. His wife says the cause was kidney failure.

In December 1968, Engelbart unveiled some of the technology he’d been working on while at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. He sat on stage in front of a mouse, a keyboard and other controls and projected a computer display on a video screen behind him. He showed how a mouse, which he had invented four years earlier, could be used to control a computer.

Photo: Douglas C. Engelbart with an early prototype of the computer mouse in 1968. (SRI International)

Facebook announces video for Instagram

Verge: Facebook has announced video for Instagram, saying it aims to make video as easy to create and share as possible. Users can record up to 15 seconds of video. The updated app is available for iOS and Android, and the app includes 13 filters.


Photo credit: Facebook / Livestream (via NBC News)

Internet traffic from Syria vanishes again

Verge: Google, Renesys and others are pointing to an Internet blackout in Syria during its ongoing conflict. There has been no official word on what has prompted the cutoffs or when communications might be back online. The country’s Internet was also cut off last year when it remained offline for two days before being restored.

Facebook introduces Facebook Home

NBC News: Facebook has unveiled Facebook Home, a new launcher the social network will offer for Android phones. The service, available for download April 12, works with apps already in your phone. Most Android phones will have access to the free software. However, HTC and AT&T will release the first phone with Home pre-installed, the HTC First.


Photo: Facebook Home screen. (via Facebook)

Facebook announces new search feature, Graph Search

JUST IN: Facebook says it will be releasing a new search feature for its site called Graph Search.

Graph Search is designed to take a precise query and deliver an answer, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. He said it isn’t a Web search service, and that user privacy has been taken into consideration, according to The Next Web.

Report: Apple working on less expensive iPhone

Wall Street Journal: Apple is said to be working on a lower-end iPhone, according to people briefed on the matter. While Apple has explored the possibility of such a device for years, the plan has been progressing, the sources say.

One of them says the less expensive version of the device could launch as soon as later this year.

Google to license mobile patents in FTC antitrust settlement
JUST IN: Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in its search results, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission says.These moves are part of a settlement to end a 19-month investigation into the search leader’s business practices, the AP reports. U.S. antitrust regulators say they have found no evidence to claims that Google unfairly favors its own services in search results.Photo: A Motorola phone displays the Google search page. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters)

Google to license mobile patents in FTC antitrust settlement

JUST IN: Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in its search results, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission says.

These moves are part of a settlement to end a 19-month investigation into the search leader’s business practices, the AP reports. U.S. antitrust regulators say they have found no evidence to claims that Google unfairly favors its own services in search results.

Photo: A Motorola phone displays the Google search page. (Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters)

FTC: Most mobile apps for kids secretly collect, share information

Los Angeles Times:A study from the Federal Trade Commission finds that most mobile apps for kids are secretly collecting information from children, including device IDs and other private information without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

Nearly 60% of apps reviewed from the Google Play and Apple App stores transmitted the device ID.

The FTC said Monday it is launching investigations to determine whether certain mobile apps developers have violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Photo credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

T-Mobile to sell Apple products in 2013

Verge:


T-Mobile USA has just announced that it’ll finally bring Apple products to market in 2013, making it the last major carrier in the US to do so. The company slipped this major news into a press release detailing T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom’s financial plans for the years 2013 through 2015. It didn’t specify specifically which Apple products it would carry