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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.

Stay with BreakingNews.com for more updates: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/apple-sept-10-2013-event

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

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.

Report: New details show broader NSA surveillance

The Wall Street Journal reports that the National Security Agency has built a surveillance network that covers more Americans’ Internet communications than publicly disclosed.

The system has the capability of reaching approximately 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence. This includes communications by foreigners and Americans. Sources say in some cases, it retains the written content of emails sent between citizens, and also filters domestic phone calls made with Internet technology.

Read more from the WSJ.

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

New fertility iPhone app will pay for fertility treatments

ABC News: PayPal co-founder Max Levchin and former Google executive Mike Huang launched Glow today, an iPhone fertility app that’s different from the other popular options in the App Store. Instead of just tracking menstrual cycles, the app uses big data to give women more information about their reproductive health and provides information about the best times to conceive.

But if that doesn’t help, the app also offers a premium service called Glow First, which will actually help pay for fertility treatments. Levchin, whose net worth is valued at $1 billion, is kicking off that program with a $1 million donation to the fund.

Read more from ABC News.

U.S. House rejects effort to cut off NSA program

AP: The U.S. House has voted to continue collecting hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records as part of the fight against terrorism. In a vote of 217-205 Wednesday, the House rejected a measure to end the program’s authority.

The program had been challenged by Republican Rep. Justin Amash as an indiscriminate collection of phone records.

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)

World’s smallest movie created by moving individual atoms

AP: IBM says it has made the tiniest stop-motion movie ever - a one-minute video of individual carbon monoxide molecules repeatedly rearranged to show a boy dancing, throwing a ball and bouncing on a trampoline.

Each frame measures 45 by 25 nanometres there are 25 million nanometres in an inch but hugely magnified, the movie is reminiscent of early video games, particularly when the boy bounces the ball off the side of the frame accompanied by simple music and sound effects.

Video: A Boy And His Atom (IBM via YouTube)

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)

Exxon once again ‘world’s most valuable company’ as Apple stock sinks

Mashable reports: Apple’s market cap plummeted below $420 billion on Friday after a disappointing earnings report earlier in the week, allowing Exxon Mobil to regain its title as the most valuable company by market cap.

Apple first overtook Exxon in August 2011. At its peak in September 2012, Apple’s market cap was $656 billion, about $240 billion more than Exxon at that time.

Read more updates on Apple’s earnings report on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Image from Andrew* on Flickr, via Mashable

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.

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)

Israel, Google partner to put Dead Sea Scrolls online
Israel and Google have partnered to put 5,000 images of the Dead Sea Scrolls online, The Associated Press reports.The digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.
AP reports that Israeli officials say this partnership is part of an attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — often criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them broadly available.
Photo: A copy of a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls is presented during a joint Israel Antiquities Authority-Google news conference in Jerusalem today. (Dan Balilty / AP)

Israel, Google partner to put Dead Sea Scrolls online

Israel and Google have partnered to put 5,000 images of the Dead Sea Scrolls online, The Associated Press reports.

The digital library contains the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the second listing of the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C.

AP reports that Israeli officials say this partnership is part of an attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts — often criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars — to make them broadly available.

Photo: A copy of a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls is presented during a joint Israel Antiquities Authority-Google news conference in Jerusalem today. (Dan Balilty / AP)