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Today's e-Reads: Pentagon Seeks Authority To Protect Civilian Cyber Assets

August 10, 2012

The U.S. Cyber Command is seeking the authority to take defensive measures on behalf of critical U.S. civilian systems in the event of a cyberattack, the Washington Post reports.

A computer virus called Gauss that spies on financial transactions and can pilfer login information for social networking sites appears to be a state-sponsored offensive cyber weapon with the same origins as the Stuxnet worm, according to Kaspersky Labs. It has been observed in Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories. Reuters has the story.

Bloomberg reports
that IBM has expressed interest in buying the enterprise services unit of Research In Motion, the company that makes BlackBerry.

Photo-sharing site Pinterest abandons its "invite-only" policy, and opens up to all who want to join, the Mercury News reports.

Apple and Samsung release confidential sales data in their patent trial, All Things Digital reports.

Liberty Media is spinning of cable network Starz to help fund its takeover bid of satellite radio company Sirius-XM, Dow Jones reports.

David Pogue at The New York Times writes that a Hotmail address can make its owner as an "unsophisticated loser." But the Microsoft's new webmail product Outlook.com is a great leap forward.

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