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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 09/04/2012

AntiSec claims FBI is tracking Apple users #thecircuit

AntiSec claims FBI is tracking Apple users: Claiming to be part of the hacking group AntiSec, a group of individuals has posted over 1 million Apple unique device IDs to the Web site Pastebin.

According to the group that posted the information, the IDs were taken from a file of over 12 million such IDs stored on the laptop of a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

AntiSec is the name that members of Anonymous and LulzSec gave to a joint effort against government agencies and prominent businesses in June 2011. The groups, responsible for cyber attacks and general mischief against government agencies and companies such as Sony, said then that they would join forces.

White House changes mobile Web site: The White House said Tuesday that it has revamped the mobile version of its Web site and released new versions of its iPhone and Android apps. The apps are, for the first time, compatible with Android and Apple tablets.

The app has live streams of White House events, access to White House archives and news from the White House blog and press briefing room.

The House Energy and Commerce committee also announced Tuesday that it had redesigned its Web site, with a focus on easy access that includes aggregated updates on the subcommittees, hearings, votes and the committee’s calendar.

Democrats include net freedom, cybersecurity in platform: Late Sunday, Democrats released a draft of their platform that affirmed a commitment to protect free speech, consumer choice and cybersecurity and protect against copyright violations. As The Washington Post reported, the party platform did not provide specifics on how it would deal with controversial issues such as the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, which have been challenged in court and criticized by Republicans for being too restrictive for carriers.

Amazon, EPIX announce partnership: Amazon and EPIX announced a deal to include movie content from Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate in its online streaming service, Prime Instant Video.

As The Washington Post reported, the deal ups the ante of competition in the streaming movie space as Amazon competes with Netflix, Apple and Google for dominance in this growing area of the market.

The deal also comes before Amazon makes a high-profile announcement in Santa Monica, Calif., which many believe will be the release of a new Kindle Fire tablet to compete with Apple’s iPad. The location of the announcement — Southern California — could indicate that video and movies will be a major component of the announcement.

Facebook IPO: In a column in the New York Times’ Dealbook, Andrew Ross Sorkin said that Facebook’s post-IPO stock plunge lands squarely at the feet of the company’s chief financial officer, David Ebersman.

Sorkin said “if there is one single individual more responsible than any other” for Facebook’s stock performance, it is Ebersman. Ebersman, he said, is the one who signed off on the original price offering and also the one who raised the amount of shares in the offering.

The column drew criticism from entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who wrote a post saying that Facebook handled its IPO “exactly right” and that anyone who lost money in the deal (including him) only had themselves to blame for doing so.

“Facebook maximized the cash available to it. They have been very clear that they will not manage the stock, they will manage the company to reach the goals they have been very open and honest about,” Cuban said. “Good for them.”

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