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Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Publisher BlueToad says it was source of data in Anonymous ‘FBI hack’ #thecircuit

BlueToad publisher says its was source of ‘FBI hack’ data: A publishing chief executive from the company BlueToad has said that the data posted by hackers claiming to have taken data used to identify Apple devices from the FBI matches data from his company’s servers.

Paul DeHart told NBC News that the file posted by the hackers claiming to be a part of the Anonymous AntiSec movement was a “98 percent” match with data on BlueToad’s servers.

In a statement on a company blog, DeHart apologized to his customers and said the vulnerability on the company’s servers has been patched.

Hackers had claimed the data had been taken from an FBI laptop, prompting the FBI to issue a same-day denial that the agency had ever “sought or obtained” user device identification (UDID) data or that an agency laptop had been breached. Apple also said that it had not given the FBI the data.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said last week that Apple will “soon be banning the use of UDID.”

Separately, a hacker identifying as a member of Anonymous claimed credit Monday for an outage at GoDaddy, the world’s largest Internet registrar.

How the iPhone could affect the economy: According to an analysis from JP Morgan’s Michale Feroli, the “iPhone 5” could boost U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter by as much as 0.5 percent.

The report said that Feroli estimates that the expected new iPhone will contribute around $400 per unit to the country’s gross domestic product, and that Apple will sell around 8 million phones.

Even Feroli notes that this is a “fairly large” estimate and that his projections should be taken with a grain of salt. But in a best-case scenario, he believes, sales of the iPhone could give at least a $3.2 billion boost to the economy.

Majority of teens own smartphones: A majority of American teenagers are now opting for smartphones, according to a recent survey from Nielsen.

Those between the ages of 13 and 17 are adopting smartphones faster than any other segment of the population, the survey found, while young adults between ages 25 and 34 lead the country in smartphone ownership.

“Among most age groups smartphones represent the majority of U.S. mobile subscribers, but American teens were the age group adopting smartphones the fastest,” Nichole Henderson, a Nielsen analyst told The Washington Post. ”As teens increase in their share of smartphone owners, mobile carriers and manufacturers should consider how to market to this growing group.”

Rural Cellular Association rebrands: The Rural Cellular Association has rebranded as the Competitive Carriers Association, according to a report from Fierce Wireless.

The organization has been called the RCA for 20 years, the report said, but wanted to change its name to better reflect its membership.

The RCA and its president, Steve Berry, strongly opposed the planned merger between AT&T and T-Mobile and joined forces with Sprint on lobbying to stop the deal.

Earlier this year, the report noted, the now-CCA changed its bylaws to allow larger carriers and now covers any carrier with fewer than 80 million subscribers, essentially excluding only AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Lawmakers call for more TPP transparency: Lawmakers from both parties told the Hill newspaper that they will send a letter asking the country’s top trade negotiator to be transparent about a measure in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that deals with intellectual property rights.

The lawmakers, including Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said that U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk should release “detailed information” on the provisions within the trade agreement to the general public.

“We believe that among all the areas of the TPP negotiations, the matters considered in the [intellectual property rights] chapter are ones in which there is particular public interest, therefore [Kirk] should be especially transparent and collaborative with the general public on these issues," the lawmakers wrote, according to copy of the letter posted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “The American people deserve to know what the administration is purportedly seeking on its behalf.”

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