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Monday, September 9, 2013

Today’s Scuttlebot: Hacking Fingerprint Logins and the Cowboy of the N.S.A

Every day, The New York Times’s staff scours the Web for interesting and peculiar items.

Here’s what we noticed today:

If the New iPhone Has Biometrics, Can It Be Hacked?
Wired |  Unlike keys or passwords, fingerprints aren’t a secret. You leave them everywhere you touch. - Jenna Wortham

The Cowboy of the N.S.A.
Foreign Policy |  Inside Gen. Keith Alexander’s all-out, barely-legal drive to build the ultimate spy machine.(Subscription required.)  - Ashwin Seshagiri

The Data Factory Lets Tech Giants widen the Wealth Gap
TechCrunch |  Michael Moritz, a venture capitalist, says tech executives aren’t just rich, their handiwork eviscerates the middle class. - Somini Sengupta

Facebook Pushes Back October Start of Video Ads
Advertising Age |  Everyone is worried about how Facebook users will react to video ads in their news feeds. - Vindu Goel

Extracting Editable Objects From a Single Photo
YouTube |  With modest human interaction, it’s now possible to extract three-dimensional images from ordinary two-dimensional photographs. - Quentin Hardy

The Once-Bright Future of Color E-Paper
Engadget |  No answers here on whatever happened to the promise of color electronic ink readers. But it explains the industry. - Damon Darlin

The Internet Must Go
Theinternetmustgo.com |  A new online “documentary” takes a Daily Show-style swipe at net neutrality. - Amy O’Leary

Remodeling the Internet as One Giant Computer
Wired |  DotCloud, a San Francisco start-up, wants to build a computer the size of the Internet. - Ashwin Seshagiri

TechCrunch Disrupt Kicks Off With ‘Inappropriate Presentations’
Valleywag |  TechCrunch’s hackathon was marred on Sunday by what editors called presentations that were misogynistic. - Ashwin Seshagiri