Assorted Thoughts on the Apple Event

Apple today announced substantial updates to their iPad, iMac, and MacBook Pro lines, a minor update to the Mac Mini, and the all new iPad Mini tablet. Marco Arment, creator of Instapaper and The Magazine has some great initial thoughts on the new products.

One Year Ago

I woke in the evening to go to my third-shift job and, as usual, rolled over in bed to read my Twitter feed before getting up. Halfway through it, I walked over to my computer so I could confirm the news through a more legitimate source.

Half an hour later, when my wife came out and curled up next to me where I was sitting in our living room, I told her, “Steve Jobs died.”

12 months later, I still got a little choked up watching this tribute to one of the greatest creative minds in history.

App Maker, not Apple or the FBI, Was the Source of User Data Leak

Florida publisher Blue Toad, which builds digital products for publishers, has told NBC News’s Kerry Sanders and Bob Sullivan that the leaked data came from its servers. Following the hack, Blue Toad downloaded the info and compared it to its own database, finding 98 percent correlation. “That’s 100 percent confidence level, it’s our data,” Blue Toad CEO Paul DeHart said.

So I was wrong to be suspicious of the FBI’s denial.

Apple Denies Collusion with FBI in Data Collection, Which Totally Means the FBI Didn't Do It, Because There's No Way They Could Have Collected All That Data from Any Other Source Or Be Lying About It

Here’s Apple’s denial of involvement:

The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization.

Pretty straightforward. Here’s the FBI’s non-denial denial:

At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.

Rebecca Greenfield, writing for the Atlantic Wire, at least has the sense to include a single skeptical sentence:

The FBI could have gotten access to it from someone other than Apple since many iOS apps also keep track of users’ UUIDs.

But then she undoes it right away with this nonsense:

But, without further proof from AntiSec, which still hasn’t talked, so far it looks like the hackers got the information elsewhere and that the government isn’t “USING YOUR DEVICE INFO FOR A TRACKING PEOPLE PROJECT OR SOME SHIT,” as AnitSec put it in their original post.

Does anyone really think the FBI—the FBI, people—is too pure and high-minded to just straightforwardly lie about this?

AntiSec has promised to give interviews on the incident if Gawker’s Adrian Chen posts pictures of himself wearing a tutu with a shoe on his head to Gawker’s homepage for an entire day. This he has now done. Your move, AntiSec.

Hackers Publish Private Information Claimed Stolen from FBI

The AntiSec hacking group claims to have released a set of more than 1 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) obtained from breaching the FBI. The group claims to have over 12 million IDs, as well as personal information such as user names, device names, notification tokens, cell phone numbers and addresses.

The FBI has issued a denial of sorts. Anyone buying?

Via Marco Arment and Jim Dalrymple.

Happy 10th Anniversary Daring Fireball

To end the day on a happier note, I’d like to echo Jim Dalrymple in wishing a happy 10th Anniversary to Daring Fireball, my favorite website.

I’ve been reading Daring Fireball almost since John Gruber debuted the site in 2002, watching it grow from a hobby to his full-time job. Along the way, the company John covers grew from a niche business teetering on the brink of annihilation to the largest company and best-recognized brand in the world.

John Gruber is the kind of writer I want to be: thoughtful, meticulous, and sharp. He deserves every bit of his success.

Happy Anniversary to John and Daring Fireball.