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IN THE NEWS: GO DADDY STOPPED

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's unclear whether it was a hacker or something else -- but one thing is clear: a whole lot of web sites run by GoDaddy.com were down for hours yesterday. The problem was a huge headache for the many small businesses that rely on Go Daddy for Web hosting services. Still in question is who or what was behind the outage. A Twitter feed that claimed to be affiliated with the "Anonymous" hacker group said it was behind the outage -- but that is unconfirmed. Another Twitter account, known to be associated with Anonymous, suggested the first tweet was just taking advantage of an outage it had nothing to do with. GoDaddy.com hosts more than 5 million Web sites, mostly for small businesses.

IN THE NEWS: OBAMA ADMIN. PREPARES CYBERSECURITY EXECUTIVE ORDER

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If Congress won't do it, the Obama administration says it will go it alone. There's word that the administration is preparing an executive order with new rules to protect U.S. computer systems. The move to set up something at the executive level comes after Congress failed earlier this summer to pass a cybersecurity bill. The Associated Press has seen a draft of the order. It contains provisions for voluntary standards for companies, a special council run by the Homeland Security Department and new regulations covering especially vital systems.

ON THE WEB: "THE VOICE" VS. "THE X FACTOR"

CYBERSPACE (AP) -- A bruising, televised battle between two competitors willing to do what it takes to win -- a basic distrust of each other and their motives. No, it isn't a rerun of the competing political parties' national conventions -- but the battle between two singing based reality shows. NBC is pitting its "The Voice" against the Fox competitor "The X Factor" -- by adding a third show this week to Wednesday's lineup. That will put it up against X Factor for an hour -- leaving viewers to choose between the two. Simon Cowell of X-Factor says he's upset at the move because networks usually don't go that far in competing against each other.

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Online:

Fox site: http://www.fox.com

NBC site: http://www.nbc.com

IN THE NEWS: T-MOBILE WANTS USED iPHONES

NEW YORK (AP) -- If, as expected, Apple introduces its newest iPhone tomorrow, T-Mobile is looking to get its hands on the previous model. The company is the only major phone carrier that doesn't carry the iPhone itself. But it does provide service for the devices, provided you BYOP -- bring your own phone to hook up to their network. Now T-Mobile says it's looking to buy up used iPhones from AT&T and put them on the network. Signing an iPhone up for T-Mobile service has been possible for years. The company says it has more than a million iPhones on its network. But they tend to run slower than on the AT&T network. T-Mobile plans to fix that this year, pumping up its service to let it match or even surpass AT&T data speeds on iPhones.

Online:

T-Mobile site: http://www.tmobile.com

AT&T site: http://www.att.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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