News you missed this week: iOS malware, Oculus goes mainstream, Serial returns

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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. Everything from Apple’s iOS malware to VW’s diesel scandal — it’s all here.

Apple cleans up iOS store after major malware security breach

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Although it has its detractors, Apple’s closed ecosystem has helped it to maintain strict control over its iOS App Store, with stringent checks working to eliminate malware from making it into the store. In recent days, however, a number of security firms have uncovered the existence of infected iPhone apps in the iOS store, in what looks to be the biggest security breach in the store’s seven-year history. Security firm Palo Alto Networks (PAN) said it’d so far uncovered 39 infected apps “potentially impacting hundreds of millions of users” in multiple countries. It described the malicious software as “a very harmful and dangerous malware that has bypassed Apple’s code review and made unprecedented attacks on the iOS ecosystem.”

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Relive your childhood with Nickelodeon’s new block of ’90s TV shows, The Splat

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Nickelodeon isn’t just for today’s kids. The network has confirmed that it will launch The Splat a programming block that will speak to the children of the ’90s by bringing back favorites of that era, such as Kenan & KelHey DudeRugrats, and more. Set to launch on Teen Nick on Oct. 5, The Splat will span the late-night to overnight hours, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET.

Other programs to be featured on the The Splat include All ThatClarissa Explains It AllAre You Afraid of the DarkSalute Your Shorts, The Wild Thornberrys, Ren & Stimpy, and Rocko’s Modern Life. If you grew up in the ’90s, the list should be more than a little familiar to you. Fear not if you see an old favorite missing, though: Nickelodeon has plans to roll out still more classic shows in the future.

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Oculus takes to the stage to announce Minecraft support, Oculus Platform, and more

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Facebook-owned Oculus took to the stage to announce at Oculus Connect 2 the future of its anticipated virtual reality headset. Many consider VR to be the future of video games, so the world was watching to see exactly what the company would reveal. The first major thing that Oculus announced was that it will be making it easy for consumers to buy a computer that can support the headset. The Oculus Ready PC program will make it so gamers can quickly see PCs that meet the recommended settings. These settings are 8GB RAM, an Intel i5 processor, and an NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 GPU. Approved systems will be marked with a distinctive Oculus sticker, similar to Microsoft’s “Windows 10 Ready” stickers used earlier this year.

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Amy Schumer lands massive book deal for memoir The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo

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Life has been anything but a train wreck lately for Amy Schumer. Not only did the actress win an Emmy on Sunday night, Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books confirmed today that it has struck a deal with Schumer to publish her upcoming memoir. Sources tell THR that the agreement includes a $9 million advance. With a working title of The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, the book will reportedly be a collection of comical essays about Schumer’s childhood, family, and feminist viewpoints. Gallery Books revealed in a statement that it also “will feature personal and observational stories from Schumer that range from the raunchy to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing.” No release date has been announced, but the memoir is expected be published in the fall of 2016.

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Amazon’s fall pilot season to test 6 projects, feature big-name casts and crews

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Fresh off a successful night at the Emmys, Amazon Studios is ready to add to its growing pool of original content. The online retail giant will launch its fall pilot season in the coming months, featuring six projects. Amazon announced the lineup Wednesday, and shared the names of the high-profile players involved with the pilots. It’s a varied and intriguing lineup, to say the least. The pilots set to debut are Edge, a western set in the post-Civil War era; Highston, a comedy about a 19-year-old who disagrees with his parents’ belief that he needs psychiatric help; Good Girls Revolt, the story of several young female researchers fighting to be treated fairly; One Mississippi, a dark comedy about a woman coping with the sudden loss of her mother; Z, a bio-series pilot based on the life of ’20s icon Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald; and Patriot, a political thriller about an intelligence officer tasked with keeping Iran from going nuclear. HighstonOne Mississippi, and will all be half-hour pilots, while EdgeGood Girls Revolt, and Patriot will each be hour-long pilots.

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