Daily Dispatch: Ex-auto dealer disables 100+ cars; Almost 1 in 3 Americans have a smart phone

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Combing through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily, Dirk Klingner, our technology-trend watcher, sifts through the noise to bring you the tech news most important to consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below.

AOL Autos debuts official iPhone app for new car shoppers (Autoblog)

…It basically takes all of that research you did at home on your computer and crams it into a mobile app that goes with you. That way you can visit a dealership armed with all of that information about pricing and options at your finger tips.

Deep Discounts On Smartphones Drive U.S. Adoption Rates To Nearly A Third (paidContent.org)

…The report found that smartphones are now in the hands of about 31 percent of the U.S. population, growing from only 23 percent in the year-ago period.

Disgruntled Ex-Auto Dealer Employee Hacks Computer System To Disable Over 100 Cars (Techdirt)

…Then he discovered he could pull up a database of all 1,100 Auto Center customers whose cars were equipped with the device. He started going down the list in alphabetical order, vandalizing the records, disabling the cars and setting off the horns.

Lighter side: Letterman Tries to Make Fun of Twitter on Top Ten List (Mashable)

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