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Hackers Accessed Uber, Exposing More Than 50 Million People in 2016

Late in 2016, hackers were able to access personal information of millions of Uber users. And until Tuesday, the company didn’t report it.

At that time, 2 people outside of Uber hacked into the accounts of more than 50 million people. The hackers were able to go through the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of the users.

They were also able to access the numbers of drivers licenses in the US. The company didn’t inform the regulators or the victims when they learned of the breach.

In a statement, Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber’s CEO, claims he just learned of the breach recently.  Khosrowshahi just became the company’s CEO in August.

Apparently, he already started an investigation. He’s trying to find out why the victims or the authorities weren’t informed.

But he did say that when the incident happened, the company took immediate steps to fix the situation. They secured all the data and shut down further access by the hackers.

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Apple HomePod Release Delayed – January, 2018. Going bananas over Apples New HomePod Release?

How long will you have to wait?  How do you like them Apples?

If you were hoping to find Apple’s new smart speaker under the Xmas tree, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Apple recently announced that shipment of their newest product will only begin January, next year.

Priced at $329, HomePod’s promise to revolutionize the home, interactive, experience.

Sing, dance, and help you host a cocktail party? Perhaps not, but, the wireless Apple HomePod will – like Siri –  be your new BFF. Or, you know, accidentally look up your dog barking.

Apple has not, as yet, opened up the HomePod to third-party developers. It links to Apple Music and works with your HomeKit.

Apple may miss out on Christmas sales, but, the new iPhone X and iPhone 8 are going to be under many a tree around the globe.

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Twitter Takes Away Verification On A Number Of Users

On Wednesday, Twitter started taking away the verified mark of a number of its users.

The company made an announcement regarding new guidelines for the program of verification. And if accounts don’t follow the rules, Twitter will remove their verification.

Twitter can take away a user’s verification badge under some conditions. Such conditions are if there are tweets which instigate violence, harassment, or hatred.

The same will happen if a user violates any of the new guidelines. The verification badge is a blue icon which contains a white check mark.

You can find this right next to the user’s name. This badge shows that the company has already verified the identity of the user.

Since the beginning, Twitter has already taken away badges from some well-known users. As expected, these users complained right away.

Twitter removes badges of some users while removing others from the site entirely. Until now, the reason for this remains unclear.

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A Tech Giant From China May Soon Hold More Value Than Facebook

China came up with an answer to Facebook. And soon, it may hold more value than the popular social media platform. Tencent (TCEHY) is a video game and social media giant in China.

In the past year, shares in the company have more than doubled in value. Because of this, the market value of the company is now a lot closer to the value of Facebook.

Facebook’s value is around $520 billion. Now, Tencent’s value reached about $470 billion as of Wednesday. Tencent has its own social network, WeChat. It has close to a billion users, most of whom are in China.

The country shuts out other social media rivals. This means that WeChat has a powerful standing in the most populated country in the world.

But aside from social networking, Tencent has its hand in other aspects. These include games for smartphones, music streaming, and even mobile payments. This is why the company appeals to a lot of investors.

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