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Hack on 8 adult websites exposes oodles of intimate user data

  • A recent hack of eight poorly secured adult websites has exposed megabytes of personal data that could be damaging to the people who shared pictures and other highly intimate information on the online message boards.
  • Included in the leaked file are (1) IP addresses that connected to the sites, (2) user passwords protected by a four-decade-old cryptographic scheme, (3) names, and (4) 1.2 million unique email addresses, although it’s not clear how many of the addresses legitimately belonged to actual users.
  • A Web search of some of these private email addresses quickly returned accounts on Instagram, Amazon, and other big sites that gave the users’ first and last names, geographic location, and information about hobbies, family members, and other personal details.
  • As mentioned earlier, people who had accounts on any of the eight hacked websites should examine the passwords they’re using on other sites to make sure they’re not exposed.

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Jason Chaffetz sparks outrage by posing with a statue of a Native American to mock Elizabeth Warren

  • Former US Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) came under fire on Thursday, after publishing a tweet clearly meant to ridicule Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's claim to Cherokee ancestry.
  • Earlier this week, Warren released the results of a DNA test which shows she likely had a Native American ancestor six to 10 generations back.
  • The DNA test was released after years of bullying by President Trump, who has given Warren the nickname "Pocahontas" for identifying her race as Native American while she taught at Harvard Law School in the 1980s and 1990s, despite not having any proof of that ancestry besides family lore.
  • While there were a few Twitter users who found Chaffetz's post funny, the reactions were largely negative, with many users calling the former politician "racist." Some users said the tweet lacked class and didn't live up to the principles of Chaffetz's Mormon faith.
  • Chaffetz served as the representative for Utah's 3rd district from 2009 until 2017.

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Facebook says it's cracking down on clickbaity ads

  • The social platform announced it's cracking down harder on clickbaity ads, such as those that request likes and comments, intentionally withhold information to entice users to click, and use exaggerated language to lure readers but don't deliver on the landing page.
  • Cracking down on clickbaity ads should be a priority for Facebook, as consumers rate its ads as the most annoying across social platforms.
  • Forty-five percent of respondents say Facebook has the most annoying ads, per Business Insider Intelligence's 2018 Digital Trust Survey.
  • For context, respondents also deemed Facebook to have the most annoying ads in our 2017 Digital Trust Survey.
  • Eliminating poor quality ads would ultimately encourage users to browse Facebook more often, as they'd feel less likely to stumble upon irritating content.
  • Brands will likely be more forgiving of miscategorization of spammy ads if Facebook can prove its initiative is yielding positive results.

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AI tries to help you protect your children from cyberbullying

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  • Cyberbullying has become a scourge of social media, but artificial intelligence is learning to detect and filter out hurtful posts before they reach vulnerable users.
  • About one-third of teenagers say they have been bullied online.
  • Some victims have taken their own lives – including 14-year-old Australian schoolgirl Amy Everett in January – prompting governments to introduce harsher penalties for perpetrators.
  • However, these measures fail to prevent exposure to cyberbullying in the first place.
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Chinese Crypto Wallet Cobo Raises $13 Million, Eyes Global Expansion

  • Plans for worldwide growth are on track for cryptocurrency wallet startup Cobo after it managed to raise US$13 million in a Series A round.
  • Currently, the Chinese crypto startup possesses two flagship products – a cryptocurrency hardware wallet known as Cobo Vault and a multi-asset cryptocurrency software wallet named Cobo Wallet.
  • The Cobo Wallet applies a Proof of Stake mining rewards system allowing users to grow their digital assets and supports PoS cryptocurrencies such as VeChain, Tron, Zcoin, Dash, LiteBitcoin, Decred and Ontology.
  • Besides PoS digital assets, Cobo Wallet also supports a couple of Proof of Work and Delegated Proof of State coins as well as about 500 tokens.
  • The successful fundraising exercise by a Chinese cryptocurrency startup is just the latest proof that despite last year’s ban on cryptocurrency trading in the world’s second-largest economy, domestic crypto and crypto-related firms either headquartered or founded in mainland China are thriving.

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7 explanations for why mysterious radio bursts are coming from space

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  • Strange flashes of radio waves, called fast radio bursts (or FRBs), have been confounding astronomers since the first one was detected in 2007.
  • It’s tough to say what’s causing them because most FRBs are here and gone in a moment – only one has ever been seen to repeat – so it’s tricky to gather a lot of data about each one.
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Old honeybees make a drumming sound to get young slackers working

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  • Sometimes a honeybee hive is not quite buzzing, and the workers need a signal to get busy.
  • For the first time, scientists have made extensive recordings of a drumming sound some honeybees make to order their colleagues to get to work.
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Chinese app is taking the social media world by storm

  • In the space of just two years, the app has amassed more than half a billion users — around 40% of them outside China — who share short videos of themselves lip-syncing, cooking, dancing or just being silly.
  • Created by Beijing-based startup Bytedance, TikTok has gained an international edge over China's established social media platforms, such as Tencent's (TCEHY) WeChat, Sina Weibo (WB) and Alibaba's (BABA) Youku.
  • In just 10 months, it bought Los Angeles-based video startup Flipagram, released TikTok, the overseas version of Douyin, and paid $800 million for musical.ly, a lip syncing app popular in the United States and other Western countries.
  • ByteDance declined to disclose how much revenue its apps generate, but a source familiar with the company said Toutiao alone pulled in 20 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) in China last year.

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Navigation design: Building a better GOV.UK, step by step

  • Rather than organise GOV.UK around the structure of government, we’ve been working to organise content around user needs at scale.
  • So about a year ago we started experimenting with a new way for users to navigate GOV.UK.
  • Step by step navigation is designed to work with all existing content types and transactions on GOV.UK.
  • The study showed the step by step navigation resulted in a significant increase in users’ successful task completion, as well as an increase in confidence they could use GOV.UK to find what they needed.
  • As this table shows, the content that sits within these journeys often crosses multiple government departments and we need a collaborative approach to make these journeys better for users.
  • We’ll be continuing to work with departments to map and publish step by step navigation for some of the most high priority and complex user journeys within government.

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YouTube has a new plan for the music industry: let's make up and make it rain instead of fighting

  • The partnership, announced on Thursday, will let YouTube users rocking out to their favorite music click straight from the video clip to Eventbrite's site, and buy tickets to hear the artist live.
  • Nonetheless, we can conclude that if YouTube assists in prompting some of its nearly 2 billion monthly logged-in users to buy concert tickets, that's likely to make music artists happy.
  • This year, in a stunning defeat for YouTube, the European Union reformed copyright rules in an attempt to force YouTube and similar sites to share more of the revenue generated from songs, books, and movies with creators.
  • One record label executive recently raved to Business Insider about how pleased he has been to see YouTube Music ads "everywhere" he goes in New York City.
  • Sure, YouTube needs to offer concert ticket tie-ins to match the competition, since rivals like Facebook and Spotify also have features that let users find live performances.

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