Yahoo Confirms, Apologizes For The Email Hack, Says Still Fixing. Plus, Check If You Were Impacted (Non-Yahoo Accounts Apply)
There are still a lot of questions about this alleged Yahoo Voices data breach — including whether there was a reason behind the breach in the first place — but Yahoo has now officially confirmed that the data did in fact come from its servers, and that "approximately" 400,000 email addresses and passwords have been leaked in plain text online.
Meanwhile, security specialists are now parsing the data and one has created a script to check if your email address (which doesn't have to be a @yahoo.com address) is among those exposed.
In a statement in which it apologizes for the attack, Yahoo tells us that the data came from an older file from the Yahoo! Contributor Network (which it picked up via its Associated Content acquisition). But it also noted that less than five percent of the emails had valid passwords, and that it is now working to fix the vulnerability that led to the disclosure — note, it didn't say it's fixed yet.
As our content is scattered across sites like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, the idea of a single, standalone website is starting to feel a bit quaint. On the consumer side, we're seeing that with products like About.me and Flavors.me, which try to unify your various social identities in one place. Now a digital agency called Sparkart is tackling the problem from the brand and business side, with a product called Storyteller.
Facebook is teaming up with CNN to socialize coverage of the 2012 election, as the social network aims to become a "second screen" for political coverage.
The new experience, "America's Choice 2012," will encourage Facebook's 160 million U.S. users to share their political views through an app, buzz measurements and surveys. The two companies will aggregate users' sentiment and CNN will incorporate the findings into its coverage.
"Each campaign cycle brings new technologies that enhance the way that important connections between citizens and their elected representatives are made," said Joel Kaplan, Facebook's vice president of U.S. public policy. "Though the mediums have changed, the critical linkages between candidates and voters remain. Innovations like Facebook can help transform this informational experience into a social one for the American people."
The 2012 Olympics in London are being touted by some as the world's "first social Games." While some question just how social they'll actually be, there's no doubt that networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube will play an unprecedented role in how information is disseminated from London, and how the global sports conversation is driven during July and August.
Why the big shift? It's simple: Four years is an eternity in Internet time and since the last Summer Olympics in 2008, social media has exploded.
In the age of Google Instant, where we expect search results to complete themselves before we're done typing, Twitter's search feature has long seemed a little slow and dumb. Can't it guess at what search term or person you're looking for? Can't it autocorrect your spelling? Can't it just search among the tweets of people you follow?Well, now you can do all of that, in theory. The microblogging service took the wraps off a new smarter search product Friday, after teasing us late Thursday with a brief announcement that search and discovery on Twitter was about to change "forever."
The changes, which are rolling out to all users on mobile Twitter and Twitter.com, fall into three categories.
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