Today’s Tech Sightings:
Leading tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook and many others, are participating in a California summit to look at ways to increase diversity in the tech sector, currently dominated by white and Asian men.
Microsoft has added Bitcoin as a payment option for apps, Xbox games and other digital purchases across its various Windows platforms. The move was not officially announced but surfaced during online discussions.
The Wildlife Conservation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Challenge hopes to save the world’s remaining rhinoceros species from extinction due to relentless poaching. Up to 139 teams from more than 29 countries on six continents are tasked with developing open-source, anti-poaching drones equipped with sensors to monitor poaching activities. The 3-D-printed drones are expected to launch next spring in South Africa.
According to Newsweek, Uber offered to pay about $31 to a woman who reported that she was sexually harassed by a London driver. After several email exchanges between the woman and Uber executives, the ride-sharing company refunded the price of the trip, saying steps will be taken to avoid similar incidents in the future.
Israeli cybersecurity analysts say two separate vulnerabilities on websites run by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have exposed the names and addresses of millions of users and left merchants’ accounts vulnerable to hackers.
Bloomberg reports that in February, Iranian hackers broke into the computer systems of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, the biggest gaming company in the world, wiping hard drives clean as employees scrambled to unplug their computers. The hackers did not steal cash or credit card information and reportedly wanted to punish the company’s CEO.
After suffering one of the most devastating hack attacks in recent memory, Sony Pictures has gone on the offensive to stop the pilfering of its data. Using Amazon’s cloud services in Asia, Sony started a denial of service counterattack, commonly used to fight piracy.