Today’s Tech Sightings:
Yahoo announced Wednesday that one billion user accounts were hacked and stolen in 2013 – the largest hack ever and the second for the beleaguered company. In September, Yahoo revealed that up to 500 million user accounts were compromised. The breach lasted three years, giving hackers access to passwords and other personal information, including U.S. government employee accounts. Now a U.S. senator is pushing for an investigation into the company’s cybersecurity practices. If you have a Yahoo account, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself.
Facebook is testing a new feature for its Messenger chat assistant that provides users with recommendations, based on their chat. In other words, the artificial intelligence assistant will keep tabs on what you say. So if a friend asks where you are, the AI might ask if you want to share your location or offer a sticker if you say thanks, for example. Now Messenger also has a built-in camera for Snapchat-style selfies.
Former employees who sued Apple claiming they were denied sufficient breaks and owed back wages won $2 million in reparations. Apple must now pay the money into a fund to compensate 21,000 employees who were part of the class-action suit.
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