Today’s Tech Sightings:
The recent allegations of Uber’s culture of sexism and sexual harassment have put the tech sector and its diversity problems in the spotlight – again. But writer Farhad Manjoo argues the Uber case feels like a watershed that could trigger innovation and new momentum toward finding ways to remake a tech culture that has long sidelined women.
Baidu, China’s Google equivalent, went dark for 18 minutes last night, according to media accounts and the search engine’s official account. Baidu, which boasts more than 665 million users, apologized for the mishap.
Researchers with cybersecurity firm Detectify have uncovered a bug in the popular chat client Slack that lets hackers manipulate communications and hijack user accounts. With this vulnerability, hackers who trick users into opening a malicious page can steal their Slack tokens. The researcher who first discovered this was able to hang up other people’s calls, intercept messages, and several other alarming actions.
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