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Facebook says it exposed millions of Instagram user passwords

Affected users are being contacted now.

Back in late March, Facebook came under fire for storing its users’ passwords in a readable format — exposing around 600 million passwords to its employees. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Facebook’s now quietly announced that something similar also happened to Instagram accounts.

Added as a text update to an article on the Facebook Newsroom published four weeks ago, Facebook says the following:

Update on April 18, 2019 at 7AM  [Read More…]

Unlock millions of books to read with 40% off a Kindle Unlimited membership

Time to devour some words.

A one-year Kindle Unlimited Membership normally costs $ 120 at Amazon, but right now you can score 33% off its regular price, making the total just $ 80.31. This is a rare promotion and an offer we don’t expect to see again for a long while. You can give it as a gift, too, which would surely delight any readers you know and love. Amazon will email the recipient with redemption instructions  [Read More…]

Philips Hue’s portable Go LED Smart Light offers millions of color options

Light up your night with your favorite shade.

The Philips Hue Go Dimmable LED Smart Light is currently on sale at Amazon for just $ 63.89. When not discounted, it can regularly be found selling for up to $ 80. This deal is part of a larger Philips Hue sale which is offering 20% off all Philips Hue products at Amazon over the Labor Day weekend.

This portable LED Smart Light is wireless and can be controlled  [Read More…]

Samsung just gave Yahoo! another chance to play fast and loose with millions of users’ data

There are three billion reasons why Samsung allowing Yahoo! apps on your phone is a bad idea.

In a perfect world, allowing three billion user accounts to be hacked would mean a business is forced to shut down and its assets shared with the victims. In the real world, it means the people in charge of it are able to sell for huge amounts of cash and the new owners can force their way onto your brand  [Read More…]

Amazon sold ‘tens of millions’ of Alexa-enabled devices during the holidays

We saw lots of deals on the Amazon Echo during the past month or so, and it looks like all of those special offers paid off.

Amazon confirmed today that it sold “tens of millions” of Alexa-enabled products worldwide this holiday season. Exact numbers haven’t been given, but Amazon does say that the Echo Dot and Fire TV Stick were the best-selling products from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon.

There were some pretty aggressive deals on  [Read More…]

Google Assistant is now available on hundreds of millions of Android phones

Google Assistant is rolling out to millions of Android phones without the need for a carrier or manufacturer update, and that’s a big deal.

From just two handsets to hundreds, Google has lifted the device restriction on its AI helper, Google Assistant.

Announced earlier this week, Google Assistant will replace Google Now and Now on Tap on any device running Android 6.0 and above that supports Google Play Services. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is: nearly  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo holiday sales 9 times higher than 2015, ‘millions’ sold this year

The holiday shopping season has been good to Amazon, and particularly Echo.

Now that Christmas 2016 has passed, Amazon has some insightful metrics on its sales from the bulk of the holiday season. Predictably, Amazon Echo sales were dramatically higher than last year: nine times higher than the same period last year, in fact. That is of course fueled by the massive increase in popularity and injection of Echo into popular culture, but also by the launch of the  [Read More…]

Evening brief: Samsung releases millions of green battery icons, Google approves

Replacement Note 7s are here, and Google is totally okay with their battery icon color.

How about some more Note 7 recall news? Samsung announced that 500,000 new safe phones have arrived in the U.S., ready to be exchanged. They’ll have new software that makes the battery icon green, which Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer says is just fine considering the circumstances.

Now, Samsung news that doesn’t have to do with exploding phones! Several carriers in the U.S.  [Read More…]

Video Direct is Amazon’s new way to give content creators access to its millions of customers

Amazon has announced Video Direct, a new way for video providers to reach Amazon’s huge customer base. With this, content creators will have a number of new self-service ways to put their videos in front of Amazon’s millions of Prime customers. The company will be offering royalties based on the number of minutes streamed, and more.

Amazon notes that some of the benefits include:

Access to Amazon’s most engaged streaming audience—video providers can distribute their content directly  [Read More…]

New Android flaw puts millions of users at risk

A recent flaw found in Qualcomm chips put users at risk. The vulnerability makes it possible for malicious attackers to steal user text messages and call history. “Recent” is relatively speaking, since the flaw was found by researchers from FireEye and patched by Qualcomm in March. But since the vulnerability was first accidentally introduced five