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Dating Site Hack Exposes Users’ Sexual Preferences, Account Data

Data breaches that reveal email address, usernames, passwords, and other account information are common and pretty serious in their own right – but when a hack reveals even more sensitive personal information it’s downright scary. According to a report from Channel4, a data breach has exposed nearly four million users of Adult FreindFinder, a dating website. you’ve probably seen its …

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Your Security Questions Aren’t Providing Much Security

Everyone’s favorite food is pizza, so when a site asks you to provide an answer for the security question What’s your favorite food, don’t say pizza. Providing answers to security questions is something we’re all very familiar with, as it’s been a tool for account security and recovery for a long time. But are these security questions even that secure? …

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Starbucks’ Music Experience Is Now Powered by Baristas with Spotify

Coffee kingpin Starbucks and bane of Jay-Z’s existence Spotify have just announced a huge partnership to create a “first-of-its-kind music ecosystem.” What that means is that soon, the Starbucks music experience will be powered by Spotify – and more specifically, the musical tastes of its employees. From Spotify and Starbucks: Coming first, Starbucks 150,000 U.S.-based partners (employees) will receive a …

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Apple Buys Yet Another Navigation Company

It appears that Apple has made yet another acquisition in the location services area, snapping up a small GPS startup called Coherent Navigation. The purchase, first reported early Sunday, has been confirmed by Apple. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company said in an email to …

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Walmart Is Going After Amazon Prime

Walmart is planning to take a run at Amazon Prime by offering a fast delivery program that’s half the price. The news, first reported by The Information, was confirmed by a Walmart spokesperson. The program will roll out this summer, and will cost subscribers $50 per year. It will offer speedy shipping on over a million products – three days …

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Uber Steals Google’s Head of Communications and Policy

Uber has scored another high-profile poach. Rachel Whetstone, who served as Google’s head of commutations and public policy, has jumped over to Uber. She’ll be replacing David Plouffe as Senior Vice President of policy and strategy. a job he took in September of last year. Re/code suggests that “the reason for the switch seems to center on the need for …

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Netflix Gets Exclusive Rights To Mark Duplass FIlm ‘Creep’ [Report]

Movie news blog JoBlo is reporting that Netflix has acquired exclusive worldwide streaming rights to horror-comedy film Creep from director Patrick Brice and co-written by Brice and Mark Duplass, who also stars in the film and co-produced it along with Jason Blum. Creep is a found footage film, which debuted at SXSW last year, and currently holds a 6.7 rating …

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Facebook Pushes $15 Minimum Wage, Other Benefits for Cooks, Janitors, and Security Workers

Wage disparity is a problem everywhere but it might just be more visible in a place like Silicon Valley, where employees at tech companies often make six figures while those who support their very existence make much, much less. Facebook has just announced that it has implemented “a new set of standards on benefits for contractors and vendors who support …

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Email Subject Line Length: Does It Really Matter?

There are a lot of components to a successful email marketing campaign, and one of those is an effective subject line. In fact, there are various sub-components of that. One is the length. Are longer or shorter subject lines more effective? Is there a sweet spot character count that you should strive for all the time? If you look at …

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The AT&T/DirecTV Merger Will Likely Be Approved: Report

It doesn’t appear that federal regulators are going to stand in the way of AT&T’s bid to acquire DirecTV. According to sources quoted in the Wall Street Journal both the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are almost done with their respective reviews, and they are both unlikely to block the deal. AT&T agreed to acquire DirecTV for nearly …

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Will AOL Get Rid Of The Huffington Post Under Verizon?

If you’ve been on the internet today, you probably know that Verizon is acquiring AOL, pending regulatory approval and closing conditions. While the announcement made no claims that AOL’s content properties would be spun off, reports at Re/code have suggested otherwise. As we referenced in an earlier article on the acquisition, Re/Code’s Peter Kafka suggested Verizon could decide to spin …

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Verizon, Sprint Pay $158M for ‘Cramming’ Bogus Charges

The Federal Communications Commission has announced that Verizon and Sprint will pay a combined $158 million to settle “cramming” investigations, wherein the Commission found that the carriers were cramming unauthorized charges onto customers’ bills. The majority of such charges came from so-called “premium text services”. “For too long, consumers have been charged on their phone bills for things they did …

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