Yahoo! admits 2013 hack compromised over one billion accounts

Was anybody’s Yahoo! account NOT hacked?

In case you missed the first round of news about Yahoo getting hacked in 2014 and losing personal details for 500 million accounts, now comes new that a year earlier, data for over a billion accounts ended up in the wrong hands a year earlier. Yeah, a billion Yahoo accounts. I mean, how many did they have anyway? Anyway, if you haven’t disable or deleted your Yahoo account yet, we strongly suggest you do so.

And if you still want to keep your Yahoo account, then we suggest you, of course, change your password, but we also encourage you to enable two-step verification, and it might be a good idea to clean out those old emails, which may contain information hackers can use to access other parts of your digital life. Get more details on keeping your data safe at this link.

Tech Magic, The Gathering

President-elect Trump gathered with top U.S.-based tech executives yesterday at Trump Tower, and conservative estimates put the net worth of the companies represented at well over a trillion dollars and more than a million U.S.  jobs. Trump told attendees, which conspicuously did not include Jack Dorsey of Twitter, that “he was there to help” and that if they had issues, to just ring him up since “we have no formal chain of command around here.”

Topics discussed at the big meetup included tax rates, relaxation of regulations and moving more tech manufacturing to the U.S. of course, something Trump has sparred with Apple CEO Tim Cook over. Cook did attend and while shots of him with a frowny face did wash over social media, Cook did meet with Trump one-on-one after the main meeting. No details of what that private chat covered have been released… yet.

The only other tech boss to get some Trump private time was Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who is now a Trump advisor on his Strategic and Policy Forum team. With Musk a major player in electric vehicles, solar power and space transport, it will be interesting to see how Trump policies in those industries change once the administration is up and running. We’ve got more details on the historic meeting here.

Thanks for the effort, Ted

More politics/tech news now with the announcement that FCC Chairman Ted Wheeler will be stepping down on Trumps inauguration day, January 20th. Wheeler has been a vocal advocate of net neutrality and shepherded rulings that have kept the internet “open,” but industry watchers now fear that era is about to end.

As president, Donald Trump is likely to install a new FCC head that is more “pro-business,” and outside of Netflix, businesses have made it clear they’d like to be able to squeeze internet content makers and end users for all they’re worth when it comes to data speeds and ISP “fast lanes.”

What that will mean for business like Netflix and Amazon, which move huge amounts of data, is likely higher prices from ISPs, which may translate to higher prices  or slower data speeds for you if you can’t afford what will surely be “premium” data tiers. Wheeler has led the agency for three years and was appointed by President Obama. He called his time on the job the “greatest honor of his professional life.”

Cars

Tesla gives us a cryptic look at its cyberpunk, Blade Runner-inspired pickup

Tesla has started designing its long-promised pickup truck. The yet-unnamed model will come with dual-motor all-wheel drive and lots of torque, plus it will be able to park itself. It could make its debut in 2019.
Mobile

FCC to help first responders pinpoint 911 callers in multistory buildings

When someone calls 911 from their cell phone, wireless carriers provide operators with an approximate location. Now the FCC wants the carriers to provide vertical location data to pinpoint 911 callers inside multi-story buildings.
Gaming

Achievements unlocked: Xbox Live is coming to mobile devices

Microsoft officially announced that Xbox Live features, including Achievements and friends lists, will be coming to iOS and Android games. Developers will be able to pick and choose which features to use.
Smart Home

The best Instant Pot alternatives for making quick and easy meals

While Instant Pot is perhaps the most well-known name in multifunctional pressure cookers, it’s not the only player in the game. There are a variety of other options on the market. Check out the best Instant Pot alternatives.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Double-folding phones, the best gaming laptops, and more

AirPod rumors and the latest news about foldable phones highlight Wednesday's episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with Calvin Iverson to talk about how to travel on a budget and how millennials are changing the travel industry.
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Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.
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Digital Trends Live: Facebook, flying taxis, and Tesla police car

On episode 54 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison discussed Facebook's plan to integrate Instagram, Boeing's experimental flying taxi, and more.
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DT Live: Super Bowl hangover, crypto disaster, and an electric plane

On episode 58 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle examined the tech news of the day, including the 2019 Super Bowl commercials, Chip Yates' incredible electric plane, and more.
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Digital Trends Live: Facebook Messenger change, GoNation, and more

From new Facebook Messenger features to 5Ge coming to select smartphones, we discussed the latest in tech news on this episode of Digital Trends Live. We also welcomed Chaz Tanase of GoNation and Dan Ferguson of Groove Jones to the show.
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Digital Trends Live: Apple versus news industry, Alexa Skills, and the OGarden

On Episode 65 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen broke down the biggest new stories from the world of tech, including Apple's feud with news publishers, the OGarden, and more.
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Digital Trends Live: Amazon HQ, Guy Kawasaki, and when to buy a streaming stick

On Thursday's episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending headlines like the latest news surrounding Amazon's new HQ plans to the Mars rover Opportunity. We also sat down with author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki to talk about his…
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Digital Trends Live: Oscar visual effects, digital distractions, and more

On episode 72 of Digital Trends Live, we discussed news including the discovery that Google's Nest Secure has a hidden microphone, and welcomed author Brian Solis to the show to talk about his latest book.
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Digital Trends Live: MWC 2019, ezCater, and an Apple streaming service

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we sat down with John Hall of Calendar.com and Briscoe Rodgers of EzCater. We were also joined by DT's Caleb Denison to discuss how Apple is looking to revolutionize TV streaming.
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Digital Trends Live: New Twitter features, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and more

On episode 77 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Luke Larsen explored the biggest news stories from the world of tech, including the new Star Wars attraction, Twitter's experimental moderation tools, and more.