In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from this week. Everything from Yahoo’s huge data breach to everything you need to know about the Apple Car, it’s all here.
Following reports Thursday morning of a massive Yahoo security breach, the embattled internet giant confirmed the worst this afternoon: personal records associated with hundreds of millions of accounts had been compromised in one of the worst cybersecurity breaches this year. According to a statement on a Yahoo FAQ webpage, a “state-sponsored actor” scraped the names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and passwords associated with more than 500 million Yahoo accounts as recently as 2014.
NASA will hold a press conference Monday on what is being billed as “surprising evidence of activity” — and the possible discovery of a subsurface ocean — on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. While details are scant, a team of researchers is expected to unveil a set of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope showing this activity.
We consumers are a trusting bunch. We’ll spend hours carefully comparing the specs of two competing products, pore over reviews, and scrutinize images and videos of potential purchases. But do we ever check to see if the product has been certified as safe by an independent third party before hitting the buy button? Typically, we don’t, and it’s a growing problem — just ask the unfortunate Samsung Galaxy Note 7 buyers who discovered that their phones spontaneously combust.
The Chelsea bombing that injured 29 people on September 17 might have hurt more, and possibly resulted in fatalities, if not for shatterproof glass. Following the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, extensive building safety modifications were made in New York City, including the addition of shatterproof glass, according to Popular Science.
A new deal brokered between Twitter and Bloomberg Television will allow the Twitterverse to view a live-stream of all three presidential debates, the first of which is to take place on September 26. The vice presidential debate featuring Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on October 4 will also be live-streamed, as will the two subsequent presidential showdowns on October 9 and October 19.