Weekly Digital News Roundup: Aug 28 – Sept 1
Twitter Taps HackerOne To Launch Its Bug Bounty Program
- According to TechCrunch, following security breaches that have shook confidence in many online services, Twitter today announced the launch of its bug bounty program that will pay security researchers for responsibly reporting threats through HackerOne, a bug bounty program provider.
- Twitter will pay a minimum of $140 per threat reported on Twitter.com, ads.twitter, mobile Twitter, TweetDeck, apps.twitter, and its iOS and Android apps. Twitter actually began working with HackerOne three months ago according to its bug timeline, but it seems the Apple celebrity photo hack has catapulted cybersecurity to a new level of mainstream interest, and Twitter wanted to show that it takes keeping its users safe quite seriously.
- Some large companies, like Facebook, run their own bug bounty programs, but HackerOne offers a plug-and-play solution for companies that want the benefits of crowdsourced bug hunting without having to fiddle with administering the program themselves. Others that employ HackerOne include Yahoo, Square, MailChimp, Slack and Coinbase.
Pinterest Launches Analytics Tool for Businesses
- According to Wall Street Journal, Visual discovery and bookmarking site Pinterest has made a real-time analytics tool available to businesses that use its service. Pinterest said it hopes marketers will use insights into its users and their behaviors to inform the types of content they post to the service in the future.
- The new analytics will provide business account holders with information about which of their “pins” generate the most impressions, “repins”, and views, for example, alongside other metrics such as the volume of traffic that pins drive back to businesses’ external Web sites. It also will provide the businesses with demographic, location, and interest data about their audiences.
- The analytics tool is now available to all of Pinterest’s business account users free of charge. Businesses can also access similar information through Pinterest’s Pinterest “Business Insights” API, or “application programming interface,” which it launched in May.
Now There’s a Fitness Tracker for Your Car
- According to Mashable, The FIXD sensor is a device that connects your car to your smartphone via Bluetooth and delivers updates on everything from when you need an oil change to when you need to replace your air filter.
- By connecting the FIXD device to your car’s OBD-II (On Board Diagnostics-II) port, just underneath the steering wheel and then pairing it with your smartphone, you’re immediately given vital diagnostic data that allows you to track you car’s wellbeing.
- In addition to tracking the status of your oil and air filter, the device also delivers updates on the condition of your airbag and tells you when your car needs more coolant. The FIXD app also tells you how long, in miles, you have until a particular problem might become critical, as well as the possible consequences if you ignore the app’s warning.