Weekly Digital News Roundup: Sept 10-14
Kardashian Website Security Issue Exposes Names, Emails Of Over Half A Million Subscribers, Payment Info Safe
- According to TechCrunch, alongside the launch of the Kardashian and Jenner mobile apps, which are now dominating the App Store after seeing hundreds of thousands of downloads apiece in their first days on the market, the celeb sisters also released new websites designed to help them better connect with their fans while offering a more personal look inside their lives.
- However, one enterprising 19 year old developer, Alaxic Smith, dug around those websites and immediately found an issue – due to a misconfiguration, he was able to access the full names and email addresses of over 600,000 users who signed up for Kylie Jenner’s website. In addition, he was able to create and destroy users, photos, videos and more, he says, and pull similar user data from the other websites.
- As this was clearly a major issue in terms of security, and a surprising find given the high-profile nature of the websites, the developer immediately blogged about the problem on Medium where he posed the question: “should users trust not only their personal information, but also payment information with these apps?”
Coming Soon to Facebook: A ‘Dislike’ Button
- According to the New York Times, Facebook’s famous “like” button, with its silhouette of an upturned thumb, will soon be accompanied by an alternative: a way to “dislike” a post. Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s co-founder and chief executive, said that Facebook was “very close to shipping a test” of a dislike button. His comments nevertheless raised the possibility that Facebook, the world’s largest forum for self-expression, could soon become a less friendly place.
- “Not every moment is a good moment, and if you are sharing something that is sad, whether it’s something in current events, like the refugees crisis that touches you, or if a family member passed away, then it may not feel comfortable to like that post,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “So I do think it’s important to give people more options than just like.”
- Facebook’s decision to experiment with a new button came after much deliberation. In December, Mr. Zuckerberg told a similar meeting of users that the company had been working on the idea but had not figured out how to add a dislike button “so that it ends up being a force for good and not a force for bad.”
Hewlett-Packard will cut up to 30,000 jobs as part of restructuring
- According to the LA Times, Hewlett-Packard Co. is once again slashing costs and eliminating positions — this time up to 30,000 employees. The beleaguered tech giant said Tuesday that it expected to reduce its workforce by 25,000 to 30,000 people, mainly connected with the enterprise side of the business. Those staff cuts and other measures will help HP save about $2.7 billion.
- A year ago, HP announced that it would split into two companies in an attempt to be more nimble, separating its personal computer and printer division from its business services unit. The split is expected by the end of October. Afterward, the company’s personal computer and printing business will become known as HP Inc., while its technology infrastructure, software and services businesses will be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.