The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year, the company revealed Friday.
Uber discovered a possible breach of its systems in September, and a subsequent investigation revealed an unauthorized third party had accessed one of its databases four months earlier, the company said.
The files accessed held the names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 current and former drivers, which Uber described as a ?small percentage? of the total. About 21,000 of the affected drivers are in California. The company has several hundred thousand drivers altogether.
For the first time in a long time, Linux gamers have a reason to smile. Gaming on the open-source operating system has long meant dabbling in Wine and arcane workarounds, but ever since Valve launched Steam for Linux a year-and-a-half ago the number of native Linux games has positively exploded.
U.S. businesses that collect personal data would be required to describe their privacy and security practices and give consumers control over their personal information under a proposed privacy bill of rights released Friday by President Barack Obama?s administration.
The proposal would also require companies and nonprofit groups to collect and retain only the personal data they need to operate.
However, the proposal allows industry groups to submit their own codes of conduct to the Federal Trade Commission and shields companies that follow those codes from FTC enforcement actions.
Google?s venture arm has invested in Kobalt, a music publishing firm that counts Beck, Paul McCartney and the Foo Fighters among its clients.
The US$60 million venture round also includes funding from the personal investment firm of Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell.
Kobalt handles payment of royalties to singers and songwriters from streaming services like Spotify and video sharing sites like YouTube.
Artists are concerned about how they?re compensated when people consume music via streaming services, Google Ventures managing partner Bill Maris told the Guardian newspaper. Kobalt?s technology can lessen musicians? concerns about how they?ll get paid, he said.
Google has revealed eye-popping ideas for a redesign of its California headquarters that symbolize how far the company wants to move beyond its core search business.
Plans submitted Friday to the Mountain View City Council include lightweight block-like structures?not stationary concrete buildings?that can be moved around as the company invests in new product areas. These areas now include self-driving cars, solar-powered drones and robots. Google?s self-driving car team, for instance, has different needs than search engineers, the company said in revealing its plans.
The library, Ractive.js, provides a set of capabilities typically found in complex Web application frameworks, which require a fair amount of expertise to manage, said Rich Harris, one of the creators of Ractive and a digital journalist at the British newspaper The Guardian.
Harris, who presented the technology at the Association for Computing Machinery?s Applicative conference in New York, demonstrated the capabilities of Ractive and discussed the current state of tools for building Web sites, which he described as too abstract and complex for non-programmers wanting to create their own sites.
Members of management at prominent venture capital firm KPCB knew Pao was suing the firm when they rated her performance in 2012, managing partner Ted Schlein testified on Friday.
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Are Rock Band and Guitar Hero really coming back? And is that a good idea? WIRED editors discuss it on this week's Game|Life podcast.
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An Israeli man arrested last month for allegedly hacking Madonna’s private accounts and stealing demos of her unreleased album first began targeting the singer way back in 2012, according to authorities. He apparently hacked not only cloud storage accounts to steal and sell her music but also breached more than a dozen email accounts associated […]
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The Parks and Recreation finale, the end of awards season, and Conan O'Brien's virgin voyage on Grindr—it's all here in this week's best TV roundup.
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The idea of industry-specific Top Level Domains (TLDs) has always been a bit of a novelty. Purchasing the rights to your very own domain always seems like a great idea at the time ? but experts reckon it doesn?t make a lick of sense from a branding or SEO point of view. Well, Google?s latest […]
In 2015, one thing is clear, startups are continuing to dominate. Entrepreneurs are using their visions and abilities to overturn industries. But for all that makes entrepreneurs different, the successful ones share one common practice: they are able to learn and adapt while making their vision a reality. Below, I list some of the lessons […]