Andy Haas

Andy Haas

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There’s no shortage of data breaches these days, but this one should make you sit up and pay attention.The newly discovered “Collection 1" is the largest public data breach by volume, with 772,904,991 unique emails and 21,222,975 unique passwords exposed.The breach was first reported by Troy Hunt, the security researcher who runs the site Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), where you can check if your email has been compromised in a data breach.In his blog, Hunt says a large file of 12,000 separate files and 87GB of data had been uploaded to MEGA, a popular cloud service.The data was then posted to a popular hacking forum and appears to be an amalgamation of over 2,000 databases.The troubling thing is the databases contain “dehashed” passwords, which means the methods used to scramble those passwords into unreadable strings has been cracked, fully exposing the passwords.
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Slack's chief product officer April Underwood announced Thursday that she'll be leaving the $7.1 billion startup to focus on Angels, an organization she co-founded that focuses on investing in female founders.Underwood is widely considered the strong right hand to Slack CEO and cofounder Stewart Butterfield — she's in charge of much of Slack's strategy and product decisions.Underwood will be replaced by Tamar Yehoshua, who previously led the search business at Google.On Thursday, Slack Chief Product Officer April Underwood announced she will be leaving Slack to take a full-time role in venture capital investing.Over the course of her 4 years with the company, Underwood played a vital role inmaking Slack's office messaging app as popular as it is today.She's widely considered to be the second-in-command to CEO and cofounder Stewart Butterfield, as her remit included much of Slack's strategy and product decisions.
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Breach includes 22 million passwordsCollection 1: a data trove of over 2.6 billion rows of stolen passwords and email addresses has been discovered on a hacker forum, sparking new concerns over the damage that data breaches can cause.Australian cybersecurity expert and Microsoft staffer Troy Hunt was tipped off about the data collection and when he went to investigate he found 772,904,991 unique email addresses publicly displayed.The collection totaled more than 12,000 separate files amassing 87GB of data and contained 21,222,975 unique passwords.Mr Hunt wrote a blog post on his website exposing the stolen data breach, one in which he too states he was a victim: “My own personal data is in there and it’s accurate; right email address and a password I used many years ago.”The breach has been named Collection 1 after the title the hackers gave the root folder.
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We adjust the settings on the TV that went haywire after that time the cat walked over the remote.Whenever we look at our parents’ computer screen, we die a little on the inside as we take in the wealth of bloatware that has crept into the browser that we cleaned just last month.So why is it that we voluntarily pull down our protective pants and pay to get shafted right in the privacy?Ever since the digital revolution went mainstream we have been utterly hopeless at protecting ourselves from intrusion.AI assistants are the current trend and they are – coincidentally – the worst offenders to date.We are OK with paying to wheel the mother of all trojan horses into our kitchens because it can look up recipes for us when we ask it to.
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The current generation of consumers is savvy enough to read almost everything about a product online before entering a store, so they’re not necessarily looking for information about a product.What they are looking for is a more experiential environment where they can test the product in ways that best suits their needs.For a brand to connect with its consumers, it has to provide immersive experiences, and Samsung is doing just that with its newly revealed Multi-Experience store in Dubai Mall – an innovative first in experienced-based retail solutions for the MENA region.Featuring a rich portfolio of its products, the Samsung store showcases how it’s connected device ecosystem works.For example, you can use your Samsung phone to seamlessly connect with your Samsung TV at the Connectivity Zone and enjoy your mobile games on a much larger screen.In fact, if gaming is your thing, a Gaming Zone features a large QLED TV connected to an XBox console with gaming chairs to get you in the action.
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When Bailey Richardson joined Instagram as head of community in 2012, her team was working out of a small room in California.She was one of the original 13 employees at the company and handled the app’s community strategy and events like InstaMeets.Later that year, Facebook acquired the app, and two years after that, Richardson resigned.She and some of her colleagues believed that the intimacy, artistry, and other factors that made the app what it was in its early days had been lost.But she never got over her love for community building.“However I can do more of this work and supercharge [companies and users] by connecting them is what I want to do.”
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Scientists are trying to revolutionise potatoes and, in the process, cure the tubers’ depression, the result of generations of inbreeding.Potato depression is obviously nothing like human depression, of course.A team of Chinese scientists looked for a better way to make potatoes reproduce, and along the way learned more about the genetics behind spuds’ “inbreeding depression.”You probably have seen sprouts, or eyes, grow out of potatoes.That’s how farmers plant new potatoes – by cutting up old ones and letting those eyes germinate into new plants.Generations of cloning means that harmful genetic mutations remain in the genome, but the plants have a buffer against that – most varieties are “tetraploid,” meaning they have four sets of chromosomes.
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It's Amazon how quickly these monopolies beginColumn At the annual spectacular of crap that we optimistically term the Consumer Electronics Show, I found myself locked into a room with Alexa.And yes, disembodied AI servant though she may be, she still filled every corner of a rather spacious room with all of the various products now connected to and enabled by Alexa - everything from alarm clocks to refrigerators to automobiles to - kitchen taps?Kohler Konnect (klever) ties a connected kitchen water tap into Alexa, because... “Alexa, pour me 500ml of water.” That’s why.It’s less about activation than precise control - something easy for a smart faucet and much harder for a human.The Kohler Konnect is a kitchen robot of sorts, very good at doing exactly one thing - pouring out precisely the amount of water you need.
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We’re just over two weeks into 2019, and one of the biggest data leaks in recent years has surfaced.Today, renowned security researcher Troy Hunt reported a massive leak consisting of 773 million unique email IDs and 21 million unique passwords, which he refers to as Collection 1.Hunt said that multiple people reached out to him last week and pointed to a constellation of 12,000 files with a total size of 87GB, and nearly 2.7 billion records, hosted on MEGA.He added that the files have been removed from the hosting platform, but they persist on a popular hacking forum (that he didn’t name).Hunt said the forum post described the source of the data as “a collection of 2000+ dehashed databases and Combos (combinations of email addresses and passwords) stored by topic.”This is arguably the biggest data leak after Yahoo’s colossal debacle of 2013 that affected nearly three billion accounts.
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Reese Witherspoon isn’t someone I generally feel I have a lot in common with.I have an easier deal than a lot of parents, yet getting myself and my offspring out of the house completely sucks – the mechanics of my wife, my toddler and I getting sufficiently ready for a day of work and nursery are like something out of a ‘Mission: Impossible’ film.My daughter wakes up at 5.40am and we leave the house at 7.45am, yet somehow every minute second of that is filled.I often work from home – commuting into town, working a full day and commuting home takes longer than a full day at nursery – yet I’m frequently late.Between changing my daughter’s nappy, dressing her, cleaning her teeth, packing her bag for nursery, making coffee, wolfing down some toast, reading that really shit book about the bear yet again because she insists, trying to stop her flinging herself down the stairs, trying to stop her climbing in the shower with my wife whose cleaning routine is vastly more complicated and time-consuming than mine, coaxing her into her buggy and negotiating the buggy out of the hallway which it’s exactly the same width as – it’s a photo-finish.That leaves just enough time to have the obligatory polite 30-second chat with whoever’s on the front desk, shove the buggy in the buggy park with no real care, and run home.
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If you hurt yourself at work, your employer is legally required to have a first aider on hand to help.It’s currently not compulsory for employers to have members of staff trained in mental health first aid (MHFA), but that may soon change thanks to a public petition which has received 200,000 signatures, cross-party support from over 60 MPs and backing from over 50 UK businesses.More than 340,000 people in England have learned the skills to date – and for those who have been helped by it already, it’s proven life-saving.MHFA is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid training, providing people with the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues.Receiving an email from Dermalogica’s newly-trained mental health first aid team last summer, Rachael contacted them immediately.I didn’t really know who else to go to,” she said.
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Huawei Targeted in U.S. Criminal Probe for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets – WSJWhat happened: Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei could face charges over the theft of trade secrets in a new investigation.US federal authorities in Seattle are pursuing charges against Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets from US business partners.The secrets include a T-Mobile robotic device called “Tappy,” which is used in testing smartphones.In a 2014 filing, T-Mobile claimed that Huawei employees stole the trade secrets for the company’s research and development in China.The investigation is reportedly at an advanced stage, and an indictment could come soon.
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This article is from an episode on Asia VC Cast hosted by Daniel Song.For the full interview, go here.He’s also a professor of marketing at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.We decided that we would do something on our own, and that’s how Rekonext started.We’re very intrigued by how Chinese businesses have traditionally been able to grow successfully by leveraging relationships and networks or clan associations.Senior clan members and young businessmen sit around a table for a meal and have conversations, and it’s an opportunity for younger members to be mentored.
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The Pew Research Center today released the results of its latest survey of Facebook users, this time about the ad categories they’ve been assigned by the site’s algorithms.The users’ surprising ignorance of the information Facebook accrues highlights the disconnect between the platform and its users.According to the results, several users weren’t even aware of the list of ad categories Facebook keeps on them: 74 percent said they “didn’t know the categories existed.” So just to get everyone up to speed, Facebook allows you to browse the ad categories to which it’s assigned you.Not everyone gets a list — the study found 11 percent weren’t assigned categories.But that means that, of the people who did get a list, 88 percent weren’t aware of it until they were directed to the page.When asked about the accuracy of the categories, users admitted Facebook was right more than not.
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I don’t have any plans to die, ever.But if I do eventually eat it for some unseen reason, having my 6,000-year-old corpse loaded onto a canoe and immolated at sea by a perfectly aimed flaming arrow would be the way to go, in my humble opinion.As with many dreams of mine, it turns out this is illegal—at least under US law.Jack Denton, a dedicated killjoy at Pacific Standard, wrote recently about the legality of sea burials, a subject I have no expertise on because, as I said, I have no plans on becoming a dead person.And while maritime law evidently has more teeth than you’d expect, the dumping of bodies close to US shores (and by US boats in international waters, which are considered “flag states”) is firmly within the purview of America's Environmental Protection Agency.The EPA allows cremated remains, or full bodies in a shroud or casket filled with holes.
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Veeam Software announced Wednesday that it has raised $500 million in funding from Insight Venture Partners.Veeam is capitalizing on the cloud wars because as more customers shift to the cloud, Veeam can help customers with moving and managing their data.Data management company Veeam Software raised $500 million in venture funding on Wednesday and signalled plans to bulk up with acquisitions this year.The 12-year-old company, which is based in Switzerland, raised the money from Insight Venture Partners, with "strong participation from" the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board."We're looking at a few opportunities so might have one [acquisition] this year in 2019 and are evaluating different companies," Ratmir Timashev, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Veeam told Business Insider.The next two to three years are going to be packed with major potential for Veeam, Timashev said.
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What happened: Chinese online retailer Suning.com is planning to open 15,000 offline stores in 2019.It is also promoting smart retail solutions in its massive sales networks across 350 domestic cities.Zhang Jindong, chairman of the Suning Group, described its grocery stores as the pathfinder in the company’s “Great Development” plan, aiming to drive businesses in Chinese neighborhoods and rural markets.Why it’s important: Founded by Zhang Jindong and his elder brother in 1990, Suning is China’s largest omnichannel retailer with more than 10,000 offline stores nationwide, including shopping centers, consumer electronics outlets, and community stores.According to Chinese media, e-commerce giant Alibaba held a 20% stake in Suning in 2016.It later helped Suning-affiliate Suning Sports complete a $600 million round of fundraising in June 2018.
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You can say what you want about Mozilla’s attempts at earning money but you can’t criticize it for lack of trying.In fact, the non-profit open source organization has a knack for throwing out ideas and experiments and getting users to be their guinea pigs.Or brave testers, if you will.Those experiments all came from the Firefox Test Pilot garage, which is sadly now closing up shop.Mozilla assures fans of the browser, however, that experiments will stop.In fact, it promises there will be even more.
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Tencent-backed WeChat banned three social networking rivals within one day on its platform—including Bytedance’s just-launched video-based messaging app Duoshan—taking China’s social media war up another notch in 2019.Other apps affected by the WeChat ban included: Kuairu Technology-owned, Smartisan-backed Liaotianbao, which is an updated version of the once-popular messaging service Bullet Messenger; and Matong, an anonymous social media app developed by Shenzhen-based Ringo.AI.All three apps were rolled out on Tuesday.WeChat blocked the download address of Bytedance’s Duoshan for “hazardous content complaints from users.” The blocking of Duoshan came as the app was being announced by its product manager during its launch event in Beijing.A spokesperson for WeChat declined to comment when contacted by TechNode on Wednesday morning.Bytedance is seen as a challenger to Tencent’s social media business by offering a fresher take on WeChat’s social patterns.
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The start of a new year is as good a time as any to start using all the tech around you to live and work smarter: Get more done in less time and free up some space for doing the stuff that you really enjoy.1) Use voice dictation (and voice commands)You might not realise all the ways you can use your voice to get through everything that needs doing in a faster time.You might already be familiar with using Siri or Google Assistant to do stuff on your phone, but make sure you know everything that your assistant of choice can do.Both these apps let you send emails and text messages with just your voice, for example, which again can save you some time.Both Windows and macOS include native support for multiple desktops, so you don’t have to keep all your windows crammed into one space.
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