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Uber Did (Another) Bad, Bad Thing

This week on Badly Handled Data Breach Theater, it's Uber in the hotseat. New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who seems to have inherited from Noted Dirtbag Travis Kalanick the business equivalent of a flaming used diaper, reveals (ta-da!) in a solemn blog post that personal information belonging to 57 million Uber customers was stolen in 2016 by "two individuals outside the company." Stolen data includes names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers. Oh, and also: they knew this a year ago and never bothered to ...

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A Few Privacy Tips for Travelers

Traveling is usually a nerve-wracking experience, and it becomes even more so when you stop to think about all of the various ways in which your privacy is either compromised or at risk while you're en route from one city to another. That airport WiFi looks pretty attractive until you realize that any rando can be sitting in the terminal running a honeypot network called "Free Airprot WiFi" [sic] on his laptop, ready to scrape your data (or to completely pwn you) the second you jump on. TSA would just love to see what you've been up to on Facebook, particularly if you're headed to Bahrain. That USB charging station? Who know where that thing has been? The whole thing is a mess, but there are few things you can do to avoid these issues.

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Essentially Stupid: Essential Leaks Customer ID Data

In case you haven't heard, one of the dopiest screwups in tech history stumbled stupidly into the news yesterday. Andy Rubin's new hardware startup, Essential, has massively borked what should be a relatively simple order fulfillment process in shipping their new smartphone. What happened is just so unimaginably wrong in so many ways. There simply are not enough facepalm memes in the world to express the magnitude of imbecility on display in this debacle. Let's walk through what happened. Perhaps other companies ...

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Pinboard Buys Delicious: Selling User Data Is Kinda Gross

Pinboard developer Maciej Cegłowski has announced that he has purchased bookmarking stalwart Del.icio.us for what amounts to a song. In a post on the Pinboard blog, Maciej explains that he plans on shuttering the service forever about two weeks from today, on June 15. The idea is to move the site into a read-only state at that time; current users will from then on be unable to create new bookmarks. Maciej helpfully suggests that these users give Pinboard a try, which is a fair enough suggestion for an acquirer to make.

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