Instagram has passed 800 million users!

Instagram has had some great news this month. According to SlashGear, the social media platform recently revealed it now has 800 million monthly users, growing an incredible 100 million since April of 2017. Perhaps even more impressive is the company’s 500 million daily active users. To put that number in perspective, Instagram’s closest competitor Snapchat announced in August it has 173 million daily active users – a huge number of users, yet still dwarfed by Instagram’s platform. According to SlashGear, “This acceleration in Instagram’s daily active user count is likely thanks to the roll out of Instagram Stories. That’s somewhat

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Global accounting firm Deloitte has been hacked

In another recent case of concerning cyber-attacks, global accounting firm Deloitte announced on September 25 that it had suffered a security breach, affecting the data for a small number of clients. According to CBC, Deloitte said the hackers “accessed data from the company’s email platform.” The attack allegedly zeroed in on the firm’s U.S operation, and apparently could have been ongoing since as early as October of 2016. The clients affected are mostly Fortune 500 members, but the specific identities have not been disclosed. What is really concerning is that news of this attack follows the shocking Equifax breach, as

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Verizon is willling to trade customers their privacy for perks

Data tracking and targeted advertising is a controversial topic, and the majority of internet users are against ISPs selling their history and invading their privacy. Verizon’s answer to this issue? Rewards for compliance! According to Top Tech News, America’s largest carrier is proposing a new loyalty program, in which it gives customers “experiences you won’t stop talking about” and “rewards you really, really want,” in return for enrolling in the Verizon Selects marketing program. You start gaining rewards after spending at least $300 on any Verizon service. According to the company, Verizon Selects “uses information about your web browsing, app

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Google stops challenging federal search warrants

Search warrants on data are a little different than those on physical property – especially because a lot of data is stored on overseas servers. According to the Justice Department of the United States, Google has stopped challenging warrants from U.S judges that request data from these servers. A lot of tech companies, including Google, have challenged these warrants in the past after a federal appeals court sided with Microsoft when the issue came up in a drug investigation. As explained by Ars Technica, “Microsoft convinced the New York-based 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals—which has jurisdiction over Connecticut, New

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Bluetooth devices vulnerable to BlueBorne attack

Bluetooth has quickly become the default way for devices to share data across short distances since its original invention in 1994. Unfortunately, its widespread, easy-to-use nature makes it a prime target. According to an article by ArsTechnica, researchers have created an attack that can hack a wide range of Bluetooth enabled devices running Android, Linux, and Windows. That includes billions of devices worldwide. Called “BlueBorne”, the attack method is notably effective and far in its reach. As ArsTechnica explains, “Virtually any Android, Linux, or Windows device that hasn’t been recently patched and has Bluetooth turned on can be compromised by

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Yahoo legally responsible for data breaches

According to Reuters, a United States court has decided that lawsuits against Yahoo regarding two major hacking events can move forward. The hacking events took place in 2013 and 2014 and impacted a billion and 500 million users respectively. Since then, five class action suits have brought against the web company by account holders whose personal information and security has been compromised. Yahoo dismissed the case on the grounds that the victims did not have the legal standing to sue, but US District Judge Lucy Koh rejected this, stating, ““All plaintiffs have alleged a risk of future identity theft, in

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Xfinity Mobile plans now available across the U.S. are worth considering

Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile plans were soft-launched a few months back in limited markets, but now they are available nationwide. According to BGR, they might just be worth considering. These Comcast plans run using Verizon’s network, so you won’t have to worry about coverage dropping or otherwise poor connection. On top of this, users get unlimited data for only $45 per month, which is in stark contrast to Verizon’s $80 per month plan. The other plans include a soft cap of 20GB per month for $25, or the per-GB option which charges $12 per GB. The catch is that you’re only

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Samsung Pay expanding in Canada

According to The Financial Post, Samsung Pay is expanding to more Canadian financial institutions soon. The payment platform came to Canada in late 2016, and is currently only compatible with CIBC Visa cards. Allegedly, the service will soon include Interac, meaning it will be accessible through a number of Canadian banks as early as this month. Interac compatibility made Apple Pay a success in Canada, as many banks use it for both credit and debit card transactions. Likewise, Google’s Android Pay has recently come to Canada and works with most banks, including BMO, CIBC, Banque Nationale, Scotiabank, Desjardins, President’s Choice

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Is the $100 Google Mobile Web Developer certificate worth it?

Has your dream always been to be a Google-certified mobile web developer? Well, now is your chance. According to The Next Web (TNW), Google recently launched a certification program for mobile web developers, in which you must successfully pass a “Mobile Web Specialist” exam and interview, in return for a badge that can be used on websites and resumes. Recipients of the certification are also entered into a registry, so that employers can check if their certification is legitimate. The certification costs $99. “The exam content focuses on several fundamental areas, like creating and formatting forms, and rudimentary JavaScript. Google

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Google Chrome to add perma-mute button

Nobody likes noisy popups on websites. In fact, ad blocker extensions might not be so popular if it weren’t for those annoying little videos. If you feel these frustrations, then Google Chrome has a nice surprise for you. According to PC Mag, the browser will soon add a setting that can permanently mute certain web pages. Google’s François Beaufort wrote in a Google+ post on August 25 that Chrome “is currently experimenting with a setting to mute a website directly from the Page Info bubble. This will give you more control about which website is allowed to throw sound at

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