It emerged today that Australian dating site company Cupid Media suffered a catastrophic data breach back in January. Luckily they immediately informed the correct authorities and all the users affected. Just kidding! They told no one, and kept the whole thing quiet until it was revealed by security campaigner Brian Krebs. The leaked details include names, birth dates, emails, and passwords stored in plain text format. Perhaps more worrying is the domains to which many of these email addresses are registered. While 17.4 million of the users used Yahoo Mail addresses, and 13.5 million used Hotmail, 9,844 users used .gov email addresses, suggesting that they are US government employees. Some 56 users were even registered with dhs.gov domains – the US Department of Homeland Security. Embarrassing for more than just Cupid Media, then!
Snapchat became the world's largest image-sharing service today. Users of the self-destructing message app Snapchat now upload almost as many photos and videos to the service than Facebook and Instagram users combined. A report from Business Insider reveals that in the last six months, Snapchat users have doubled the number of photos and videos uploaded every day to 400 million, compared to Facebook's 350 million photos a day, and Instagram's 55 million. Evan Spiegel, the 23-year-old CEO and co-founder of Snapchat, claims to have invented the service in order to bypass social media, where he says users are too self-conscious of the photos and posts uploaded.
"People are living with this massive burden of managing a digital version of themselves," Spiegel told Forbes in an interview last year. "It's taken all of the fun out of communicating."
Snapchat recently turned down a $3 billion buyout deal from Facebook.
UK early adopters are about to get their hands in the Kindle Fire HDX cookie jar. Amazon has begun shipping the new 8.9in tablet to British customers, a device that it claims is the lightest tablet of its size on the market. The super-light tablet starts at £329 for the 16GB version with the 32GB and 64GB versions costing £369 and £409 respectively. The device gives users access to Amazon's extensive content catalogue as well as including the video chat customer support feature Mayday for the first time. Amazon's top-of-the-range tablet weighs in at only 374g – 34 per cent lighter than its predecessor – and the display has a beyond HD pixel density of 339 ppi and 100 per cent sRGB colour accuracy, not to mention the all-important Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. Thanks, Amazon!
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