The Technology News Daily Digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for August 6, 2014 includes stories about the massive invasion of privacy perpetrated by a Russian gang and the impending announcement of the iPhone 6. Additionally, today’s daily digest also covers the lawsuit of Hong Kong business tycoon Albert Yeung v.s. Google and the newly built-in unsubscribe feature offered by Gmail.
Approximately 420,000 websites have been hacked by a Russian crime ring. The specific details of the list have not been released yet, but among the varied gamut of websites are household names and small start-ups. Milwaukee-based Hold Security, the agency responsible for the discovery of the internet crime declined to name the victimized. The breach of data is the largest acquisition of stolen information that is currently known of. Passwords and user names comprised the bulk of the stolen information. Whether or not the acquisition of account data subsequently led to access to credit card information is unclear.
Release of the iPhone 6
Fans of the fruit-inspired computer technology conglomerate will be happy to know that the long-awaited iPhone 6 has finally been given an official announcement date. Apple has scheduled what it is referring to as a “big media event” for September 9 of this year. The newest installment in the sought-after iPhone line is rumored to have a larger screen and an exponentially faster processor. In the past, Apple has scheduled its iPhone release dates one week after the initial announcement. Assuming that the company will continue this paradigm, consumers may be able to expect the next iPhone to hit shelves on Friday, September 19. The company seems to have high hopes for the sales of the new device in 2014, rumor has it that Apple commissioned over 80 million iPhone 6 handsets for the remainder of the year from its suppliers.
Google Being Sued by Overseas Tycoon
A wealthy Hong Kong entertainment tycoon has been given the ok to go ahead with a defamation lawsuit against search engine giant, Google. The search engine’s auto-complete function frequently associated Albert Yeung’s name was with words that the billionaire took exception to, and the suit was filed after Google’s refusal to remove the automatically suggested search terms. Yeung believes that the affiliation of his name with terms like “triad” has severely damaged his reputation. The billionaire, whose businesses manage some of Hong Kong’s most popular celebrities, is seeking financial damages. Google advised Yeung to petition the websites where the content had initially been posted for a more comprehensive disassociation, but Judge Marlene Ng ruled contrarily.
Gmail’s Easy Unsubscribe
Google has devised a solution for its users who are tired of searching through long emails for a unsubscribe button that may direct to a new website entirely. Gmail now offers a built-in unsubscribe feature to make the process slightly less headache-inducing. The unsubscribe button appears in the Gmail window next to the name of the sender for a simple and painless end to an unwanted email subscription.
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