Flight booking and itinerary systems are prime targets for hackers due to their continued use of legacy systems, according to research from SR Labs. A presentation at Chaos Communication Congress from two SR Labs researchers explained how the systems aren't adequately protected.
While the United States claims Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and leaked information to WikiLeaks, Julian Assange is adamant that's not what happened. The WikiLeaks founder says he knows who their source is and they're not connected to Russia.
Apple is being sued in Texas due to the contribution of distracted driving to a car accident in 2014 that led to the death of a 5-year-old girl. The child's family is suing Apple because the man responsible was using FaceTime. Other family members were injured.
Pornography is everywhere on Tumblr, Yahoo's microblogging platform. Even though the site tries to hide NSFW content from those who don't want to see it, an Italian study says 28.5% of users still unintentionally encounter it at some point. 22% of users follow or like porn.
The antitrust chief in Italy believes it's time for the country to legislate against fake news and impose fines in response to misleading content. Giovanni Pirtuzzella thinks fake news is contributing to a rise in "populism" and that there must be a crack down.
Facebook's guidelines pertaining to nudity have been a point of debate in the recent past. The social network was criticized for removing a post featuring the historic "napalm girl" photo from the Vietnam War and now it isn't happy with an image of a nude Neptune statue.
More illegal copies of Deadpool were downloaded in 2016 than for any other movie. TorrentFreak reports the film, which was a box office success at $783 million, came out ahead of Captain America: Civil War, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Star Wars.
To kick off the new year, Bitcoin is trading at over $1,000 for the first time in three years. It experienced a major rise in value in the latter part of 2016, bringing it closer and closer to its all-time high of $1,163, which was reached in late 2013.
The Indian government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revealed a mobile app, called Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), that's intended to work as a full alternative to cash payments. BHIM can operate in place of credit cards and point-of-sale terminals.
You'll no longer be able to get 100+ channels through DirecTV Now for $35 per month come January 9. When that offer ends, the closest available tier will cost $60. If you spend the same amount, you will receive 60 channels instead. The service launched last month.
HBO's hit series Game of Thrones topped the list of most pirated TV shows yet again in 2016. TorrentFreak says it beat The Walking Dead and Westworld, which came in second and third, respectively. Game of Thrones has been ahead of all other series for five seasons.
In response to Russia's election-related hacking, the United States is imposing sanctions against the country and is removing 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the US. This is the largest response the United States has ever had against cyberattacks.
Looking up food items with Google on mobile devices may now yield recipe suggestions at the top of the results. The recipes appear in a carousel format, similar to Google's AMP news results. Filters are available to help people narrow down the kind of food they're looking for.
Facebook is working on a YouTube-like tool that'll enable the social network to quickly find copyright infringing videos. Similar to YouTube, Facebook plans to use the tool to automatically identify content that's technically illegal, thereby pleasing copyright holders.
Periscope, a livestreaming service operated by Twitter, now offers support for 360-degree videos. It has immediately rolled out to "select partners" and the first stream with the feature can be viewed here. An expansion to all users doesn't have a date.
Amazon has announced a special December 30 sale dedicated to digital items. Known as Digital Day, the sale features significant discounts on games, eBooks, apps, music, and movies. Items may be discounted up to 50%. No list of discounts is available.
Ever since the value of Bitcoin topped $775, the digital currency has only continued rising. As of early trading in London, Bitcoin is up another 2.8% at $958, which is the highest the digital currency has been since it reached $979 back in November 2013.
Dozens of classic Disney films are being added to Hulu and some will be exclusive to the service. In total, 56 titles from the Disney vault will be added beginning this week. The full roll out is going to take months. Mulan and Pocahontas will both be exclusive.
Facebook's Safety Check feature has been tricked by fake news posts that were shared on the network. Safety Check went live in Bangkok, Thailand after news of an "explosion" spread. The notification was shown to users in the country beginning at 9 p.m. local time.
Amazon has reported another record-breaking holiday season with over a billion items shipped through Prime and Fulfillment by Amazon between November 1 and December 19. That's over 5x as many items as were shipped last year. Its own Echo products were quite popular.