1. Facebook Data Breach
Facebook announced their newest violation of privacy revealing a bug on their server that granted third-party apps and developers access to users’ timeline photos, Facebook stories, Marketplace photos, and even photos uploaded to Facebook that had never been posted. The bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ photos for 12 days, running from September 13th to September 25th. The company discovered and resolved the breach on September 25th. All affected users will be notified by Facebook in the upcoming days. Once notified, the users will be directed to the Help Center where they can see all apps affected by the breach. Additionally, Facebook indicates they have begun working with the developers to “delete the photos from impacted users.” Facebook’s sympathy seems to be falling short this holiday season saying “we’re sorry this happened,” as their only form of apology.
2. HQ Trivia & Vine Co-Founder Is Dead
Colin Kroll, co-founder and CEO of the popular gaming app HQ Trivia, was found dead Sunday morning at age 34. EMS found Kroll unconscious and unresponsive in his New York apartment following a wellness check requested by Kroll’s girlfriend. Kroll was pronounced dead shortly after. Kroll’s rise to fame began as he co-founded Vine, the video-looping platform bought by Twitter in 2012. Kroll later launched HQ Trivia with his business partner, Rus Yusupov, where users could win cash prizes for answering multiple choice questions correctly in under 10 seconds. “We learned today of the passing of our friend and founder, Colin Kroll, and it’s with deep sadness that we say goodbye,” said HQ spokesperson. “Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.”
3. J&J Faces Worst Day Since 2002
Johnson & Johnson’s stock plummeted with 10% losses on Friday after Reuters released a report indicating that the company was aware of asbestos in their baby powder for decades before taking action. J&J, who lost almost $40B of its market value this week, is a member of the Dow and one of the largest US corporations by revenue. Documents suggest that J&J’s raw talc and baby powders occasionally had small amounts of the cancer-causing carcinogen during testings from 1971 to the early 2000s. The company responded to the Reuters article stating that it is “one-sided, false and inflammatory.” The company furthered their defense saying “Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is safe and asbestos-free.”
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