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Facebook admits to inadvertently storing 'hundreds of millions' of user passwords in plain text on company servers
alexsl/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook officials admitted on Thursday that the tech giant stored hundreds of millions of user passwords in plain text -- able to be read by employees."As part of a routine security review in January, we found that some user passwords were being stored in a readable format within our internal data storage systems," Facebook's vice president of engineering, security and privacy Pedro Canahuati wrote in a post on the company's website Thursday morning."This caught our attention because our login systems are designed to mask passwords using techniques that make them unreadable," he added. "We have fixed...
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JetBlue pilots accused of sexually assaulting 2 female crew members, lawsuit says
rypson/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Two JetBlue pilots sexually assaulted two female airline workers during a layover in San Juan, according to a lawsuit the alleged victims filed in Brooklyn federal court.The two airline crew members, who were identified as Jane Doe 1 from Utah and Jane Doe 2 from Texas, met the pilots, Eric Johnson and Dan Watson, on a beach and shared a beer, the lawsuit said. The alleged incident occurred last May.“The beer was laced with a drug, and after that point, the rest of the night became a blur for Doe #1, Doe #2 and the other...
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FBI joins Boeing 737 MAX 8 criminal investigation as new questions about pilot training emerge
Yin Liqin/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The FBI is joining a criminal investigation to look into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, as new details from last year's Lion Air crash raise questions about pilot training on the now-sidelined plane. Sources familiar with the matter said the FBI is working with other federal authorities to look into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. It is unclear how much of a role the FBI -- and federal prosecutors from the Justice Department -- will actually have in this effort, as the investigation is in its...
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Facebook's Oculus launches new virtual reality headset and console
Facebook (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Facebook unveiled new virtual reality devices on Wednesday, the latest in the company's efforts to take the technology to the mass market.Oculus, the virtual reality (VR) company Facebook acquired in 2014, revealed the new Oculus Rift S headset and its portable VR console called Quest at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco on Wednesday.Both devices will retail for $399 each and be available later this spring, although the company did not specify dates.The Rift S advances the original Rift headset that launched three years ago, although it will still need to be connected to...
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March For Our Lives youth activism inspires fashion label 'Krost'
OSTILL/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The tragic Parkland school shooting on Feb. 14, 2018, in which 17 people lost their lives, led to an increase in youth advocacy for gun reform and was a catalyst for a new youth movement across the country.Out of the tragedy rose the student-led coalition March for Our Lives, which organized peaceful protests across the country and fought to end gun violence in the months following the tragedy.Samuel Krost, 26, was inspired by March For Our Lives in 2018, and looked for his own way to contribute to the movement.The New York University graduate, who studied...
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Passenger sues Royal Caribbean after 20-foot fall on bungee attraction
Obtained by ABC News (MIAMI) -- A passenger is suing Royal Caribbean for $75,000 over injuries sustained in a bungee trampoline accident on the company's Mariner of the Seas cruise ship.Casey Holladay, 26, said he fractured his pelvis in a 20-foot fall on the ship's "Sky Pad," a bungee trampoline activity, in February when the harness malfunctioned while he was suspended in the air, according to the lawsuit.Holladay, a native of Washington, was enjoying a weekend cruise to the Bahamas and looking forward to trying out the "Sky Pad" when the accident occurred, the suit said. The suit, filed last...
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Gucci is selling $870 sneakers that are intentionally dirty
Gucci (NEW YORK) -- Just when we found out avocado sneakers are a thing, Gucci drops a pair of men's sneakers that all look like they have been worn and ran through a few dirt roads.The luxury retailer's Screener leather sneaker costs $870 and comes in three different styles featuring the brand's classic red and green stripe.Gucci's website describes the sneakers as "influenced by classic trainers from the '70s, the multicolor Screener sneakers — named for the defensive sports move — reference the colors of the House Web stripe, treated for an allover distressed effect."Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All...
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Founder of Jelly Belly releases cannabis-infused jelly beans
Garrett Aitken/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Jelly bean aficionados will now be able to get high with something stronger than a sugar rush.The creator of one of the most recognized brands of jelly beans has debuted a line of cannabis-infused sweets for candy lovers to enjoy.Last month, "Candyman" David Klein, responsible for the creation of Jelly Belly's jelly beans in 1976, announced the founding of his new company, Spectrum Confections, that will offer the psychedelic treats in 38 flavors.The company tests each recipe to ensure that the correct amount of cannabidiol, or CBD, is added to each bean, according to their...
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Peloton hit with $150M infringement lawsuit over use of songs
Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Publishers representing songwriters behind hits by Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and others filed a $150 million lawsuit against Peloton on Tuesday, accusing the fitness technology firm of copyright infringement.The National Music Publishers’ Association, whose members include Downtown Music Publishing, Big Deal Music, Reservoir and Royalty Network, said Peloton used more than 1,000 songs without permission, leading to a "great deal" of lost income to songwriters, according to the lawsuit.“Unfortunately, instead of recognizing the integral role of songwriters to its company, Peloton has built its business by using their work without...
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Grace Eleyae turned her issue with hair breakage into a million-dollar business
Grace Eleyae (NEW YORK) -- After suffering hair breakage from wearing a hat while traveling, Grace Eleyae, chief executive officer and co-founder of the original Slap (Satin-Lined Cap), decided enough was enough.Instead of complaining, she got creative."There has to be something that is stylish enough to go out in, but protective enough to wear to bed," Eleyae told ABC News' Good Morning America she thought to herself after her frustrating hair loss experience. From there, Eleyae went on a six-month journey in 2013 seeking a different way to incorporate satin into more stylish headpieces. By 2014, "in a moment of...
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Facebook agrees to hide demographics from landlords, creditors looking to advertise
alexsl/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Facebook announced Tuesday that it will block landlords and creditors from using a person's demographic data including a person’s zip code, gender and age, to target certain groups in online advertisements.The announcement is part of a legal settlement with groups that promote fair housing laws. They complained in court last year that the social media giant enabled real estate brokers and landlords to exclude certain demographics when advertising.The federal government, under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, had filed its own complaint against Facebook for violating the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits businesses from...
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Thousands of customers sign petition complaining about Instagram fitness influencer
oatawa/iStock (NEW YORK) -- An Instagram fitness influencer with more than 500,000 followers is facing complaints from thousands of dissatisfied customers.New complaints are being filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office alleging that Brittany Davis, the face of Brittany Dawn Fitness, never delivered on personalized diet and fitness plans that in some cases cost close to $300 per person.Davis has issued apologies on her YouTube channel, most recently in a video post on Sunday.“I made a mistake. I made a mistake. I made a mistake,” she said. “I have taken full responsibility for it. I made things right and I...
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