Apple Music has 50 million users, if you count those listening with free trials, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Tuesday on Bloomberg TV. It seems like a big jump from the 38 million subscribers Apple Music touted in March, but Apple typically didn't include people listening with three-month free trials in its previous tallies until Cook's interview Tuesday. Tuesday, Cook said that Apple's streaming-music service now has more than 50 million users if you combine paid subscriptions with free trials. Last month, the company passed 40 million subscribers, with 8 million free trials, he said. That's consistent with the roughly 2-million-a-month rate that Apple Music has been adding paying members to its service, based on the recent number counts that Apple has disclosed.That's still smaller than Spotify, its chief rival, which has 75 million paying members and 170 million people using the service either by listening free with ads or by subscribing. Apple … [Read more...] about Apple Music surpasses 50 million subscribers, sort of
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If you’re wondering why Facebook asked you to put in your password for the first time in decades today, it’s because the social media juggernaut experienced a security breach impacting nearly 50 million user accounts. In a blog post, VP of Product Management Guy Rosen says “the attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted ‘View As’, a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else.” So, if you’ve confirmed recently that Grandma can’t see your weed statuses, you’ve probably been affected. Rosen continues: This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts. Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app. Here is the action we have already taken. First, we’ve fixed the vulnerability and … [Read more...] about Facebook’s latest data breach impacts up to 50 million accounts
Facebook on Friday said a breach affected 50 million people on the social network. The vulnerability stemmed from Facebook's "view as" feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to other people. Attackers exploited code associated with the feature that allowed them to steal "access tokens" that could be used to take over people's accounts. While access tokens aren't your password, they allow people to log in to accounts without needing it. Facebook also said later Friday that the breach also affected third-party apps that you have linked to your Facebook account, including Instagram. As a precautionary measure, Facebook logged about 90 million people out of their accounts, the company said.The social network said it discovered the attack earlier this week. The company has informed the FBI and the Irish Data Protection Commission. Facebook said the investigation is in the early stages and it doesn't yet know who was behind the attacks. Now playing: … [Read more...] about Facebook breach put data of 50 million users at risk
It’s been quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Facebook. You might even say that 2018 has been the single worst year in the company’s history. But you wouldn’t know it by reading “Facebook’s 2018 Year in Review.” The annual blog post leaves one with the impression that Facebook’s involvement in global events was nothing short of heart-warming. In truth, it was not. Facebook left a few things out its year in review—a lot. The social network’s list includes events like the Royal Wedding, the World Cup, the Super Bowl, and International Women’s Day, but seems to omit more Facebook’s involvement with things like genocide, election interference, privacy violations, data breaches, executive malfeasance, and conspiracy theories. Basically, Facebook wants you to know that positive global events did happen this year, and people talked about them on Facebook. America’s midterm elections are mentioned in … [Read more...] about A Few Things Facebook Forgot to Include in Its Year in Review
Facebook just reported a massive data breach. Nearly 50 million accounts were affected by the breach, though it remains unclear whether the accounts were misused or if personal data was accessed. My account might be one of those affected. I know this, because when I went to check, Facebook had logged me off. At which point, my face fell onto my keyboard, drooling a bit from one side or the other. I’ve been dealing with bullshit from this company for years. I’m over it. It’s been almost 15 years that I’ve had a Facebook profile. I joined in college, like a lot of people my age, and at the time, Mark Zuckerberg liked to refer to the website as a directory. That’s how folks used it in the early days, too. If you joined Facebook in 2004, like I did, all you could really do on Thefacebook dot com was add some contact information and a profile pic. This was great at the time, because making a personal website still felt difficult for a lot of people and … [Read more...] about Okay, Facebook, You Win. I’m Done.