Email Hack Causes Problems For DNC
It turns out that secure servers are a pretty good idea after all. A massive hack of Democratic National Committee emails caused major embarrassment ahead of their convention. Included in the emails are suggestions that candidate Bernie Sanders religion (or lack of) could be used to cause distrust among Southern voters and other messages that indicate that the party was strongly favoring Hillary Clinton over Sanders. DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz resigned after the revelations.
The DNC hasn’t denied that the emails are genuine, but have suggested that Russian hackers leaked the messages in order to help Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House.
Verizon Buys Yahoo!
Verizon is paying $4.8 billion to purchase Yahoo!’s core web portal and email business. We told you earlier in the year that the company was looking to ditch the mail business and concentrate on its share of the Chinese export company Alibaba.
According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam the purchase “will put Verizon in a highly competitive position as a top global mobile media company.”
Verizon says Yahoo will be integrated with AOL as part of the company’s Product Innovation and New Businesses division. No word yet on if any changes are coming to Yahoo! Mail or any of their other services.
Smartwatch Sales Take A Big Drop
For years tech “experts” have said that wearables would be the next big thing. Despite the initial popularity of the Apple Watch, the demand still hasn’t materialized. In fact, in the past 3 months, the smartwatch market saw its first decline.
Shipments fell 32% for the second quarter of 2016 according to a report from IDC. Apple still leads the market, but their shipments were down 70% from one year ago. Though there are high hopes that a refresh of the Apple Watch operating system this fall could boost sales.