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In The News 07-29-2016

Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by | Filed Under: In The News

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.

~ Cynthia

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39 Responses to “In The News 07-29-2016”

  1. Gloria says:

    Sounds like DNC as well as security issues are the main ones. But it could be like the clown Clinton, what emails?? We, the people truly do not need another 4 years of Obama clown in office. I thought this wasn’t a place to discuss politics.Just saying.

  2. Horacio Correa says:

    You want another clown for president, vote for Trump, he is a good entertainer.

  3. Bill Elliott says:

    No matter who hacked the DNC e-mails, the Democrats wrote them so the should bear all the blame. You can’t hack what’s not there to hack. If the DNC was honest they wouldn’t be trying to blame the Russians.

  4. Albert Wight says:

    It is highly irresponsible and unprofessional of our mainstream media to suggest or report that Russia was behind the hacking. This was reported initially as speculation, and on that basis probably should not have been reported a all. The media and Washington, including Hillary, are reigniting the Cold War, which could lead to nuclear catastrophe. Have we gone insane? I was the person on the ground in Moscow in the 1990s assisting with the transition from Communism. The Cold War was over at that time.

  5. Trish says:

    Yahoo email is great just as it is. Sure hope they don’t change it. Trish

  6. Scott says:

    Because I subscribe to Verizon’s DSL (Frontier) I am now having to run my email ( through AOL which I don’t like in the least. It used to be Yahoo, and I didn’t like it either. I love Gmail. AOL and YAHOO always seem to come up with Errors (without explanation). They seem to censor my email Forwards and it makes me madder than a Jap.

    • cynthia says:

      Scott, you don’t have to use a Verizon address at all if you don’t want to. You can simply switch to a Gmail account.

  7. Donald Jones says:

    They’re all three to blame! How can you separate any of them to either take or shed the blame? And beyond that, it is a big, flashing billboard telling us we had better get seriously busy on patching up the holes in our national cyber security wall!

  8. Lonnie Hobbs says:

    The problem is that the population of this country lets the politicians act as though they did nothing wrong except get caught. They make the bad people here the hackers for exposing the truth and feel no quilt for the emails. The public should nail the whole bunch instead of just a fall girl.

  9. Denise Sather says:

    My husband works in computer network security, and he says you should NEVER EVER think your email is secure. Some companies may be better at monitoring for hackers, but everything is hackable. Trump may have had a good cackle over what happened to DNC, but his turn is coming – unless he pays a ransom to some hackers down the road doing the same thing to him.

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