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Adobe hacked, Samsung owes Apple, Vancouver ditches doorknobs

A quick look at what’s making news around the world of technology

Jim Kerr is Alberta Venture's web editor. Get in touch with him at jkerr@albertaventure.com.

Nov 22, 2013

by Jim Kerr

Do you use Adobe products? Most of us do.

That’s why you should be concerned that some experts are wondering if what we know about the latest hack against Adobe is just the tip of the iceberg. The company initially reported that three million customers had their information breached, then raised that to 38 million…and then things got much worse.

One of the Internet’s most influential companies is stepping up to help in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children around the world. Google’s Eric Schmidt says the company has over 200 people working to block all images of child porn from its search engines.

Yahoo is the latest tech company to step up its security systems after reports that the U.S. government was able to access user data. Company CEO Marissa Mayer says data flowing between global data centres will be encrypted by March 2014.

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Still waiting for Apple to release a smartwatch? Samsung was the first tech giant out of the gate with a smartwatch, and the South Korean company says it has sold 800,000 of them in the two months they’ve been on the market.

Speaking of Apple and Samsung, a jury came back with a verdict this week in a patent infringement retrial between the two companies. Apple initially won a $1.05 billion verdict, but a judge cut $410.5 million off of that a few months later. The latest verdict gives Apple $290 million of the money that was cut.

Mark Zuckerberg probably thought he was channeling his inner Don Vito Corleone when he recently tried to snap up Snapchat, the photo-based social media app. Reports say, though, that $3 billion wasn’t quite an offer they couldn’t refuse.

After a number of ergonomic studies involving different types of “water-dispersing mechanisms,” the city of Vancouver has decided to ban doorknobs in new buildings. Yes, you read that right.

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