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OnePlus Confirms Hack that Stole Credit Card Data; Up to 40k Users Affected

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-19 17:10

In an updated post on the official forum, OnePlus has today confirmed the previously reported data breach in which users’ credit card info was suspected to be stolen from the company’s website.

We are deeply sorry to announce that we have indeed been attacked, and up to 40k users at oneplus.net may be affected by the incident. We have sent out an email to all possibly affected users.

OnePlus says that the attackers injected malicious code into their website, which then read the credit card info that customers were entering while making a payment. Only customers who entered their credit card numbers directly on the OnePlus website between November 2017 and January 11, 2018 are affected, i.e. customers who used an existing ‘saved’ credit card, and users who checked out using PayPal are unaffected.

Props to the company for being transparent about the hack and laying it out so well on the forums.


WhatsApp Introduces Its Business App for Small Businesses

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-18 18:12, modified at 18:13

People all around the world use WhatsApp to connect with small businesses they care about — from online clothing companies in India to auto parts stores in Brazil. But WhatsApp was built for people and we want to improve the business experience. For example, by making it easier for businesses to respond to customers, separating customer and personal messages, and creating an official presence.

So today we’re launching WhatsApp Business — a free-to-download Android app for small businesses. Our new app will make it easier for companies to connect with customers, and more convenient for our 1.3 billion users to chat with businesses that matter to them.

WhatsApp Business is a separate app, currently only available for Android and only available via Google Play in four countries — Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, U.K. and the U.S. The wider rollout is said to begin “in the coming weeks”.

The app is built on top of the core WhatsApp app, so it looks and works exactly like the WhatsApp app. The only difference is that you can setup a Business Profile and enable Greeting Messages, Away Messages and Quick Reply Templates. You also get statistical data about messages sent and received, but it’s pretty basic.

WhatsApp did not mention when they plan to release apps for other platforms.


Google Announces Page Speed Will be a Ranking Factor for Mobile Searches Starting July 2018

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-17 18:28

Zhiheng Wang and Doantam Phan, posting on Google’s Webmaster Central Blog:

The “Speed Update,” as we’re calling it, will only affect pages that deliver the slowest experience to users and will only affect a small percentage of queries. It applies the same standard to all pages, regardless of the technology used to build the page. The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a slow page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content.

You can check here whether your website is mobile-friendly. It’s time to start shedding that extra weight.


Matt Birchler’s Relatively Modest Proposal for watchOS 5

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-17 07:25

Over on BirchTree, Matt has a modest proposal for Apple’s upcoming release for Apple Watch software:

It strikes me this year that we’re hitting the 5th major version of watchOS. This is not a brand new platform anymore, even though the Apple Watch feels relatively new in the grand scheme of things.

Some of the items on Matt’s list have been requested since watchOS 1.0, but we’re yet to see them. I see myself buying the next Apple Watch Series only if it has an always-on display and custom watchfaces.


Mozilla Files Suit Against FCC to Protect Net Neutrality

Permalink - Posted on 2018-01-17 06:20

The internet is a global, public resource. It relies on the core principle of net neutrality (that all internet traffic be treated equally) to exist. If that principle is removed — with only some content and services available or with roadblocks inserted by ISPs to throttle or control certain services — the value and impact of that resource can be impaired or destroyed.

Ending net neutrality could end the internet as we know it. That’s why we are committed to fighting the order.

If you’re reading this and live in the US, you can help by making a call.