This week in digital: 23rd September 2016

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Click Tap Media presents a recap of this week’s five biggest digital and tech stories, including a Zuckerberg donation and a rather serious Yahoo data breach…

Yahoo announces 500m hack

Where else to start this week’s digital roundup than with “the biggest data hack in history”? Yahoo begrudgingly announced this week that a cyber attack – which took place in 2014 – has resulted in the names, email addresses, phone numbers and personal details of over 500 million accounts swiped. Yahoo, which is currently in the middle of a takeover from Verizon, is urging all users to change their passwords immediately if they haven’t done so since 2014.

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Twitter drops character limitations…

Social media marketers around the world rejoice. After announcing that this move would be happening a couple of months ago, this week Twitter finally altered its 140 character limitation to no longer include images, videos, GIFs or usernames. This is great news for just about everyone involved – it means you’ll “no lngr hv 2 ryt lk ths” to try and get your tweet to fit…

 

…and puts itself up for sale?

Rumours are swirling that Jack Dorsey’s platform is imminently expecting to receive a formal takeover bid, with Twitter’s board of directors “largely desirous of a deal.” Twitter is understood to be in advanced talks with a number of tech firms, most notably Microsoft, Google and software/cloud computing solutions platform Salesforce.

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Apple continues machine learning company collection

Forget Pokemon or football stickers – Apple is building its own collection of high-potential machine learning businesses as it starts to get very serious about artificial intelligence. It bought Perception at the end of 2015, followed by Turi just a few months ago. This week, Apple announced the acquisition of India and US-based machine learning team Tuplejump. Let’s see where they’re going with this…

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Zuckerberg gets generous

The Facebook CEO and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan have pledged a bit of loose change – $3 billion of it – towards the preventing, curing and managing of all diseases over the next decade. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has already made significant investments into education, but this marks its first move into healthcare. Dr. Chan, a trained pediatrician, said: “We want to dramatically improve every life in [her daughter] Max’s generation and make sure we don’t miss a single soul. We’ll be investing in basic science research with the goal of curing disease.”

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