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    1. Yahoo sets hack record at 1 billion accounts

      A new breach revealed Wednesday by the troubled internet pioneer compromised twice as many user accounts as the record hack it disclosed in September. The hack occurred in August 2013. Stolen data included users' names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords. Those passwords are scrambled up with an encryption tool called MD5, which experts say is possible to crack with some patience. The data also included some security questions and answers, some of which weren't encrypted.

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    2. Customers at Sheraton, Westin, other hotels hit by data-stealing hack attack

      Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the company behind nearly a dozen hotel brands, says that more than 50 of its locations suffered from a malware attack on point-of-sale systems. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide said this week that point-of-sale systems at more than 50 of its hotels had been infected with malicious software. The malware, installed at gift shops, restaurants and other locations, let hackers make off with payment card data, including cardholder name, card number, security code and expiration date.

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    3. ​Google makes email smart enough to answer for you

      The Inbox service's new "smart reply" feature offers three ready-made responses to emails. It looks simple but exemplifies deep-learning technology that's getting more important at the Internet giant. It may look simple, but under the covers, the capability requires complex technology called deep learning, a newer incarnation of what researchers for decades have called artificial intelligence. Google has been using deep learning to give its services something of the mental adroitness and sophistication as a real human mind. With it, Google already screens out spam, identifies photo subjects, translates text and tries to spot trends in your spreadsheet ...

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    4. How Google tries to keep 'sneaky' spam from your inbox

      How Google tries to keep 'sneaky' spam from your inbox

      Google is using smarter technology to help keep your Gmail inbox free of spam but at the same time ensuring that legitimate messages get through. On one end, Gmail is using artificial intelligence to better detect "sneaky" spam that would otherwise get through, Google product manager Sri Harsha Somanchi said Thursday in a blog post outlining the new ways in which smarter technology is being employed to create better spam filters.

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