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Obama orders investigation into whether the election was hacked - President Obama has ordered a review of cyber attacks and foreign intervention into the 2016 presidential election, to be delivered before he leaves office, according to  Reuters . The news was confirmed by homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco at an event on Friday morning. "The president has directed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election process ... and to capture lessons learned from that and to report to a range of stakeholders, to include the Congress," Monaco reportedly said. Calls to review the effects of cyber attacks and Russian influence have been coming since before the election, in the wake of widespread hacks on the Democratic National Committee. In the wake of the election itself, a group of computer scientists reportedly urged the Clinton campaign to challenge results in several key states, citing "irregularities" with some voting machines. From the phrasing of the confirmation from Monaco, it appears that the Obama campaign's review is less about changing the results of the election, and more about understanding what happened and working on systems to prevent it in the future. Monaco said that cyber attacks were not new, citing Chinese hacking into campaign systems during the 2008 election. But this time around, she said that the attacks had crossed a "new threshold." Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:54:53 -0500
If You're Using Any of These Passwords, You Deserve to Be Hacked -

If You're Using Any of These Passwords, You Deserve to Be HackedCBT Nuggets, an IT training organization based in Eugene, Oregon, analyzed email addresses and passwords exposed in various data breaches over the last few years. First and foremost, CBT Nuggets compiled a list of the most common words used in passwords. “Love” topped the list by a wide margin (479 appearances among the 50,000), followed by “star,” “girl” and “angel.” “Mike” and “John” also made appearances — not terribly surprising, as Mike and John are some of the most common names in the English-speaking world.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:52:00 -0500
Exclusive: Japan's TDK in talks to buy iPhone supplier InvenSense - sources -

The logo of TDK Corp. is displayed at the entrance of the company headquarters building in Tokyo(Reuters) - Japanese electronic parts maker TDK Corp is in talks to acquire InvenSense Inc, a U.S. chip maker that produces motion sensors for Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. TDK has offered $12 per share to acquire InvenSense, one of the people said, cautioning that negotiations are ongoing and that the terms of a deal, should one occur, could still change. TDK and InvenSense did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:48:51 -0500
PewDiePie deletes his (other) YouTube channel -

PewDiePie deletes his (other) YouTube channelYouTube’s most popular creator, Swedish sensation PewDiePie, followed through on his promise and deleted his channel after reaching 50 million subscribers. Not his main channel of course, that’s how he makes a living, but a second channel he started back in October. Gotcha! PewDiePie took some time to roast the media for covering his prank. We probably should have known better. Claims about quitting, leaving, or deleting yourself from YouTube are usually not what they seem. Oh well. There’s always 100 million.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:45:38 -0500
Listen to Taylor Swift’s first brand new song in two years - Taylor Swift fans have a big reason to be excited today, as long as they’re not also Spotify users. The artist came out with a brand new song, her first in more than two years. That's the good news. The bad news is that for the time being, there are only a few places you can download it. Titled I Don’t Wanna Live Forever , the song is included on the soundtrack from  Fifty Shades Darker , which will hit theaters on Valentine Day next year. The movie might not be a must-see flick for many BGR readers, and neither was the first episode in the saga. But Fifty Shades of Grey did have an amazing soundtrack, and it's still worth listening to if you haven't already checked it out. Swift’s new song is a collaboration with Zayn Malik, and you can listen to it on a variety of music streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Tidal. You can also download it from iTunes and Google Play if you want. Swift put up a 30-second preview of I Don’t Wanna Live Forever on Twitter early on Friday, which was quickly retweeted and favorited tens of thousands of times. It’s still unclear when Swift will release a new album, but rumors say that her next one will have R&B and hip-hop elements. Her last album, 1989, was released more than two years ago, so fans are probably anxiously waiting for new material. As The Verge points out, Swift has worked with other artists since then, including Calvin Harris and Rihanna on This Is What You Came For and Little Big Town’s Better Man . Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:39:50 -0500 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |