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LinkedIn Founder Offers Up to $5M for Trump Tax Returns

Reid Hoffman says he'll make huge donation to veterans' charities

(Newser) - A crowdfunding effort to get Donald Trump to release his taxes is offering the same reward Trump dangled when he wanted to see President Obama's birth certificate: a large donation to charity. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman has thrown his support behind Marine Corps veteran Pete Kiernan's plan, offering... More »

Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26B

Deal expected to close this year

(Newser) - Microsoft has just announced one of the biggest deals in its history, per the Telegraph . The company says it will buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash, or $196 per share—a 50% improvement on its closing price Friday, reports the Wall Street Journal . Microsoft says LinkedIn will "... More »

Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest Hacked

Group says they found his password in LinkedIn leak

(Newser) - Hackers have managed to embarrass Mark Zuckerberg, but not Facebook: A group calling itself OurMine Team claimed responsibility after the Facebook founder's Pinterest and Twitter accounts were hacked on Sunday, reports the New York Daily News . The hackers said they had found Zuckerberg's details in last month's... More »

117M LinkedIn Users Just Had Passwords Leaked

They were stolen way back in 2012

(Newser) - In 2012, hackers posted 6.5 million stolen LinkedIn passwords to a Russian forum, TechCrunch reports. It turns out, that security breach was much bigger and much worse than possibly anyone realized. According to Motherboard , 117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords taken as part of the same breach were just... More »

LinkedIn OKs Settlement Over Nuisance Email; Notifies Its Users Via ...

Why yes, more email

(Newser) - If you were the subject of a class-action lawsuit over your habit of cluttering your users' inboxes with nuisance emails, well, perhaps you might find another mode of communication to notify them that they might be eligible for a payout in aforementioned lawsuit. Not so LinkedIn, which sent out just... More »

Hillary Clinton Needs a Job, Joins LinkedIn

She's an ex-secretary of state, as well as a 'dog person,' per her profile

(Newser) - She's been first lady, secretary of state, and now a 2016 presidential candidate; she's also a "dog person," "hair icon," and "pantsuit aficionado." Meet Hillary Clinton via her new LinkedIn page , which launched today, the Washington Post reports. Also included in her... More »

Facebook Plans 'At Work' Version

Company wants to become key part of office life

(Newser) - Bosses may soon be demanding that employees get on Facebook and do some work. The social media giant is getting ready to roll out a workplace version of its site called "Facebook at Work," insiders tell the Financial Times . The site—which will compete head-to-head with Google's... More »

Beijing Tense on Massacre's 25th Anniversary

LinkedIn accidentally censors Tiananmen content

(Newser) - A quarter-century after pro-democracy protesters were massacred in the heart of Beijing, Chinese authorities are doing their best to make sure nobody marks the anniversary. Security in the city is very tight, scores of police and paramilitary troops are patrolling Tiananmen Square, and foreign reporters have been ordered not to... More »

US, Internet Giants Cut Deal on Data Disclosure

Companies can say how often they give up your information

(Newser) - The government and leading Internet companies today announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn that... More »

Tech Rivals Unite to Nag World About Spying

Google, Microsoft lead charge

(Newser) - What's big enough to bring together such competitors as Google and Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple, Facebook and Twitter, plus AOL and LinkedIn for good measure? The NSA spying drama. Those companies are publicly asking the world's governments to limit such spying, and have detailed their ideas on a... More »

Hackers Post 2M Facebook, Google, Yahoo Passwords

Most common one? '123456'

(Newser) - Some 2 million user credentials for Facebook and other top services have appeared on a Russian-language website, likely thanks to malware installed on users' computers, experts tell the BBC . They believe a crime ring was probably behind the dump, which claimed to include 318,121 Facebook usernames and passwords, along... More »

LinkedIn Sued for 'Hacking' Users' Email Accounts

One woman says site emailed 3K contacts in her name

(Newser) - You know those LinkedIn invites from random people in your past that are always clogging up your inbox? They might be more sinister than they appear. A group of LinkedIn users is suing the professional networking site, claiming it hacked their email accounts and harvested the addresses of their contacts... More »

Coming Soon on LinkedIn: 14-Year-Olds

Site hopes teens will use it to choose colleges

(Newser) - Your LinkedIn feed could soon be full of such awesome networking connections as "paperboy" and "babysitter": The site is dropping its minimum age next month, and come Sept. 12, 14-year-olds will be able to sign up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why 14? That's the legal age... More »

LinkedIn Tells Prostitutes to Go Away

Networking site bans listings for escorts, too

(Newser) - LinkedIn's new user agreement includes a surprising clause: No promoting prostitution or escort services on your profile, even if it's legal where you live. ReadWriteWeb spotted the unusual inclusion, and wondered if it was even truly necessary. In its words, "would anyone really take the risk of... More »

Ex-State GOP Chair Charged With Facebook Fraud

Craig Berkman allegedly told investors he could sell them shares he didn't have

(Newser) - Federal authorities have arrested Florida financier—and former Oregon Republican chairman—Craig Berkman for allegedly bilking investors out of millions in a scheme to sell fake Facebook shares. Ahead of Facebook's IPO, Berkman allegedly told investors that he had access to shares of the company, a complete fabrication that... More »

LinkedIn Hit With $5M Suit Over Hack

Woman wants class-action status

(Newser) - LinkedIn's security breach —the one in which some 6 million passwords were stolen and posted online—is about to get more problematic for the company. An Illinois woman has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the networking site, and is seeking class-action status for it, Reuters reports. LinkedIn... More »

Unimaginative eHarmony Passwords Hacked, Too

At least 1.5M are compromised: Ars Technica

(Newser) - LinkedIn isn't the only password hacking victim this week. Add eHarmony to the list. About 1.5 million encrypted passwords were posted online by a hacker, along with the 6.5 million from the business networking site, reports Ars Technica . The dating site has confirmed a breach, but it... More »

Hacker Posts 6.5M LinkedIn Passwords

Experts: Change yours now

(Newser) - A hacker claims to have stolen 6.46 million LinkedIn passwords, and the list is posted online. The list—announced on a Russian forum—appears to be real, an expert says; users tell ZDNet that they have indeed found their passwords on the list. LinkedIn's encryption system is "... More »

Sick of Bad Seatmates? Airline to Let You Cherry-Pick

...using social media, of course

(Newser) - Not fun: Being stuck next to a super-chatty traveler or big drinker on a long flight when all you want to do is sleep. The modern-day solution: Forget earplugs, just book on KLM, which will next year launch a service called "meet and seat." The move will allow... More »

Obama on Taxes: Pay It Forward

Pay it forward, he says in Elizabeth Warren-esque appeal

(Newser) - President Obama tackled the economy, jobs, education, and more at today's LinkedIn townhall meeting, the AP reports. Of note: an audience member—later identified as a former Google executive—told Obama he had no job by choice after his search-engine startup did well, and asked, "Can you please... More »

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