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Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to start your week.
1. Image sharing site Imgur confirmed over the weekend that a hack took place in 2014. Hackers stole 1.7 million passwords, as well as email addresses, but those are still relatively small numbers compared to Imgur’s 150 million users globally.
2. The FBI reportedly knew that Russian hackers were targeting US officials’ personal email accounts for over a year, but failed to notify them. Senior policymakers have seemingly been affected, too, but only found out after an Associated Press investigation.
3. A new study conducted by Chainalysis found out that between 17% and 23% of mined bitcoins have been lost forever. That estimate included about 1 million (about 6%) of bitcoins mined by the anonymous founder Satoshi Nakamoto.
4. A new study conducted by Purdue University found that within 148 days of Pokémon GO’s release, 286 additional car crashes took place in Indiana as opposed to the period before. In addition to that, half of those happened in the proximity of pokéstops.
5. Amazon’s e-commerce sales saw a massive sales boost during Thanksgiving, up to $2.87 billion (£2.15 billion). That marked a 18.3% increase year-over-year, with 46% of all traffic to sites coming from smartphones.
6. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a recent note to investors that the manufacturing problems that afflicted the iPhone X are over. Foxconn’s production output for Apple’s flagship smartphone reportedly reached the desired 450-550k units a month, as opposed to the 50-150k units of the first two months.
7. Niantic, the developer behind “Pokémon GO,” raised $200 million (£150 million) in its Series B funding round. The money, mostly invested by Spark Capital, will be spent to improve Niantic’s augmented reality efforts in a Harry Potter-related title.
8. Yandex, Russia’s most widely used search engine, changed the way it ranks websites in accordance with new state laws. The new rules make search engine sites responsible for the content they link to, so Yandex decided it will display mostly state-licensed sources from now on.
9. The city of Munich is going to spend about €50 million (£44.7 million) to fully switch over to Windows 10. The city’s council, which historically relied on Linux, will roll out Microsoft’s operating system to over 29,000 PCs from 2020 to 2023.
10. An analysis of net neutrality comments made by data scientist Jeff Kao revealed that over 1 million pro-repeal comments were likely fake. The scientist used natural language processing techniques, and also found out that 99% of organic comments were likely in favour of keeping existing rules.