Hashtag Trending – Capital One data breach; banning autoplay videos; Skype for Business ending

Capital One data breach affects 100 million customers, the U.S. is considering banning autoplay videos, Microsoft to retire Skype for Business.

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That’s all the tech news that’s trending today. It’s Wednesday, July 31th, and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Trending everywhere, a hacker has stolen 100 million Capital One customer records, six million of which belong to Canadians. The stolen database comprises personal details — names, addresses, postal codes, and even one million social insurance numbers. Affect customers are Capital One credit card holders between 2005 to 2019. For victims of the breach, Capital One is offering free credit monitoring and identity protection. 

Trending on Google, the U.S. may instate a new bill that would ban autoplay videos and infinite scrolling websites. The new bill is proposed by Senator Josh Hawley, and is part of the Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act, which targets internet content that’s designed to be addictive. Hawley compares these practices to infinitely refilling a wine glass without the drinker’s knowledge and argues that it entices the user to continue consumption. If the bill passes, social media companies would need to provide users with stats on their site usage.

Lastly, trending on Reddit, Microsoft will be ending Skype for Business on July 31, 2021. The announcement has been foreshadowed for two years since the release of Microsoft Teams. Microsoft says that Skype for Business will continue to be operational and supported until its end of life, Also, starting September, Microsoft will be removing the option to enroll to Skype for Business for all new Office 365 customers and offer Teams instead.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now. Hashtag Trending is a part of the ITWC Podcast network. Add us to your Alexa Flash Briefing or your Google Home daily briefing. I’m Tom Li, thanks for listening.

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Tom Li
Tom Li
Telecommunication and consumer hardware are Tom's main beats at IT Business. He loves to talk about Canada's network infrastructure, semiconductor products, and of course, anything hot and new in the consumer technology space. You'll also occasionally see his name appended to articles on cloud, security, and SaaS-related news. If you're ever up for a lengthy discussion about the nuances of each of the above sectors or have an upcoming product that people will love, feel free to drop him a line at [email protected].

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