On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s going on in tech.

Security firm challenges Yahoo’s claim that the big hack was state-sponsored, said it’s probably the work of cyber criminals from Eastern Europe. (WSJ, Reuters)

Apple iMessages are encrypted, but the company does log iMessage contacts and may share them with law enforcement. So the cops may be able to see your message metadata. (The Intercept)

YouTube hires former Warner Music Group executive Lyor Cohen as its global head of music as it tries to improve its relationship with the music industry. (Reuters)

Will Spotify buy SoundCloud? The Financial Times is reporting that the companies are in advanced talks. (FT, Quartz) BTW, Twitter is an investor in SoundCloud. (Business Insider)

LendUp, a San Francisco-based online-lending startup that’s backed by Google, must pay $6.3 million for “deceptive practices.” It must return money to customers and pay fines. (Guardian)

Exploding washing machines? Samsung, which is already dealing with its Note 7 nightmare, is in talks with a U.S. watchdog to address potential safety problems with some of its washing machines. (Reuters)

One of the biggest ever web attacks has been reported: Web hosting company OVH says it has been attacked by a botnet of hacked devices such as webcams. (BBC)

Court strikes down ban on “ballot selfies” in New Hampshire. (The Hill)


Photo: A person walks in front of a Yahoo sign at the company’s headquarters in Sunnyvale in 2014. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)


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