September 29, 2018, 12:55 PM

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How the security breach that made 50M Facebook accounts vulnerable to takeover worked and what information may have been accessed  —  FACEBOOK'S PRIVACY PROBLEMS severely escalated Friday when the social network disclosed that an unprecedented security issue, discovered September 25, impacted almost 50 million user accounts.
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
Facebook says it discovered a security issue, now patched, on September 25 affecting ~50M users that let hackers steal access tokens and take over user accounts  —  On the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25, our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts.
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Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook says hackers could have also gained access to users' accounts on other apps and websites, including Instagram and Oculus accounts, via Facebook Login  —  Hours after Facebook announced on Friday a huge data breach that affected at least 50 million users, the news got worse.
Facebook: vulnerability was the result of 3 distinct bugs and was introduced in July 2017, attackers could use the account as if they were the account holder  —  Facebook “discovered a security issue” that the company said allowed attackers to “take over people's accounts.”
Tim Berners-Lee:
Tim Berners-Lee unveils Solid, an open source project to decentralize the web and give users control of their data, and Inrupt, a startup to guide the project  —  I've always believed the web is for everyone.  That's why I and others fight fiercely to protect it.
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Instagram co-founders, dubbed by some at Facebook as not “team players”, were needed at the company to challenge Mark Zuckerberg and its groupthink culture  —  Kevin Systrom, a founder of Instagram, wasn't a “team player.”  That was exactly what the company needed.
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Linus Torvalds shares thoughts on his decision to step away from Linux, the controversy behind the Code of Conduct, and the problems in the Linux community  —  Linux founder Linus Torvalds has told the BBC that he is seeking professional help to become more empathetic towards fellow developers …
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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
YouTube starts wide roll out of its picture-in-picture mode for web, in testing since March, via a new Miniplayer  —  Back in March, YouTube began testing picture-in-picture on the web for simultaneous watching and browsing.  While the previous A/B test was limited in scope …
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