Weekend takeaway: How to survive the Yahoo apocalypse

23 Sep 2016

Essential weekend reading including the Yahoo data breach and start-ups revolutionising Dublin bikes. Image: GaudiLab/Shutterstock

From Yahoo’s historic cyber breach to innovative start-ups smartening up the bikes of Dublin, we cover all the important areas in the sci-tech world this week.

1. Yahoo 500m-account data breach could derail Verizon takeover

In the biggest known breach of a company’s network, Yahoo has confirmed that account details of 500m people were stolen by hackers in 2014.

2. 5 things Yahoo users need to do right now after major hack

500m Yahoo users have had their account details hacked. What does this mean? Users need make some sensible moves and make them fast.

3. Ireland’s data science leaders win big at DatSci Awards 2016

While 21 finalists were recognised for their achievements in data science, only six were selected for to win awards at this year’s DatSci Awards held in Dublin.

4. Irish digital marketers are just average by international standards

Digital skill levels in Ireland are on the decline despite the evidence that this is where jobs growth will be for some time, according to the Digital Marketing Institute. Internationally, Irish digital managers are just average in terms of skills and performance.

5. London launches dedicated IoT support network

In a bid to encourage the adoption of internet of things (IoT) throughout London, a new network of base stations has been created.

6. Meet the 5 start-ups smartening up Dublin’s booming cycle scene

Dublin City Council has financed five companies to trial new technologies that could improve the city’s cycle network. Here, we take a closer look.

7. Auto news: Tesla sued, Nissan’s drone companion and a VW e-van

The increased use of technology in cars has seen manufacturers head in many different directions. That’s probably why Tesla is getting sued, Nissan has put a drone in with its latest pick-up and Volkswagen has built an electric van.

8. Infosec journalist Brian Krebs silenced by world’s biggest DDoS attack

In a severe case of hackers’ revenge, the site of acclaimed infosec journalist Brian Krebs has been taken down by what is believed to be the biggest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack of its kind.

9. IT Carlow brewing up a storm with new distilling course

The explosion of popularity in beer brewing in Ireland has seen IT Carlow make an early move, creating what it calls a first-of-its-kind brewing and distilling course in the country.

10. Google, Oracle and Amazon bet big on conversational commerce

Major tech companies are heavily investing in the future of how we purchase goods and services, with Google, Facebook and Amazon each banking on conversational commerce.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years