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Adobe security breach affects tens of millions, fallout extensive
In what was probably the worst hack of the year (perhaps the decade, shy of Sony PlayStation's Network hacking catastrophe).
Adobe suffered a massive data breach in October that resulted in the theft of up to 38 million users.
Many were more angered by the fact Adobe didn't start emailing people affected by the hack until close to a month after the news first came to light.
Some of the passwords were simply and easy to crack, in spite of Adobe's encryption methods.
As a result, other companies — like Facebook and Amazon — took charge of its own user base and warned those who might have used the same Adobe password on the social network to change their passwords too.
Google Reader shuts down; users go nuts
Life is full of those hacks that make the day-to-day just that much easier. The online world isn't so different.
So when Google decided to close down its Web-based RSS reader, the internet jumped off the deep end.
Because so many applications and services rely on Google Reader, it led to many popular services shutting down, but also many springing up to replace the news aggregator. Google said it was closing the service in order to put energy "into fewer projects," but many loyal users weren't happy — in total, millions of them.
The bright side is that it gave other companies a way to fill the void. Feedly, a replacement Google Reader service, drummed up half-a-million new users in just two days, and three million in the following two weeks.