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June 11, 2018

IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK - PRIVACY SCANDAL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Things seem to just get worse with the Facebook privacy scandal. The social networking site now says it shared personal information culled from its users’ profiles with other companies after the date when executives said the practice was to have ended. The information shared includes data about friends of Facebook users, including phone numbers and breakdowns analyzing their closeness to the social network’s users. The details are provided in a Wall Street Journal report. And in a confirmation of the Journal report, Facebook acknowledged the information was given to a “small number” of companies including Nissan, advertisers and other business partners.

IN THE NEWS: BITCOIN PRICES TUMBLE

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s not the kind of news that will lead you to put confidence in the growing cryptocurrency market. A South Korean cryptocurrency exchange says hackers have stolen about one-third of the coins traded on its market. Coinrail says a number of currencies, including Pundi X, Aston and EPER, were among the bitcoins swiped. It didn’t provide a value, but a South Korean news agency says the theft totaled about $37 million lost. If true, that would make it the biggest cryptocurrency theft ever reported in South Korea. Word of the theft sent bitcoin prices tumbling to a two-month low.

ON THE WEB: TONY AWARDS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — By now you probably know Robert De Niro uttered not one, but two curse words at President Donald Trump during the Tony Awards last night. But do you know who won for best drama or musical? You can fill in your Tony “gap” with a peek at the official site. It has a full list of nominees and winners — as well as exclusive clips from backstage and the red carpet.

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Tony Awards site: https://www.tonyawards.com

IN STORES: KIA RECALL

DETROIT (AP) — Kia is recalling over a half-million vehicles in the U.S. because the air bags may not work in a crash. And Hyundai is expanding its recall for a similar air bag problem. Between the two affiliated automakers, the recalls now cover nearly 1.1 vehicles. The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the problems in March. The safety agency said at the time it had reports of six front-end crashes with significant damage to the cars. Four people died and six were injured. Vehicles covered by the Kia recall include 2010 through 2013 Forte compact cars and 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize cars. Also covered are Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012. The Hyundai recalls include the 2011 through 2013 Sonata midsize car and the 2011 and 2012 Sonata Hybrid. Both automakers say they’re working on a fix — and will offer loaner vehicles to owners who request them.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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